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Biological Sciences - What phylogeography can tell us about evolution of hosts and their parasites? Genomics, coevolution, and local adaptations

Code 3-SzD-NSP-NBiol-Preludium-Kloch
Organizational unit Doctoral School of Exact and Natural Sciences
Academic area/discipline Biological Sciences
Form of studies Full-time
Language(s) of instruction English, Polish
Admission limit 1
Duration 4 years
Office opening hours ul. Żwirki i Wigury 93
02-089 Warszawa
tel: 22 55 22 144, 22 55 22 145
poniedziałek-piątek 10:00-14:00
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Past phases in this registration:
  • Phase 1 (13.08.2021 00:01 – 27.08.2021 23:59)


The main element of education at the Doctoral School of Exact and Natural Sciences (SDNSP) is the implementation of an individual PhD project in one of the scientific disciplines (Astronomy, Computer Science, Mathematics, Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Earth and Environmental Sciences) that are covered by the school, under supervision of a faculty member chosen by the doctoral student.

Education at SDNSP includes courses in the form of specialization and monographic lectures, workshops, seminars, two-day symposiums as well as courses and trainings to improve the skills of doctoral students in teaching.

The graduate of the Doctoral School of Exact and Natural Sciences has a highly specialized education acquired under the supervision of leading scientists and is prepared to undertake independent scientific and teaching activities at universities and research institutes. In addition, the graduate will have gained extensive knowledge beyond the discipline in which he/she prepared his doctoral dissertation, as well as skills in conducting scientific and teaching activities


Education program

The education lasts 4 years. It includes obligatory classes (no more than 300 hours in total during the whole period of education) and the implementation of an individual research program, carried out under the supervision of a supervisor.

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Principal Investigator: dr hab. Agnieszka Kloch


Project description

The aim of the project is to compare genetic diversity in hosts and their parasites in a large geographic scale using bank vole Myodes glareolus and its nemataode nicienia Heligmosomum mixtum as an example.

Previous studies suggest that genetic variance in rodents had been shaped by migration patterns from the glacial refugia. This variation is reflected by geographic variance of the parasites. This relationship is poorly studied, and in the project, we aim to explore it using genomic approach.

Voles originating from different refugia display physiological differences that may be explained by adaptation to local environmental conditions. Not all genetic variance can be explained by geographic pattern, a notable example being loci coding components of the immune system. By analysing genome-wide genetic diveristy, we will be able to understand better these processes.  


The  call  is  open  to  all  those  who  are  not  PhD  holders  and  are  not  students  at  the  doctoral  schools.

  • experience in fieldwork and parasite screening and / or experience in molecular techniques, preferably including NGS
  • experience in data analysis, preferably in R
  • willingness to learn and apply bioinformatics
  • interest in evolutionary biology
  • good writing and oral English skills 

Recruitment schedule

  • registration in the Internet Registration of Candidates, referred to as “IRK”, submitting an application to the IRK: from 13 August to 27 August 2021
  • qualification procedure: from 01 September to 03 September 2021
  • announcement of the ranking list: until 08 September 2021
  • accepting documents from qualified candidates: 09 – 23 September 2021, until 2 p.m.
  • announcement of the list of accepted candidates: until 28 September 2021

Recruitment fee

150 PLN

Form of the selection procedure

Evaluation of the following elements shall be taken into account in the selection process:

1) scientific activity of the candidate based on a CV or resumé, documented with scans of materials attached to the application for admission to the School;

2) interview with the candidate / qualification examination;

3) other achievements.

Language of the selection process, including the interview

The interview shall be carried out in Polish or English – in accordance with the candidate’s preferences presented in IRK. If the Polish language is selected, the interview may include parts in English.

Required documents

The candidate shall submit a School admission application only through the IRK. The application shall include the following:

1)     indication of the selected discipline in which the candidate plans to pursue education. By submitting an application for admission to the Doctoral School is understood as submitting a completed and paid recruitment application via the Internet Recruitment of Candidates (IRK). Submission of an application via the IRK is tantamount to submitting an application for admission to the Doctoral School chosen by the candidate;

2)     a scan of the graduation diploma of uniform master’s degree or postgraduate studies or an equivalent diploma obtained under separate regulations. In the case of a diploma equivalent to a uniform master’s degree or postgraduate studies graduation diploma, a candidate shall justify such equivalence. In case the diploma was issued in a language other than Polish or English, the candidate shall attach its certified translation;

3)     a resume or CV outlining the candidate’s scientific activity, including scholarly interests and achievements during the five calendar years preceding the application (if a candidate became a parent during this time, as evidenced by a scan of the child’s birth certificate attached to the application, this period shall be extended by two years for each child), including, but not limited to:

-        publications,

-        research and organizational work at student research groups,

-        participation in scientific conferences,

-        participation in research projects,

-        awards and honorable mentions,

-        research internships,

-        research skills training programs completed,

-        activities promoting science,

-        activity in science movement representative bodies,

-        average of their university grades,

-        professional career,

-        level of proficiency in foreign languages;

4)     scans of materials evidencing scientific activity mentioned in their CV and/or resume;

5)     a document confirming at least B2 proficiency level in English or a declaration of the level of proficiency in English allowing education at the School;

6)     the scan of a declaration by the planned supervisor, confirming their agreement to undertake the duties of a supervisor and of the number of doctoral students, for whom they perform the duties a designated supervisor, in accordance with the template constituting Appendix no.4 to the Resolution no. 17 of the Senate of the University of Warsaw of 20th January 2021 on rules of admission to doctoral schools at the University of Warsaw (the University of Warsaw Monitor of 2021, item 13, as amended), the candidate may also attach a scan of opinions of other academics about the candidate and their scientific activity and/or proposed research project. Template of the supervisor’s statement

7)     the photograph of a candidate’s face that allows for their identification;

8)     a declaration confirming whether the candidate was or is a doctoral student or a participant of doctoral studies or whether they have initiated a doctoral dissertation process or whether proceedings to award them a doctoral degree have been initiated – and if yes, the title of their doctoral dissertation or the research project prepared by a candidate, including the name and last name of the candidate’s tutor or supervisor;

9)    a declaration confirming that they have reviewed the Resolution no. 17 of the Senate of the University of Warsaw of 20th January 2021 on rules of admission to doctoral schools at the University of Warsaw (the University of Warsaw Monitor of 2021, item 13, as amended) and Articles 40 and 41 of the Code of Administrative Procedure;

10)  scanned transcripts of records of the graduate and postgraduate studies or the uniform Master’s degree studies, or equivalent documents (e.g. diploma supplement);

11)  abstract of the master’s thesis or master’s project in English (up to 3,000 characters with spaces);

Evaluation criteria

 The committee shall evaluate the candidates by awarding them points for their competencies  to  perform  specific  tasks  in  a  research  project  and  scientific  achievements  to  date. On the basis thereof, the committee shall rank the candidates according to the following criteria:

 a) competencies to perform specific tasks in a research project (70% of the final score)

  •  3 points - very good
  • 2 points – good
  • 1 point – poor
  • 0 points - no competencies

 b)  publication track record, including publications in renowned scientific papers / magazines (30% of the final score)

  •  4 points – prominent
  • 3 points - very good
  • 2 points – good
  • 1 point – poor
  • 0 points - no publication track record


PRELUDIUM BIS doctoral scholarships shall amount to:

 ·      PLN 5,000 gross gross per month, by the month in which a PhD student’s mid-term evaluation is performed at the doctoral school and

 ·      PLN 6,000 gross gross per month, by the month in which a PhD student’s mid-term evaluation is performed at the doctoral school and

 shall be awarded pursuant to the Act on Higher Education and Science of 20 July 2018.

Recruitment Legislation and Acts to Know