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


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

Number of available positions: 2

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

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



The ideal candidate has:

  • Strong interest in Neuroscience research
  • PhD degree, or equivalent, in neuroscience, molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, biology, medical or veterinary sciences (optionally, for candidates who, at the time of application, did not complete their PhD studies, please provide the expected date of obtaining PhD degree)
  • Exceptional motivation for scientific research (demonstrated via publications, references of the candidate's thesis tutor)
  • Proficiency in English
  • Prior training in behavioral research on mice, as well as experience in obtaining ethics committee permissions for experimental procedures on laboratory animals will be a great advantage
  • Prior experience in optogenetics/pharmacogenetics, calcium imaging, electrophysiology, and/or programming skills will be an advantage


Project leaders: Anna Beroun (Neuronal Plasticity Lab)


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

Within the Nencki-EMBL Center of Excellence for Neural Plasticity and Brain Disorders: BRAINCITY, our research focuses on synaptic plasticity  that occurs during the formation of appetitive memory. We plan to understand the cellular mechanisms that underlie memory formation, focusing on central amygdala – a structure recently implicated in processing appetitive memory.  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. They have been proved instrumental to the development of extremely durable forms of appetitive memory, such as cocaine and alcohol addiction. To study the formation and fate of silent synapses in the amygdalar complex we will involve the use of optogenetics/pharmacogenetics, electrophysiological recordings and/or functional imaging (in-vivo, two-photon calcium imaging).

Postdoctoral candidates are welcome to propose their own research project, that would be complementary to our research.

For more information see:,


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: July 2022 or later

Duration of the position: max. period of employment 31.12.2023


Application procedure and deadline:

Closing date for applications: June 12th, 2022.


Applications should be sent to  Please, use ”Postdoc MAB AB” as a title of your message.

We offer:

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


Required documents (in English):

  • CV
  • Letter-of-intent
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Copy of PhD diploma (or thesis title and expected date of defense)
  • 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

Contact information:

For more details about the position please contact:

EURAXESS Job Offer id: 783819

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12 May 2022