PhD student – Dr Abdelhalim Azzi’s group – ReMedy

The International Institute of Molecular Mechanisms and Machines (IMol) Polish Academy of Sciences, was constituted in December 2020, in partnership with University Medical Center Göttingen, Germany and University of Warsaw, Poland.

IMol has been established to conduct scientific research and provide training in the fields of biological, chemical, medical, biotechnological, bioinformatics, biophysical, pharmacological, and similar sciences, in the international environment conducive to collaborative efforts, research and development interactions with biotechnological industry, and wide dissemination of our results.


Currently, IMol is seeking highly motivated candidates for a position of: PhD student


Job type (employment contract/stipend): Full-time position, stipend/contract

Remuneration/stipend amount/month: 4000,00 – 4200,00 PLN net/month

Position starts on: 1st of February 2023

The maximum period of contract/stipend agreement: 30.04.2023 with the possibility of extension

Application deadline: 22.01.2023

Institution: „ReMedy” International Research Agenda Unit, IMol PAS

Project leader: Agnieszka Chacińska and Magda Konarska, Directors of ReMedy

Project title: “Regenerative Mechanisms for Health”


Subproject: “Phosphoinositide signaling”

Laboratory of Lipids and Chronobiology, Head: Abdelhalim Azzi

Description: Our group is interested in understanding the role of phosphoinositide signaling in regulation of circadian physiology.

Light dark cycle is the most extensive environmental changes to which earth is daily exposed. To adapt to these changes, organisms developed an internal molecular clock that predicts and measures the time “circadian clock”. This clock is made up of several genes that encode different proteins. These proteins cooperate together to regulate several biological and physiological processes such as sleep/wake cycle, hormone synthesis and release, metabolism, etc. Indeed, in the liver several biochemical reactions follow a very precise timing.

Recent studies in mice and humans have shown that the level of many metabolites are markedly changing with the time of day (Circadian). Interestingly, the most circadian metabolites that were observed in the liver are lipids, among which phosphatidylinositol (PtdIns). Phosphatidylinositol can be respectively phosphorylated or dephosphorylated on the inositol ring by a series of kinases and phosphatases to produce seven distinct phosphoinositides (PIs).

The main aim of our research is to examine how daily spatiotemporal dynamics of the enzymes that modulates levels and modifications of PIs affects circadian carbohydrate and lipid metabolism. We plan to use several approaches such as immunofluorescence, next generation deep sequencing of the entire transcriptome, quantitative real time PCR and western blotting, etc.

For informal enquiries, please contact: Dr Abdelhalim Azzi –

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We offer:

  • Work in a young, active, team in an excellent scientific environment
  • Comprehensive training in genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Access to the state of the art equipment and facilities
  • Participation in courses and conferences

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Key responsibilities include

  • Study the role of phosphoinositide kinase/phosphatase in the regulation of circadian clock.
  • Work with RNA including isolation, cDNA preparation and real-time PCR.
  • Protein expression analysis using western blotting.
  • Immunofluorescence staining of lipids in fixed cells and liver tissues sections.
  • Molecular cloning, mutagenesis and gene overexpression/silencing by retro or lenti-viral transduction, siRNA and shRNA cloning vectors.
  • Actively participate in experiments design, data analysis and manuscript writing.


Profile of candidates/requirements:

  • MSc degree (or equivalent) in biochemistry, biology, molecular biology or any related field of life sciences.
  • Strong motivation, enthusiasm and flexibility.
  • Prior experience in standard molecular biology/biochemistry techniques and mammalian tissue culture is expected.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a part of a team.
  • Candidates should have strong communicative skills (fluent spoken and written English), Polish is a plus.
  • Enjoy working in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment.
  • Experience with in vivo models such as mice is highly appreciated.

Selection process: 

Required documents (in English):

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A support statement (max 2 pages) outlining the motivation for this position
  • Two reference letters
  • Degree Transcripts to date

Please submit the following documents merged into one pdf file by filling out the following form:

We will contact selected candidates only.


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