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)

Project description

Project title, type and project number

PhD student in Structural Biology, FNP - Project MAB/2019/12, Elucidating the mechanisms of vision at an atomic and molecular level, MCBO/35/2021

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

  • Execute experiments and analyze the results
  • Proactive approach to achieving objectives
  • Conduct molecular cloning, protein production, purification, and characterization
  • Active participation in group meetings, institute seminars, and conferences
  • Supervision over students
  • Writing publications and reports

Position in the project

PhD student in Structural Biology

Job type

Employment contract


6 600 PLN / ~1450 EUR gross/month (about 4 600 PLN Net/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

Link to Euraxess website

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Scientific discipline

Structural Biology


  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in life sciences or related area
  • PhD student status at the moment of starting work within the Project or statement that the person will do the external research degree
  • Laboratory exposure to at least one of the following disciplines: biochemistry, structural biology, molecular biology. Hands-on experience will be a plus
  • 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
  • Shows willingness to learn and take new challenges, ability to work independently
  • Hands-on experience in protein purification and molecular biology techniques; experience with protein crystallography and/or cryo-EM will be a plus; Bioinformatics skills will be a plus

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
  • 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

Kindly specify in the application topic: MCBO 35/2021

For more details about the position contact dr Humberto Fernandes (


Application deadline

18.04.2021 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: 6.04.2021

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