The Nencki Institute 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: 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 Neuroscience research including
  • PhD degree, or equivalent, in molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, 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
  • Prior experience in in-vivo optogenetics, electrophysiology and behavioral experiments on mice will be an advantage

Project leaders:

Anna Beroun (Neuronal Plasticity Lab)

Leszek Kaczmarek and Ewelina Knapska (Braincity directors)

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:

Synaptic plasticity of appetitive learning

The research will focus on synaptic adaptations that occur during the formation of appetitive memory – the memory about pleasurable events. In this project, using electrophysiological recordings and in vivo optogenetics in mice, we plan to define the role of silent synapses during the acquisition and retrieval of appetitive memories. Silent synapses are immature contacts, that represent the brain’s increased capacity to learn. In the amygdala – a key brain structure responsible for appetitive and aversive learning we will study the formation and fate of silent synapses in response to natural and addictive rewards.

Postdoctoral candidates are welcome to propose their own research project, that would be complementary to Dr. Beroun’s research.

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 10th, 2020.

Applications should be sent to  Please, use ”postdoc AB” 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):

  • CV
  • Letter-of-intent
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Copy of PhD diploma (or equivalent)
  • 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

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