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Job Offer - PhD student to project FNP POWROTY (REINTEGRATION)


Position in the project: 

PhD student

Scientific discipline:

Molecular virology

Job type (employment contract/stipend):


Number of job offers: 


Remuneration/stipend amount/month (“X0 000 PLN of full remuneration cost, i.e. expected net salary at X 000 PLN”):

3500 PLN/month (stipend, no taxes)

Position starts on: 

1 January 2018

Maximum  period of contract/stipend agreement:

24 months


Laboratory of Virus Molecular Biology, Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology UG-MUG, Gdansk, Poland

Project leader:

Dr Alicja Chmielewska

Project title:


Antiviral activity of interferon induced transmembrane proteins (IFITM) as a novel therapeutic strategy to control viral infections – evaluation in vitro and in vivo

Project is carried out within the POWROTY (REINTEGRATION) programme of the Foundation for Polish Science

Project description:

The project aims at investigating the activity of interferon induced transmembrane proteins (IFITM) against tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. IFITM proteins are intensely investigated from 2009, when their antiviral activity was discovered in influenza model. The unique mode of action (blocking the entry of viruses to host cells) and versatility (ability to inhibit infection of many viruses like HCV, HIV, Ebola, ZIKA,) make them candidates for future antiviral therapeutic strategies. In the study we will investigate the IFITM proteins in terms of the mechanism of action and future use in such therapies.

Key responsibilities include:

Planning and performing experimental work under supervision of Principal Investigator – work with cell lines, construction of stable and knock-out lines (CRISPR), work with using molecular virology methods, detection of viral proteins and genetic material

Writing reports, analyzing results, presenting data on seminars and international conferences, writing scientific papers. Teaching responsibility according to the rules of PhD degree studies

Profile of candidates/requirements:

Master degree in biotechnology, biology or similar

Experience in experimental work

Good English skills - written and spoken

Highly motivated candidates with ability to independently plan experiments and analyze results are encouraged

At the moment of starting the project the candidate must have passed the recruitment within the PhD studies at University of Gdansk

Desirable skills include experience in work with cell lines, genetic engineering, protein detection and analysis


Required documents:


Motivation letter documenting motivation and most important scientific achievments

Copy of diploma allowing to embark on PhD studies

At least one reference letter

We offer:

Scientific work in exciting and fastly developing field on the border of molecular virology and immunology, with use of modern techniques

Work in international project with mentorship and training at University of Edinburgh

Possibility to present data on national and international conferences

Opportunity to work in one of the best reserch institutions in Poland

Please submit the following documents to:



Application deadline:

08 September 2017


Please include in your offer:

“I hereby give consent for my personal data included in my application to be processed for the purposes of the recruitment process under the Personal Data Protection Act as of 29 August 1997, consolidated text: Journal of Laws 2016, item 922 as amended.”


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