We are offering a PhD fellowship in Cognitive Motor Neuroscience commencing 1st of December 2020 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Our group and research
You will be part of the Christensen lab at Department of Neuroscience and the interdisciplinary research group Cognition, Intention and Action (CoInAct). The overall purpose of the Christensen lab is to understand sensorimotor interactions in the central nervous system of humans, and how sensorimotor interactions serves as the foundations for cognitive functions.

We study basic motor neurophysiology and higher order cognitive phenomena in humans. CoInAct brings together researchers from different disciplines – including philosophy, psychology and neuroscience – with a common interest in understanding human cognition and action. In general, we aim to improve understanding of the psychological, philosophical and neural foundations of human cognition, action, and movement, and to foster interdisciplinary collaboration between scientists and students interested in these research areas.

Project description

The project that the PhD fellow will work on is entitled The Functional Role of Perception. In the project we are investigating the link between neural information of the primary motor cortex and the conscious experience of movement perception.

The main experimental technique that is going to be employed are recordings of motor evoked potentials elicited by transcranial magnetic stimulation in combination with subjective reports of the conscious experience of performed movement. In addition, we will investigate which role the conscious experience of the performed movements has in acquisition of new motor skills. The PhD fellow will work in parallel with another PhD fellow from the CoInAct group employed at the Section of Philosophy working on a PhD project on philosophy of action.

Principal supervisor isAssociate Professor, Mark Schram Christensen, Department of Neuroscience, markc@sund.ku.dk.

Start:                  1st of December 2020

Duration:          3 years as a PhD student

Job description
Your key tasks as a PhD student at SUND are:

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision
  • Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS points
  • Participate in active research environments including a stay at another research team
  • Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Teach and disseminate your knowledge
  • Write a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants
Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a master’s degree related to the subject area of the project e.g. Neuroscience, Neuroimaging, Experimental Psychology, Exercise Physiology, Human Physiology, Cognitive Science, biomedical engineering or similar with a curiosity driven interest in understanding the relationship between conscious perception of movement and electrophysiological measurements in humans.

Other important criteria are:

  • The grade point average achieved
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Previous publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in understanding the link between human movement neuroscience and cognitive functions
  • English Language skills
  • Interest in interdisciplinary research work coupling knowledge from health, natural and humanities science
  • Strong data analysis skills with the ability to do programming independently

Place of employment

The place of employment is at Department of Neuroscience, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international interdisciplinary research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories with equipment for doing human electrophysiological (EEG, EMG) recordings including non-invasive brain stimulation (TMS, tDCS), behavioral measurements, biomechanical measurements and virtual reality.

Terms of employment
The employment as PhD fellow is full time and for 3 years.

It is conditioned upon the applicant’s success­ful enrolment as a PhD student at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the Faculty’s rules on achieving the degree.

Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agree­ment between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary begins around 27.593 DKK /approx. 3.707 EUR (April 2020-level) plus pension.

For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD study at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School’s website: https://healthsciences.ku.dk/phd/guidelines/

Application procedure
Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. The application must include the following documents in PDF format: 

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

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

3. Master of Science diploma and transcript of records. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor will do

4. Publication list (if possible)

Application deadline:  11th of September 2020, 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.

The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

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 http://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 Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises approximately 7500 students, 1500 PhD students and 3200 employees. The Faculty advances the field of health sciences through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions benefitting patients and the community. The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position. 


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