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Assistant Professor at Center for Neuroplasticity and Pain (CNAP)

Are you enthusiastic about basic pain research? At Center for Neuroplasticity and Pain (CNAP), Department of Health Science and Technology, the Faculty of Medicine, one or more position(s) as Assistant Professor is open for appointment from March 1, 2021 or soon hereafter. The position is available for a period of 3 years.

Job description

Who are we?
CNAP is a basic research Center of Excellence established by the Danish National Research Foundation at Aalborg University, Denmark (www.cnap.hst.aau.dk). We do frontline fundamental research to identify novel mechanisms involved in the dynamics of pain neuroplasticity and advance the understandings of this topic. The mechanisms of pain neuroplasticity may include neuronal reorganisation, increased/decreased gain of signal transduction or transmission, altered neuronal receptor functions, or changes across the pain system. CNAP applies a basic research approach to study novel aspects of the human pain neuroplasticity, using an interdisciplinary neuro-engineering and neuroscience approach. We believe that this approach, including provoking, probing, and modulation of the dynamic neuroplastic properties of the pain system over time will foster new fundamental discoveries and change the state of the art.

CNAP is particularly interested in recruiting a candidate with expertise in research on pain neuroplasticity and its parallels to other sensory systems. The position entails design, execution, analysis, and compiling of human experimental and clinical trials with the aim of achieving new basic neuroscientific discoveries. It is expected that you can attract external funding. 

CNAP is an international research center with approximately 60% of our staff from outside of Denmark and an almost 50%-50% gender balance. Our world class lab facilities enable advanced quantitative sensory/pain testing, application of advanced neurophysiological techniques, and bio-medical techniques in animal models and humans. The Assistant Professor will teach within the different study programmes at the Department, incl. Biomedical Engineering, Medicine, Sports Science, and Pain Science and Multidisciplinary Pain Management. The position entails supervision of Bachelor, Master and PhD students.

CNAP is affiliated to the Department of Health Science and Technology, the Faculty of Medicine, that does multidisciplinary research and teaching in the area of health science and technology. The department has more than 250 employees and is responsible for more than 1700 students. More than 100 PhD students are enrolled in the doctoral school affiliated to the department.

Who are you?
You are a committed candidate with a PhD (or equivalent) in medicine, biology, biotechnology, neuroscience, pharmacology or similar. You must have experience with human experimental laboratory work and research experience in the field of pain and related sensory systems. Candidates with experience in pain research and neuroplasticity will be preferred.

It is necessary that you have a high proficiency in oral and written English, as English is our working language. 

Further information
The position includes an attractive salary with experimental running costs, a well-equipped office and laboratory facilities. CNAP also provides assistance to relocate to Aalborg, Denmark. Please find more information about working at Aalborg University, living in Denmark etc. at the homepage of Aalborg University’s International Staff Unit: www.isu.aau.dk.  

You may obtain further professional information at www.cnap.hst.aau.dk or from Professor Lars Arendt-Nielsen, e-mail: lan@hst.aau.dk.

Qualification requirements:

Appointment as an Assistant Professor presupposes scientific qualifications at PhD–level or similar scientific qualifications. The research potential of each applicant will be emphasized in the overall assessment.

Appointment as an Assistant Professor cannot exceed a period of four years in total in a temporary position (appointment at Assistant Professor level cannot exceed a period of eight years in total in Denmark).

The application must contain the following: 

  • A statement outlining your reasons for applying, and intentions and visions with, the position.
  • Your curriculum vitae, including personal data, educational background, scientific qualifications, dissemination skills, participation in committees and boards, and additional qualifications relevant for the position.
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • A complete list of publications.
  • Publications you wish to be considered by the assessment committee. You may attach up to 5 publications.
  • A specification of your teaching qualifications relative to the teaching portfolio. If this is not enclosed you must include an explanation for its absence.
  • References/recommendations.

An assessment committee will assess all candidates. 

The applications are only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

For further information concerning the application procedure please contact Jeannette Bøgh by mail est-st-hr@adm.aau.dk or phone (+45) 9940 7868.

Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force, teaching portfolio and procedures can be seen here  


Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance's current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.

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