Location: Wrocław
Application deadline: 30.06.2023

Łukasiewicz Research Network – PORT Polish Center for Technology Development is a Research Institute within the Łukasiewicz Research Network. It focuses on development of new technologies, resulting from basic and applied research, which, in turn, serves as a basis for innovative solutions for the industry. With high-class specialists and state-of-the-art infrastructure, we provide capacity for the most advanced research. Our Institute consists of three research centers – Life Sciences & Biotechnology Center, Materials Science & Engineering Center and Center for Population Diagnostics,  with access to specialized core laboratories – a combination, which allows to carry out both, scientific research and pilot studies for the industry in a comprehensive manner.

Due to our growing needs, we invite candidates to apply for the position of 

PhD student in Cancer Biomarkers Research Group

Cancer Biomarkers Reaserch Group is looking for an ambitious and passionate PhD student to join the project founded by the National Science Center (NCN) Sonata Bis 12 grant 2022/46/E/NZ6/00131 titled “Dissecting the tumoricidal potential of ILC2s in melanoma”. The project will be led by dr Marek Wagner. This position provides an excellent opportunity to become a part of a young research group dedicated to study a newly discovered group of immune cells termed group 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s) in the context of melanoma, the most aggressive form of skin cancer.

Cancer is a major public health concern worldwide. Among the most common types of cancer are those, which manifest themselves in barrier tissues, including the skin. ILC2s reside primarily at such barrier tissues, yet their role in the development of the skin cancer is not fully established. Based on our previous results (Wagner et al., 2020, Cell Rep; Wagner and Koyasu, 2019 Trends Immunol), we hypothesize that the role of ILC2s in cancer is defined by type of interactions within the tumor microenvironment. Therefore, our aim is to investigate the interactions between ILC2s and malignant and non-malignant stromal cells, using a variety of interdisciplinary approaches.

Our long-term research objective is to identify novel diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers in cancer as well as prospective therapeutic targets.    

Task description:

  • Designing and conducting experiments;
  • Analysing and interpreting results;
  • Participating in ongoing projects;
  • Maintaining high-quality laboratory notes;
  • Preparing scientific reports and articles;
  • Staying up to date with the recent achievements within the field;
  • Presenting results at institutional, regional, and/or international scientific meetings;

Mandatory Requirements:

  • MSc. in molecular biology, immunology or a related discipline;
  • Excellent English written and oral communication skills;


  • Experience in molecular biology techniques (e.g. PCR, RT-PCR, ELISA, WB, transfection methods);
  • Experience in immunohistochemistry and other tissue-based investigative methodologies;
  • Ability to work independently and to collaborate with colleagues within the Group;
  • Commitment, responsibility and motivation;
  • Meticulousness and attention to details;
  • Very good work organization.

We offer:

  • A full-time scholarship;
  • Competitive salary;
  • Excellent research facilities with modern and well-equipped laboratories;
  • Friendly, inspiring, interdisciplinary environment with employees from different countries always ready to help;
  • Opportunity to establish exciting scientific contacts with collaborators in Poland and abroad (e.g. Japan);
  • Green science campus with free parking space.

Candidates are requested to submit:

  • One-page cover letter explaining the reasons to join our team;
  • Curriculum Vitae with a list of publications;
  • Contact information of two references.

If you are interested, please prepare one merged PDF file and apply via the link below:

Application deadlineJune 30th, 2023

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