Job ID: 99468

Assistant Professor of mechanisms of presynaptic plasticity

Position: Professor

Deadline: 8 January 2023

City: Copenhagen

Country: Denmark

Institution: University of Copenhagen

Department: Department of Neuroscience


Department of Neuroscience
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences University of Copenhagen

Our ERC and Novo Nordisk Foundation funded laboratory is seeking a highly motivated and dynamic assistant professor to investigate a novel from of presynaptic plasticity engaging the release sites of neurotransmitter. The initial appointment is for 2 years with the possibility of extension. The start date is 1 April 2023 or as soon as possible.

Information on the department can be found at:

Our group and research
The Walter group is highly interactive and characterized by teamwork. The team is interdisciplinary and international. We study plasticity mechanisms by which synapses dynamically adjust their transmission strength on various timescales. For our work we use the animal model Drosophila melanogaster. This model system is easily amenable to genetic analysis, electrophysiology, light microscopy, and behavioural analysis. Information on the Walter group can be found here:

Our research focuses on the molecular mechanism by which the release sites from which neurotransmitters are liberated are dynamically regulated. Our lab has extensive experience in both characterizing the functionally relevant machinery and physiological profiling of neural activity (Böhme et al., 2016, Nat Neurosci. 19(10): 1311; Reddy-Alla et al., 2017, Neuron 95(6):1350; Böhme et al., 2019 Nat Commun. 10(1):1085).

Your job
You will investigate the molecular pathways that acutely adjust release sites for immediate plasticity using genetic tools, advanced super-resolution (STED) microscopy and electrophysiology. Moreover, you will investigate to what extent human disease mutations in synaptic genes affect this form of plasticity which may help understand disease mechanisms. You will participate in planning the exact experiments to be performed. Together with other group members, your tasks will be to design experiments, generate flylines, perform experiments, analyze results, and write up papers.

The assistant professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:
• research, including publication/academic dissemination duties
• research-based teaching
• sharing knowledge with society
• participation in formal pedagogical training programme for assistant professors

Six overall criteria apply for assistant professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational contribution, external funding, and leadership) are considered a framework for the overall assessment of candidates. Find information about each criterion here:

Furthermore, we are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following skills and experience:

Essential experience and skills:
• PhD or equivalent degree in natural or medical science
• You have an excellent scientific track record, preferably with first-author publications.
• You hold experience in electrophysiological, optical techniques and/or Drosophila behavioural analysis.
• You are enthusiastic, highly motivated and a self-starter.
• Good communication skills.
• Excellent English skills written and spoken.

Desirable experience and skills:
• Work experience with Drosophila melanogaster
• Experience with biochemistry.

Place of employment
The place of employment is at the Department of Neuroscience, Panum institute, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and instrumentation.

Terms of employment
The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.
The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 2 years with the possibility of extension.

The start date is 1 April 2023 or after agreement.

Salary, pension and other conditions of employment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Taxation and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant organisation.

Currently, the monthly salary starts at 35,700 DKK/approx. 4,700 EUR (October 2022 level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Foreign and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years. The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2020.

For further information please contact Associate Professor Dr. Alexander Matthias Walter, Department of Neuroscience,, direct phone: +45 28752811;

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (International Staff Mobility).

Application procedure
Your application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below.
Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:
1. Motivated letter of application (Max. one page)
2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
3. A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate.
If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do
4. List of publications
5. Letters of recommendation and the name of at least two references
6. Teaching portfolio (If applicable)

Deadline for applications: 8 January 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

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

The University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background.

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.