The Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology PAS is seeking a candidate for the position of: Post-doctoral Researcher


The Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology PAS is seeking a candidate for the position of: Post-doctoral Researcher


Number of available positions: 2

Place of work: Translational Research in Neuropsychiatric Disorders; TREND

Researcher career profiles (R1-R4): R2
Field of science: Neuroscience



1.Strong interest in Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Disease modeling and Translational Research.

2.PhD degree, or equivalent, in molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, biology, psychology, medical or veterinary sciences

3.Exceptional motivation for the scientific research (demonstrated via publications, references of the candidate's thesis tutor)

4.Proficiency in English

5.Prior experience in iPSC-derived neuronal cultures, 3D neural culture, and brain organoids will be preferred


Scope of the project:

To investigate the interplay between metabolic and epigenetic factors in pathogenesis and inheritance of neuropsychiatric disorders Jawaid lab (Translational Research in Neuropsychiatric Disorders; TREND) investigates molecular mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis and inheritance of neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders with a specific focus on epigenetics and metabolism. This theme is backed by strong clinical and translational research showing a disease modifying effect of metabolic perturbations in neurodegenerative disorders ALS and FTLD (reviewed in Jawaid et al. Molecular Neurodegeneration 2018), role of miRNAs in memory impairment in neurodegenerative disorders (Jawaid et al. Nature Communication 2016, Jawaid et al. Molecular Neurobiology 2018), role of metabolic and microglial sensing in Alzheimer disease (Paolicelli, Jawaid et al. Neuron 2017), and a role of brain/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. (pre-print available on biorxiv).

Postdoctoral candidates are welcomed to propose their own research project, complementary to these studies and/or define specific experimental aims in consultation with Dr. Ali Jawaid.


Key responsibilities of the Postdoctoral Researcher include:    

· Planning and conducting experimental work
· Data analysis
· Manuscript preparation
· Supervision of PhD students 


Employment conditions:

Job starting date: September, 2020

Duration of the position of up to two years.


Application procedure and deadline:

Closing date for applications: August 23th, 2020. We continuously monitor applications and may consider applications submitted after the deadline until the position is filled. We will contact the selected candidates only.


Applications should be sent to  Please, use ”TREND Lab” as a title of your message

We offer:

1. Full-time employment contract in the top-ranked research institute in Poland.
2. Access to modern equipment and support from other experienced researchers.
3. Possibility for extensive interdisciplinary collaborations within the team and in the Institute, as well as international collaborations with academia


Required documents (in English):

1. CV
2. Letter-of-intent
3. 2 letters of recommendation
4. Copy of PhD diploma (or equivalent)
5. Contact information, including e-mail address and phone number
6. The candidates may include additional information or copies of documents/certificates in support of the application


Contact information:

Substantive inquiries can be addressed directly to the project leader Dr. Ali Javaid


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