PhD student in Molecular Neurobiology (MCBO-2_6/2024)

ICTER seeks applicants with a MSc degree, and experience in molecular biology or genetics. Candidates should be interested in translational research and the development of new therapies to cure blindness or eye diseases.

The PhD scholar 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 position will be assigned to Ophthalmic Biology Group led by Dr. Andrzej Foik, focused on the development of new therapies to prevent/cure blindness, visual information processing in the visual system before and after plasticity that happens due to disease or after vision recovery.

Number of job offers: 1

Remuneration: 7 700 PLN gross/month.

Position starts on: July 1, 2024.

Maximum period of contract/stipend agreement: 30.06.2025 (with a possibility of extension not longer than 31.12.2028).

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

Project leader: Prof. Maciej Wojtkowski.
Group Leader: Dr. Andrzej Foik.

Project title:
International Centre for Translational Eye Research.

The „International Centre for Translational Eye Research” project is carried out within the MAB FENG action 02.01. of the Foundation for Polish Science co-financed by the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund, European Funds for Smart Economy, agreement no. FENG.02.01-IP.05-T005/23. It is a collaboration between the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS and University College London, UK.

Project description: The International Centre for Translational Eye Research (ICTER) is a multi-investigator centre 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 in the micromanipulation of the injection device with 3-D localized imaging.

Further information on the research priorities and current expertise of our Centre can be found at http://www.icter.pl.

Key responsabilities include:

  1. Performing research in molecular biology and neurobiology
  2. Gene cloning, Vector designing, Cell cultures, Transfections of cells in vitro and in vivo (in rodents), Viruses production
  3. Edition of scientific texts and graphics for publications
  4. Active participation in the creation of grant applications
  5. Active participation in reporting
  6. Creation of R&D documentation (description of technology – genetics, biotechnology, etc)
  7. Handling bibliographic databases (eg. Mendeley)
  8. Supervision over students

Profile of candidates/requirements:

  1. MSc degree in molecular biology or genetics
  2. Experience in a work with various viruses like Lentiviruses, Rabies and AAV
  3. Experience in cell culture work
  4. Knowledge about cell biology and the retina
  5. Experience in gene cloning and mammalian cell modifications
  6. Hands-on skills in molecular biology techniques
  7. Initial acquaintance with the research with use of laboratory rodents
  8. Ability to work independently and interact effectively in an interdisciplinary team
  9. Proficiency in English, both spoken and written
  10. Attendance at a PhD school or openness to carry out extramural PhD studies

Required documents:

  1. CV (including a list of projects/publications)
  2. Cover letter
  3. Copy of Master’s diploma
  4. Opinion about the candidate (1 reference)
  5. Confirmation of attendance at a PhD school, in other cases the possibility of doing external PhD studies

Key evaluation criteria:

  1. Competences of the candidate with respect to specific tasks in the research project
  2. Documented work experience in eye research
  3. Previous educational/scientific achievements of the candidate

We offer:

  1. Full-time employment contract
  2. Opportunity to work in an innovative scientific environment
  3. International cooperation with experienced researchers
  4. Competitive salary

How to apply:

Please submit the listed documents to: icter_jobs@ichf.edu.pl.
Specify in the application topic: MCBO-2_6/2024 (REQUIRED).
Application deadline: 22.05.2024.
For more details about the position please visit: www.icter.pl or contact Dr. Anna Posłuszny (e-mail: aposluszny@ichf.edu.pl).

Successful candidates fulfilling the selection criteria and qualifications will be invited for an interview (which will most likely take place in an online format on 27-31.05.2024). The competition results shall be announced by the end of June 2024.

The competition may be extended until a suitable candidate fulfils all requirements.

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). It welcomes applications from all qualified candidates who fulfil the requirements specified in this announcement.