Ph.D. under the project OPUS 2021/41/B/NZ9/01054 – In search of new insecticides: immunomodulatory role of tachykinin-like peptides and their potential use in sustainable plant protection


  1. Master’s degree in biology, biotechnology or related fields
  2. theoretical and practical knowledge of insect physiology
  3. experience in rearing insects for experimental purposes
  4. knowledge and experience working on the function of the neuroendocrine system and the immune system of insects.
  5. proven knowledge of basic techniques used in insect immunology research
    5 Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  6. ability to work individually as well as in a team, good work organization

Job Description:

Ph.D. dissertation carried out within the framework of the project OPUS 2021/41/B/NZ9/01054 – In search of new insecticides: immunomodulatory role of tachykinin-like peptides and their potential use in sustainable plant protection. The main objective of the project is to analyze in detail the changes occurring in the immune system of the Tenebrio molitor beetle after administration of tachykinin-related peptides (TRPs) and the changes occurring in the insect’s neuendocrine system during infection. Moreover, in addition to gaining a thorough understanding of the immunotropic properties of TRPs, an equally important part of the project is to analyze the use of an RNAi technique directed against genes encoding the precursor for TRPs and the TRP receptor in controlling populations of T. molitor, considered a storage pest. To this end, the effect of dsRNA administration with food and its topical application on the survival rate, reproductive capacity and immune system activity of the beetle under study will be tested.


  1. conducting breeding of T. molitor;
  2. Participate in research on the role of the neuroendocrine system in the process of pathogen recognition and immune response;
  3. Participation in research on evaluation of anti-apoptotic properties of TRPs.
  4. participation in studies on the analysis of the potential use of RNAi technique in the control of T. molitor population

Deadline for submission of bids: July 8, 2022
Form of submission: email

Terms of employment:

  1. place of employment: Department of Physiology and Biology of Animal Development, Institute of Experimental Biology, Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland.
  2. a research stipend of approximately 3,500 PLN net for 36 months
  3. the selected candidate must be a participant in the Doctoral School of Natural Sciences conducted by the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan.

The recruitment schedule and rules are available at Recruitment 2022 – UAM


  1. start date of the project from 01.10.2022; (start of the academic year 2022/2023 in the PhD school).

Additional information:

List of required documents:

  1. Scientific CV with the course of previous education and employment, as well as information on your scientific experience (participation in scientific conferences, internships and training, awards and prizes received, list of publications).
  2. motivation letter
  3. supervisor’s recommendation
  4. confirmation of having earned a master’s degree
  5. inquiries and applications should be sent to the project manager: Dr. Arkadiusz Urbanski, email address:
  6. selected Candidates will be informed about the date of the interview by e-mail. During the interview, Candidates will be asked to present their previous scientific achievements. Only selected Candidates (based on CV evaluation) will be informed and invited to the interview. Applications will be accepted by email only.

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