Job ID: 87261

Postdoctoral Researcher in Laboratory of Cell Biophysics

Position: Post-doctoral Position

Deadline: 30 September 2022

City: Warsaw

Country: Poland

Institution: Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology of the Polish Academy of Sciences



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

 Postdoctoral Researcher in Laboratory of Cell Biophysics

Number of available positions: 1

Place of work: Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology PAS

Researcher career profiles: R2-R3
Field of science: Biological sciences, Chemistry, Neurosciences

Type of recruitment: National Science Centre Sonata BIS project


Education: PhD in chemistry, biology, biotechnology, neurobiology or similar received < 7 years ago

professional experience: experience in experimental work in the laboratory, strong publication record

skills: creativity and analytical thinking, experience in the application of methods of cell biology, experience in animal handling and behavioral studies or related. Skills in genetic manipulations or biochemistry, proteomics, mass spectrometry or programming are additional attributes.

competences: ability to work both independently and as a part of a team, independence in planning, performing experiments and data analysis, excellent verbal communication skills

Scope of tasks:

Description of the role and the time-course of S-PALM in learning, memory and neuronal plasticity

Project description:

The hallmark of the mammalian brain is the ability of processing and storing information in synapses and highly organized neuronal networks. The brain can adapt and change in response to various events under physiological conditions (i.e. learning) and pathophysiological conditions (i.e. epilepsy, stroke). Understanding the fundamental mechanisms of the plasticity of synaptic connections and neuronal network code lies in the center of contemporary neurobiology, neuropharmacology, and medicine. Targeting proteins to membranes is aided by covalent and reversible addition of fatty acids such as palmitic acid (S-palmitoylation). This modification may affect the membrane localization of the protein, protein activity and protein-protein interactions. We hypothesize this process plays a key role in learning and memory, because pharmacological modification of S-palmitoylation in rat nervous tissue abolished long-term synaptic potentiation, a substrate of memory formation. We have also discovered, that spatial learning in rats is associated with S-palmitoylation of specific neuronal proteins.

The project aims at describing the interaction of neurotransmitter dopamine and S-palmitoylation of synaptic proteins in the hippocampus- part of the brain playing crucial role in learning. In the team consisting of experts of various fields, we combine multiple experimental techniques: detection of modified proteins with mass spectrometry, genetic and pharmacological manipulation of activity of enzymes related to palmitoylation, behavioral  analysis of learning in animals. We perform live recordings of electric signals from synapses, single neurons and neuronal networks and currents conducted by synaptic proteins to better understand the functional aspects of palmitoylated vs non-palmitoylated states.

Taking advantage of various experimental models and advanced quantitative methods we plan to address the following questions:

  • What is the role and time-course of S-palmitoylation in synaptic plasticity?
  • How dopamine affects S-palmitoylation of synaptic proteins?
  • What is the effect of S-palmitoylation of the function of proteins involved in learning and memory?

The results of this project will shed new light on the general mechanisms governing brain plasticity and may be also important for the understanding of dopamine role in brain physiology as well as planning new therapeutic strategies for the treatment of some neurological diseases.

Employment conditions:

We offer:

  • type of contract: full-time fixed term contract appointment
  • duration of contract: 30 months
  • commencement of employment:
    • Work in an young team in an excellent scientific environment
    • Access to the state-of-the-art equipment and facilities dedicated to neuroscience research. The laboratory is located at the at the Nencki Institute of Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Poland. It is a leading research institute in Poland focused on different aspects of physiology and neurobiology and offers state-of-the-art research facilities and a vibrant, international scientific community:
    • Participation in courses and conferences
    • Comprehensive training in electrophysiological recordings
    • training and visits in collaborating laboratories in Poland and abroad
  • additional benefits: medical insurance, possibility to use sport card, social fund. The Institute is located at Ochota academic campus close to the center of the city with free bicycle and car parking lot.

Application procedure and deadline: applicants should contact via e-mail provided below. Individual conversations will be scheduled online.

Required documents: CV, description of professional experience with emphasis on research techniques used by the applicant, list of publications, letter-of-intent, 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

Applications should be sent to : with note “NCN Sonata BIS PBK”.

The deadline is Sept 30th, 2022

 Informal inquires can be sent to the principal investigator: Tomasz Wójtowicz, PhD

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