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Postdoc at Center for Neuroplasticity and Pain (CNAP) (2021-224-03775)

Are you enthusiastic about basic human pain research? At the Center for Neuroplasticity and Pain (CNAP) at Aalborg University a position as postdoc researcher is available from 1 March 2022 (or soon hereafter) for a period of 2 years.

Job description

We are seeking a post-doc within the area of biomedical engineering, with a focus on neural engineering. The candidate will work with development and test of new medical technologies to be used to investigate and modulate neuroplasticity of chronic pain in animal models.  We expect that the candidate will contribute to activities within CNAP and the Neural Engineering and Neurophysiology of Movement’ research group. Some teaching activities within the research area and related areas may be expected. 

Who are we?

We strive to identify and modulate key features of human pain neuroplasticity
CNAP is a basic research Center of Excellence supported by the Danish National Research Foundation at Aalborg University, Denmark (www.cnap.hst.aau.dk). CNAP applies a basic research approach where new advanced biomedical provocation and probing platforms are being discovered and applied to study novel aspects of the human pain neuroplasticity. When an injury results in acute pain, the nervous system undergoes an adaptive neuroplastic response resulting in an increase in sensitivity. After some time, the pain neuroplasticity is normalized as the injury heals. In some cases, such neuroplastic processes fail to normalize during convalescence, and acute pain develops into chronic pain with hypersensitivity. The continuing pain after injury resolution may be due to maladaptive pain neuroplasticity. In contrast, advantageous neuroplasticity permits the nervous system to cope with challenges such as maladaptive pain neuroplasticity to help returning to a pain-free state. The ambition of CNAP is to identify and modulate key features of human pain neuroplasticity through a systematic engineering approach, including provoking, probing and modulation of the dynamic neuroplastic properties of the pain system. We believe that this approach over time will foster new fundamental discoveries and change the state of the art. Our world class lab facilities enable advanced quantitative sensory/pain testing, application of advanced neurophysiological techniques (e.g. EEG, TMS, rTMS, HD-tDCS), bio-medical techniques (e.g. linked with epigenetics and general biomarkers), as well as research based on animal models (e.g. rodents and pigs). All research at CNAP is conducted in accordance with the present ethical guidelines.

CNAP is a dynamic and international research environment: approximately 60% of our staff come from outside of Denmark, with an almost 50-50% gender balance. Our working language is English. All our research groups are highly interdisciplinary and include experts within e.g. biomedical engineering, neuropsychology, pharmacology, biophysics, and medicine. You will thus be joining an inspiring, enriching, and productive cross-disciplinary research centre including staff with internationally recognized track records.

CNAP is affiliated to the Department of Health Science and Technology, the Faculty of Medicine, which 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. 

Who are you?
  • You have a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering or Neural Engineering or similar
  • You have a master in Biomedical Engineering, Electronics Engineering or similar.
  • You can demonstrate a strong technical experience with acquisition, processing and interpretation of different types of biological signals.
  • You have animal research experience
  • You are a highly motivated individual who is able to work independently and in small groups.
  • You are fluent in English both oral and written.
  • We prefer candidates who have experience with development and test of med tech equipment in animals and/or humans
  • We prefer candidates who have first hand experience with animal research (acute and/or chronic) and who holds a license to carry out animal experimental work

Contact:
You may obtain further information at our website http://www.cnap.hst.aau.dk, or from the Centre Director, Professor Thomas Graven-Nielsen (tgn@hst.aau.dk), or Prof. Winnie Jensen (wj@hst.aau.dk).

Qualification requirements: 

Appointment as Postdoc 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 a Postdoc cannot exceed a period of four years in total at Aalborg University.

The application must contain the following:

  • A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • Scientific qualifications. A complete list of publications must be attached with an indication of the works the applicant wishes to be considered. You may attach up to 5 publications.
  • Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.
  • Additional qualifications in relation to the position. References/recommendations.
  • Personal data.

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

Shortlisting will be applied. After the review of any objections regarding the assessment committee, the head of department, with assistance from the chair of the assessment committee, selects the candidates to be assessed. All applicants will be informed as to whether they will advance to assessment or not.

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 HR Partner Jeannette Bøgh by mail est-st-hr@adm.aau.dk or phone (+45) 9940 7968. Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force and procedures can be seen here 

Agreement

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.   

Vacancy number

2021-224-03775

Deadline

Sun Oct 17 00:00:00 CEST 2021

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