Open calls

Call of applicants – Parkinson’s Disease Research group

Applications are invited for a PhD position in the Parkinson Research group at the Department of Nuclear Medicine & PET Centre, Aarhus University Hospital

A PhD fellowship is now available at the Department of Nuclear Medicine & PET Centre, Institute of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University Hospital (AUH). The successful applicant will work on a 3-year research project to validate novel PET scanning techniques to investigate patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD).

The main focus of the PD research group is to develop objective markers to study a range of non-motor features of PD, incl. disorders of the autonomic nervous system and sleep disorders. Recent evidence suggests that PD may be initiated in the enteric nervous system of the gut, and spread via axonal transport to the central nervous system. This process is believed to take 10-20 years and explains why symptoms such as constipation, urinary dysfunction, and sleep disorders often precede the diagnosis of PD by many years.

The current PhD program is highly translational and involves validation of new PET scanning methods using tissue staining (histology & autoradiography), animal PET/CT scans, and PET/CT & MRI studies on PD patients and healthy control subjects. The program is carried out under supervision of PI Per Borghammer in collaboration with experienced team members. The current research program on PD includes three other PhD students and one post.doc., all of whom are working on related subjects. A great deal of collaboration among students are encouraged and expected. We aim to initiate the PhD fellowship January 1st, 2018.

The PET centre is situated in the Danish Neuroscience Center at Health, AU allowing close interactions with residing clinicians, including specialists in neurology, neurophysiology, and neurosurgery. The research infrastructure includes pre-clinical facilities, including animal housing, histology, autoradiography, animal PET/MR scanner, and human research equipment including PET/CT, SPECT/CT, and MRI scanners, extensively supported by physicists, chemists, IT-engineers, and lab technicians.

Aarhus University provides an inspiring international research environment with excellent neuroscience facilities. Aarhus is a dynamic university city located in continental Denmark and surrounded by nature; it offers high living standards, rich cultural and intellectual life, outdoor activities, excellent restaurant/nightlife scene, etc.

Read more about the Department here: http://www.en.auh.dk/departments/head-and-heart-centre/department-of-nuclear-medicine--pet-centre/research-ares/neuroscience/

We seek motivated candidates with the following qualifications:

Essential criteria: 

  • A master’s degree (120 ECTS) in medicine, neuroscience, engineering, biology, or other relevant education.
  • A strong interest in medical research and neuroscience/brain disorders.
  • Excellent verbal and written Danish and English skills.
  • Good communication skills as the study involves recruitment and dealing with patients and healthy control subjects.
  • Strong collaborative skills as the candidates will join a multidisciplinary research environment.

Desirable but not mandatory:  

  • Track record of publications
  • Previous experience with analyses of imaging data and/or previous experience with histology
  • Experience with statistical analyses.
  • Expertise with computers and operating systems
  • Clinical experience in Neurology (physicians)

Application:

The application must consist of a motivated letter of interest (max 1 page), full CV, diplomas, letters of recommendation/references. The application should be sent in one PDF file to Michele Gammeltoft (michgamm@rm.dk) by June 1st, 2017.

Additional information regarding this position can be obtained by contacting research group leader, associate professor Per Borghammer, MD, PhD, DMSc, email: perborgh@rm.dk

Formalities:

Please note that the selected candidate will have to apply for and get approved for enrolment at the AU Graduate School of Health (http://talent.au.dk/phd/health/open-calls/) in a separate procedure before officially starting as a PhD student. An enrolment at the Graduate School of Health requires a Danish Master’s degree or similar relevant five-year degree programme.

PhD fellowship: The Young Resident and the Old Patient in Emergency Medicine: Communication, Decision-Making, and Learning

A funded 3-year PhD fellowship is available on the role of simulation-based training of interprofessional teams in emergency care and continuing education.

Supervisors will be: Associate Professor Peter Musaeus, Centre for Health Sciences Education, Aarhus University, Denmark (main supervisor) and Clinical Associate Professor Charlotte Paltved, Medical Director at Corporate HR MidtSim, the Central Region of Denmark (co-supervisor).

Project summary

Emergency Departments are increasingly facing an unprecedented influx of older patients because of an aging population. More than half of these older patients are likely to be frail and vulnerable due to physical and mental disabilities, which makes shared decision making a challenge. There is a quality gap between emergency care and the needs of older adults. Furthermore, implementation of patient-centered research in the emergency care setting has been limited.

The aim of the project is to provide substantial and novel insight into how to assess the training needs for effective interprofessional teamwork in geriatric emergency medicine. We are looking for one suitable PhD-candidate who can prepare a case study of geriatric emergency medical team communication and patient-centredness in conjunction with an assessment of residents’ training needs. Qualitative or mixed-methods research techniques should be applied such as interviews, observations, survey, or visualization methodologies (diagramming etc.). At the final stage, the project will include a (limited in scale) intervention study aimed at producing fundamental and novel insights into how residents should cooperate and communicate with geriatric patients in interprofessional teams to improve patient-centered care and shared decision-making. The intervention study could draw from an ethnographic study of emergency practice and testing hypotheses in the simulation-training facility.

The PhD program includes PhD courses (in total app. ½ year), writing scientific articles and the PhD thesis, teaching and disseminating your research, active participation in scientific meetings etc. Further details on the PhD program can be found here: http://talent.au.dk/phd/health/phdstudystructure/.

The Central Region of Denmark provides funding for this 3-year PhD.

Key words

Education, simulation-based training, team communication, patient-centredness, shared decision making, organization, qualitative needs assessment, gerontology, emergency medicine.

Key criteria for the assessment of candidates 

  • A relevant MSc or MA degree in the fields of Social or Organizational Science (Psychology, Management, Sociology, Communication, Political Science, Anthropology etc.), Health Science (Medicine, Public Health etc.) or Education.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Danish.
  • Excellent communication skills in English and Danish including documented writing skills, and if possible published work. 
  • Experience with qualitative research methodologies and preferably writing an empirical masters’ thesis or other empirical work.
  • Fine grades at masters-level.
  • Rich in initiative and a strong motivation for research.
  • Well-developed team collaborative skills.

Application

Applications must contain the applicant’s CV, a motivation letter (cover letter), list of publications, diploma and transcripts of records (grades etc.), and at least one letter of support/1-3 professional referees. Applications should be mailed to Peter Musaeus at peter@cesu.au.dk, no later than June 19th 2017 at 10 a.m. Interviews will be held at Koncern HR, MidtSim, INCUBA, Skejby June 22nd 2017.

Please note that the selected candidate will have to apply for and get approved for enrolment at the AU Graduate School of Health http://talent.au.dk/phd/health/ in a separate procedure before officially starting as a PhD student. Application deadline is September 4th 2017. Expected starting date will be November 1st 2017.

Further information regarding the fellowship can be obtained by contacting main supervisor, associate professor, Peter Musaeus, PhD at peter@cesu.au.dk.