Postdoc or PhD Position on Integrating Therapeutic Experiences with past Maladaptive Memories

 We are seeking a highly qualified and motivated PhD student or postdoc for the project “Changing minds by reshaping memories”, which is funded by an NWO Vidi project awarded to dr. V.A. van Ast. You’ll conduct experimental research to investigate how novel therapeutic experiences can be optimally integrated with past maladaptive memories.

 

The project is embedded in the Amsterdam Emotional Memory lab , situated at the Clinical Psychology Department. The lab addresses fundamental questions about memory malleability, investigates mechanisms of change in the treatment of mental disorders, and contributes to treatment innovation.

   

What are you going to do
 

Recalling the past brings up memories and emotions in the present. Upon retrieval however, memories can be changed – for better or for worse – either by integrating novel experiences with existing memories (integration), or by actively breaking down such connections (disintegration). However, why memory retrieval leads to integration in some instances and to disintegration at other times is poorly understood, and the consequences of these processes for evoked emotions, are unknown. This undermines the effectiveness of psychotherapies that rely upon retrieval-induced integration.

 

For this project, we seek a highly motivated and qualified PhD student or postdoc. Using tools such as fMRI and psychophysiology, you’ll conduct translational research to gain insight in the conditions and neurobiological mechanisms of (dis)integration of real-life memories, and how this affects symptom changes in emotional memory disorders. To do so, you will further develop variations on paradigms that we have recently developed, suitable to measure central characteristics (e.g., psychophysiological responses, episodic detail, associative memory) of both lab-induced and autobiographical emotional memories. The collected data you’ll analyze using fMRI, multilevel- and network modelling. Ultimately, you’ll write at least three experimental papers (or a doctoral thesis on the basis of at least four experimental papers).

 

You will conduct your research under the main supervision of dr. Vanessa van Ast at the University of Amsterdam, as part of her NWO-funded Vidi project “Changing minds by reshaping memories”. The project asks how integration of novel therapeutic experiences with past maladaptive memories can be promoted, while investigating neuronal, physiological, and psychological mechanisms of memory change. The project is also part of the group of the Amsterdam Emotional Memory lab that focusses on the mechanisms of (memory) change in the treatment of anxiety and related disorders. In the case of a PhD project, Prof. Merel Kindt will be your promotor in addition to dr. Vanessa van Ast.

 

The positions include 0.1 fte of teaching. Accordingly, subject to availability and qualifications, you will contribute to the teaching program of Clinical Psychology, by e.g., supervising thesis students.

 

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Plan and perform neuroimaging experiments in an independent manner;
  • Critically analyze and interpret results;
  • Take a leading role in writing manuscripts;
  • Present your results at (inter)national scientific meetings;
  • Collaborate with international and local researchers;
  • Assist in teaching undergraduates and/or Master’s students;
  • Supervise junior scientists (MSc/BSc students).

 

PhD: Conduct at least four experimental studies and complete a PhD thesis within the official appointment duration of four years;

Postdoc: Conduct at least three experimental studies within the official appointment duration of three years;

 

What do you have to offer
 

You are passionate about neuroscientific memory research and motivated to uncover mechanisms of (dis)integration of real-life memories using a scientifically sound approach. You like a challenge and are excited about performing experiments and analyzing the collected data. You keep your head cool when things get busy and have a flexible attitude when circumstances are unforeseen. You have a strong background in experimental psychology, statistical methods, and neuroimaging. Finally, you are a team player and a nice colleague with good communication skills as you will regularly join and present at lab meetings, as well (inter)national conferences sharing technical know-how and ideas.

 

Both positions require:

  • A strong interest in memory, brain functioning, psychophysiology, and clinical Psychology;
  • Affinity and solid experience with fMRI;
  • Solid experience with programming (e.g., R, Matlab, Presentation);
  • Strong analytical and statistical skills (i.e., fMRI analysis, multilevel modelling, mediation analysis);
  • The ambition to become a leading scientist;
  • A good command of written and spoken English;
  • Good project management skills;
  • Excellent social skills and team spirit.

 

PhD: You have (or are about to obtain) a MSc degree in (bio)psychology or a related field such as cognitive neuroscience or biomedical science;

Postdoc: You hold (or are about to obtain) a PhD in (bio)psychology or a related field such as cognitive neuroscience or biomedical science;

 

What can we offer you
 

The position starts in February 2024 but later alternative dates may be considered.

The postdoc position concerns temporary employment of 30,4 hours per week for a maximum term of 3 years. The salary will be between €3074 and €5439 based on your experience (full-time in keeping with scale 11 of the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities). We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary benefits, including 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.

 

The PhD position concerns temporary employment of 38 hours per week for a maximum term of 4 years The initial employment is for one year. Following a positive assessment and barring altered circumstances, this term will be extended to the maximum term. will be the salary will be €2.541,- gross per month in the first year and will increase to €3.247,- in the final year. We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary benefits, including 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.

 

We also expect you to assist in teaching responsibilities such as undergraduates and master students.

 

The UvA offers excellent possibilities for further professional development and education.

 

What else do we offer

  • A position in which initiative and own input are highly valued
  • An enthusiastic and warm team open to new colleagues
  • An inspiring academic and international working environment in the heart of Amsterdam.

 

About us

 

The University of Amsterdam is the largest university in the Netherlands, with the broadest spectrum of degree programmes. It is an intellectual hub with 39,000 students, 6,000 employees and 3,000 doctoral students who are all committed to a culture of inquiring minds.
 

About the faculty

A challenging work environment with a variety of duties and ample scope for individual initiative and development within an inspiring organization. The social and behavioral sciences play a leading role in addressing the major societal challenges faced by the world, the Netherlands and Amsterdam, now and in the future.


Want to know more about our organisation? Read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.

 

Questions

 

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Job application

 

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by June 22, 2023. You may apply online by using the link below.

 

Applications in .pdf should include:

  • Letter of motivation (maximally one page, attn. of dr. Vanessa van Ast), please clearly indicate if you apply for the Phd or Postdoc position;
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae;
  • Names and contact details of two scientists who are willing to provide references.
     

     

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.


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Postdoctoral Position in Carbon capture and utilisation

 Climate change brings with it urgent challenges, especially for the carbon cycle. The CO2 problem can be addressed through Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) and/or Carbon Capture & Utilisation (CCU). Chemistry and physics can provide us with technological solutions (e.g., storing CO2 in aquifers or its electrochemical conversion into value-added products), but technology alone is not enough. History, social sciences and political science are needed to understand the societal impacts of the various solutions. This understanding is essential for a successful implementation and acceptance of the new technologies.

We will explore and evaluate CCS, CCU and CCUS technologies and develop them into conceivable socio-technical scenarios, with special emphasis on electrochemistry as an enabler of CCUS. Starting with a historical analysis of the innovation context, we will analyse the scope and impact of the technologies based on regional and national resources in the Netherlands, Greece and Norway. The European data will be compared with data from Zhejiang province in China and from Brazil. Our overall goal is designing an integrated CCUS process with a high degree of social, political, and technological acceptance.
The social sciences aspects of the project will be aligned with the experimental part. 

 

We are looking for a result-oriented social scientist who can work independently and drive their research project forward.

 

The Heterogeneous Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry Group (HCSC) has an opening for postdoctoral researcher within the van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) at the University of Amsterdam

 

Do you want to make a difference in the fight against Global Climate Change? 

 

To evaluate the different scenarios in CCUS, collaborations with experimental and social & behavioral groups within University of Amsterdam are foreseen. The position is for 1.5 years starting on 1st September 2023. Candidates must have a PhD and a strong Social & Behavioral Sciences background.

 

This position will be based at the Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, and will be jointly supervised by dr Amanda Garcia from the Faculty of Sciences and prof. dr John Grin from the Faculty of Social Behavioral and Sciences. 


What are you going to do?

 

The current, social-science vacancy is for a post-doc position to assess, ex ante, for the abovementioned applications the societal and technological impacts of CCS and CCU technologies and scenarios, with special emphasis on the impacts of electrochemical conversion options for CO2 in the Netherlands and Western Europe. To obtain a balanced view and examine the transferability of the conclusions across countries and societies, you will compare the European data with data for Zhejiang province in China, obtained via our connection to the Shanghai Institute for Cleantech Innovation and Brazil. Findings are to be translated into design criteria for the further technical development of innovations, so as to promote their successful introduction.

 

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Write articles for publication and present papers/ posters at national and international conferences as directed by the head of laboratory.
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills in English.
  • Collaborate with the postdoc at the experimental group.
  • Contribute a dynamic group of students and researchers.
  • Provide general assistance as needed with other research related activities.
  • Write progress reports and prepare results for publication and dissemination via journals, presentations and the web.
  • Oversee, supervise and train, in association with the supervisor, undergraduate and postgraduate students

 

What do you have to offer?

 

Your experience and profile:

  • A PhD degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences, or related field
  • Experience in Science and Technology Studies (STS)
  • Experience with Lifecycle, PEST and Impact analyses are required. 
  • Experience with Interactive Technology Assessment (ITA).
  • Experience in supervising PhD research;
  • Experience in supporting tasks and the willingness to take the responsibility for administrative tasks, such as organisation meetings/workshops;
  • Flexible, readiness to participate in interdisciplinary cooperation and multidisciplinary development (verifiably focused on collaboration with other disciplines);


Our offer

 

A temporary contract for 38 hours per week, preferably starting on 1-9-2022, for the duration of 18 months. 
Based on a full-time contract (38 hours per week) the gross monthly salary will range from €2,960 to €4,670 (scale 10). This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

The UvA offers excellent possibilities for further professional development and education.


Besides the salary and a vibrant and challenging environment at Science Park we offer you multiple fringe benefits:

  • 232 holiday hours per year (based on fulltime) and extra holidays between Christmas and 1 January;
  • multiple courses to follow from our Teaching and Learning Centre;
  • a complete educational program for PhD students;
  • multiple courses on topics such as leadership for academic staff;
  • multiple courses on topics such as time management, handling stress and an online learning platform with 100+ different courses;
  • 7 weeks birth leave (partner leave) with 100% salary;
  • partly paid parental leave;
  • the possibility to set up a workplace at home;
  • a pension at ABP for which UvA pays two third part of the contribution;
  • the possibility to follow courses to learn Dutch;
  • help with housing for a studio or small apartment when you’re moving from abroad. 

Are you curious to read more about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits, take a look here.


About us

 

The Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) is one of eight institutes of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) Faculty of Science. HIMS performs internationally recognized chemistry and molecular research, curiosity driven as well as application driven. This is done in close cooperation with the chemical, flavor & food, medical and high-tech industries. Research is organized into four themes: Analytical Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, Synthesis & Catalysis and Molecular Photonics.

 

Whereas, education and research at the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences (FMG) at the UvA focus on social and people-oriented issues, driven by scientific curiosity, and addressing societal questions. It is the largest educational and research institution in the field of social and behavioral sciences in Europe.


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Job application

 

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 20-6-2023. You may apply online by using the link below.

 

Applications in 2 PDFs should include:

  • a letter of motivation 
  • a curriculum vitae (including complete list of publications) and names and contact details (email and telephone numbers) of three references

 

Note that this position requires a PhD and proven knowledge/experience in social and behavioral sciences. Candidates who do not fulfil these two requirements will not be considered.

 

We will recruit until the position is filled and close the position when a suitable candidate is found.

 

 

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.


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PhD in Functional Proteomics

 The University of Copenhagen is seeking a highly motivated and talented PhD fellow to commence January 1, 2024, in the Deshmukh Group at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research (CBMR), University of Copenhagen.

The PhD fellowship is part of the CBMR International PhD & Postdoc Program.

About Us
The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research’s vision is to strengthen interdisciplinary research that transforms our basic understanding of the mechanisms that underlie cardiometabolic health and disease, and to accelerate this knowledge toward new prevention and treatment strategies. We were established in 2010, and in 2017, we moved into new laboratories and offices in the Maersk Tower.

The Center has around 260 employees who work in an international, highly collaborative research environment across a range of biomedical disciplines. For more information, visit www.cbmr.ku.dk.

Our Research
The Deshmukh Group is engaged in highly interdisciplinary research that combines the field of proteomics, exercise science, nutrition, and cell biology to study the impact of lifestyle on metabolism. The main goal of our research is to investigate how diet and exercise alters intra- and intercellular communication and hence the metabolism. We value teamwork and collaboration, both within our group and with international researchers, to expand our knowledge and develop innovative approaches to study metabolism. Through our collaborative efforts, we strive to improve the health and well-being of individuals worldwide. More information about the group can be found here

Project Description
We are seeking an enthusiastic, passionate researcher to perform a PhD project in functional proteomics. The main objective of the project is to identify and characterize secreted proteins in body fluid samples from healthy and type 2 diabetic individuals at rest and after an exercise intervention. The successful applicant will utilize cutting-edge proteomics workflow, alongside bioinformatics and metabolic assays in in vitro and in vivo model systems. The candidate will work in an interdisciplinary team comprising molecular biologists, bioinformaticians and cell biologists. By working together, we aim to gain better understanding of the complex mechanisms behind protein secretion and how they are influenced by exercise and metabolic disorders.

Principal supervisor is Associate Professor Atul Shahaji Deshmukh, atul.deshmukh@sund.ku.dk

Start:  January 1, 2024

Duration: 1 year as Research Assistant followed by 3 years as PhD fellow contingent on a positive evaluation of the 1st year.

Profile
The PhD fellowship is aimed at early-career researchers with a basic science background or clinicians who aspire to a career in academic medicine.

Required qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Molecular Biomedicine, or related sciences Please note that your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (two years).
  • The grade point average achieved
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Previous publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • A curious mindset with a strong interest in proteomics and bioinformatics
  • Excellent English communication skills, both written and oral

Eligibility
The PhD fellowships within the CBMR International PhD & Postdoc Program are open for applicants that hold a Master’s degree equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (two years). The Master’s degree has to be obtained before January 1, 2024. You are not eligible to apply for the program if you have been employed in a Research Assistant position for more than two years at the University of Copenhagen prior to the commencement of the fellowship.

Terms of Employment
The employment consists of 1 year as a Research Assistant followed by 3 years as PhD fellow contingent on a positive evaluation of the 1st year. Starting date is January 1, 2024.

The employment as PhD fellow 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 Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

Questions
For further information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Atul Shahaji Deshmukh at atul.deshmukh@sund.ku.dk. Questions regarding the CBMR International PhD & Postdoc Program must be directed to cbmr@sund.ku.dk. For questions regarding the recruitment procedure, please contact HR at sund-hr-cbmr@sund.ku.dk.

General information about PhD studies at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School’s website.

The University of Copenhagen International Staff Mobility office offers support and assistance to all international researchers on all issues related to moving to and settling in Denmark.

Application Procedure
Your online application must be submitted in English via the ‘Apply now’ link below. Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

  • Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  • CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant to the position
  • Certified copy of original Master of Science diploma and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in other language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted. As a prerequisite for a PhD fellowship employment, your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree. We encourage you to read more in the assessment database: https://ufm.dk/en/education/recognition-and-transparency/find-assessments/assessment-database. Please note that we might ask you to obtain an assessment of your education performed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science
  • List of publications
  • References (name and contact details of at least two references)

Application Deadline: June 18, 2023, 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. 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 www.employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process.

The applicant will be assessed according to Ministerial Order No. 242 of March 13, 2012, on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of their personal backgrounds.

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Application deadline: 18-06-2023
Employment start: 01-01-2024
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research

A PhD Position in the Mechanics of Tissue Homeostasis at reNEW

 The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Medicine (reNEW) at Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen is looking for a PhD candidate to join the Sedzinski group starting mid/late 2023 or upon agreement with the chosen candidate.

The Center:
The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Medicine, reNEW has its Hub at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) as well as nodes at UCPH, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Leiden University Medical Center. Researchers within reNEW addresses fundamental questions in stem cell and developmental biology and will pivot research findings to clinical outcomes and products.

Our research
A PhD position for 4 years (1 year as a Research Assistant and 3 years as PhD student) is available in the group of Jakub Sedzinski at reNEW. The team studies the general principles underlying epithelial homeostasis. Particularly, the team wants to determine both the mechanics and molecular regulation of the mucociliary epithelial cell development and renewal from stem cells hoping to provide new insights into treatment of epithelial pathologies associated with defective tissue homeostasis, such as asthma, colitis, and most common epithelial tumors, or carcinomas.

The team utilizes Xenopus (frog) embryos as a model system and the state-of-the-art quantitative image processing and multiomics techniques. This project will combine quantitative live-cell imaging of developing frog embryos, molecular and mechanical perturbations and computational analyses of time-series and sequencing data. Starting date for this position is the 1st of October 2023, or upon agreement with the chosen candidate.

Job description:
We are seeking an enthusiastic and outstanding candidate with a background in cell and tissue mechanics. The candidate will implement cutting-edge quantitative imaging methods, multiomics techniques and tissue engineering to unravel how cell and tissue mechanics regulates the mucociliary epithelial cell development and renewal.

Your key tasks as a PhD student at SUND are:

  • Carrying through an independent research project under supervision.
  • Completing PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approximately 30 ECTS points.
  • Participating in active research environments including a stay at another research team.
  • Obtaining experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Teaching and disseminating your knowledge.
  • Writing a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project

Qualifications:

  • A MSc degree in life sciences or equivalent
  • Documented hands-on experience with Xenopus embryos, quantitative image processing and data analysis would be extremely valuable.
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken.
  • Highly motivated and ambitious candidates are encouraged to apply.
  • A solution-oriented, organizational and positive mindset is required. The ability to work in a highly collaborative international environment both independently and as part of the team is essential.

We offer: 

  • A stimulating, challenging and multifaceted research environment
  • A supportive team to work and collaborate with
  • A combination of exciting projects and state-of-the-art technologies to expand your horizons.
  • Possibilities for continued education and training.
  • Attractive employment conditions for 4 years.
  • Centrally located workplace.  

Terms of salary, work, and employment:

The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.

The employment 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 during the one-year employment as a research assistant.

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 Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary starts at approximately 27,800 DKK/Roughly 3,700 EUR (October 2021 level) plus pension.

We encourage all - regardless of their personal background and status - to apply.

The application must include:

  1. Motivation letter
  2. Curriculum vitae incl. education, experience, previous employments, language skills and other relevant skills
  3. List of three references (full address, incl. email and phone number)
  4. Certified copy of original Master of Science diploma and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in other language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted. As a prerequisite for a PhD fellowship employment, your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree. We encourage you to read more in the assessment database: https://ufm.dk/en/education/recognition-and-transparency/find-assessments/assessment-database. Please note that we might ask you to obtain an assessment of your education performed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science

Questions:
For further information contact Associate Professor Jakub Sedzinski, jakub.sedzinski@sund.ku.dk
Foreign applicants may find the following links useful: 
www.ism.ku.dk (International Staff Mobility) and www.workingconditions.ku.dk.

How to apply
Your online application must be submitted in English, by clicking on “Apply online” below. The closing date for applications is 1st of August 2023.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Only applications received in time and consisting of the above listed documents will be considered.

Applications and/or any material received after deadline will not be taken into consideration.

Assessment procedure
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.

The applicants will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

You find information about the recruitment process at: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/

Application deadline: 1st of August 2023

Founded in 1479, the University of Copenhagen is the oldest university in Denmark. It is among the largest universities in Scandinavia and is one of the highest ranking in Europe. The University´s eight faculties include Health Sciences, Humanities, Law, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Science, Social Sciences and Theology. www.ku.dk

 

 

 

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Application deadline: 01-08-2023
Employment start: 01-10-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: reNEW NNF Center for Stem Cell Medicine

PhD Scholarship in Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence

 The Department of Communication in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Copenhagen is inviting applications for a 3-year PhD scholarship starting on 1 November 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The 3-year position is funded by the Carlsberg Semper Ardens Advance https://www.carlsbergfondet.dk/da/Forskningsaktiviteter/Bevillingsstatistik/Bevillingsoversigt/CF22_1432_Anders-Soegaard. Artificial Intelligence has made its way into our everyday life and into the sciences. With that comes great responsibility. The Center for Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence revisits the foundations of responsible Artificial Intelligence and asks deep questions about the philosophical significance of recent breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence. The phD student is expected to work on questions relating to philosophy of Artificial Intelligence, including, but not limited to:

  • fairness
  • transparency and interpretability
  • trustworthiness
  • accountability
  • moral testimony
  • privacy
  • discussions around strong artificial intelligence
  • consciousness
  • superintelligence

Introduction
PhD studies consist of research programmes that qualify students for independent and wide-ranging research, development and teaching at international level. The main emphasis is on PhD students organising and conducting their own research project (under supervision). The programme culminates in the submission of a PhD thesis, which the student must defend in public. The programme is prescribed to 180 ECTS points, corresponding to three years of full-time study.

A PhD opens up a range of career opportunities in academia and elsewhere. As well as writing a thesis, PhD students work in active research environments in Denmark and abroad. They contribute to the academic environment, take research training courses and convey the results of their research in teaching, at academic conferences and to the general public.

Qualification requirements
Applicants must have a 2-year Master’s degree (120 ECTS) or equivalent and, as a minimum, have submitted a Master’s thesis for which they have received pre-approval at the time of application.

The qualifications of applicants with non-Danish Master’s degrees will be assessed to ascertain whether they correspond to the Danish level. For further information, please refer to the website of the Ministry of Education and Research: https://ufm.dk/en/education/admission-and-guidance.

Applicants must possess skills in written and spoken academic English at a high levelIf deemed necessary, the department may request that applicants document their English skills.

Application
All applications must be submitted online, in PDF or Microsoft Word format, via the link “Apply now” at the bottom of the page.

The application must include:

1. Project abstract

(max.1,200 characters with spaces)

2. Personal statement (max. one page)

In their personal statements, applicants are encouraged to:

  • outline how the PhD project relates to other research activities at the department, including the availability of supervisors
  • describe as clearly as possible their competencies and personal qualifications relevant to the PhD programme.

3. CV

Applications must be accompanied by a CV (max.one page) and a list of publications, where relevant.

4. Documentation (diplomas and transcripts)

Applicants must upload the following:

  • A copy of their Master’s degree diploma or similar (if this is not available by the application deadline, applicants must document pre-approval of their Master’s thesis)
  • A copy of their Master’s degree transcript
  • A copy of their Bachelor’s degree diploma
  • A copy of their Bachelor’s degree transcript.

Applicants with a degree from a university where the working language is not English or one of the Scandinavian languages must submit a translation of their Master’s diploma and/or diploma transcripts approved by the Danish embassy or consulate in the country where the original document was issued. These documents must be translated into English, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish. An official description of the grading scale (and a diploma supplement where relevant) must also be attached.

Chinese applicants must attach a China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Evaluation Committee (CDGDC) certificate. Read more about CDGDC here.

5. Project description

Applications must include a detailed project description covering the problem formulation, overall objectives, methodology, design and timetable (max. five pages/12,000 characters, incl. spaces, excl. bibliography).

Applicants who anticipate incurring extraordinary expenses (related to questionnaires, fieldwork, extended stay(s) abroad, equipment, etc.) must include brief comments about this in their project description. 

Guidelines and good advice on project descriptions are available here.

6. Other relevant material

Statements of consent, e.g. regarding access to special archives and approval of studies abroad, may be submitted along with the applications. It is not necessary to include commitments from supervisors.

Please do not upload or submit recommendations, publications, theses, etc.

Assessment criteria
The following criteria are applied when assessing PhD applications:

  • The quality, originality and feasibility of the PhD project
  • Research qualifications, as reflected in the attached CV and project description
  • Competencies and knowledge of relevant fields of academic research
  • Level (grades obtained) of Bachelor and Master’s studies.

Please note that only a few scholarships are awarded at each call for applications and competition is intense.

The recruitment process 
After the deadline for applications, the Head of Department considers advice from the Appointment Committee and then selects applicants for assessment. All applicants will be notified whether or not they have been shortlisted. After this, the Head of Department sets up an expert Assessment Committee to assess the shortlisted applications. The selected applicants will be informed who is serving on the committee. Individual applicants will be offered the opportunity to comment on the committee’s assessment of their application before the appointment is announced.

For further information about the application procedure, please refer to the University of Copenhagen website: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/

Enrolment
It is a prerequisite for employment that successful applicants enrol at the PhD School of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Copenhagen.

For further information about the structure of the PhD programme, please refer to: https://phd.humanities.ku.dk/become-phd-student/what-is-it/structure-of-the-phd-programme

For further information about the guidelines for PhD studies at UCPH, please refer to: https://phd.ku.dk/english/

Remuneration and terms of employment
Appointment as a PhD Fellow is subject to the collective bargaining agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).


We seek to reflect the breadth and diversity of society and encourage applications irrespective of personal background.

Contact Information
If you have any questions about the Department, please contact the Deputy Head of Department for Research, Mette Mortensen, e-mail: metmort@hum.ku.dk 

If you have any questions about the project, please contact the PI, Professor Anders S√łgaard, soegaard@di.ku.dk 

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Dorthea Andersen at HR, e-mail: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk 

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2023 at 23:59 (Central European summer time/Central European time).

Any applications or additional material submitted after the deadline will not be considered. However, changes may be made to the submitted application right up until the deadline.

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Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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Application deadline: 01-08-2023
Employment start: 01-10-2023
Department/Location: Institut for Kommunikation

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