Phd-Student Scholarship (4 Years) At The Department Of Molecular Biology, University Of Maria Curie-Skłodowska, Lublin, Poland

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September 26, 2023
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8 Sep 2023

Job Information


University of Maria-Curie-Skłodowska


Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology

Research Field

Biological sciences » Biology

Biological sciences » Biological engineering

Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)



Application Deadline

26 Sep 2023 - 14:00 (Europe/Warsaw)

Type of Contract


Job Status


Hours Per Week


Offer Starting Date

2 Oct 2023

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme

Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

We seek a highly motivated and enthusiastic PhD student for a period of four (4) years at the Department of Molecular Biology, UMCS, Lublin, to join the exciting research project aimed at deciphering the ribosome inactivating proteins action at molecular and cellular levels, financed by the NCN (National Science Centre).

Principal Investigator (PI) is Przemysław Grela, PhD (Maria Curie- Skłodowska University in Lublin). Project funds: 2 891 680,00 PLN.

About the project


Research Field

Biological sciences » Biology

Education Level

Master Degree or equivalent

Research Field

Biological sciences » Biological engineering

Education Level

Master Degree or equivalent



• Any nationality or gender.

• Strong motivation to undertake experimental work and new scientific tasks.

• Great work capacity and enthusiasm for research.

• An active participation in student scientific groups, societies and conferences.

• Have the status of a doctoral student at the beginning of participation in the project and during the implementation of tasks in the project.

• Hold a master's degree in biology, molecular biology, biochemistry or related fields.

• Have proven knowledge/experience in at least one of the following fields: molecular biology, biochemistry and/or structural biology.

• Have knowledge/training in various techniques including: gene cloning, DNA/RNA agarose electrophoresis, SDS-PAGE, PCR and other DNA/RNA/protein handling techniques.

• Prior experience/knowledge in protein expression and purification as well as protein structural studies (cryo-EM, X-ray crystallography) will be considered as valuable assets.

• Publications in refereed journals, any internships abroad, or teaching abilities will be considered as additional advantages.

• English with a good level of communication.


The project is focused on molecular and cellular activity of the ribosome inactivating proteins (RIPs). The PhD student will be involved in research encompassing work in the field of biochemistry, biophysics and structural biology (cryo-EM) to gain an insight into molecular nature of interactions between the RIPs and eukaryotic ribosomes. The special tasks for the PhD student include: designing of the genetic systems for heterologous expression of various RIPs, recombinant protein purification, and study using the hi-end technology, protein-protein interactions in the designed biological systems; the work will include also preparation of protein complexes for subsequent structural analyses using cryo-EM approach.

The PhD student will have the opportunity to work in the international scientific community, attend international conferences, training and will be able to interact with leading experts through the network of academic collaborations.

Specific Requirements


• Cover and motivation letter (each 1 page max) outlining why you are interested in the position.

• Curriculum vitae containing information on the candidate's scientific achievements (including possible participation in research projects, authorship and co-authorship of publications, awards, scholarships, scientific experience gained in the country and abroad).

• A copy of a master's degree diploma or an official document confirming obtaining a master's degree, plus very short description of your Master thesis subject.

• Copies of documents/certificates confirming professional qualifications.

• Candidate's declaration of knowledge of the English language or certificate.

• A certificate confirming the status of a doctoral student at the Doctoral School or a declaration of intention to join to the Doctoral School of Quantitative and Natural Sciences, UMCS in Lublin.

• Opinion of the scientific supervisor.

• Signed information clause: “I have read the content of the information clause, including information about the purposes and methods of processing my personal data and about the rights I have in connection with the processing of personal data. At the same time, I consent to the processing of data for the purposes of the recruitment process for the position of a PhD student in a research project”.


• Place of task implementation: Department of Molecular Biology, Institute of Biological Sciences, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin

• Scholarship in the amount of at least PLN 4,000/month gross,

• Employment period: maximum 4 years (48 months).

• Planned start: October 2023.


The NCN research scholarship may be combined with other scholarships and salaries financed from NCN funds awarded under more than one research project, with the reservation that the total amount of scholarships and salaries collected may not exceed 5 000 PLN per month.


All documents must be provided in electronic form as a single pdf file (max 15Mb) to the following e-mail address: [email protected]

Reviewing of the candidates will begin in September (2023) and will continue until the position is filled.

Deadline for applications: 26 th September 2023.

Planned start date of the scholarship: October 2023 or later if necessary.





Research Field

Biological sciences » BiologyBiological sciences » Biological engineering
Additional Information

Additional comments

The best candidates will be invited for short job interview that will be organized on the online platform.

The competition may not be settled due to lack of candidates meeting the requirements.

The decision of the Recruitment Committee cannot be appealed.

As part of the competition procedure, we reserve the right to invite only selected candidates for an interview, as well as the right not to settle the competition or to cancel it.

In the case of the selected candidate refuses to accept the scholarship, it will be awarded to the next person on the qualifying list.

Other information on the recruitment procedure can be obtained from the project PI, dr Przemysław Grela (tel+48 81 5375954.), e-mail. [email protected])

Information clause regarding personal data:

1. The administrator of your personal data being processed is the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin.

2. Maria Curie-Skłodowska University has appointed a Data Protection Officer (hereinafter referred to as "DPO"), who can be contacted via e-mail: [email protected].

3. The DPO can be contacted in any matter regarding the processing of personal data.

4. Personal data will be processed in order to carry out the recruitment process for the position of a scholarship holder for a research project.

5. The legal basis for data processing will be art. 6 sec. 1 lit. a), c) and f) GDPR.

6. Pursuant to art. 7 sec. 3 of the general regulation on the protection of personal data, in relation to data that goes beyond the scope provided for by law, the data subject has the right to withdraw consent at any time, while the withdrawal of consent does not affect the lawfulness of the processing that was made on the basis of consent before its withdrawal.

7. The data will be processed by UMCS during the recruitment period, and in the case of data processed on the basis of consent, until any objection is raised or consent is withdrawn, and after that time for archival purposes, in accordance with UMCS procedures, as well as for the purposes and for the period and to the extent required by law to secure any claims.

8. The collected data will not be sold or made available to third parties, except those authorized under the law, nor will they be transferred to third countries or international organizations, contrary to the provisions of the general regulation on the protection of personal data, decisions will not be made based on them in an automated manner, will also not be subject to profiling.

9. Pursuant to Art. 15-21 and Art. 77 of the general regulation on the protection of personal data, the data subject has the right to access data, rectify it, delete or limit processing and the right to object to the processing, as well as lodge a complaint to the supervisory authority, as well as the right to transfer data. In order to implement the above rights, an application should be submitted in writing to the Data Protection Officer of the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin.

10. The person to whom the personal data relates has the right to withdraw consent at any time. Withdrawal of consent, however, will not affect the processing that was carried out on the basis of that person's consent before its withdrawal.

11. The data subject has the right to lodge a complaint with the President of the Office for Personal Data Protection, if he/she considers that the processing of your personal data violates the provisions of the GDPR.


Some of the most toxic proteins known in nature are the Ribosomal Inactivating Proteins (RIPs). The current accepted model of RIP action depicts that RIPs depurinate (remove one adenine base from the rRNA at the sarcin-ricin loop, SRL) the 60S rRNA, leading to protein biosynthesis inhibition regarded as the main trigger of cell death. However, despite many years of research, the mechanism of RIP toxicity at the cellular level is still obscure. Thus, the project is focused on deciphering the mechanism of action of RIPs using structural/biophysical and molecular biology approaches, as well as analyzing various members of the RIP family.

The project is to bring new light in understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms of RIP toxicity towards eukaryotic cells, an issue that has never been solved so far. RIPs represent a hope for designing effective cancer-targeted therapy tools, now limited mainly due to severe side-effects, such as vascular leakage syndrome. Our project will provide unique opportunities not only to understand the biology of RIPs, but also, by development of tools, to control toxic proteins inside the cell, which will pave the way for development of new and safe RIP-based anti-viral and anti- cancer targeted technologies.

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