Postdoctoral Researcher

Dioscuri Centre of Scientific Excellence for RNA-Protein Interactions in Human Health and Disease (NAWA)

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Postdoctoral Researcher position in Dioscuri Centre of Scientific Excellence for RNA-Protein Interactions in Human Health and Disease funded by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange Polish Returns Programme (NAWA PP).

The newly created Dioscuri Centre for RNA-Protein Interactions in Human Health and Disease at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IIMCB) in Warsaw, headed by Dr hab. Gracjan Michlewski is inviting applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher funded by NAWA PP.


You will join the Dioscuri Centre supported by the Max Planck Society, and the National Science Centre. Dioscuri Centre of Scientific Excellence provides generous funding and mentoring to establish future-oriented research with international standards of scientific quality. It is inked to an internationally recognized researcher Prof. Juri Rappsilber from Berlin Technical University. You will work on the project funded by NAWA PP PPN/PPO/2020/1/00006/DEC/1 “Regulation of microRNAs for the treatment and understanding the etiology of Parkinson’s disease”.

You will be investigating cellular pathways and RNA-binding proteins that control the biogenesis of neuronal microRNAs (miRNAs), implicated in Parkinson’s disease (PD). With a help from a research specialist, you will be developing novel drug discovery platform, based on RNA-Protein Interactions in Eukaryotic Cell Extracts with Confocal Nanoscanning (RP-CONA) to screen for specific compounds that modulate RNA-protein interactions. This screen will identify molecules that decrease the levels of alpha-Synuclein, the main culprit behind the PD, and will provide lead compounds for the PD treatment. 

Candidates will be selected in an open competition, according to 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


  1. Holds PhD (or will defend before the start date of employment) in biological sciences or related fields

  2. Has solid knowledge and documented laboratory experience in at least two of the following disciplines: miRNA biology, neuroscience, medicinal chemistry or high-throughput screening.

  3. Has excellent interpersonal skills, initiative and ability to work independently and in a high-performance team

  4. Has the ability to draft (in English) scientific papers for academic journals

  5. Has the ability to communicate (in English) complex information clearly, orally and in writing

  6. Has good presentation skills

  7. Has published at least one publication as the first author in an international peer-reviewed journal

We offer:

  1. Full employment contract initially for 6 months and extending to maximum of 4 years after initial period

  2. Gross monthly salary between 7500 PLN and 8500 PLN (approximately 1600 – 1800 EUR/month), depending on the experience of the candidate (Additional bonuses such as the 13th salary (after working for the institute for six months in a given calendar year) or Christmas bonus may supplement this salary)

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

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

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

  6. Participation in courses, scientific training, support from peers, and academic mentoring

Deadline for applications is April 30th, 2021. Job starting date is June 1st, 2021 or later.

How to apply:

  1. Apply now to Ten adres pocztowy jest chroniony przed spamowaniem. Aby go zobaczyć, konieczne jest włączenie w przeglądarce obsługi JavaScript.
  2. In the subject include "Postdoc NAWA PP"and your first and last name

  3. Your application must be submitted in English and should contain a CV including a full list of publications, a motivation letter with description of your key achievements, and contact details (e-mail and telephone number) of least two potential referees, including one of your direct supervisor.

  4. Please include the following statement in your Curriculim vitae: “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

The competition may be extended until a suitable candidate who fulfils all requirements is found.

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