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The Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology PAS is seeking a candidate for the position of: POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER at the Dioscuri Centre of Chromatin Biology and Epigenomic


The Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology PAS is seeking a candidate for the position of: POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER at the Dioscuri Centre of Chromatin Biology and Epigenomic


Number of available positions: 1

Place of work: Dioscuri Centre of Chromatin Biology and Epigenomic

Researcher career profiles: R2
Field of science: Biology

Type of recruitment: NCN OPUS-17: Regulation and spatiotemporal dynamics of chromatin insulators in mammalian development


Dioscuri Centre for Chromatin Biology and Epigenomics

at the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw,

is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral candidate to work at the interface of stem cell biology, epigenomics, and bioinformatics.



The successful applicant should hold a Ph.D. and have received formal training in molecular biology, stem cell biology, or a related field. Ambition, productivity, and creativity are a must. Preferred candidates should be fluent in English.


Employment conditions:

We offer a vibrant, highly collaborative, and stimulating environment for scientific growth. Our well-funded laboratory (see our Lab Website) employs "omics" technologies to understand the bases of cell identity.


Cell differentiation is a stepwise process whereby intrinsic and extrinsic factors modulate gene expression patterns which brings about  a cell of a particular identity. Transcriptional regulation is thus at the heart of this process. Distal DNA cis regulatory elements including enhancers impact the activity of the gene promoters thereby regulating the production of mRNA molecules. One of the essential questions is how enhancers find their target genes with precision. CTCF-bound insulators can shield promoters from impact of distal enhancers. Dysfunctions of insulators can lead to diseases including developmental syndromes and cancer. Previously, we have shown that differentiation of pluripotent stem cells is accompanied by a widespread gain of strength of CTCF-bound insulators (Pękowska et a., Cell Systems 2018). The mechanism underlying this phenomenon is unknown.


Scope of tasks:

Our preliminary data revealed a group of protein partners of CTCF that might orchestrate the overall gain of insulatory functions of CTCF in differentiation. We have obtained knockout lines for these factors. Your role will be to address the impact of these proteins on chromatin structure and activity by molecular biology (ATAC-seq, Hi-C) and cell biology approaches (cell differentiation, immunofluorescence, CRISPR-Cas9 mediated construction of reporter cell lines).


Application procedure and deadline:

Closing date for applications: 16.11.2022

Applications should be sent to with note „POSTDOC DIOSCURI AP”.


We offer:

  • type of contract: full-time,
  • duration of contract: 6 months,
  • commencement of employment: January 2023.


Required documents:

  • Recent CV, including publication list,
  • Copy of the Ph.D. diploma,
  • Cover letter briefly describing previous research, scientific interests, future goals and why the candidate thinks s/he would be a fit in the lab,
  • Copy of the candidate's best paper with a brief description (5-7 sentences) of the candidate's contribution to this work and why the candidate chose this article,
  • Names and contact information for three references.


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: purposes/recognition-of-scientific-degrees-and-titles


For more information please contact:

Link to website:


Additional information:

Please include the following clause in your CV:

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29 September 2022