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Location: Poznan, Poland

Salary: 3000 PLN nett/month 

Closing date: Open until filled

Contract length: 36 months

The Position

The department of Neurobiology at the Poznań University of Physical Education is opening a formal competition for a PhD student position. The successful candidate will receive a scientific scholarship funded by the Polish National Science Center (NCN) (grant no. 2017/26/D/NZ7/00728). 

The student will be a member of the science team conducting in vivo experiments as part of the project “Modifying motor neuron synaptic excitability with trans-spinal direct current stimulation (tsDCS) - A new method for amylotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) management?”. The main goal of this project is to establish the role of motor neuron synaptic excitation in the course of motor neuron degeneration in ALS. A new laboratory enabling in vivo recordings of mouse motor neurons will be created to enable the team to reach project goals. The PhD student will be in charge of the analysis of mouse motor neuron synaptic coverage altered by long-term polarisation protocol. In addition the PhD student obligations will include:

  • Helping in organising the in vivo laboratory.
  • Preparing the in vivo experiments.
  • Performing in vivo experiments under PI supervision.
  • Performing long-term polarisation protocol.
  • Help in data analysis and paper writing.
  • Presenting the results in science meetings and conferences.


The Candidate

The scientific scholarship of the NCN can be granted to a person that fills one of the following criteria at the beginning of the grant period:

a. Is a Master's student (including external programs) at a scientific institution located in Poland.

b. Is a 4th year student of the 5 year master-tract  (including external programs) at a scientific institution located in Poland.

c. Is a PhD student in a Polish science institution qualified to hold a PhD program.

d. Is a PhD student preparing his/her dissertation.

 The successful candidate must also:

  • Have a Master's degree in biology/medicine/neurpbiology/physiotherapy or a related discipline.
  • Have a documented scientific career, including papers and projects.
  • Have very good English language skills.
  • Be able to work with data analysis software (Spike2 skills will be beneficial).
  • Have basic knowledge of electrophysiological techniques, as well as cell biology and physics.
  • Be able to work flexible hours.

How to Apply

If selected, the applicant will be included in the science team, and the scholarship will be paid based on the scholarship contract with the science unit. 

Applications should be sent by e-mail to Marcin Bączyk at [email protected] 

In case of attaching publication lists please include a scan of the first page of the paper including authors and journal data. In case of conferences and workshops please include your certificate of attendance.

Please mention that you found this job on the Scientifica website when applying.

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