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The Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology PAS is seeking a candidate for the position of: Postdoctoral Researcher at Laboratory of Translational Research in Neuropsychiatric Disorders


The Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology PAS is seeking a candidate for the position of: Postdoctoral Researcher at Laboratory of Translational Research in Neuropsychiatric Disorders


Number of available positions: 1
Place of work: Laboratory of Translational Research in Neuropsychiatric Disorders
Researcher career profiles (R1-R4): R2/R3
Field of science: Neuroscience
Type of recruitment: SONATA NCN grant



  • Strong interest in Neuroscience, Stem Cells, Disease modeling and Translational Research.
  • PhD degree, or equivalent, in molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, biology, or neuroscience.
  • Exceptional motivation for the scientific research (demonstrated via publications, references of the candidate's thesis tutor).
  • Proficiency in Polish and English.
  • Prior experience in animal experimentation and/or brain organoid models will be given preference.
  • 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:

Project title: “Role of lipid metabolism in the long-term effects and transmission of adverse childhood experiences”

Jawaid lab (Laboratory for Translational Research in Neuropsychiatric Disorders; TREND) investigates molecular mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis and inheritance of neuropsychiatric disorders with a specific focus on non-coding RNAs and metabolism. This theme is backed by strong clinical and translational research showing a role of circulating microRNAs and lipid metabolites in epigenetic inheritance of the effects of early life trauma (Gapp, Jawaid et al. Nature Neuroscience 2014, Steenwyk et al. EMBO Reports 2020, Jawaid et al. Trends in Genetics 2021).

The proposed project will involve multi-disciplinary research involving analyses of samples collected from human trauma cohorts, as well as stimulation of brain organoids with these samples OR alternately dietary manipulation experiments on mice followed by behavioral and metabolic profiling.


Scope pf tasks:

  • Planning and conducting experimental work using stem cells and brain organoids OR in vivo mouse models,
  • Data analysis,
  • Manuscript preparation,
  • Supervision of PhD students
  • Support the lab operations, including:
  1. Coordination with administration and support staff for lab management.
  2. Documentation and quality control for official procedures in the laboratory.
  3. Reporting and assisting the lab leader in coordination of running grants.


Employment conditions:

  • Full-time employment contract in the top-ranked research institute in Poland.
  • 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.
  • gross salary: approximately 11 660 PLN (brutto/brutto) per month;
  • employment period: 9 months - 2 years (based on performance);
  • planned start date: April 1, 2024.


Application procedure and deadline:

Required documents:

  • CV,
  • Letter-of-intent,
  • 2 letters of recommendation,
  • Copy of PhD diploma (or confirmation that the PhD thesis has been written),
  • Contact information, including e-mail address and phone number.
  • The candidates may include additional information or copies of documents/certificates in support of the application.
  • 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 periodof 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 AJ till March 15, 2024.


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Date of publication
22 February 2024