PhD student offer for a project realized in Poland

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    Jagiellonian University
    Natural sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1) (Up to the point of PhD)


We are seeking for a PhD student for a project:

When temperature makes them to panic? – the effect of optimal vs. stressful thermal conditions on the repeatability of the performance tests in ectotherms

Principal Investigator: Aleksandra Walczyńska aleksandra.walczynska@uj.edu.pl

Financial conditions: A National Science Centre stipend (4000 PLN/month gross) is available for one student for 2 years, followed by 2 years of the stipend offered through the regular PhD program of the Jagiellonian University.


    Scope of work:

    The PhD student will be involved in a three-stage study in which the mechanisms of response to optimal and stressful thermo-oxygenic conditions will be examined at the organismal and mitochondrial levels. The study will be conducted in the Institute of Environmental Sciences, Jagiellonian University, with Lecane inermis rotifer as a model organism. The project includes a three-month visit of a PhD student at the University of Rostock where a student will get acquainted with the cutting-edge methodology of assessing the mitochondrial efficiency under stress, supervised by Professor Inna Sokolova.



    1) Formal conditions:

    • MSc degree in a relevant field of life science, such as biology, biotechnology, biological sciences, achieved by the time of enrollment.

    2) Specific merit requirements for the project include:

    • strong English language;
    • experience with the laboratory studies in ecology or physiology;
    • experience with data processing and statistical analyses;
    • scientific achievements such as publications or attendance in conferences are considered advantageous.

    The formal application should be sent to aleksandra.walczynska@uj.edu.pl by 24 October 2020 and should include:

    1) A scan of MSc diploma in biology, biotechnology or other relevant;

    2) A reference letter from recognized scientist who have a first-hand knowledge of the applicant’s skills and past research experience.

    3) A Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages) including information on relevant academic achievements, publications, awards, and relevant experience and training. This document should also include identification information (PESEL number for candidates from Poland, or passport number for candidates from abroad);

    4) A motivation letter (maximum 2 pages), explaining how the applicant’s background and research interests make them a suitable candidate for the position;

    5) Documents confirming the most important academic achievements declared in CV, particularly pdfs of publications;

    6) Transcript of grades: diploma supplement, or the official transcript of grades, or another document listing completed courses and grades. Information about grading scale must be included;

    7) A short description of studies included in the master thesis (maximum 1 page) and a thesis pdf version.


    The applications will be considered by a selection committee according to the regulations about scientific scholarships in research projects financed by the National Science Centre, Poland:



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