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4 year postdoctoral position on a research project to investigate the neuron circuitry of the human cerebral cortex 883555

The postdoctoral position is a full-time position with 37 hours per week . Preferential starting date is from 1 April 2017 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Faculty of Health, the Danish Research Institute of Translational Neuroscience – DANDRITE at Aarhus University, Aarhus University Hospital, also in collaboration with the Department of Pharmacology, University of Oxford.

Faculty of Health at Aarhus University includes a large, internationally known community of neuroscientists who aim to gain a broader knowledge of the nervous system’s function and disorders.

DANDRITE is the Danish node of the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine. DANDRITE was established by Lundbeckfonden and Aarhus University in 2013 and performs basic and translational research in brain and the nervous system. DANDRITE is an interdisciplinary research centre affiliated with two faculties at Aarhus University, the Faculty of Health and the Faculty of Science and Technology.

Department of Neurosurgery at the Aarhus University Hospital is internationally known for its research on large animal models, new treatments for Parkinson’ s disease and research for pain neuromodulation.

Department of Pharmacology at the University of Oxford is one of the leading research and teaching institutes in the UK and particularly active in defining the structure/function diversity of cortical neurons.

The workplace address is Ole Worms Allé 3, 8000 Aarhus C.

Job responsibilities

The applicant will lead projects on the human cerebral cortex in vitro. He/she will use surgically-resected cortical tissue that is surplus to diagnostic requirement. After removal, the tissue is quickly transferred from the surgery to the lab and maintained vital in vitro for several hours for electrophysiological, anatomical and pharmacological investigation. Parallel experiments using this approach will be also performed by the collaborative group of Professor Peter Somogyi at the Department of Pharmacology of the University of Oxford. 

Specific competences

Previous experience in electrophysiology in vitro, possibly including paired-multiple intracellular recordings, immunohistochemistry and anatomical reconstruction of the recorded neurons.

The successful applicant is expected to be able to manage the project, work in synergy with collaborators in Aarhus and in Oxford, ensure high productivity and high quality standards, conduct firm, kind and thorough supervision, and be a good team player.

We offer

• An exciting collaborative international research environment including Aarhus University, DANDRITE, Aarhus University Hospital and University of Oxford.

• A challenging position in an exciting new project addressing important and fundamental questions on the neuronal circuitry of the human cerebral cortex.

The project is carried out in a highly collaborative team and draws on experimental collaborations with Professor Peter Somogyi, University of Oxford. It will thus allow further development of skills in project management, collaboration, experimental techniques and data dissemination.

For further information about the position, please contact: Professor Marco Capogna, E-mail: (please note that applications cannot be sent to this e-mail address - see section on ‘Application’ below). Required qualifications

Appointment for this position requires a PhD degree in neuroscience or related subjects.
Please also see section about 'Specific competences' above.

Formalities and references

  • Further information on the appointment procedure can be found in the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.
  • The appointment is in accordance with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikerne).
  • Remuneration is in accordance with the above, and the Salary agreement catalogue for staff at Health.
  • Further information on qualification requirements and job description can be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities (in Danish).


    Applications must be accompanied by a CV, diploma, a list of publications as well as a teaching portfolio. A maximum of ten of the publications of greatest relevance to the job must be submitted. If you have an assessment within the same job title (completed after March 1, 2016 at AU, Health), then this can be attached to the application.

    Further information on the application and supplementary materials may be found in the faculty's Guidelines for applicants and Aarhus University's Guidelines on the use of teaching portfolios.

    The assessment committee may decide to include non-submitted material in its assessment. In such cases, the applicant will be informed and obliged to submit material, unless the application is withdrawn.

    Applications submitted through channels other than the online application form below or applications which are not received by the application deadline will not be considered.

    All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

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