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>>PhD study programme in Biomedical Sciences<< v. 22/23  [eight-terms]
>>PhD study programme in Biomedical Sciences << v. 22/23 [six-terms]

List of potential PhD advisors [MCB]

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. 

Our Students offered a place in our PhD programme will obtain a full scholarship funded by the Polish government regardless of nationality.
The applicants are free to choose the research topic and supervisors from the focus areas based on their personal interests and qualifications. We encourage our students to get involved in the broad range of scientific activities of MCB, JCET and Solaris research groups. It is also an excellent opportunity to learn to think across disciplines and build up initial collaborations and cross-disciplinary skill sets.
The programme is run in English, either in a six-semester or in an eight-semester system.
During their studies, our 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.

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Effect of pregnancy obtained by assisted reproduction technologies (ART) on mother health (Supervisor: prof. dr hab. inż Grażyna Ptak)

Project description:

Current studies in our lab indicated inflammatory status of the conceptus obtained by ART. Because among other organs, the inflammation was observed in the placenta, it is plausible to speculate that conceptus inflammation will be passed to the female to which the embryo was transferred. Thus, it is hypothesised that ART embryo is causative of systemic inflammatory state of the gestating female. Inflammatory state of the female may be harmful not only during the gestation but may also affect her future health-span. This project will evaluate spatial and temporal inflammation of maternal organs (uterus, hearth, brain, plasma, thymus) during gestation and subsequent long term health, behaviour and aging of gestating female. Furthermore, the influence of ART pregnancy on subsequent pregnancies of the female will be evaluated.

Which methods do we use:

  • in vitro embryo models
  • oocyte manipulations
  • Raman, FTIR
  • LC MS
  • confocal microscopy imaging, immunofluorescence and biochemical assays 
  • qPCR
  • behavioural tests on mice
  • Embryo transfer and related surgeries, embryonic organs isolation

Candidate’s profile:

  • possesses an MSc degree in the field of biology, biotechnology, veterinary or human medicine or related fields of life sciences,
  • has great commitment and motivation to the research work being carried out,
  • shows a good level of independence,
  • is familiar with cellular and molecular analysis,
  • has good knowledge of animal surgery and related procedures,
  • has good written and oral communication skills in English.

Scheduled start of work in the project: 1 May 2023

How to apply?

Please send your application documents via Online Application System (OAS) and to the Project Manager prof. dr hab. inż Grażyna Ptak (

Schedule of the competition:

  • 11.04.2023 - opening of the IRK system
  • 13.04.2023 - closing the IRK system
  • 20.04.2023 - exam
  • 24.04.2023 - announcement of results
  • 25.04.2023 - entries (regular list)
  • 26.04.2023 - entries (reserve list)

Detailed terms and procedures of admission.

Documents required at the recruitment application stage:

  • a curriculum vitae (CV) with particular emphasis on scientific achievements;
  • a motivation letter, explaining how the applicant’s background and research interests make them a suitable candidate for the position;
  • the names of the researchers giving references to the candidate (their contact number and academic title);
  • documents demonstrating the scientific achievements listed in the curriculum vitae, e.g. first page of the article;
  • transcript of grades: diploma supplement or the official transcript of grades, or another document listing completed courses and grades. Information about the grading scale must be included.

In the event of the persons referred to in Article 186, section 2 of the Act,

  • two opinions confirming the high quality of their research work and the high level of advancement of such work, issued by: a research fellow holding at least the academic degree of doctor habilitated or being an employee of a foreign higher education institution or a research institution, that has significant achievements in academic issues related to the curriculum.

Any document submitted in a language other than Polish or English must be accompanied by a certified translation into Polish or English.

Documents required for enrollment:

  • the original application and a photograph;
  • a photocopy and the original for inspection:
  • a. a diploma certifying the holding of a degree of Master, Master Engineer or equivalent in a field of study from among those indicated in the detailed conditions of recruitment, or
  • b. a diploma of completion of studies abroad, giving the right to enrol in a course of doctoral  studies in the issuing country or recognised as equivalent to the appropriate Polish diploma confirming the qualifications of the second degree;
  • if the candidate has not yet been issued such a diploma by the deadline for admission,
  • he/she shall submit a certificate of completion of such studies and a written undertaking to provide the diploma of higher education entitling to enrol in a course of doctoral studies within the prescribed deadline;
  • for inspection: identity document (passport in case of foreigners);
  • originals of all other documents provided at the registration stage in the form of a scan.
  • In the event of exposure to harmful, noxious or hazardous factors, the applicant will, at the time of registration, be referred for a medical examination by an occupational medicine physician. The candidate shall be obliged to deliver, within the time limit set by the programme manager, a medical certificate confirming the absence of contraindications to take up education.

Higher education diplomas awarded abroad should:

  • bear an apostille clause if the issuing country is covered by the Convention abolishing the requirement legalisation for foreign public documents, done at The Hague on 5 October 1961 (Journal of Laws of 2005, No. 112, item 938) or
  • be subjected to legalisation, in other cases.

Any document submitted in a language other than Polish or English must be accompanied by a certified translation into Polish or English.


Each doctoral student, including a foreigner, admitted to the doctoral school is obligatorily subject to health insurance if he/she is not covered by such insurance on other grounds (e.g. employment relationship, contract of mandate, business activity, insured as a family member under 26 years of age, as the spouse of an insured person). The health insurance contribution is paid by Jagiellonian University and is financed from the State budget. In addition, a doctoral student receiving a doctoral scholarship is subject to compulsory retirement and disability insurance and accident insurance.


A person admitted to the doctoral school begins education and acquires doctoral student rights upon taking the oath. The Department of Personal Affairs reports each doctoral student admitted to the School to compulsory health and social insurance at the commencement of education, i.e. from 1 October at the earliest. Until that time foreign candidates are obliged to cover the costs of insurance for the time of travel, treatment, etc. individually.

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