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Join the Department of Neuroscience
The Department of Neuroscience offers excellent opportunities for highly motivated and talented master students, PhD students and postdocs to participate in neuroscience research.
Please take time to look through the descriptions of our research groups to find the area of research that best correlates with your scientific interest and background.
You are welcome to send an unsolicited application including a letter of interest, CV and letter of references directly to one of our research group leaders.
Scientists who wish to establish a research group hosted by the Department and financed by a group leader research grant covering the applicant’s own salary (Lundbeck Foundation Fellowships, Independent Research Fund Denmark’s Sapere Aude program, ERC Starting grants, Novo Foundation Hallas Møller grants etc.) will need the support by one of the group leaders in the department and by the Head of Department. The Head of Department will forward the CV and application outline to the leadership team to obtain comments. The Head of Department might seek input from additional group leaders, or scientists outside the Department. To allow enough time to establish the suitability for the Department, the applicant must approach the Head of Department at least one month prior to the application deadline with both a CV and a draft application. It is the Department’s experience that having a mentor within the Department increases the success rate - this is especially true for foreign applicants. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to seek the active mentorship of existing group leaders early in the process.
To receive the endorsement of the Department, the applicant needs to demonstrate all of the following points:
- a strong application that has a good chance of getting funded (include information about mentorships),
- a strong interest in joining the department on those terms which follow from the application itself (this might be established by signing a ‘letter of intent’, or similar); it is understood that the Department’s abilities to further support the applicant as part of a post-award negotiation are currently very limited,
- a strong synergy with the Department in terms of research and teaching.
Support for applications may be declined by the Head of Department if
- the above terms are not convincingly established (for instance if the application is deemed unlikely to succeed),
- the applicant’s research or teaching profile does not fit the Departmental strategy,
- affiliation of the applicant will require resources (space/equipment), which are not available in the Department, and for which there is no funding,
- the Head of Department decides to prioritize other competing applications.
We encourage talented and enthusiastic young researchers to pursue a graduate degree (PhD) at the Department of Neuroscience.
We invite you to take contact to the laboratory in which you aim to conduct your thesis work and pursue funding opportunities together with the head of the laboratory group. See full list of researchers at the Department of Neuroscience.
To learn about the requirements for the PhD degree at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, visit the PhD School’s website.
All graduate students at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences are required to enroll in a graduate program. We encourage the PhD students at Department of Neuroscience to enroll in the graduate program in neuroscience, NeuroGrad. To learn about the requirements and activities of NeuroGrad, visit our website.