DRCMR provides volunteers with hands-on experience in neuroscience, getting the neuro-jargon and brain-study-culture under their skin.

How to become a volunteer at DRCMR

Volunteering is mainly for those, who have some theoretical knowledge of neuroscience and wish to get some hands-on experience. By doing volunteer-work at DRCMR you will get a sense of the possibilities and limitations of the neuroscience being conducted here, while learning new and intriguing details every day for example by helping out with an experiment.

Volunteering at DRCMR can also lead to your involvement as part of a larger scientific project for example for your master's thesis or indeed – if you find a supervisor sharing your enthusiasm – conducting a study yourself.  

And as long as you have got the interest, engagement and want to put in the effort, then people are welcoming extra hands, even if you do not have a traditional neuro-background.

If you have a prospective enquiry about volunteering at DRCMR, then we recommend, either writing directly to the one group leader that you are interested to work with, or for more general enquiries about potential opportunities, write to Karam Sidaros. In order for us to effectively deal with your enquiry, we request that the same enquiry is not e-mailed to multiple group leaders.


My Experience

 morten thomsen

Morten Thomsen, 36, has a background in journalism. During the summer of 2015 Morten was a volunteer at the DRCMR.

I walked my own first footsteps at DRCMR, when I volunteered to a linguistic EEG-experiment in summer 2015. I was doing a master's programme in journalism and had taken courses in neuropsychology to be able to investigate how readers perceive journalism. This was, however, only on the theoretical level. I needed to get some hands-on experience and therefore asked whether someone needed helping hands at DRCMR. My non-traditional background meant I could provide other competences (e.g. within communication) which allowed me to help with webpages, while at the same time learning how to conduct studies in the brain. First I participated as a subject myself or observed experiments being conducted and later helping out with experiments myself.

And step by step the culture about conducting such studies and the language involved crawled under my skin. Whether it was in one of the many courses, DRCMR provides for upcoming researchers, or simply over a cup of coffee with a PhD-student, talking about the many practical issues about conducting studies that you would never find in a textbook.

After volunteering, Morten did his master thesis at DRCMR and thus became the one asking for volunteers for his own experiment.  



Karam Sidaros

Tel.: +45 3862 3330
DRCMR, MR-forskning, Afs. 714
Copenhagen Hvidovre Hospital
Kettegard Alle 30
DK-2650 Hvidovre