At The Danish Research Institute of Translational Neuroscience (DANDRITE), Aarhus University
and the Nordic-EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine

If you want to pursue a PhD degree within the neuroscience research field, DANDRITE offers the eminent opportunity by advertising several PhD student positions 4 times each year through open calls (February, May, August/September, and November).

DANDRITE is an interdisciplinary research center of neuroscience at Aarhus University that combines molecular and circuitry neuroscience with animal models and translational neuroscience. The aim is to investigate the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying behavior and sensory functions, and to reveal pathophysiological mechanisms and new intervention strategies of neurological, neurodegenerative, and psychiatric disorders. The research integrates technologies spanning from biochemistry, structural biology, and cryoEM to advanced imaging, neuronal circuitry mapping, behavioral models in fruitfly and mouse, and stem cell applications.

DANDRITE encompasses a thriving, international research community with many PhD students and postdocs and with well-established research infrastructure and support at Aarhus University and within the NeuroCampus Aarhus community shared with the Aarhus University Hospital.

DANDRITE PhD students are under the supervision of at least one of the current 8 Group leaders at DANDRITE. The current 8 research groups at DANDRITE cover a broad range of neurosciences:

  • Structural biology and electrophysiology of membrane transporters and receptors (Nissen group)
  • Molecular cell biology of intracellular signaling networks with focus on Parkinson disease and dementia (Jensen group)
  • Sorting/trafficking, trans-synaptic communication and signaling in nerve cells as mediated by sortilin receptors and studied in transgenic animal models (Nykjær group)
  • Embryonic and reprogrammed stem cells in Parkinson disease (Denham group)
  • Molecular cell biology, brain circuitries and behavior in Drosophila (Philipsborn group)
  • Neuronal circuits and molecular basis of effort based decision-making (Kvitsiani group)
  • Memory formation and consolidation at the synaptic and circuit levels (Nabavi group)
  • Structure, function and development of neural circuits in visual system (Yonehara group)


PhD positions at DANDRITE are advertised through general open calls with application deadlines four times every year in February, May, August/September, and November. Please note that potential candidates, who would like to apply for a PhD position at DANDRITE, must contact a relevant Group Leader to prepare for a joint application, except for project-specific calls with open applications.

PhD students at DANDRITE will be enrolled in the PhD degree programme for Molecular Medicine, an interdisciplinary PhD degree programme at Aarhus University that is mutually organized by the Graduate School of Science and Technology and the Graduate School of Health. The courses included in the degree can be put together from a wide variety of subjects in neuroscience, molecular medicine, bioinformatics, biophysics and molecular and structural biology.

The Nordic EMBL Partnership is now seeking PhD Students in Molecular Medicine

As part of the joint Nordic EMBL Partnership call for PhD students in Molecular Medicine 2018, we are seeking outstanding candidates for PhD positions.

The Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine is dedicated to research excellence in molecular medicine, and life science research that investigates the molecular basis of disease and explores molecular and genetic based treatments. Each institute brings a unique set of expertise, skills, and facilities together with the recognised research strengths of the EMBL. The Partnership provides access to scientific infrastructure as well as clinical materials, networks, and training activities and adopts the EMBL model for international recruitment and scientific reviews.

Download Call for PhD students in Molecular Medicine 2018 here  

Find out more about The Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine here

Read more about the PhD degree programme here:
-    Graduate School of Health
-    Graduate School of Science and Technology

Application guidelines are found here:
-    Graduate School of Health
-    Graduate School of Science and Technology

Find application portals:
The Open Calls will be listed on the pages linked to below, when the announcement period has started.
-    Open calls at Graduate School of Health
-    Open calls at Graduate School of Science and Technology