The Faculty of Medicine, Department of Health Science and Technology, Center for Neuroplasticity and Pain (CNAP), offers several PhD scholarships for international applicants. The stipends are part of the general PhD study programme “Biomedical Science and Engineering”. The scholarships are open for appointment from 1 February 2018 or soon thereafter.
PhD scholarships are allocated to individuals who hold a Master’s degree. PhD scholarships are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the scholarship that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Doctoral School in Medicine, Biomedical Science and Technology in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Educational Institutions. 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 the evaluation.
Job description
CNAP offers: Several PhD scholarships to explore neuroplasticity and pain aiming on models for provocation, probing and modulation of such. The PhD scholarships include a competitive salary including all university fees, health insurance, experimental running costs, and well-equipped office and laboratory facilities. The CNAP PhDs will join an inspiring, enriching and productive cross-disciplinary research center including staff with internationally recognized track records. Approximately 50% of CNAP staff originates from outside Denmark. CNAP recruits highly qualified and committed candidates worldwide who demonstrate great research potential. CNAP provides assistance to relocate to Aalborg, Denmark. All research at CNAP is conducted in accordance with the present ethical guidelines.
Worth of Award

  • Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of March 26, 2012 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance current Circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.


  • Applications will be assessed by an Assessment Committee. The Assessment Committee will assess whether the candidates are qualified or not qualified for a position. Not all qualified candidates will be invited to a job interview with the Selection Committee. To be considered eligible for a position, candidates must meet the following requirements:
  • MSCA mobility rule: The applicants may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Denmark for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline. Time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention, compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.
  • ESR eligibility criteria: Early-stage researchers (PhD fellows) shall at the time of recruitment be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him or her to embark on a doctorate in Denmark.
  • At the call deadline, the applicant must hold a relevant Master’s degree or
  • Hold an equivalent qualification obtained in accordance with foreign educational systems, having previously confirmed with Aalborg University that this qualification accredits a level of training equivalent to the Danish university Master’s degree.

Admissibility requirements:
The application must be in English.
The application is only to be submitted online by using the “Apply online” button below.
The application file consists of the following documents:
– A project description of max 3 pages excl. references must be attached to the application. The description should outline a relevant [email protected] research project within the framework of CNAP research areas.
– A detailed curriculum vitae.
– List of publications.
– Table of ethics issues disclosing any potential ethical issues in relation to the research proposal.
– Documents for the ESR eligibility criteria, such as scanned copy of the Master’s diploma or an official statement on the expected date of graduation or another degree which formally entitles him or her to embark on a doctorate (previously confirmed by Aalborg University).
Please note that successful applicants are expected to move to Denmark by the time of employment.
How to Apply

  • Applicants must ensure that all documents are uploaded before the submission deadline as additional material cannot be considered.
  • The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine will make a decision for allocating the stipend.
  • The application is only to be submitted online.

Deadline: Applications closes on 13th Dec. 2017
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