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Research Assistant in systems motor neuroscience at Department of Neuroscience, Faculty if Health and Medical Sciences



A 1 year Research Assistant position is available in Professor Ole Kiehn’s laboratory at the Department of Neuroscience, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, starting from the 1st of March 2019.

We are looking for an experienced and highly motivated Research Assistant interested in neuroscience and particularly in neurodegenerative disorders affecting locomotion. This position is opened to candidates with a Master’s degree and previous experience as Research Assistant, and offers the opportunity to work in an excellent team engaged in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis research.

Our research team
Our research attempts to understand mechanisms by which neurons and neuronal networks operate to generate movements. The posted position focuses on investigating the role of spinal interneuron networks in the neurodegenerative disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. The experimental approach relies heavily on in vivo techniques involving mouse genetics, behavioral assays, viral tracing, sorting of cell subpopulations and mRNA sequencing. Extraordinarily motivated and ambitious candidates are encouraged to apply.

Job description
We are looking for a candidate who will be performing daily experiments in our laboratory and who will integrate our team as an interactive member. Prior experience as Research Assistant in Neuroscience is mandatory. Ability to perform experiments independently and to interpret experimental results is expected.


  • Master’s degree in Biomedicine or relevant fields (mandatory)
  • Prior experience in neuroscience (mandatory)
  • Accredited course in Laboratory Animal Science according to Danish Animal Experimentation Act (FELASA), enabling the candidate to execute independent laboratory work (mandatory)
  • Prior experience in ALS research (mandatory)
  • Previous training in molecular biology techniques and confocal microscopy (mandatory)
  • Experience in tissue handling for fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) and mRNA sequencing (preferred)
  • Experience with stereotactic injection and behavioral testing (preferred)
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken). Candidates should possess good oral communication skills
  • Well-organized, self-motivated, result-oriented and capable of working independently in a collaborative setting
  • Strong analytical communication and computer skills are also required
In all cases, the ability to perform the job will be the primary consideration, and thus the University of Copenhagen wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.

Terms of employment
The successful candidate will be offered a full-time position for a period of 1 year, contingent on a satisfactory performance. There is a possibility of extension pending on further funding.

Salary and other terms and conditions of appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant professional organization. The position is covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of June 28, 2013.

Foreign applicants may find the following links useful: (International Staff Mobility) and
For further information about the position, please contact Ole Kiehn or Ilary Allodi by email:,

Application procedure
The application must be submitted in English, by clicking on “Apply online” below, and must include the following:
  • Curriculum vitae with a list of publications if any, a report on previous research undertaken, and two letters of recommendations.
  • Diplomas – all relevant certificates, including grades
  • An outline of how you could contribute scientifically and intellectually to the research of this laboratory (approximately 1 A4 page)
Please note the applicant will be contacted if the assessment committee requires further documentation.

Deadline for application is 20 February 2019. We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. A short-list of candidates will be selected for interviews.

Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process at

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.