PhD student position


PhD student position in the Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology

Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IIMCB), Warsaw, headed by Professor Jacek Jaworski is looking for a PhD student. You will join the project entitled “Rac1 contribution to brain connectivity impairments and neuropsychiatric disorders in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex”, which is carried out as the OPUS 2020/37/B/NZ3/02345 grant of the Polish National Science Centre under the supervision of Justyna Zmorzyńska, PhD. 

The project aims to unravel how the interplay between various pathways that converge on Rac1 may participate in the brain connectivity development and underlie Tuberous Sclerosis Complex-associated neuropsychiatric disorders and will include behavioral testing, extensive microscopy imaging and image analysis, and transcriptome analysis. The project will be conducted using zebrafish as an animal model.

As a PhD student you will be responsible for performing experiments using zebrafish including (but not limited to) behavioral tests, live imaging of connectivity development, whole mount stainings and brain imaging, and transcriptome analysis, collaborate with team members, perform literature research, participate in lab meetings and activities, write thesis and publications.

The PhD student will subsequently be required to apply to the Warsaw-4-PhD doctoral school via website (the application system will be activated from 22nd December, deadline for sending application 5th January). 

For more information, please follow the link via according to the procedure complying the rules for granting scholarships for young scientists in research projects funded by the National Science Centre (NCN Council Resolution No. 25/2019 dated March 14, 2019 r.), recruitment procedure for the Warsaw-4-PhD and the procedure complying with the rules of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers as a part of HR Excellence in Research strategy

Requirements for the candidate:

  1. Master’s degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, or related area

  2. Eligibility for PhD studies in Poland

  3. Solid understanding of the principles of molecular and cellular biology; knowledge on brain development, neuroscience, or computer vision will be a plus

  4. Willingness to work with zebrafish animal model

  5. Previous laboratory experience in basic molecular biology, biochemistry techniques, and/or imaging experience

  6. Prior experience in NGS, and/or working with animal models (mouse or zebrafish), as well as basic programming skills would be an advantage but not essential

  7. Keen interest in neurodevelopment, connectivity development, and molecular mechanisms underlying behavior 

  8. Proficiency in written and spoken English

  9. Willingness to learn and take new challenges, ability to work independently, analytical thinking

  10. Good interpersonal skills and a team player

We offer:

  1. Full-time PhD scholarship for 48 months in amount: a) before the mid-term evaluation 3700 pln net/month; b) after mid-term evaluation 4500 pln net/month

  2. Position with 100% focus on research (no teaching obligations)

  3. Benefits including reduced-rate for an individual medical care package and membership in MultiSport programme

  4. Full technical, administrative, and organizational support from professional English-speaking personnel

  5. Participation in courses, scientific training, international conferences, support from peers, and academic mentoring

Deadline for applications is January 5th, 2021.
The summer semester at the Doctoral School shall begin on February 24th, 2021.

How to apply:

  • Apply via website  (the application system will be activated from 22nd December, 2020 deadline for sending application 5th January, 2021). If you have any enquiries about the recruitment process or the project, please send your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

  • Please include the following statement in your email: “I hereby agree to the processing of my personal data, included in the application documents by the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw, 4 Księcia Trojdena Street,02-109 Warsaw, for the purpose of carrying out the current recruitment process.” Your personal data will be processed for the purpose of the recruitment procedure by the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw. Full information is available under the link

    We would like to inform the competition for PhD Student position has been resolved, the selected candidate is Olga Katarzyna Doszyń.

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