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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 eminent opportunities. 

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 (PDF) that is mutually organized by the Graduate School of Natural Sciences 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.

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 fruit fly 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.

PhD projects in a research group at DANDRITE 

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 (Poul Nissen group)

  • Molecular cell biology of intracellular signaling networks with focus on Parkinson disease and dementia (Poul Henning Jensen group)

  • Sorting/trafficking, trans-synaptic communication and signaling in nerve cells as mediated by sortilin receptors and studied in transgenic animal models (Anders Nykjær group)

  • Embryonic and reprogrammed stem cells in Parkinson disease (Mark Denham group)

  • Molecular cell biology, brain circuitries and behavior in Drosophila (Anne von Philipsborn group)

  • Neuronal circuits and molecular basis of effort based decision-making (Duda Kvitsiani group)

  • Memory formation and consolidation at the synaptic and circuit levels (Sadegh Nabavi group)

  • Structure, function and development of neural circuits in visual system (Keisuke Yonehara group)

Alternatively, PhD students at DANDRITE can also be supervised by one of the Team Leaders at DANDRITE. The current 3 team leader groups also cover exciting fields of neurosciences:  

  • Memory selectivity and knowledge updating (Tomonori Takeuchi team)

    Specific available PhD project:
    Molecular and systems-level mechanisms on selective retention of trivial memory, and on assimilation of this memory into neocortical knowledge

  • Electrophysiology of electrogenic transporters and ion channels (Hanne Poulsen team)

  • Synaptic plasticity and intra-cellular signaling complexes in memory formation (Magnus Kjærgaard team)

Read more about the PhD degree programme at Health and Natural Sciences incl. application guidelines, open calls etc. 
-    Graduate School of Health
-    Graduate School of Natural Sciences