We are hiring!

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to fill a position of Research Assistant/Technician. The successful candidate will perform experiments focused on basic mechanisms of signal transduction and help other team members with technical expertise and administrative support.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong motivation to work
  • Neatness in work habits, attention to detail, and good organizational skills
  • Ability to communicate fluently in English
  • General experience in laboratory work
  • Specific experience in either of the following areas will be considered a plus:
    • molecular cloning
    • cell culture
    • protein biochemistry
    • immunocytochemistry and fluorescence microscopy

We offer:

  • An environment that fosters creativity, autonomy, and personal development of group members
  • Strong mentoring in both laboratory techniques and “soft skills” required for career progression
  • Work in a brand new building with state-of-the-art equipment

Application:

The application should contain the following documents/information (all in English):

  • Cover letter describing personal motivation to apply for this position
  • Candidate’s CV with contact information for at least 2 references (previous supervisor or thesis advisor are preferred)
  • Candidate may include additional information or copies of documents/certificates in support of the application

The remuneration for the position will be dependent on level of experience. Please send your applications to the following e-mail address: lmcs.recruitment@gmail.com (please put “Research assistant” in the subject). Please include the following statement in your application: “In accordance with the personal data protection act of August 29th, 1997, I hereby agree that University of Warsaw process and store my personal data for recruitment purposes”. The deadline for applying is August 31st 2016, but the recruitment will continue until the position is filled. Please spread the word among your friends and colleagues who might be interested in applying. The recruitment poster can be found here, and the detailed announcement is here.

Congrats and welcome to our new postdoc

Great news for the lab. Łukasz Markiewicz, who applied for a FUGA postdoctoral fellowship to work on Gli proteins, got the award and will be joining us this fall. Congratulations and welcome! Łukasz is sure to become a very valuable addition to our growing team.

Welcome Daria and Dominik – the ultra-bright high school students

For the last week we have hosted two extremely talented high school students in our lab as part of the “Fundacja na Rzecz Dzieci” summer program. Zuza has been showing them the ropes of western blotting, molecular cloning, and immunofluorescence microscopy. They tell me that they’ve had a lot of fun and I am not surprised – biology is facinating and Zuza is a wonderful mentor. Looking forward to my talk tomorrow – introduction to cell signaling for all our high school interns at CeNT.

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Excursion to Kraków

We went to see the talk by the celebrated Rudolf Jaenish (of transgenic mice fame) at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. The talk was fascinating, and touched upon iPS cells in medicine, epigenetic reprogramming, and imprinting. We then took some time afterwards to visit some sights in Kraków. It was a fun trip and a nice way to get out of the daily grind.

Rudolf Jaenish

Rudolf Jaenish

The talk took place at the wonderful newly built UJ campus - the main auditorium is impressive and the talk was fascinating.
Next to Wawel

Next to Wawel

We are about to climb the hill of Wawel - the castle where Polish Kings lived before they moved the capital to Warsaw
Wawel

Wawel

The weather was gorgeous.
Going towards Kazimierz

Going towards Kazimierz

Kazimierz is the former Jewish quarters of Kraków, with a lot of wonderful restaurants and a rich nightlife
Mariacki Church

Mariacki Church

The famous church in the main square of Kraków

Congrats Zuza!!!

Congrats to Zuza who has just won her Young Investigator Grant (DSM) from the Department of Biology of the University!!! We celebrated with a little bit of (non-alcoholic) bubbly at lunchtime!

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Welcome to the lab, Mostafa!

We have just had a new person join the lab. Mostafa has come to us from Cairo, Egypt, and will do an internship in the lab to develop his biomedical research skills. He has only been here a week and is already up and running with the experiments, getting nice results and contributing to our research program. Welcome, Mostafa!

Lab opening

The lab opening today was great fun! Thanks everyone for coming and thank you Zuza and Monika for helping me organize everything.

Before the party

Before the party

Zuza baked two wonderful cakes and decorated everything. It looks so pretty!
The first guests

The first guests

Our neighbors the Kargul lab showed up first.
The host with a bottle of bubbly

The host with a bottle of bubbly

I opened the first bottle of Cava shortly afterwards.
Blowing out the singing candle

Blowing out the singing candle

The candle on the cake sang happy birthday and looked like lotus blossom. I blew it out and wished for... well I cannot tell you that - otherwise the wish won't come true.
More guests arriving

More guests arriving

Mrs. Ewa Jastrzębska and the Wisniewska lab.
The party in full swing

The party in full swing

Everyone looks like they are enjoying themselves.
Visiting the lab

Visiting the lab

The meeting of two worlds - Krzysztof and Agnieszka Kobielak from CeNT and Kasia Piwocka from the Nencki Institute.
The Proszynski lab visiting

The Proszynski lab visiting

My old lab has come to check out my new place.

Lab opening ceremony scheduled for Thu, October 8th

We are pretty excited to invite everyone to the lab opening ceremony on October 8 at 3 pm. There will be refreshments (yes, that means free pizza!) and some good ol’ bubbly to keep the conversation flowing. Zuza has promised to bake a mystery cake, which some sources claim will look like a hedgehog. Even though Zuza has already started doing some preliminary experiments, we are only just celebrating lab opening because Monika the postdoc has now arrived from faraway Switzerland to join our efforts to decipher the Hedgehog pathway and have fun in the process. Don’t feel pressured to be on time. We will have some preliminaries around 3 so if you can make it – great, but we will hopefully keep having fun throughout the afternoon, so if you are stuck in the dark room developing these Westerns, don’t stress out – we will have a fresh bottle of champagne waiting for you at 4˚C. The contact info is here. Hope to see you all on Thursday!

The first joint Niewiadomski/Proszynski lab retreat is officially over

We have just returned from Krynica Morska, where the newly formed Niewiadomski lab joined the illustrious Proszynski lab from the Nencki institute on a joint retreat. We’ve had a lot of fun together and almost managed to not talk about science for three days straight. Two songs have been selected as the retreat’s anthems: “Move Bi#$h” by Ludacris and “Senor Loco” by Elena.

Welcome Monika – the lab’s first postdoc!

Starting October 1st we will have a new lab member – Monika Kusio-Kobiałka, who is coming to join the group after doing her PhD at the Nencki Institute and a postdoctoral stint in Switzerland. Now we have two lab members and both of them love paragliding. Hopefully we will be able to glide into some exciting new discoveries together. Warmest welcome!