The Faculty of Biology of

Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

is looking for

8 PhD students

to participate in research projects of the international PhD program of

KNOW “RNA Research Centre in Poznań”


About KNOW

The KNOW program is funded by Polish government to promote research at the best Polish research centers. The acronym KNOW stands for Leading National Research Centers (pl. Krajowe Naukowe Ośrodki Wiodące). The consortium „RNA Research Centre in Poznań” formed by the Faculty of Biology and the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry was awarded the KNOW status in May 2014 (information on the webpage of Polish Ministry of Science and Education, and on the webpage of Adam Mickiewicz University ). There are only two research centers in Poland awarded with KNOW status in the field of biological sciences.

About research projects of the KNOW PhD program

The KNOW RNA Research Centre in Poznań is looking for candidates to participate in research projects of the international PhD program (student scholarships in these projects are 3.000 PLN/month).The short descriptions of the six research projects are listed below, with more details in the linked documents.

  1. prof. dr hab. inż. Johannes Bluijssen Characterization of IRF1 and IRF8 transcriptional networks in vascular inflammation and identification of functional inhibitors (link)
  2. prof. UAM dr hab. Małgorzata Borowiak The function of transcription factor Isl1 in the differentiation of human endocrine cells (link)
  3. dr hab. Agnieszka Ludwików Defining the role of sumoylation in controling the activity and the stability of a type III ACC synthase – ACS7 in Arabidopsis thaliana (link)
  4. dr hab. Michał Rurek Biogenesis of cauliflower mitochondrial transcriptome under temperature stress (link)
  5. prof. UAM dr hab. Krzysztof Sobczak The mechanism of alternative splicing regulation by SAM68 protein in the pathomechanism of Fragile X-associated Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome (FXTAS) (link)
  6. prof. dr hab. Zofia Szweykowska-Kulińska The role and the regulation of activity of barley kinase SnRK2.2 controlled by miR172-5P in response to drought stress (link)
  7. dr hab. Piotr Ziółkowski Influence of selected genes of DNA repair on the frequency of meiotic recombination in Arabidopsis thaliana (link)
  8. prof. UAM dr hab. Mikołaj Olejniczak The role of noncoding bacterial RNAs in the regulation of translation (link)

How to apply

Applications should consist of a cover letter and a CV, including a list of grades in college (and their average). A copy of the Master of Sciences diploma or its equivalent should be included. If the candidate will soon graduate, then information about the planned graduation date can be provided, which should be confirmed by the thesis advisor. In the application the candidates should specify, to which project they apply. If more than one project is of interest, then a list of 3 projects in their preferred order should be provided. Also, the name and contact information of a potential referee should be enclosed. The applications should be send to by June 15th. In case of further inquiries, please, contact us at the same e-mail address.

In assessing the candidates the following will be considered: the average of grades in college, scientific interests and achievements (scholarships, conferences, papers, etc.), research experience, international experience, and a good command of English. The preferred candidates will be the college graduates in the fields of molecular biology, biotechnology, bioinformatics, or related, depending on the specific requirements of the projects (see above).

Selected candidates will be invited for an interview, which may be in person or by Skype. Candidates selected for the interview will be asked to give a presentation in English concerning their previous research experience.

Faculty of Biology of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

The Faculty of Biology is located in the modern building of Collegium Biologicum at the Morasko campus in Poznań. Its researchers have at their disposal several well-equipped research facilities. The research at the Faculty is funded by grants from European Union and from national agencies, such as National Science Centre, and Foundation for Polish Science. At present, the Faculty employs more than 200 researchers and 120 PhD students.