Job details

Place of work

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

Funding institution

Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) MCBO/2019/12

Project description

Project title, type and project number

Elucidation the mechanisms of vision at an atomic and molecular level; MCBO/34/2021

Project leader

Project leader: Prof. Maciej Wojtkowski Group Leader: Dr. Humberto Fernandes


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

The Institute seeks applicants with a PhD degree, and experience in biochemistry, molecular biology, or structural biology. Candidates should be interested in structural biology.

The Postdoctoral fellows 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 Pharmacology Group led by Dr. Humberto Fernandes, 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

  • Planning and executing experiments and analyze the results
  • Proactive approach to achieving objectives
  • Conducting research tasks including: molecular cloning, protein production, purification, and characterization
  • Creating protocols and R&D documentation.
  • Applying for and leading independent projects.
  • Helping other group members
  • Actively participating in group meetings, institute seminars, and conferences
  • Supervising students, and coordinating the work of PhD students
  • Writing publications and reports, and help with the edition of scientific text and graphics for publication
  • Handling bibliographic databases

Position in the project

Young Postdoctoral Fellow in Structural Biology - FNP grant

Job type

Employment contract


11 000 PLN / ~2400 EUR gross/month (about 7 700 net gross/month)

Position starts on


Maximum planned period of contract/stipend agreement


We offer

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

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Scientific discipline

Structural Biology

Scientific profile of a candidate

Recognised Researcher (R2)


  • Holds a PhD (or will defend before the start date of employment or in the first months of employment) in biological sciences or related fields (obtained not earlier than 1 January 2017)
  • Has solid knowledge and documented laboratory hands-on experience in at least three of the following: molecular cloning, protein production and purification; biophysical characterization; structural biology (X-ray crystallography or cryoEM); molecular docking and/or molecular dynamics simulations. Expertise in mammalian cell lines will be a plus
  • High motivation, analytical skills, and independent thinking.
  • Ability to work in a team, managing projects, and good organization of work.
  • Very good written and oral communication skills in English
  • A proactive approach to achieving tasks and objectives, good interpersonal skills, collaborative attitude
  • A strong motivation for basic scientific research
  • Good skills to plan and execute experiments
  • Has the ability to draft (in English) scientific papers for academic journals
  • Has the ability to communicate (in English) complex information clearly, orally, and in writing
  • Has good presentation skills (ideally having presented during at least one international conference
  • Has published at least one publication as the first author in an international peer-reviewed journal

Key assessment criteria

  • Meeting the specified for job criteria
  • Creativity measured by the quality and number of scientific publications in which the candidate is the first author, corresponding author or a significant author and patent applications/patents and/or implementation;
  • Mobility in his/her scientific career (research internships, change in the scientific profile, internships and work in industry);
  • Creativity measured by the quality and number of research projects led and publications arising as a result of the implementation of these projects (if applicable)
  • Presented opinions via reference letters.
Required documents
  • CV (including a list of projects/publications)
  • Cover letter
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Name and addresses of two references
Recruitment procedure
  • CV and cover letter competition
  • On-line Interview only with selected candidates
Additional information


Application deadline

21.03.2021 11:00

Deadline for the settlement of the competition


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

Date of announcement: 1.03.2021

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