Apply to PhD positions in SCON research projects
When: Program and first course start in March 2017
Where: PhD positions for projects at Aarhus University (Aarhus, Denmark), Karolinska Institut (Stockholm, Sweden) and Malmö University (Malmö, Sweden)
How: Submit your initial letter of intent regarding a PhD positions for SCON research projects by using the “I’m interested” button. Or fill out this application form, then submit it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About PhD positions in Scandinavian Center for Orofacial Neurosciences (SCON) research projects
Scandinavian Center for Orofacial Neurosciences (SCON) are seeking partners for six research projects in Oral medicine, Orofacial pain and Prosthodontics. The funding partners can contribute with researchers who also will have the possibility to apply and be admitted to the full PhD-programme at the University. See below for more details about the research projects, the full PhD-program and the Universities below.
In 2014, leaders from the Department of Dental Medicine at Karolinska Institutet, the Faculty of Odontology at Malmö University and the Department of Dentistry at Aarhus University signed a formal memorandum of agreement to establish the Scandinavian Center for Orofacial Neurosciences (SCON).
The overall idea behind SCON is to bring together in a brick-less center (as a virtual network) leading Scandinavian groups in the field of orofacial neurosciences – including oral physiology and orofacial pain – in order to strengthen the research activities and impact on education and clinical treatment in oral rehabilitation for the benefits of patients and society.
The SCON parties have common research interests and master several overlapping techniques in addition to unique complementary expertise. The combined portfolio of techniques and experiences span from molecular biology, genotyping, advanced electrophysiology, quantitative sensory test, to randomized clinical trials, epidemiology and evaluation of cognitive and psychosocial function. The parties aim to provide, through SCON, cutting-edge research results and to constitute an attractive alternative to other major international centers in the field by recruitment to the parties the best young research talents and securing external funding..
The research projects
All research projects are related to orofacial neurosciences in a broad sense and with particular focus on oral medicine, orofacial pain and oral function. Each research project is composed of 3-4 separate studies leading to 3-4 publications in international peer-reviewed journals. A strength for all projects will be the significant interaction between the SCON partners and the possibility to perform a sub-part of the research project at another SCON site. For rurther details about the projects, click the + button be found below.
Overview of the six SCON research projects
All research projects are related to orofacial neurosciences in a broad sense and with particular focus on oral medicine, orofacial pain and oral function. Each research project is composed of 3-4 separate studies leading to 3-4 publications in international peer-reviewed journals. A strength for all projects will be the significant interaction between the SCON partners and the possibility to perform a sub-part of the research project at another SCON site.
Two projects at Aarhus University in Aarhus (Denmark)
1. Evaluation of diagnostic tools for orofacial pain differential diagnosis
This project will systematically assess the use of somatosensory profiling (quantitative sensory tests) and electrophysiological measures in experimental and clinical orofacial pain models in humans. The overall aim being to develop a toolbox in orofacial pain assessment.
2. Sensory-motor integration during mastication during orofacial pain
This project focuses on sensory and cognitive factors which will have an impact on mastication potentially leading to impaired food intake in orofacial pain conditions. Advanced tracking of the jaw, monitoring of muscle activity and force will be used to examine the control of mastication in experimental and clinical pain conditions.
Two projects at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm (Sweden)
1. Cortical plasticity in oral food processing with implications for oral rehabilitation
This project aims to further the understanding of control mechanisms during biting and chewing using sophisticated technologies for assessment of corticomotor pathways in humans. Neuroplasticity of the masticatory system will be examined with combinations of behavioral and electrophysiological tools with the aim to optimize rehabilitation of patients with loss of function.
2. Significance of peripheral biomarkers for the pathogenesis of chronic muscle pain
Accumulating evidence show that the muscle levels of several biomarkers are elevated in painful human muscles, indicating that local ischemia and release of algesic substances (“inflammatory soup”) may be of importance for maintenance of chronic myalgia. The project aims to further explore the role of peripheral algesic biomarkers and the proteomic signature in muscle biopsies and plasma from patients with localized and widespread myalgia and their relation to pain and psychosocial factors for the pathogenesis of chronic myalgia.
Two projects at Malmö University, Sweden in Malmö (Sweden)
1. Psychosocial evaluation in patients with orofacial pain and headache
This project will address current issues in psychometric profiling of patients with mechanistically different types of orofacial pains and headaches. These variables will be related to standardized sets of biomarkers in oral tissues and saliva.
2. Neuroimmunology and orofacial pain
A dysfunctional neuro-immune interface, for example abnormalities in the systemic anti-inflammatory cholinergic pathway, may play a role in the local pathogenesis. This project will study biomarkers from synovial fluid and blood in patients with or without tempromandibular joint arthritis in relation to somatosensory changes, illness response, psychosocial factors and peripheral inflammation to improve knowledge regarding pathophysiology, diagnosis and prognosis evaluation.
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The PhD positions and our partnership
Our funding partners within the research program will be able to assist with researchers to carry out parts of the research. The researchers will also have the possibility to apply to the full PhD-programme at the Universities. Read more about this opportunity and our partnership by clicking the + buttons below.
About the PhD positions
The PhD degree equips the student with a detailed understanding of research and leads to the acquisition of key analytical skills. For many this degree provides a passage into academic life; for others the skills learned can be usefully applied in many fields outside academia. Each research project is different, and you will embark on a unique, exciting and challenging exploration at the cutting-edge of your subject. You will be guided in your studies by supervisors who are experts in their field, and your progress will be monitored by the Faculty to help ensure that you complete your thesis on time.
The general requirements for third-cycle (PhD) education are that the student has:
- Received a second-cycle higher education degree (e.g. DDS, master degree)
Further, according to Higher Education Ordinance 5 Chap. 5 §, importance is placed on the student’s ability to appropriate the advanced learning of the third-cycle PhD programme. The previously written material and the dissertation plan are important indicators of this ability.
Additional assessment criteria includes demonstrated fluency in written and spoken English.
Fill out this application form to apply for a PhD position.
About the Universities
About the School of Dentistry at Aarhus University
The School of Dentistry at Aarhus University was established in 1959 and has played a significant role in the early development of Scandinavian and International dentistry particularly within areas such as cariology, periodontology and orthodontics. In 1992, the School became part of the Faculty of Health, Aarhus University and has continued to seek excellence in both teaching, clinics and research. Fruitful research collaborations have been formed and there is a vibrant international environment with pre- and post-graduate researchers from around the world.
About the Karolinska Institutet
Karolinska Institutet is one of the world’s leading medical universities. In Sweden, Karolinska Institutet accounts for over 40 percent of the medical academic research and has the largest collection of medical education. Since 1901 the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has selected the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine. Department of Dental Medicine educates dentists and dental hygienists and conducts medical research with special emphasis on oral health. The department brings together clinicians and researchers creating an academic environment in which oral health education, research, and patient care occur simultaneously. QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015 ranked Karolinska Institutet as number one in the world in subject dentistry.
About the Faculty of Odontology at Malmö University
The Faculty of Odontology in Malmö is one of the world’s leading institutes for dental education and research. It was established in 1948 and is regarded as one of the most influential centre of excellence in Scandinavia for oral and dental research, with an outstanding record for quality assurance in learning and teaching, The Faculty of Odontology at Malmö University, is one of the world leading places to carry out dental research. Our international reputation attracts students and staff from across the world and our programs are delivered by leaders in their fields.