The Nencki Institute is seeking a candidate for the position of: Post-doctoral fellow

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

Number of available positions: 1

Place of work: Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Polish Academy of Sciences

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


  • Strong interest in the brain research, especially in understanding the brain-mind connection
  • PhD degree, or equivalent, in molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, physics/biophysics, biology, psychology, medical or veterinary sciences
  • Exceptional motivation for the scientific research (demonstrated via publications, references of the candidate’s thesis tutor)
  • Proficiency in English

Project leaders: Ewelina Knapska

Project title:

Nencki-EMBL Center of Excellence for Neural Plasticity and Brain Disorders: BRAINCITY
Project is carried out within the MAB/IRA programme of the Foundation for Polish Science

Scope of the project:

To study aberrant synaptic plasticity that underlies diseased mind

Knapska lab research is focused on investigation of neural representations of emotional states in interacting animals and humans. Using behavioral models of socially transferred positive and negative emotions as well as high-throughput behavioral measures of social interactions of their own design (Eco-HAB system, Puscian et al., eLife, 2016), neuronal tracing and optogenetics, as well as brain imaging, they characterize neuronal circuits and cellular mechanisms underlying social interactions of humans, rats and mice and validate tissue-specific therapeutic interventions using mouse models of synaptopathies relevant to autism spectrum disorders (Meyza et al., Neurosci Biobehav Rev., 2017). Postdoctoral candidates are expected to propose their own research project, complementary to these studies.

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: December 2020

Duration of the position of up to three years.

Application procedure and deadline:

Closing date for applications: November 15th, 2020.

Applications should be sent to  Please, use ”postdoc EK” as a title of your message

We offer:

  • Full-time employment contract in the top-ranked research institute in Poland.
  • 15 000 PLN of full remuneration cost, i.e. expected net salary at c.a. 9 000 PLN/month (ca. 2 000 EUR/month).
  • 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

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

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