Job details

Recruitment result
Place of work

Institute of Physical Chemistry Polish Academy of Sciences

Funding institution

National Science Centre (NCN)

Project description

Project title, type and project number

The National Science Centre SONATA 16 Project No. 2020/39/D/NZ4/01881 entitled “The role of the basal forebrain in visual processing”, 28/2023

Project leader

dr Andrzej Foik


The Project will be realized in the Ophthalmic Biology Group (OBi) led by Andrzej Foik Ph.D. OBi Group within the Institute of Physical Chemistry Polish Academy of Sciences is assigned to the International Centre for Translational Eye Research (ICTER). ICTER is funded within the International Research Agendas Program of the Foundation for Polish Science. It is collaboration between the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS and University College London, UK. The International Center for Translational Eye Research (ICTER) is a multi-investigator center for eye research as related to imaging and biochemical techniques to support advances in understanding the etiology and treatment and human blinding diseases. Further information on the research priorities and current expertise of our Center can be found at

The Postdoc position within SONATA 16 is intended for candidates with a Ph.D. degree interested in computational neurobiology, and signal processing in the visual system. Candidates should also be interested in translational research on therapies to cure blindness or other eye diseases. The postdoctoral scholar will have a direct impact on lab development and its success in publishing in high impact factor journals. The person will be responsible for performing dynamic research to create a competitive research group. The position will focus on modeling the neuronal networks responsible for visual signals processing in conditions of health and disease and analysis of experimental data.

Job description

Number of vacancies


Key responsibilities include

  • Performing computational neurobiology research: modeling and data analyses;
  • Experiment preparation;
  • Testing the biomedical equipment;
  • Helping other group members in data analyses, creating scripts;
  • Edition of scientific texts and graphics for publications;
  • Active participation in the creation of grant applications;
  • Active participation in the creation of applications to the Local Ethical Commission;
  • Active participation in reporting;
  • Creation of R&D documentation (description of technology - electrophysiological recordings, etc);
  • Handling bibliographic databases (eg. Mendeley);
  • Supervision over students and Ph.D. students.

Position in the project

Postdoctoral fellow

Job type

Type of contract: temporary • Status: full-time employment • Hours Per Week: 40


around 9.600 PLN gross/ month

Position starts on


Maximum planned period of contract/stipend agreement

16months with possible extensions based on the performance and depending on project funds

We offer

  • We offer a post-doctoral position (full-time employment) in the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS with a gross salary of around 9600 PLN per month financed from the NCN SONATA 16 Project No. 2020/39/D/NZ4/01881. 100% of the work time of Postdoc will be devoted to the realization of the proposed project. The offer is for 16 months with possible extensions based on the performance and depending on project funds. Opportunity to work in an innovative scientific environment;
  • International cooperation with experienced researchers;
  • Access to well-staffed core facilities.

Career development prospects at IPC PAS

PostDoc will be part of a dynamic multi-disciplinary team and will have the possibility to collaborate with leading national and international groups in the fields of eye research. He/she will be encouraged to participate in national and international conferences.

Institute provides an opportunity to participate in ERASMUS+ programme.

Link to Euraxess website

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Scientific discipline

Biological sciences (Neurobiology and related)

Scientific profile of a candidate

Recognised Researcher (R2)


1. Ph.D. degree in neuroinformatics, computational biology or related.

2. The doctoral degree has to be obtained, not earlier, but  within 7 years prior to joining the project. This period does not include breaks related to: maternity leave, adoption leave, paternal leave, parental leave granted in compliance with the Employment Code, nor periods of sickness benefit or rehabilitation benefit granted on account of unfitness for work, including any caused by a health condition requiring rehabilitation. In such a case, the 7-year period is to be extended by the duration of the leave in question.

3. Good programing skills and knowledge of Matlab, Python and network modeling environments as Neuron.

4. Ability to work in a team and manage projects and people;

5. Strong work dedication, work ethics, discipline and independence;

6. Good problem-solving skills and creativity;

7. Proficiency in English, both spoken and written;

8. MS Office (additional skills in graphic programs will be an asset).

Candidates with knowledge of the neuronal network responsible for the visual signals  processing and/or with experience in these network modeling are preferred.

Key assessment criteria

  • competences of the candidate with respect to specific tasks in a research project,
  • previous educational/scientific achievements of the candidate,
  • awards and distinctions of the candidate.
Required documents
  •  CV;
  • Cover letter;
  • List of managed project and publications;
  • Copy of Ph.D. Diploma or equivalent;
  • Opinion about the candidate (2 referees).
Recruitment procedure

The application deadline is on the June 22 th 2023, 4 PM,

Successful candidates fulfilling the main eligibility criteria and qualifications will be invited for an interview which will take place on July 25th – 26th, 2023. The competition results shall be announced by August 4th, 2023.

Employment will take place in accordance with the provisions of the competition documentation of the National Science Center (NSC) for the SONATA 16 and Employment policy of the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS .

The incomplete applications will not be considered.

We reserve the right to contact and reply only to selected candidates

The results of the competition are made public.

Candidates who have been issued a negative opinion by the Competition Committee or candidates not selected for employment have the right to appeal against the results of the evaluation. The appeal shall be lodged with the Director of the Institute within 7 days from the date of receipt of the appropriate information. The decision of the Director of the Institute shall be final.

 If the top candidate does not sign the contract due to the resignation, we reserve the right to choose the next candidate from the ranking list.

Additional information

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

We reserve the right to contact and reply only to selected candidates.

Candidate needs to meet formal requirements:

  • their PhD degree has been awarded by another institution than IPC PAS at the time of receiving remuneration, they will not be receiving any other remuneration paid from the funds granted to research projects under NCN calls under the heading of direct costs;
  • in the period of receiving the remuneration they will be receiving no remuneration from another employer pursuant to an employment contract, including an employer with registered office outside of Poland.

    How to Apply:

    Submit application to the e-mail address:

    IMPORTANT: email title should be “Rekrutacja nr 28/2023”, applications sent without this reference number in the title will not be considered.

Application deadline

22.07.2023 16:00

Deadline for the settlement of the competition


Archival announcement. We would like to thank all candidates for their submitted applications.

Date of announcement: 26.06.2023

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