The Director of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral School announces the recruitment to the Interdisciplinary Doctoral School of Agricultural Sciences in OPUS NCN PhD Fellowship in the discipline: nutrition and food technology

2 Ph.D students in „Research on epigenetic memory mechanisms based on the example of the response of human immune cells to vitamin D”.

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,

Proposed PhD thesis titles:

  1. Epigenetic memory of human immune cells in response to vitamin D3 supplementation
  2. The role of the vitamin D receptor in epigenetic memory


  • 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.


  • 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;


  • 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.


  • Application deadline: Apr 19th, 2024, 23:59 (Eastern European Time);
  • Applications should be sent to:  
  • Verification of applications in formal terms: 22-23.04.2024.
  • Publication of a detailed schedule of interviews, including information about the time of the examination of the candidate concerned: 24.04.2024
  • Interviews (possible changes of the deadline will be placed on the School’s website): 25-26.04.2024
  • Publication of ranking lists: 30.04.2024 
  • Location: Olsztyn, Poland;
  • Duration of the scholarship: 48 months;
  • Date of position opening: May 1st, 2024;
  • Number of positions: 2.


  • 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.
  • Please read the list of required documents (Annex 1);
  • Please include application form (Annex 2);
  • Please include consent to the processing of personal data (Annex 3);

Other documents:

  1. Recruitment rules
  2. Annex 8 – Personal questionnaire
  3. Annex 9
  4. Annex 10