ORGANISATION/COMPANYInstitute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences
RESEARCH FIELDPhysics › Biophysics
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE20/04/2019 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
LOCATIONPoland › Kraków
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK40
OFFER STARTING DATE01/07/2019
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMEH2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER812772
Within a Phys2BioMed project, the Institute of Nuclear Physics (Polish Academy of Science, Krakow, Poland) opens a call for:
PhD position (Early Stage Researcher, ESR)
Description of the ESR/PhD project: The position is opened at the Institute of Nuclear Physics IFJ PAN (Kraków, Poland). It aims at the characterization of mechanical properties of human bladder cancers. It will be realized under the supervision of Prof. Malgorzata Lekka (https://www.ifj.edu.pl/dept/no5/nz55/).
Project title: Mechanical phenotyping of bladder cancers
Start date: 1 of July 2019
Objectives: To establish the link between the cellular deformability (mechanical properties), cells’ migration through basal membranes and risk of bladder cancer progression towards the diagnosis human bladder cancer.
Expected Results: The proposed research aims to study human bladder cells and tissues. Results obtained for established urothelial bladder cancer will help to develop an accurate diagnostic method, which could enable early detection of pre-cancerous and cancerous changes through a cellular phenotype with a particular focus on its elastic properties.
Planned secondments: During 3-year of project, PhD/ESR will be involved in the work with other teams: 1. Westfaelische Wilhelms Universitaet in Muster (Germany) - Optimising cell/tissue sample preparation protocol. 2. Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Grenoble - Tissue slicing for live AFM measurements. 3. Ospedale San Raffaele - ECM sample preparation, animal model involvement, immobilisation. 4. Tumorotheque du C2CR de Lillie - Advanced preparation procedure for biological samples.
Research group: PhD student will be working at the Institute of Nuclear Physics located in Kraków (Poland), at the Department of Biophysical Microstructures (DBM IFJ PAN). Research of the group is focused on measurements of biophysical properties of biological samples, including deformability of cells. Our activity is grouped around three main directions: (i) mechanical properties of cells and tissues aiming at mechanical fingerprints of pathological changes, (ii) extracellular matrix mechanics and its influence on cancer development, (iii) mechanistic approach to evaluate the effectiveness of anti-tumor drugs.
The group has several collaborations of national and international levels gathering scientists with distinct expertise. In particular current, Phys2BioMed network will provide an excellent interdisciplinary platform and cross-sectoral training for motivated early stage researchers (ESRs).
- The candidate recruited within the Phys2BioMed project must be in the first four years from the date when the candidate obtained the degree entitling him or her to embark on a doctorate (e.g. master degree). No doctoral degree has been awarded during these four years.
- The candidate must not have resided or carried out her/his main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Poland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date (compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account).
- The candidate must work exclusively for the project during the employment contract. These conditions must be fulfilled at the starting date of the contract.
The selection procedure opens on 1 May 2019 and will close on 15 June 2019 (eligible candidates will be interviewed, possibly by means of web-conferencing tools or Skype).
Candidates will be evaluated against the following criteria:
- education record,
- scientific quality,
- previous experience in Phys2BioMed related projects.
Phys2BioMed is devoted to promote gender equality and diversity and encourages female researchers to apply.
How to apply:
The applicant must send the following documents (in English) in pdf format to prof. Malgorzata Lekka (firstname.lastname@example.org) before May 1st 2019:
1) an updated CV;
2) a personal motivation letter;
3) at least 2 reference letters (in English), at least one of them from one former supervisor and/or lecturer;
4) a scanned copy of the Master Degree or an equivalent foreign academic qualification obtained before May 1st, 2019.
5) a document indicating his/her ranking and marks within his/her last year at his/her Master Degree, with a list of the courses/modules they have attended.
6) a copy of the Master Degree thesis.
For further information, please contact Prof. Malgorzata Lekka, Malgorzata.Lekka@ifj.edu.pl.
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Required Research Experiences
YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE1 - 4
REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVELOther: Master Degree or equivalent
REQUIRED LANGUAGESENGLISH: Good
We are looking for excellent and highly motivated candidates with a master degree in physics, biophysics, biology, chemistry, bioengineering or related subjects. We expect dedication and enthusiasm for experimental research, combined with openness and curiosity, and the ability and willingness to team working in an interdisciplinary environment. Good proficiency in written and spoken English is required.
Appointment and enrolment in a PhD programme:
The recruited PhD/ESR will be enrolled in the PhD programme, in which IFJ PAN is involved (https://www.ifj.edu.pl/en/index.php), starting with the academic year of 2019/2020, under the supervision of Prof. Malgorzata Lekka.
The PhD/ESR salary in accordance with the MSCA rules (http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2018-2020/main/h2020-wp1820-msca_en.pdf). The contract period will be for 36 months. The selected candidate will be employed full-time as an Early Stage Researcher. The position is limited to a term of up to 3 years and funded by the European Commission.
EURAXESS offer ID: 381573
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