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The ERA Chairs project "The Creation of the Department of Integrative Plant Biology (BIO-TALENT)", realized by the Institute of Plant Genetics of the Polish Academy of Sciences from 2014 to 2019, is supported by the EU FP7 Programme.

The Director of the Institute of Plant Genetics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IPG PAS), Poznan, POLAND ? prof. Bogdan WOLKO announces an open competition for 2 full-time positions of SENIOR RESEARCHER (R3) at the Department of Integrative Plant Biology.

We are seeking for 2 experienced specialist in 1) plant phenomics, biometry and imaging software development  and 2) large scale transcriptomics willing to join the international integrative plant biology team created at the Institute of Plant Genetics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Poznan) as a part of the FP7-ERA Chairs EU funded BIO-TALENT project.

The first candidate should have a strong background in computer science, image analysis and plant growth modelling. The selected person should be able to communicate and share the ideas and practical solutions with specialists on bioinformatics and plant molecular and developmental biology in order to develop and implement innovative software solutions for plant growth imaging as well as building new molecular/cellular-based interaction models. The main focus of work should be development and use of cutting-edge imaging solutions having potential for application in analysis of growth changes in crop plants subjected to certain environmental factors or artificially-driven changes in anatomical/physiological mechanisms regulating final plant form. The successful candidate who will join this group will establish interdisciplinary research program focused on the development of new plant imaging software and imaging techniques as well as generation of growth models useful for the engineering of new growth patterns and anatomical/physiological features increasing tolerance to environmental and biotic factors in economically important plants.

The second candidate should have a substantial experience with a large scale transcriptomics experiments based on sequencing or microarray techniques. Additionally, the knowledge on bioinformatics and reverse genetics (TILLING) will be appreciated. The successful candidate will take part in an interdisciplinary research program focused on the exploration of plant developmental mechanisms for the engineering of new traits increasing tolerance to environmental and abiotic factors in economically important plants.

Poznan is the largest plant science centre in Poland with two Universities and numerous Scientific Institutes and Research Centres hosting annually on average 130000 students. The institute of Plant Genetics in Poznań has a strong tradition of research on applied aspects of plant biology. Our scientific activity encompasses wide array of scientific disciplines like cytogenetics, metabolomics, molecular biology and bioinformatics. We are in the process of the formation of interdisciplinary research group specialised in integrative plant biology. The main focus of the team is to exploit knowledge from fundamental research in plant biology for development of innovative tools and new strategies in sustainable crop production and protection. The newly created BIO-TALENT team will explore the applicatory value of modification of basic developmental and physiological mechanisms in order to obtain new useful agronomical traits including increased plant tolerance to stress or suitable growth patterns and overall yield increase. The future work of the team will also include modification of plant architecture and plant and organ size and shape for increase in biomass production or improvement of agro-technical methods.

The successful candidate is expected to develop his/her own research as well as cooperate with other BIO-TALENT team members. The BIO-TALENT team will consist of 3 experienced researchers (including the ERA Chair holder) specialising in different areas of science:

-          Molecular and cellular aspects of plant development [ERA Chair holder]

-          Phenomics and plant imaging specialist [SENIOR 1]

-          Large scale transcriptomics, reverse genetics and data analysis specialist [SENIOR2]

-          Bioinformatics [SENIOR POST-DOC]

Due to the international character of the team a good English language skill is required and generation of collaborative research at the Institute and international levels is expected. Organisational skills and experience in managing projects are essential.



According to the BIO-TALENT Project approved by the European Commission, the SENIOR RESEACHER  is obliged to:

- write grant proposals to perform regular research,

- participate in 20 lectures, 6 one-day workshops, 2 summer schools (two days each) organised within the project,

No. of positions available: 2

Research Fields: Life Sciences ? Phenomics and plant imaging specialist (SENIOR 1)

Research Fields: Life Sciences ? Large scale transcriptomics, reverse genetics and data analysis specialist (SENIOR 2)

Career Stage: Experienced Researcher

Research Profile: Established Researcher (R3)

Gross monthly salary: 5 000 ? (net ca. 3 000 ?)

Duration of employment: 50 months (May 2015 ? June 2019)


Employment at the IPG PAS will be in the form of a temporary full-time job contract, and the payment will include insurance and health care, in agreement with the rules of Polish legislation.


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; although to be guaranteed full consideration applications must be received byMarch 22, 2015.

Applications should be submitted by email (pdf format only, attachments up to 10 MB) and addressed to:

The application must contain the following statement:

"I hereby give consent for my personal data included in my offer to be processed for the purposes of recruitment, in accordance with the Personal Data Protection Act dated August, 29,1997 (uniform text: Journal of Laws of the Republic of Poland 2002 No 101, item 926 with further amendments)".


Location of the Institute

The Institute of Plant Genetics PAS is located at Strzeszynska 34, Poznan, POLAND. To learn more about the Institute and its departments please watch our promotion film, and visit the website of the Institute To read basic information on the rules and composition of the BIO-TALENT project please visit the website, which contains information on objectives, strategy, work packages, contacts and links to information about the project, announced in the mass media.

The city of Poznan has 550 thous. inhabitants. It is one of the largest cities in Poland, with a large academic centre with numerous universities and research institutes. It is located 300 km westwards from Warszawa (Warsaw), the capital of Poland, and 250 km eastwards from Berlin, the capital of Germany. The city is visited by many foreigners participating in numerous fairs organised at the Poznan International Fair Grounds, as well as students, researchers, businessmen, and tourists. The city is friendly and safe. A great number of students (over 100 thous.) makes it lively and full of various events. The city is convenient to work in and to spend leisure time, due to its beautiful surroundings (Wielkopolski National Park with its forests and lakes). It is also the capital of a large agricultural plain.


Selection procedure

The evaluation procedure will take into account the candidate's overall research activity and research results. Due to the fact that the selected person will work together with specialists on plant imaging and modelling as well as bioinformatics statement describing the future cooperation and vision for the involvement in BIO-TALENT team is essential. Another important factor will be the experience in teaching and outreach activities.

Due to the international character of the project the mobility of the candidate will be crucial factor during selection procedure.

IPG PAS has been awarded the logo of ?HR Excellence in Research?, thus the provisions of the Charter and Code will be respected in the selection procedure.

Therefore, the recruitment process will be carried out in a  three-step selection procedure:

Step 1: the selection of 2-3 top candidates (all candidates will be informed about the results of this selection step by March 31) on the basis of the documents sent

Step 2: the on-line interview of selected candidates (to discuss the cooperation and vision of the involvement in the team)

Step 3: the Committee for Researchers' Development voting (after discussing weak and strong points of selected top candidates)


All candidates will be informed about the results and justification of the decision no later than one month after the end of step 1, namely April 30.


Documents to be submitted:

1)     Detailed CV, including Hirsch index and the list of citations (Web of knowledge/Web of science).

2)     Cover letter.

3)     Two letters of support to be submitted separately by the referees.

4)     Description of the future activities, research plans including cooperative work in BIO-TALENT team

5)     List of all original publications, from the oldest to the most recent, each with the number of citations (according to the Web of knowledge/Web of science) and Impact factor of the journal in the year of publication and in 2012. The name of the candidate should be in bold type, and papers in which she/he was a corresponding author should be highlighted.

6)     List of national and international projects: a) coordinated, b) participated, including the information on granted funds and project results, publications, commercialization of products or methodologies.

7)     List of academic skills, including experience in teaching, research team leadership, administrative duties, PhD and MSc supervision/mentoring.

8)     List of foreign fellowships, studies, sabbatical stays, practical and theoretical trainings in a foreign country (mobility).

9)     List of patents, cooperation with the industry, national and international projects including the cooperation with the industry (please list the granted funds and the result of each project).

10) Other skills, not listed above, but important for the project.


The application should contain the full set of documents, which should be sent by email to All applications will be acknowledged (please contact the ERA Chair holder ( In the event of any problems, or lack of acknowledgement do not hesitate to contact us and we will respond as soon as possible.

Contact addresses:

Robert Malinowski ? the ERA Chair holder

Malgorzata Jędryczka ? the Project Coordinator

Anna Stachowiak-Szrejbrowska ? the Administrative Manager


Institute of Plant Genetics of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Strzeszynska 34

60-479 Poznan


Phone: +48-61-6550248 (Project Coordinator)

Fax:      +48-61-6550301