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The Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology PAS is seeking a candidate for the position of: Postdoctoral Researcher at Laboratory of Molecular Basis of Behavior



The Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology PAS is seeking a candidate for the position of: Postdoctoral Researcher at Laboratory of Molecular Basis of Behavior

Number of available positions: 1 (Neuroscientist or Bioinformatician)

Place of work: Laboratory of Molecular Basis of Behavior

Researcher career profiles (R1-R4): R2/R3

Field of science: Neuroscience

Type of recruitment: NCN MAESTRO grant “Neuronal mechanisms of compulsive alcohol seeking”



  • Education: PhD in Neuroscience or Bioinformatics;
  • Professional experience: behavioral and/or molecular neuroscience; or bioinformatics;
  • Skills: brain surgery and behavioral tests on rodents, or advanced image and data analysis;
  • Experience in with miniendoscopes application in a behaving mouse, network analysis would be a key asset;
  • Strong interest in the brain research;
  • Proficiency in English;
  • Exceptional motivation for the scientific research (demonstrated via publications, references of the candidate's thesis tutor);
  • Doctoral degree obtained not earlier than 7 years before the year of employment in the project. The period of 7 years may be extended by the duration specified in the NCN regulations.


Project description:

Neuronal mechanisms of compulsive alcohol seeking.

Alcohol addiction is one of the most serious, unresolved problems of the contemporary society, with the impact both on physical and mental health and economy of the afflicted individuals and their families. We already know that drug and alcohol addiction involves dysregulation of the brain circuits. The aberrant activity is observed in the regions which in healthy individuals control learning processes and perception of natural rewards, such as food and sex. At the same time “the neuronal codes” that predict compulsive alcohol seeking and consumption, hallmarks of addiction, are still unknown. Thus the successful therapy of addiction is still missing. In the current project we shall investigate the role of the CA1 area of the hippocampus in the regulation of alcohol-driven behavior. The function of this regions has been previously associated mostly with coding of spatial information. The function of this brain region in alcohol addiction is poorly understood, however, experiments conducted in our Laboratories showed that it is highly possible.

In this project, we will look for neuronal activity patterns in the hippocampus that are induced by early alcohol experience and predict compulsive alcohol seeking and consumption. To achieve this aim we will integrate cutting-edge technologies: imaging of neuronal activity in behaving animals, genetic and chemogenetic manipulations and a novel animal model of alcohol use disorder. This study will extend our understanding of the cellular basis of alcohol addiction.


Employment conditions:

  • Full time contract;
  • Duration of contract: 5 years;
  • 6 000 PLN /month (net);
  • Access to modern equipment and support from other experienced researchers.
  • Possibility for extensive interdisciplinary collaborations within the team and in the Institute, as well as international collaborations with Academia.


Application procedure and deadline:

Required documents:

  • CV
  • Letter-of-intent
  • 2 letters of reference
  • Copy of PhD diploma (or equivalent)
  • Contact information, including e-mail address and phone number.
  • Statement by the candidate that he/she will not receive remuneration from other projects funded by the National Science Centre.
  • Declaration that the candidate will not take up other jobs during the period of employment in the project.

You can use the foreign equivalent of a Polish academic degree if it meets at least one of the following criteria:

  • is covered by the provisions of an international agreement on the equivalence of education,
  • was issued by an authorized institution operating in an EU, OECD or EFTA Member State,
  • was issued in another country and recognized on the basis of the regulations on the recognition of academic degrees obtained abroad (learn more about the procedure for the recognition of academic degrees:


Applications should be sent to with note: Postdoctoral Researcher KR with a copy to till 31.12.2023.


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Date of publication
30 November 2023