The Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology PAS is seeking a full-time head of Laboratory of Imaging Tissue Structure and Function

The Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology PAS is seeking a full-time head of Laboratory of Imaging Tissue Structure and Function - a microscopic imaging Core Facility, providing a spectrum of microscopic techniques dedicated to functional and structural studies of biological samples. The facility serves over 35 research labs at the Nencki Institute, as well as external users.


The position is available from 1.07.2018


Primary responsibilities of the employee will be:

  1. Handle inquiries from potential customers or collaborators, and contribute to experimental research design.
  2. Implement new technology, and work with vendors to negotiate equipment purchases, maintenance, contracts, and other partnership opportunities.
  3. Oversee the development and maintenance of standard operating procedures, and troubleshooting of imaging and computer systems for image acquisition and analysis.
  4. Prepare proposals for equipment grants, which can include internal and external opportunities.
  5. Interviewing, selection and training of employees, planning and directing their work, and evaluating productivity and efficiency.
  6. Identify & provide additional professional development and training

    opportunities for staff.

  7. Create & sustain an environment for effective team building.


More information:

Required qualifications:


  1. PhD in physics, biophysics, biology or equivalent life sciences.
  2. At least 5-years of postdoctoral professional experience.
  3. Expertise in advanced microscopic techniques (transmitted light microscopy and fluorescence confocal or two-photon microscopy) including sample preparation, image acquisition and analysis.
  4. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; flexibility to interact with researchers of varied backgrounds.
  5. Familiarity with the processing of biological microscopy data (ImageJ, CellProfiler, Bitplane Imaris, SVI Huyghens) and programming (Java, Python, Matlab) will be an advantage.
  6. Experience as a head, along with raising research financing, will be an additional advantage.


Microscopic techniques and analytic methods currently used in this facility include, but are not limited to: 1) co-localization of fluorescent fusion proteins with organelles; 2) characterization of dendritic spines, cytoskeletal organization, mitochondria and other elements cell morphology; 3) live-cell imaging of dynamics of fluorescent proteins; 4) fluorescent calcium indicators in live cells; 5) multispectral imaging; 6) super-resolution imaging; 7) tiling and image cytometry; 8) Fluorescent Recovery After Photobleaching (FRAP) and Fluorescent Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET); 9) Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy (FCS); 10) Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM); and, 11) Serial Block Face EM Tomography. The Facility's equipment includes two Zeiss LSM 7 NLOs for two-photon imaging, a Zeiss LSM 780 for higher sensitivity imaging, and the Zeiss LSM 800/Airyscan for super-resolution, Leica SP8 for TCSPC (FLIM, FCS) imaging, spinning-disc microscope (Zeiss) for image cytometry, Zeiss Sigma VP SEM microscope with 3DViev automated microtome (Gattan) for EM tomography.


The form of submission: electronically, to


Required documents:


Please provide a cover letter, addressing your qualifications and how they are related to this position.

Please include a CV with your application.

Please provide confirmation of your PhD scientific degree


Application deadline: 17.06.2018

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Location: Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Warsaw, Poland



Additional information:

Please include the following clause in your CV: “I hereby consent to processing the personal information included in my offer for the purposes of the recruitment conducted by the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology of the Polish Academy of Sciences with its registered office in Warsaw pursuant to the Personal Information Protection Act of August 29, 1997 (i.e.  Journal of Laws of 2004 Item 1182, 1662).”


Date of publication
22 May 2018