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Recruitment to the Doctoral School takes place by means of a competition. Candidates undergo a three-part examination: (i) written exam checking the basic theoretical and practical knowledge in the following disciplines: biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry, biophysics and bioinformatics, (ii) English exam, and (iii) oral exam based on a presentation of the Candidate’s research accomplishments, usually results of M.Sc. thesis. The oral exam is chaired by a scientific committee consisting of experts representing various research disciplines conducted at IBB PAS.


Candidates to the Doctoral School are asked to submit the following documents:

  1. Application form for admission to the Doctoral School.
  2. Copy of the diploma of higher education certifying the Candidate’s educational background or the  Candidate's declaration on completing the studies by September 30 of the year of the recruitment.
  3. CV covering scientific accomplishments of the Candidate
  4. Opinion on the Candidate by the former employer or thesis supervisor.
  5. Cover letter.

Documents and admission exam can be given in Polish or English - the choice of language will not affect the final score or decision on admission. Documents should be submitted by June 15, 2020 via e-mail (preferred form) to the following address: or by post to the following address:

Research and Scientific Projects Department of IBB PAS (room 42), ul. Pawińskiego 5a, 02-106 Warsaw, Poland. 


The admission exam is scheduled for June 24-26, 2020 (depending on the epidemiological situation in the country, the exam date is subject to change). The Candidates are not required to be the holders of a higher degree (M. Sc. or equivalent) at the time of the exam, but must obtain it before the day of commencement of the Doctoral School (October 1, 2020). 

The admission exam will take place at the Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (ul. Pawińskiego 5A, 02-106 Warsaw). The Doctoral School does not refund costs incurred in connection with participation in the recruitment procedure. If you have any additional questions please send them to:

Candidates can select among  project proposals listed below. If you have any questions about projects, please contact with the supervisor 

  1. Deciphering the function of hydrolases Ynl320w and Imo32 in PTM of mitochondrial ATP synthase. Supervisor: Róża Kucharczyk, e-mail:
  2. The identification of epigenetic mechanisms regulating expression of key tumour supressors in clear cell renal cell carcinoma. Supervisor: Tomasz Sarnowski, e-mail:
  3. The platform based on nanobody (VHH) against SWI/SNF-type chromatin remodeling complex subunits as the innovative tool for precisely controlled complex inactivation and molecular biology studies. Supervisor: Tomasz Sarnowski, e-mail:
  4. Modification and action of non-coding RNA. Supervisor: Jacek K. Nowak, e-mail:
  5. Bacterial protein domains encoded by fungal genomes. Supervisor: Anna Muszewska, e-mail:
  6. New aspects of negative regulation of RNA polymerase III in yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Supervisor: Magdalena Rakowska-Boguta, Małgorzata Cieśla, e-mail:,
  7. Comprehensive study of the role of Rysto, a TIR-NB-LRR class receptor in potato innate immunity. Supervisor: Jacek Hennig, e-mail:
  8. The role of HopAG1 effector in virulence of plant pathogenic bacteria. Supervisor: Magdalena Krzymowska, Magdalena Górecka, e-mail:,
  9. In silico design, chemical synthesis and thermodynamic studies on potential bi-substrate inhibitors targeting the reference protein kinase. Supervisor: Jarosław Poznański, e-mail:
  10. Invasive species in the Martime Antarctic - identification, eradication and prevention of spread. Supervisor: Robert Bialik, e-mail:
  11. Statistical analysis and modeling of short- and long-term changes in the number of penguins on King George Island. Supervisor: Robert Bialik, e-mail:
  12. Analysis of nutrient circulation in the Martime Antarctica. Supervisor: Robert Bialik, e-mail:
  13. Staphylococcal bacteriophages of therapeutic potential: functional analysis of genes encoding membrane proteins in a search for factors increasing the competitiveness of phage and infected host in various bacteria growth conditions. Supervisor: Małgorzata Łobocka, e-mail:
  14. Staphylococcal bacteriophages of therapeutic potential: functional analysis of genes encoding accessory and antirestriction functions in a search for host specificity determinants and systems overcoming bacterial anti-phage defense. Supervisor: Małgorzata Łobocka, Steczkiewicz
  15. Mechanisms to increase health span in Caenorhabditis elegans. Supervisor: Ulrike Topf, e-mail:
  16. Identification and comprehensive classification of peptidases. Supervisor: Marcin Grynberg, Auxiliary supervisor: Kamil Steczkiewicz, e-mail:,
  17. Origin and evolution of Eukaryotic apoptosis and aging. Supervisor: Szymon Kaczanowski, e-mail:

Full description of the projects and conditions: link

Research conducted at IBB PAS: link

Information about the Doctoral School of Molecular Biology and Biological Chemistry at IBB PAS: link



A) Written exam (maximum: 12 points)

The exam will be based on providing answers to questions related to the disciplines covered by the Doctoral School (i.e. chemistry, molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics and bioinformatics), including: 

- 16 test questions (0.5 point each) verifying the candidate's ability to solve simple calculations;

- 4 open questions (1 point each) that the Candidate will select from a total of 16 questions.

B) English exam (maximum 3 points)

The exam is based on  comprehension-based short-answer test related to a popular science text written in English.

Candidates who obtained a minimum  passing score of 70% from the written test (Part A) and at least 1 point from the English language exam (Part B) will be qualified for the second stage of the exam. No more than 30 candidates with the top best results will be admitted to the second stage.

The results of the written exam (parts A and B) will be posted on the IBB PAS notice board and made available on the IBB PAS website.

C) Oral presentation (maximum 15 points)

This part of the exam will consist of an oral presentation of the Candidate’s research accomplishments (up to 10 minutes), e.g. results of M. Sc. thesis or other experimental work. Candidates are recommended to prepare a presentation of form of a slide show (in PowerPoint format). After the presentation, the examiners will ask questions to the Candidate related to the presented topic.

The oral presentation may be conducted in Polish or English. The choice of language will not affect the final score or decision on admission.

Exam results, broken down into points obtained at each stage (A, B and C), will be posted on the IBB PAS notice board and made available on the IBB PAS website.

A minimum of 21 points is necessary to pass the exam.


Related documents:

Application form for the admission to the Doctoral School of Molecular Biology and Biological Chemistry 

Information clause on the processing of personal data

Resolution on the conditions and recruitment procedure to the Doctoral School of Molecular Biology and Biological Chemistry