Name of the scientific unit:

Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of Polish Academy of Sciences in Olsztyn (IAR&FR PAS), Poland


Ph.D. Student

Position description:

The scholarship holder selected under this competition will participate in research tasks carried out as part of the OPUS NCN project entitled „Research on epigenetic memory mechanisms based on the example of the response of human immune cells to vitamin D” led by prof. Carsten Carlberg. The most relevant duties could be described as:

  • Isolation of human immune cells from blood donors for direct use and cell culture
  • Library preparation of RNA and chromatin samples using methods like RNA-seq, ATAC-seq and ChIPmentation,
  • Analysis and integration of next-generation sequencing data obtained from these assay,


  • Master Degree (MSc) in Biosciences (Biology/ Biochemistry/ Biotechnology);
  • Experience in molecular biology;
  • Experience with analysis of high-throughput ‘omics data;
  • Scientific achievements, including publications in renowned scientific journals;
  • Achievements resulting from:
    • conducting scientific research,
    • scholarships,
    • awards,workshops and scientific training,
    • participation in research projects.
  • Precise pipetting;
  • Proficiency in carrying out methods like:
    • PCR,
    • RNA isolation,
    • cell culture.

Additional skills:

  • High motivation to work in a multidisciplinary team;
  • Excellent communication skills for effective interaction with the multidisciplinary cohort of researchers;
  • Proactive, motivated, showing initiative;
  • Good work organization;
  • Fluency in English in writing and speaking;
  • Good writing and presentation skills;

Recruitment process:

  • Applications will be assessed in accordance with the criteria set out in the regulations for awarding research scholarships in research projects financed by the National Science;
  • Only on-line applications will be considered;
  • Selected candidates will be invited to an on-line interview;
  • Candidates evaluated with the highest score will be invited to an actual interview, which will take place face-to-face or online
  • During the interview, the candidate will be asked to deliver a 10-minute speech. presenting his/her Master thesis and research interests
  • Final results of the recruitment will be published on IAR&FR PAS webpage within 10 days after final decision.
  • Candidates selected in the course of recruitment will be asked to apply to the Interdisciplinary Doctoral School at the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Olsztyn – admission to the doctoral school is a prerequisite for receiving a scholarship.
  • Admissions to the doctoral school will be announced on the doctoral school website.
  • Note: Candidates are entitled to a right of complaint within 14 days from the final results announcement. Complaints (with justification) should be addressed to the Institute’s HR Manager. HR Manager is obliged to respond the complaint within 14 working days. 

Important information:

  • Application deadline: 11 Feb 2024, 23:59 (Eastern European Time);
  • Applications should be sent to:;
  • Location: Olsztyn, Poland;
  • Duration of the scholarship: 48 months;
  • Scholarship amount: 5,000 PLN per month;
  • Date of position opening: 26 Feb 2024;
  • Number of positions: 2.

Application documents:

  • Cover letter describing how they fit the position and their scientific interests and philosophy;
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses;
  • Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements;
  • Contact information of 3 referees.
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Data publikacji: 24.01.2024