Open PhD Student Position – We Are Hiring.

We are looking for PhD Students to join the Structural Biology Laboratory at the Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology of the University of Gdansk and Medical University of Gdansk (IFB UG & MUG), Gdansk, Poland, headed by Dr. Michal R. Szymanski. PhD Students will join our SONATA BIS project to investigate the mechanism of human mitochondrial DNA replication. More information about the Szymanski lab can be found here: and @MRSzymanskiLab

The ideal candidate will:
1. hold a Master’s degree in biotechnology, chemistry, bioinformatics, biology or related fields
2. have documented experience working with laboratory techniques used in protein biochemistry, molecular biology or structural biology. Documented hands-on experience working with enzymes involved in mitochondrial DNA replication and repair will be an additional advantage;
3. have excellent written and oral communication skills in English;
4. show a good level of independence, self-motivation, reliability and analytical thinking;
5. on the first day of employment the candidate must be enrolled in the PhD program of the Intercollegiate Biotechnology Doctoral School of University of Gdańsk and Medical University of Gdańsk;

You will be involved in the SONATA BIS 12 project entitled Structural organization of the human mitochondrial replisome. You will be responsible for:
1. implementation of a research project at the Structural Biology Laboratory;
2. designing and conducting experiments to determine the structure and function of the human mitochondrial replisome;
3. analysis and interpretation of results and their preparation in the form of reports and presentations for seminars and conferences;
4. participation in the writing of manuscripts;
5. supervision of junior scientists participating in the project;
6. active participation in seminars of the research group, faculty seminars and scientific conferences and trainings;

We offer:
• PhD Scholarship (starting October 2023)
• Opportunity for scientific development and work in a young, dynamically developing team;
• Participation in international trainings, internships and conferences;

Interested candidates should send: (1) CV describing the above-mentioned expectations (experience, previous scientific achievements, including publications, awards, participation in conferences and internships, etc.), (2) contact details of a person who can prepare a reference letter (3) a copy of the Master’s degree diploma, by July 30 th , 2023 to with the title “SONATA BIS PhD student”. Only selected candidates will be contacted regarding the interview which will be conducted on-line. Selected candidates will be informed by August 15 th , 2023 by email.

The application form also must include: "I hereby authorize you to process my personal data included in my job application for the needs of the recruitment process" (in accordance with the Act of 29 August 1997 on the protection of personal data, Dz. U.No 133, item. 883, as amended).


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