Job details

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 role of the basal forebrain in visual processing, the National Science Centre SONATA 16 Project No. 2020/39/D/NZ4/01881

Project leader

dr Andrzej Foik


The Project will be realized in the Ophthalmic Biology Group (OBi) led by Andrzej Foik PhD. 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 a 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 PhD degree experienced in neurobiology techniques such as electrophysiology, optogenetic technique, intracerebral and intraocular injections, behavioral experiments, immunohistochemistry. Candidates should be interested in translational research and the development of new viral or gene therapies to cure blindness or other 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 also be responsible for performing dynamic research to create a competitive research group. The position will focus on the testing of new viral therapies in in vivo research, analyzing visual information processing in the visual system before and after plasticity that happens due to vision recovery or disease.

Job description

Number of vacancies


Key responsibilities include

  • Performing research in the area of neurobiology (electrophysiological recordings, optogenetic technique, intracerebral and intraocular injections, behavioral experiments, immunohistochemistry);
  • 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 PhD students.

Position in the project

Postdoctoral fellow

Job type

Employment contract


~ 9000 PLN gross/ month

Position starts on


Maximum planned period of contract/stipend agreement

From 01.12.2021 (or depending on applicant’s availability) to 30.11.2025

We offer

  • Full-time employment contract;
  • Opportunity to work in an innovative scientific environment;
  • International cooperation with experienced researchers;
  • Competitive salary;
  • 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.


Scientific discipline


Scientific profile of a candidate

Recognised Researcher (R2)


  1. PhD degree in neurobiology 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. Ability to work in a team and manage projects and people;
  4. Strong work dedication, work ethics, discipline and independence;
  5. Good problem-solving skills and creativity;
  6. Proficiency in English, both spoken and written;
  7. MS Office (additional skills in graphic programs or Matlab/Python will be an asset).

Key assessment criteria

  • competencies 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 projects and publications;
  • Copy of PhD diploma or equivalent;
  • Opinion about the candidate (2 referees).
Recruitment procedure

Successful candidates fulfilling the main eligibility criteria and qualifications will be invited for an interview (which will most likely take place from November 2nd, 2021). The competition results shall be announced by November 22nd, 2021.

Additional information

Incomplete applications may be not considered.

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

IMPORTANT: email title should be “Rekrutacja nr 56/2021”, applications sent without this reference number in the title will not be considered.

For more details about the position please visit the National Science Centre website:


Application deadline

26.10.2021 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: 5.10.2021

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