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PhD student position in Laboratory of Zebrafish Developmental Genomics

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Termin ważności:
2020-11-06 - 2021-01-05
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Laboratory of Zebrafish Developmental Genomics at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IIMCB), Warsaw, headed by Cecilia L. Winata, PhD welcomes inquiry with enclosing required documents from interested candidates for the position of PhD student.

You will join the project entitled “Reconstructing cardiovascular cell lineage evolution, one cell at a time”, which is carried out as the OPUS 2019/35/B/NZ2/02548 grant of the Polish National Science Centre.

The project aims to elucidate the epigenetic contribution towards the lineage decision of nkx2.5-expressing progenitors into distinct cardiovascular cell lineages. We hypothesize that distinct epigenetic states occur among subpopulations of nkx2.5-expressing progenitors according to their lineage diversification potential. We will profile open chromatin regions at single cell level
and determine whether Nkx2.5 plays a role in establishing the epigenetic state by scATAC-seq method (Jia et al., 2018, Nat Commun 9, 4877).

As a PhD student you will be responsible for performing experiments to establish ATAC-seq and scATAC-seq in nkx2.5-expressing cells, collaborate with team members to elucidate epigenetic contribution towards cell lineage specification, perform literature research, participate in lab meetings and activities, write thesis and publications.

The PhD student will subsequently be required to apply to the Warsaw-4-PhD doctoral school via website (the application system will be activated from 22nd December, deadline for sending application 5th January). For more information, please follow the link  according to the procedure complying the rules for granting scholarships for young scientists in research projects funded by the National Science Centre (NCN Council Resolution No. 25/2019 dated March 14, 2019 r.), recruitment procedure for the Warsaw-4-PhD and the procedure complying with the rules of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers as a part of HR Excellence in Research strategy

Requirements for the candidate:

  1. Holds a Master's degree in biology, biochemistry or related field
  2. Eligibility for PhD studies in Poland
  3. Solid knowledge of the principles of cell and molecular biology, genetics, and/or biochemistry
  4. Hands-on experience in laboratory work and familiarity with basic molecular biology techniques
  5. Keen interest in developmental biology, epigenetics, and gene regulation
  6. Prior experience or knowledge in next generation sequencing, cell sorting, bioinformatics, and/or working with animal models will be an advantage.
  7. Proficiency in written and spoken English
  8. Willingness to learn and take new challenges, ability to work independently, analytical thinking
  9. Good interpersonal skills and a team player

We offer:

  1. Full-time PhD scholarship for 48 months (including 36 months from OPUS grant) in amount:
  • before the mid-term evaluation 3700 pln net/month
  • after mid-term evaluation 4500 pln net/month
  1. Position with 100% focus on research (no teaching obligations)
  2. Benefits including reduced-rate for an individual medical care package and membership in MultiSport programme
  3. Full technical, administrative and organizational support from professional English-speaking personnel
  4. Participation in courses, scientific training, support from peers, and academic mentoring

Deadline for applications is December 18th, 2020. Job starting date is February 24th, 2021 (alternative form of employment possible earlier).

How to apply:

  • Apply now to
  • In the subject include "PhD student ZDG" and your first and last name.
  • Your application must be submitted in English and should contain a CV, a motivation letter, a description of your key achievements and contacts to at least two potential referees, including one of your supervisors.
  • Please include the following statement in your application: “I hereby agree to the processing of my personal data, included in the application documents by the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw, 4 Księcia Trojdena Street,02-109 Warsaw, for the purpose of carrying out the current recruitment process.” Your personal data will be processed for the purpose of the recruitment procedure by the International Institute of Molecularand Cell Biology in Warsaw. Full information is available under the link



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