Postdoctoral Research Associate (Adjunct) in Microalgal Bioremediation

Field: life sciences

Results of the competition:

By means of the conducted competition, the competition committee has recommended Sergio Santaeufemia Sánchez, PhD, for the position.


Applications are invited for a full-time post-doctoral position in the Solar Fuels Lab, Centre of New Technologies, University of Warsaw, Poland. The position has been funded by the Polish National Science Centre within the OPUS17 call.

Characterisation of the molecular mechanisms of heavy metals adaptation in extremophilic red microalgae Cyanidiales

The main aim of this project is to dissect the molecular mechanisms of cellular adaptation to heavy metals in two model species of extremophilic red microalgae Cyanidiales differing in the cellular ultrastructure and genome composition, especially with regards to genes encoding membrane transporters.

The successful applicant will perform the biochemical, spectroscopic and structural characterisation of the photosynthetic apparatus and membrane transporters in 2 species of Cyanidiales exposed to heavy metals and high salt. Applications are invited from the candidates with a proven strong track record in protein biochemistry, bioinformatics and/or spectroscopy. The applicants should hold a PhD (in accordance with the information provided in the ‘Requirements’ section) in protein biochemistry, molecular biology or a related discipline, with a knowledge, insight, and proven technical ability in membrane protein purification and biochemical/spectroscopic/proteomic characterisation. Proven practical experience in electron microscopy will be highly desirable. Additional funds are available to attend relevant workshops and international conferences.

The competition is open to persons who meet the conditions specified in:
– Act of 20 July 2018 Law on higher education and science (Journal of Laws of 2020, item 85, as amended) and the Statutes of the University of Warsaw;
– Regulations on the allocation of resources for the implementation of tasks financed by the National Centre of Science for OPUS 17 grant

Additional Job Details
Approximate gross salary: 7 300 – 9 200 PLN gross gross/month, according to qualifications and experience, plus thirteenth salary bonus
Start date: 20 July 2020 or as soon as possible afterwards
Number of positions: 1, full-time
Period of agreement: until February 2023, with a possibility of extension up to 36 months in total
Scientific discipline: life sciences
Research field: biochemistry, plant physiology, molecular biology

Post-doctoral candidates should:
 hold a PhD or equivalent in biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology or a related discipline. The PhD degree should be held for no longer than 7 years before the date of signing an employment agreement in the project. The PhD degree should be obtained in a country of the EU, EFTA, OECD or nostrified on the date of employment at the latest.
 provide a list of publications and conference abstracts
 demonstrate exceptional creativity and problem-solving ability, meticulous laboratory technique and recordkeeping, along with a strong work ethic and determination to rapidly meet technical objectives.
Previous experience in algal physiology and biochemistry and/or characterisation of photosynthetic structure and
function will be a major advantage. A fluent command of spoken and written English is essential.

Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, including a list of publications, cover letter, copy of PhD certificate or a document confirming that the Candidate will obtain the PhD title for the date of employment in the project, and contact details of 2 referees to Dr hab. Joanna Kargul (, quoting ‘OPUS17 PDRA’ in the subject line. Enquiries related to the position are welcome. The closing date for the receipt of applications is 20 June 2020.
Interviews of shortlisted candidates will be scheduled for the week beginning on 29 June 2020. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Please also include the following in your application:
 Information on the processing of personal data – the form is available at the University of Warsaw webpage:
Declaration confirming that the candidate has read and accepted the rules of conducting competitions, covered in the following documents:
Order of the Rector of UW No. 106
Par. 119, 122 of the UW Statutes Resolution No. 443 of 26 June 2019

Results of the competition will be announced no later than 20 July 2020.
Candidates will be informed about the results by email.

Information about the competition is also available on the University of Warsaw website.

The competition is the first stage of the recruitment procedure for the position of academic teacher specified in the Statutes of the University of Warsaw, and its positive result is the basis for further proceedings. Following an initial screening of the applications, selected candidates will be contacted by e-mail for further recruitment steps.
The University of Warsaw is committed to equality and diversity, and encourages applications from all sections of the community.

Deadline: 20/06/2020

Tags: biochemistry, plant physiology, molecular biology