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PhD student position in the Laboratory of Protein Metabolism 


Laboratory of Protein Metabolism at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IIMCB), Warsaw, headed by Prof. Wojciech Pokrzywa looking for a PhD student to join a project that aims to dissect the mechanisms underlying hibernation-related remodeling of the C. elegans proteome. 


The position is funded in frame of the GRIEG project no. UMO-2019/34/H/NZ3/00691 entitled: “Cellular adaptation to cold”. It is Polish-Norwegian research project funded from the Norway and EEA Grants 2014–2021 under the Basic Research Program operated by the National Science Centre.

As a PhD student, you will use the powerful genetic model of Caenorhabditis elegans, which can display a hibernation-like behavior, to determine the mechanism and role of the UCS domain-containing proteins and co-working chaperones in the regulation of cross-talk between translation and proteostasis in the cold. To develop the preliminary results, you will use, e.g., polysome profiling, tissue-specific ribosome imaging, RNA sequencing, in vitro assays on purified proteins, and more.

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. 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 translation and proteostasis regulation 

  6. Prior experience or knowledge of C. elegans or similar model organisms 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 GRIEG grant) 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, 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 Ten adres pocztowy jest chroniony przed spamowaniem. Aby go zobaczyć, konieczne jest włączenie w przeglądarce obsługi JavaScript.

  • 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  Anwesha Sarkar.


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