Lab Manager/Research Assistant (immunity / molecular biology / biochemistry)

We are inviting applications for a Lab Manager/Research Assistant to join the Laboratory of Intracellular Immunity at the Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw.

You will be offered the opportunity to participate in cutting edge research programme aiming to understand the molecular details of how cell-intrinsic and cytokine-enhanced immunity protects interior of the host cell against bacterial and fungal invasion, and how pathogens evade the intracellular immune system.

The laboratory is active for over 2 years and led by Dr Michal Wandel, who for the previous 12 years carried out research in Cambridge, UK at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and University of Cambridge. The laboratory implements the scientific culture and research practices established in those world-leading institutes, is integrated into the EMBO Young Investigator Network, and well-funded by NAWA, NCN and EMBO.

We seek a highly motivated and independent lab manager/research assistant who will work closely with the research team, will be responsible for the smooth running of the laboratory, and have the opportunity to carry out experiments and perform creative work with focus on molecular biology and biochemistry.

We offer:

The position is funded by the NAWA Polish Returns programme, full-time, for 3-years (initial contract will be signed for one year and then extended until the end of the project), and available from March 2024, with the exact start date to be agreed on.
Modern work environment with state-of-the-art equipment (e.g. AKTA Pure protein purification system, Amersham ImageQuant 800 Fluor, bench top Eppendorf equipment).
Appropriate training and development opportunities (e.g. AKTA Pure protein purification system).
Salary: 104000-120000 PLN/year (employer gross), corresponding to ~4800-5800 PLN/month net pay, with health insurance, additional 13th salary and benefits. Supplementary salary might be available from other projects, depending on the candidates experience and involvement.

Main tasks:

– general support of projects and activities in the laboratory
– conducting molecular biology and biochemistry research
– managing supplies: making orders and ensuring optimal stock levels, archiving documentation
– assistance with grant administration
– cooperation with administrative units of the institute, e.g. HR and scientific office
– assisting and training other lab members on basic research techniques and management
– maintenance and update of lab databases, writing and revision of scientific protocols


MSc or PhD degree in biology or related life science field. Good background in biochemistry and/or molecular biology techniques. Strong organisational, communication skills, and team spirit. Fluency in spoken and written English and Polish. Laboratory and administrative experience will be an advantage.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should send a cover/motivation letter (max 1 page), their CV including performed tasks and known research methodology, copy of diploma and list of academic grades (if available), and names and contact details of at least two referees including their direct thesis supervisor (all in a single .pdf file) to: with the subject “Application for LM/RA 2024 and your first and last name”.

Please include the following statement: “I hereby give consent for my personal data included in my application to be processed for the purposes of the recruitment process under the Personal Data Protection Act from 29th August 1997.”

Deadline: 16th March 2024, early application encouraged. We will only contact selected candidates, who will be invited for an interview (possibly on-line). We strive for gender and diversity equality and welcome applications from all backgrounds.

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