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PhD student position

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PhD student position in Laboratory of Zebrafish Developmental Genomics.



Laboratory of Zebrafish Developmental Genomics at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IIMCB), Warsaw, headed byCecilia L. Winata, PhDis looking for PhD student.

You will join the project entitled “Reconstructing cardiovascular cell lineage evolution, one cell at a time”, which is carried out under the OPUS 2019/35/B/NZ2/02548 grant of the Polish National Science Centre. 

The project aims toelucidate the epigenetic contribution towards the lineage decision of nkx2.5-expressing progenitors into either cardiac or hemoangiogenic lineage. We hypothesize that distinct epigenetic states occur among subpopulations of nkx2.5-expressing progenitors according to their lineage diversification potential. We will profile open chromatin regions at single cell level and determine whether Nkx2.5 plays a role in establishing the epigenetic state by scATAC-seq method (Jia et al., 2018, Nat Commun 9, 4877). 

As a PhD student you will be responsible for performing experiments to establish ATAC-seq and scATAC-seq in nkx2.5-expressing cells, collaborate with team members to elucidate epigenetic contribution towards cell lineage specification, perform literature research, participate in lab meetings and activities, write thesis and publications.

The PhD student will be selected from candidates in an open competition, 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 https://www.iimcb.gov.pl/en/institute/hr-excellence




Requirements for the candidate:

  1. Holds a Master's degree in biology, biochemistry or related field

  2. Eligibility for PhD studies in Poland

  3. Solid knowledge of the principles of cell and molecular biology, genetics, and/or biochemistry

  4. Hands-on experience in laboratory work and familiarity with basic molecular biology techniques

  5. Keen interest in developmental biology, epigenetics, and gene regulation 

  6. Prior experience or knowledge in next generation sequencing, cell sorting, bioinformatics, and/or working with animal models will be an advantage.

  7. Proficiency in written and spoken English

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

  9. Good interpersonal skills and a team player


We offer:

  1. Full-time PhD scholarship for 48 months (including 36 months from OPUS grant) in amount: before the mid-term evaluation 3700 pln net/month / 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, support from peers, and academic mentoring.


Deadline for applications is August 18th, 2020
. Job starting date is October 1st, 2020.



How to apply:

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