Job details

Place of work

International Centre for Translational Eye Research (Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences)

Funding institution


Project description

Project title, type and project number

International Centre for Translational Eye Research (ICTER) The FENG.02.01-IP.05-T005/23 Project is funded within the International Research Agendas Programme of the Foundation for Polish Science. MCBO-2_3/2024

Project leader

Prof. Maciej Wojtkowski


The International Centre 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 of human blinding diseases. The new research agenda (carried under International Research Agenda’ project no. FENG.02.01-IP.05-T005/23) aims to develop new tools for safer and more effective surgical interventions, new therapies for eye diseases, and diagnostic methods to improve prognosis and restore vision. The main technology to be developed under this program will be a novel robotic system for delivering drugs to the eye and performing a tissue biopsy, in which a robotic system will assist the micromanipulation of the injection device with 3-D localized imaging.

Further information on the research priorities and current expertise of our Center can be found at

The Institute seeks applicants with Master’s degree experience in biochemistry, molecular biology, or structural biology. Candidates should be interested in structural biology.

The PhD scholars will have a direct impact on lab development and its success in publishing in high impact factor journals. The person will be also responsible for performing dynamic research to create a competitive research group. The positions will be assigned to the Integrated Structural Biology Group, focused on elucidating the mechanisms of vision at an atomic and molecular level, with the ultimate goal to help developing therapeutics for the treatment of eye disorder(s), help prevent, or at least delaying, the onset of eye diseases.

Job description

Number of vacancies


Key responsibilities include

  1. Assist in the design of laboratory protocols; perform experiments and analyse results
  2. Performing molecular cloning, protein production, purification and characterisation of the resulting proteins
  3. Active participation in research group meetings, and institute seminars;
  4. Writing publications and research reports;
  5. Actively participating in general laboratory activities;
  6. Adhering to and helping to implement good health and safety practices in the laboratory;
  7. Being proactive in keeping up to date with literature, seeking out conferences/symposia to disseminate research findings and looking for potential grant opportunities.
  8.  Development of activity assays for retinal proteins, and analysing the collected data.
  9. Work closely with other team members, including sharing reagents and know-how.

Position in the project

PhD student

Job type

Employment contract


7700 gross/month (1 FTE) (remuneration will be calculated proportionally in case of lower FTE value)

Position starts on


Maximum planned period of contract/stipend agreement

31st May 2025 (with the possibility of extension, provided that adequate resources are available)

We offer

1. Employment contract;

2. Opportunity to work in an innovative scientific environment;

3. International cooperation with experienced researchers;

4. Competitive salary;

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Scientific discipline

Structural biology

Scientific profile of a candidate

First Stage Researcher (R1)


  1. Execute experiments and analyze the results
  2. Proactive approach to achieving objectives
  3. Conduct molecular cloning, protein production, purification, and characterization
  4. Active participation in group meetings, institute seminars, and conferences
  5. Hands-on experience in collecting and processing structural biology data
  6. Knowledge in vision sciences
  7. Hand-on experience in the development and testing of protein activity assays 
  8. Demonstrated experience in grant proposal and manuscript writing
  9. Confirmation of attendance at a Pd.D. school, in other cases the possibility of doing external Ph.D. studies

Key assessment criteria

  1. Documented professional experience fitting the profile requirements
  2. Creativity measured by the quality and number of scientific publications, conference submissions/presentations in which the candidate is an author and patent applications/patents, if applicable
  3. Additional relevant courses or certificates
Required documents
  1. CV (including a list of projects/publications)
  2. Scanned copy of the master's diploma
  3. Cover letter
  4. Name and addresses of two references
Recruitment procedure

Application deadline: 10th of May 2024

Successful candidates fulfilling the selection criteria and qualifications will be invited for an interview (which will most likely take place in person on Tuesday 14th of May). The competition results shall be announced by end of May 2024.

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

The International Centre for Translational Eye Research (Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS) is committed to employment equality (esp. European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers) and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates fulfilling the requirements specified in this announcement.

Additional information

Please submit the following documents to:

Kindly specify in the application topic: MCBO-2_3/2024


Application deadline

10.05.2024 17:00

Deadline for the settlement of the competition


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

Date of announcement: 19.04.2024

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