The Dioscuri Centre for Physics and Chemistry of Bacteria/ Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS
Max Planck Gesellschaft and National Science Centre
Project title, type and project number
A postdoctoral researcher position in microfluidics and/or optics, Recruitment 02/2021
Dr Bartlomiej Waclaw, Dioscuri Centre Leader
About the Dioscuri Centre
The Centre’s main objective is to better understand bacterial growth and evolution in the natural environment of pathogenic bacteria: the interior of an animal cell and animal secretions. The members of the Centre use experimental in vitro models of infections, computer simulations and mathematical theory to create data driven, quantitative models of bacterial growth and evolution in these environments. Research performed in the Centre will contribute towards the understanding of bacterial infections and the evolution of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in animal and human hosts.
While the focus of the Centre is on fundamental research in simple in vitro models, the long-term goal is the creation of quantitative, predictive models of in vivo bacterial infections that could help to develop new antimicrobial therapies. To facilitate translation from the bench to the bedside, the Centre will develop collaborative projects with biological and biomedical researchers and with industrial partners. The Centre will closely collaborate with MPI for Evolutionary Biology in Plön and other research institutions in Germany, the UK and the US.
The Centre is co-funded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, with additional support coming from NAWA.
The Centre is based at the Institute for Physical Chemistry (IPC, Polish: IChF), Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland.
We seek an excellent candidate with background in microfluidics and/or optics to contribute to the development of experimental in vitro models of bacterial infections. The candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to the following projects:
In addition, candidates will be encouraged to pursue their own research interests as long as they broadly align with the Centre’s research focus.
Number of vacancies
Key responsibilities include
1. Undertaking research projects in pursuit of goals agreed with the supervisor. This will involve deciding (with the supervisor) on the detailed direction of the research, formulating a strategy for day-to-day research work, implementing the strategy (without close supervision) and reporting progress to the supervisor and other research team members.
2. Communicating research strategies and results to team members and collaborators at IPC, Plön, and other institutions through talks and discussions, as well as learning about others’ research through seminars and journal clubs.
3. Assisting with supervision of junior researchers (Master and PhD students), where appropriate.
4. Writing reports and scientific papers.
5. Attending and presenting at workshops and conferences.
The candidate is expected to work closely with other experimentalists and modellers from the Dioscuri Centre and with theorists from the Department of Evolutionary Theory in MPI Plön, Germany (Prof. A. Traulsen).
Gross salary 11000 - 14000 PLN/month (net salary: 9000-11000 PLN, approximately 2000-2400 EUR), depending on experience (no. of years post PhD).
Position starts on
Each position is initially for 2 years and may be extended until September 2025. The successful candidate will benefit from working in an international, interdisciplinary research group, a newly refurbished, modern lab and office space, and a competitive salary. The candidate will work closely with other experimentalists and modellers from the Dioscuri Centre and other IPC groups, and with theorists from the Department of Evolutionary Theory in MPI in Plön, Germany. The candidate will have the opportunity to regularly visit the MPI in Plön, and other research institutions (up to a few weeks/year).
A complete application should include the following items:
All documents (including the reference letters) should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org quoting “Rekrutacja nr 02/2021” in the subject line.
Short-listed candidates will be invited for an in-person interview or a conference call (Zoom or Skype).
Interviews: 2nd half of March 2021
Position starts on 1.04.2021 or at a mutually agreed date.
IPC (established in 1954) is one of the top research institutes in Poland, ranked A+ by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (top 5% of research units in PL). IPC publishes ~200 papers/year which generate over 7500 citation/year. 30% of papers are published in journals with IF>5: Nature Chemistry, Nature Physics, Science, Phys. Rev. Letters, JACS, Ang. Chemie Int. Ed., Nucl. Acid Research, and many others. IPC employs ~340 staff (physicists, chemists, biologists, biotechnologists) and is strongly committed to interdisciplinary research. IPC attracts talented students and experienced researchers from Poland and beyond (30% PhDs and 20% of PIs come from abroad). In acknowledgment of its efforts to enhance working conditions for researchers, the European Commission has awarded IPC the “HR Excellence in Research Award”.
IPC has been very successful in attracting external funding from Polish and European funding agencies (>100 projects), for example the CREATE project (H2020; 2.5 M€), interdisciplinary International PhD studies (NaMeS project, CO-FUND, H2020; 2.3 M€) and the postdoctoral fellowship programme PD2PI (CO-FUND, H2020, 1.4 M€), the International Center for Translational Eye Research (ICTER, ~10M€). IPC has a strong record of collaboration with industry, developed culture of fostering spin-off companies, and international patents.
Archival announcement. We would like to thank all candidates for their submitted applications.