Postdoc in Circadian Neurobiology at Department of Neuroscience

University of Copenhagen


Postdoc in Circadian Neurobiology at Department of Neuroscience

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences 

University of Copenhagen 


We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic researcher for a 2-year postdoc position in Circadian Neurobiology to commence 1 April 2019 or soon thereafter.  


Scientific aim: To establish the role of transcription factors in regulation of circadian melatonin synthesis.

Methodological aim: To establish new rodent in vivo models for modulating neuroendocrine gene expression. 


Our research 

Our research is focused on the circadian system of the mammalian. We have a special interest in the pineal gland, which conveys circadian information from the endogenous circadian clock of the hypothalamus into a nocturnal hormonal signal of melatonin. In a combined effort, involving neuroanatomical and molecular biological techniques, we investigate the roles of homeobox gene-encoded transcription factors in both development and mature function of the circadian system with focus on the pinealocyte, the principal melatonin-producing cell-type of the pineal gland.  


The research group 

You will be part of a young and energetic 8-people research group, including postdocs, PhD-students and technical support. Daily contacts between PI and junior scientists and weekly lab meetings ensures frequent guidance. This Spring we are moving into newly established laboratories designed to meet the exact requirements for our research. 


Information on the department and our research group can be found at:  


Your job 

This postdoc fellowship is financed by a research grant from the Independent Research Fund Denmark - Medical Sciences. Your main task will be to perform siRNA-based and viral knockdown of homeobox genes in the brains of adult rats. In addition, you will perform siRNA-based knockdown of homeobox genes in primary neuroendocrine cell cultures and localize transcription factors in the rodent brain by use of histological techniques. 



We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following competencies and experience: 


Essential experience and skills: 

  • You have a PhD in neuroscience, neuroendocrinology or a related field 

  • You are highly experienced in siRNA-based and viral gene targeting in rodent model systems 

  • You are experienced in rodent surgical techniques 

  • You have excellent English skills written and spoken 

Desirable experience and skills: 

  • You are experienced in molecular biological and histological techniques 

  • You have an active interest in circadian neurobiology and neuroanatomy 

  • You have an excellent track-record of publications in international scientific journals 

  • You have proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams  

Place of employment 

The place of employment is at Department of Neuroscience, Panum Institute, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and equipment. 


Terms of employment  

The employment as postdoc is a full time and fixed-term position for 2 years with possibility of extension. Starting date is 1 April 2019 or after agreement. 

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 33,700 DKK/ approx. 4,480 Euro (April 2018-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund. 


Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions, if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years. 


The position is covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of June 28, 2013. 



For further information please contact Associate Professor Martin Fredensborg Rath (  


Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (International Staff Mobility).  


Application procedure 

Your online application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:


1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page). 

2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position. 

3. A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate (or equivalent). If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do. 

4. List of publications. 


Application deadline: 10 March 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. 


The further process  

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor. Once the assessment work has been completed 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.  


Interviews are expected to be held in week 12. 


University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. Appointment will be based on merit alone. 

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