Postdoc in Neuroscience

University of Copenhagen

Postdoc Position in Neuroscience

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic postdoc for a two-year position to commence on 15 May 2024 or after agreement in the Bellardita group at the Neuroscience Department, University of Copenhagen.

We are offering a postdoctoral research opportunity combining computer science and neuroscience to revolutionize preclinical research using artificial intelligence and machine vision. This project aims to evaluate behavioural changes in rodents caused by nervous system pathologies and assess therapeutic interventions for various neurological disorders.

Information on the department can be found at: https://in.ku.dk/
 

Our research
Bellardita Laboratory merges molecular and systems neuroscience approaches to investigate how the nervous system generates coordinated movements and the key changes at the cellular and network levels after paralysing spinal cord injury. Through a combination of basic and translational research with advanced behavioural profiling, mouse intersectional genetics, optogenetic, electrophysiology, and anatomical investigation the laboratory aims to bridge the gap between a fundamental understanding of neural circuitries controlling movements and the development of effective therapeutic interventions for motor recovery in people with spinal cord injury.
 

Your job
We are excited to announce a postdoctoral research opportunity at the intersection of computer science and neuroscience. This unique initiative is dedicated to reshaping preclinical research by leveraging the power of artificial intelligence and machine vision. Specifically, the project focuses on assessing behavioural profiles in rodents, examining how they change due to pathological states of the nervous system, and evaluating the impact of therapeutic interventions designed to restore normal function. Our overarching goal is to expedite the development and assessment of innovative therapeutic solutions for neurological disorders with diverse origins. As a Postdoctoral Researcher, you will assume a central role in propelling this transformative project. Your primary responsibilities will encompass:

  • Collaborating with a dynamic team of experimentalist neuroscientists, computer scientists, and clinicians to conceive and implement behavioural tests employing 2D and 3D cameras, machine vision, and machine learning techniques.
  • Formulating data processing pipelines for capturing and scrutinizing a rich dataset of behavioural patterns, with a distinct emphasis on comprehending how brain damage and therapeutic interventions influence behaviour.
  • Contributing to the establishment of a platform for the swift assessment of therapeutic interventions within expansive datasets, with a particular focus on scaling up the platform to meet industry requirements.
  • Engaging in interdisciplinary collaboration with Novo Nordisk, the nation's largest healthcare company in Denmark, to translate biological insights into innovative therapeutic solutions. We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following competencies and experience.
     

Profile

Essential experience and skills:

  • A Ph.D. in Computer Science or a closely related field, specialized in machine vision, machine learning, or artificial intelligence.
  • Proficiency in programming, with notable skills in pertinent languages and frameworks (e.g., Python, OpenCV, TensorFlow, etc.).
  • Profound competence in imaging and signal processing within the field of neuroscience is highly advantageous.
  • A strong proclivity for interdisciplinary research and a readiness to collaborate across diverse scientific domains.
  • Outstanding communication skills and a demonstrated track record of research publication in peer-reviewed journals, as well as presentation at conferences.
  • An enthusiastic commitment to applying state-of-the-art technology to address real-world challenges in neuroscience and healthcare.
  • Proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams.
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken.
  • Having a FELASA or equivalent certification for animal experimentation is desirable but not crucial.
     

Place of employment
The place of employment is at the Department of Neuroscience, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and core facilities Core Facilities (https://healthsciences.ku.dk/research/corefacilities/).


Terms of employment
The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.

The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period 2 years.The starting date is 15 May 2024 or after agreement.

Salary, pension and other conditions of employment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Taxation and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or another relevant organisation. Currently, the monthly salary starts at 36,000 DKK/approx. 4,800 EUR (October 2023 level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Foreign 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 Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2020.


Questions
For further information please contact Associate professor Carmelo Bellardita: cbellardita@sund.ku.dk

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: www.ism.ku.dk (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. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.
  4. List of publications.
     

Deadline for applications: 28 of February 2024, 23.59pm CET

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 could comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/

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

The University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background.

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Info

Application deadline: 28-02-2024
Employment start: 15-05-2024
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Institut for Neurovidenskab