Wednesday, 24 September 2014 10:52

Revised: Two RA/PhD positions in life course, aging and neuroimaging

The following announcement of open position was revised September 24, 2014.


The Center for Healthy Aging will appoint two full-time research assistants to contribute to a project on life course, aging and brain imaging. In collaboration between the Unit of Medical Psychology at the Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen and the Danish Research Center for Magnetic Resonance (DRCMR) based at Hvidovre Hospital the project will focus on associations between life course exposures and adversities, personality, cognition, and brain structure and function in late midlife.
Both positions are open from 1 November 2014 or later. The period of employment is limited to 1 year. Research environment
The Center for Healthy Aging primarily focuses on multi-disciplinary aging research and offers opportunities for interaction with leading aging researchers in a broad range of fields from molecular biology to the humanities. The Unit of Medical Psychology is the psychology unit of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen. The DRCMR is one of the leading research centers in Europe within the field of biomedical MRI. Both units conduct research at an international level and provide experienced PhD supervisors.
Both applicants should have a sincere interest in life course and aging research. One of the successful applicants will have a background in psychology with an interest in lifespan psychology, individual differences and neuropsychology. Major responsibilities will be to conduct interviews and to administer neuropsychological tests and therefore the applicant should be fluent in Danish as a first or second language. The other research assistant should have a background within medical technology and preferably experience with neuroimaging. Major responsibilities will be the acquisition and analysis of brain imaging data. From both research assistants we expect proficiency with databases and excellent written and verbal communication skills. During the first 2-3 months both are expected to develop PhD protocols in collaboration with senior researchers to enable them to apply for enrolment as PhD students in early 2015. Successful candidates will have opportunities for research training and skills development and will be part of a rich and stimulating intellectual environment interacting with international multi-disciplinary research groups.
For further information about the positions please contact Professor Erik Lykke Mortensen, telephone number +45 3532 7839, e-mail: ( or Senior researcher Ellen Garde, telephone number +45 3862 2977, e-mail: (
Salary and employment terms
Salary and employment terms are subject to the collective agreement made between the Danish Ministry of
Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on the employment of academics in state
service. In addition to the seniority-based salary, the appointee will receive a monthly supplement of currently
DKK 3.153,20 and additional bonuses may be negotiated on an individual basis.
The application must contain:
1. A cover letter (half to one page), including:
- a statement indicating whether the application is for the psychology or the neuroimaging position and detailing the basis on which the applicant wishes his or her scientific, and other qualifications to be assessed.
- an account of other qualifications relevant to the post applied for.
- a description of relevant background and motivation for choosing this research project.
2. A curriculum vitae with documentation of professional standing.

Apply online by clicking here. Deadline for applications is 20 October 2014. Material received after this time will not be considered.
The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises app. 7500 students, app. 1500 PhD students and app. 3200 employees. The Faculty creates new knowledge and recognition 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 for the benefit of patients and the community.