PhD stipend in Clinical Epilepsy Research

One PhD stipend is available at the Department of Neurology, Aalborg University Hospital. The PhD stipend will be open for appointment from 1 SEP 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job description:
The Epilepsy Clinic at Aalborg University Hospital, Denmark, currently treats around 3000 patients with seizures and epilepsy. The clinic’s primary task is to diagnose epilepsy in the North Denmark Region, which includes workup such as blood sampling, genetic testing, brain MRI and EEG. For epilepsy patients subsequently affiliated with our Clinic, the primary tasks are to stabilize the seizure conditions and minimize hospital admissions due to break-through seizures.
The current staff consists of neurologists, epilepsy nurses and secretary staff. In addition, junior neurologists, neurosurgeons, and psychiatrists receive their residency training in our seizure clinic. Furthermore, we collaborate closely with clinical neurophycologists, the Neurophysiology Unit at the Dept. of Neurology, and the Dept. of Radiology.
Research at the Epilepsy Clinic is carried out by the Translational Neurology Group in collaboration with several partners at Aalborg University and Aalborg University Hospital, as well as industrial and international collaborators. Emerging research areas include investigations of biomarkers in epilepsy patients which are complementing already ongoing electrophysiological laboratory research.
We are now launching an epilepsy biomarker study focusing on new and established blood biomarkers measured before and after initiating anti-seizure medications, and in relation to seizure themselves. The results of the measurements will be correlated to the patients’ seizure type, treatment, EEG and MRI. The project will involve generating a database of already diagnosed and treated patients in REDCap.
The PhD candidate should independently be able of carrying out clinical tasks related to epilepsy workup, diagnosis, and treatment. In addition, the candidate should be able of collaborating within the research group and prepare applications for funding and ethical approvals. Also, the job involves sampling from human patients and collaboration with analyzing laboratories. Clinical teaching tasks defined by the PhD School are also required.

Prospective applicants for this PhD proposal should have the following qualifications:
The PhD candidate should hold an MD degree and must have received prior clinical training with the area of neurology and preferentially epilepsy. Research training within Neuroscience or Neurology is also an advantage.
Further information on the academic content of the position can be obtained by contacting Clinical Professor, Senior Consultant Kimmo Jensen, Department of Neurology, Aalborg University Hospital, email: kimmo.jensen@rn.dk.
PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as PhD student at the Doctoral School of the Faculty of Medicine, in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order no. 1039 of August 27, 2013, on the PhD Program at the Universities.

According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of evaluation.  
Shortlisting will be applied. This means that after the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not.
For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Research Secretary Maria Christiansen, Department of Neurology, Aalborg University Hospital, email: m.christiansen@rn.dk.  
For more information on the Doctoral School in Medicine, Biomedical Science and Technology: The Faculty of Medicine - Aalborg University (aau.dk)
Application requirements:
Applicants must submit the following:
  • Letter of motivation
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diplomas confirming M.D. degree in medicine, including academic transcripts
  • References/recommendations
The application is only to be submitted online by using the “Apply online” button below.

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