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PhD Programme in Biomedical Sciences

PhD Programme in Biomedical Sciences

PhD Programme in Biomedical Sciences is a programme at the Doctoral School of Exact and Natural Sciences the Jagiellonian University in Krakow with a strong inter-disciplinary, international inter-sectoral research and training dimension.


We will recruit early stage researchers (ESRs) in an open call, targeting the most talented and motivated ESRs in the fields of Biological and Medical Sciences. The recruitment process will adhere to the guidelines set in the code of conduct for the recruitment of researchers and the European charter for researchers, ensuring transparency of the recruitment process based on the merit and skills of applicants. The recruitment process will not discriminate applicants based on their personal features.

Training will be focused on the interest and expertise of researchers working at the Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology (MCB), Jagiellonian Centre for Experimental Therapeutics (JCET) and National Synchrotron Radiation Centre (SOLARIS).

The program covers various areas of biology (synthetic, structural, molecular, cellular, developmental) and utilizes plants, viruses, bacteria, invertebrates, and vertebrates. The program is also linked to interdisciplinary studies in Endothelial Biomedicine.

The applicants are free to choose available supervisors from the focus areas based on their personal interests and qualifications. After the successful admission of the applicants, PhD candidates first perform rotations between 5 autonomously selected research groups. Students spend the first 10-12 weeks of the programme undertaking rotation between 5 different research groups. This ensures exposure to different disciplines, and allows the students to gain a better overall picture of the scientific nature of MCB/JCET/Solaris and the different technologies that are available. Students are required to write a short report (up to 5 pages) at the end of each visited laboratory. Selection of the final PhD project laboratory is by mutual consent between the student and supervisor. 

Monitoring of each student's progress is achieved through the submission of a project report for each rotation and by thesis advisory committee meetings which take place every 6 months.

During their PhD, students are expected to attend training courses in transferable and general research skills, participate in the students' and outreach activities, present their work regularly and attend seminars.

Students offered our PhD programme funded studentships will obtain full financial support regardless of nationality. In 2019, there will be 19 funded studentships available across all our research areas (13 for MCB, 6 for JCET, 0 for Solaris). Since our studentships are extremely competitive, we also encourage you to seek your own funding. Any students with their own funding should still apply to our PhD Programme in the usual way.

The program is carried out in English, either in eight-semester or in six-semester system

For information on how to make an application to our PhD Programme please go to How to apply.

Research Groups

Below we list research groups from each Institute which are willing to accept new Ph.D. students

Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology (MCB)

Human Genome Variation Research Group & Genomics Centre - Prof. Wojciech Branicki
Protein Crystallography Research Group - Prof. Grzegorz Dubin
Max Planck Laboratory - Dr. Sebastian Glatt
Bionanoscience and Biochemistry Laboratory - Prof. Jonathan Heddle
Bioinformatics Research Group - Dr. hab. Paweł Łabaj
Laboratory of Photobiology - Dr. Justyna Łabuz
Microbial Genomics Group - Dr. Rafał Mostowy
Developmental Biology Laboratory - Prof. Grażyna Ptak
ViroGenetics - BSL3 Laboratory of Virology - Prof. Krzysztof Pyrć
Plant-Microorganism Interactions Group - Dr. hab. Piotr Rozpądek
Plant Molecular Biology Laboratory - Dr. Kenji Yamada

Jagiellonian Centre for Experimental Therapeutics (JCET)

Experimental Pharmacology Research Group  - Prof. Stefan Chłopicki
Raman Spectroscopy Research Group - Prof. Małgorzata Barańska
Red Blood Cells Spectroscopy Project Team - Dr. hab. Katarzyna M. Marzec
Analytics and Pharmacokinetics Research Group - Dr. hab. Maria Walczak

SOLARIS National Synchrotron Radiation Centre - prof. Marek Stankiewicz

Currently, at SOLARIS there is no position for Ph.D. available.

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