We currently offer the following positions in the Bujnicki group in IIMCB, Warsaw, Poland

  1. Postdoctoral researcher position experimental structure determination of large RNAs and RNP
  2. Research Technician Position biochemistry and structural biology of RNA and macromolecular complexes
  3. Bioinformatics Research Assistant position in development of bioinformatics databases for comparative analysis of RNA molecules

 

red - jobs focused on software development (with some molecular modeling)
orange - jobs focused on modeling and data analyses (with some software development)
green - jobs focused on experimental biochemistry and biophysics

 

 


 

Postdoctoral researcher position experimental structure determination of large RNAs and RNP

 

Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Protein Engineering at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IIMCB), Warsaw, headed by Prof. Janusz M. Bujnicki, offers a position for a Postdoctoral Researcher motivated to develop a career in an interdisciplinary and international team. 

Deadline for applications is September 14th, 2019. Preferred job starting date is October 2019 (or as soon as possible).

As a postdoctoral researcher, you will be involved in interdisciplinary experimental structural biology analyses. 
The proposed research project is focused on the integrative determination of structures for large RNAs (in particular lncRNAs and viral RNAs) and their complexes with proteins. We are using X-ray crystallography and SAXS, and extending our work to include AFM and cryoEM, and we are developing new approaches to determine RNA and RNP structures with the combined use of experimental methods and computational modeling. We are now looking for a postdoctoral researcher experienced in at least one key technique of macromolecular structural biology, interested in combining various experimental methods for macromolecular structure determination. We encourage applications from candidates at any stage of their post-doctoral career, in particular from those interested in submitting their own fellowship/grant applications and in training towards scientific independence. We are ready to discuss possibilities of a long-term collaboration, and possibly the role of a senior scientist.

This position is ideal for you if you have solid experience (documented in publications) in at least one of the following techniques: 1) X-ray crystallography, 2) SAXS 3) cryo-EM, 4) AFM, and if you wish to learn new techniques of integrative structural biology, including computational modeling methods. You are expected to have a strong publication record, which includes at least one first-author publication in a very good international peer-reviewed journal. You are expected to take a lead and apply for fellowship/grant funding within the first year of your employment, with a project that combines the initial research area (structural analyses of large RNAs) with your own ideas. We are particularly interested in candidates interested in the gradual development towards scientific independence (next stage: junior group leader elsewhere) or growing towards a position of a senior scientist within our organization (long-term cooperation, involvement in multiple projects, supervision of junior scientists).

We offer:

  • Full-time contract (“umowa o pracę”), guaranteed for at least one year 
  • Extension and increased funding available, depending on successful performance and grant/fellowship proposals 
  • Salary starting at ~8400 PLN/month of total gross remuneration, expected net salary at ~5900 PLN/month, with social security. Additional 13th salary after working a minimum of six months in a given calendar year
  • Benefits including reduced-rate for an individual medical care package and membership in the MultiSport program
  • Participation in courses, scientific training, support from peers, and academic mentoring
  • Administrative and organizational support from professional English-speaking personnel 
  • Position with 100% focus on research (no teaching obligations)
  • Appointment available from October 2019 or as soon as possible after that date

We require:

  • Ph.D. in biology, chemistry, physics or related area 
  • Documented extensive experience in biochemical/biophysical analyses of biomacromolecules, including at least one of the following techniques: 1) X-ray crystallography, 2) SAXS 3) cryo-EM, 4) AFM
  • Expertise and technical competence in designing and carrying out scientific experiments and in interpreting their results
  • Proactive approach to achieving objectives, good interpersonal skills, collaborative and adaptive attitude
  • Very good organizational skills
  • Very good command of English (written and oral communication)
  • Experience in RNA biochemistry will be a strong advantage

Priority will be given to candidates with expertise most relevant to the project and to the profile of the laboratory, who are familiar with our work and who can convincingly explain why their expertise is a good fit for our requirements.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will be selected from candidates in an open competition, according to the procedure complying with the rules of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers as a part of HR Excellence in Research strategy https://www.iimcb.gov.pl/en/institute/hr-excellence 

How to apply: 

  • Apply now (before the deadline of September 14th, 2019) to employment@genesilico.pl 
  • In the subject include " IIMCB-RNA-3D-structure-determination" and your first and last name
  • Your application must be submitted in English and should contain: 1) a CV, 2) a cover letter including a short description of your key achievements and explicit responses to the following questions: What are your scientific interests and how do they relate to requirements of the position offered? What are your key strengths? What do you know about our laboratory and why do you want to work with us?, 3) contacts to at least two potential referees, including your M.Sc. (or Ph.D.) supervisor. At this stage, please do not attach copies of diplomas, etc. 
  • Please include the following statement in your application: “I hereby agree to the processing of my personal data, included in the application documents by the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw, 4 Księcia Trojdena Street, 02-109 Warsaw, for the purpose of carrying out the current recruitment process.” Your personal data will be processed for the purpose of the recruitment procedure by the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw. Full information is available under the link https://www.iimcb.gov.pl/pl/information-clause
  • Best candidate(s) may be given additional questions and tasks as a part of the recruitment process
  • The competition may be extended or repeated until a suitable candidate who fulfills all requirements is found

 


 

Research Technician Position biochemistry and structural biology of RNA and macromolecular complexes

 

Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Protein Engineering at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IIMCB), Warsaw, headed by Prof. Janusz M. Bujnicki, offers a position for a Research Technician motivated to develop a career in an interdisciplinary and international team. 

Deadline for applications is September 14th, 2019. Preferred job starting date is October 2019 (or as soon as possible).

As a Research Technician, you will be involved in two types of activities in the lab: 
Firstly, research activities, from experiment design to the interpretation of results. As a contributor to research, you will co-author scientific publications. You will be expected to master a wide range of techniques including RNA expression and purification, biochemical assays, structural analyses (including crystallization), and analyzing molecular interactions with various biochemical and biophysical techniques. You will have access to modern equipment and you will collaborate with other experienced researchers. As a part of research activities, you will be involved in the training of junior scientists, in particular to conduct experiments with new techniques and to handle the equipment properly. Secondly, you will be involved in the support of processes in the experimental part of our lab, including house-keeping, ordering supplies, maintaining stocks, taking care of documentation, organizing lab protocols, etc. 

This position is ideal for you if you love experimental biochemistry, if you are very well organized and adaptive, and if you enjoy teamwork. We want you at this position if you have a drive to learn and implement new experimental methods, have excellent time- and self-management skills, and if you are comfortable with multitasking and being involved in multiple projects in parallel. You should speak Polish to be able to communicate with Polish sale representatives, service providers etc. You should also speak good English and enjoy training and supporting junior scientists, including individuals from abroad and from diverse cultural backgrounds. 

We offer:

  • Full-time contract (“umowa o pracę”), initially for a trial period (three months), with an intended long-term extension
  • Salary starting at ~6100 PLN/month of total gross remuneration, expected net salary at ~4300 PLN/month, with social security. Additional 13th salary after working a minimum of six months in a given calendar year
  • Benefits including reduced-rate for an individual medical care package and membership in MultiSport program
  • Scientific training, support from peers
  • Administrative and organizational support from professional English-speaking personnel 
  • Responsibilities divided between research and lab support
  • Appointment available from October 2019 or as soon as possible after that date

We require:

  • M.Sc. or Ph.D. in biochemistry, molecular biology or related discipline 
  • Documented extensive experience in biochemical/biophysical analyses of biomacromolecules, in particular in macromolecular structural biology, biochemistry, biophysics, or RNA biology
  • Expertise and technical competence in designing and carrying out scientific experiments and in interpreting their results
  • Proactive approach to achieving objectives, good interpersonal skills, collaborative and adaptive attitude
  • Very good organizational skills
  • Very good command of English (written and oral communication)
  • Good command of Polish. Candidates who do not speak Polish as the native language will be expected to learn it within the trial period to the level necessary to communicate effectively with Polish sale representatives etc.
  • Experience in lab management and/or in teaching/supervising students or junior scientists will be advantageous, but it not essential. 

Priority will be given to candidates with expertise most relevant to the project and to the profile of the laboratory, who are familiar with our work and who can convincingly explain why their expertise is a good fit for our requirements.

The Research Technician will be selected from candidates in an open competition, according to the procedure complying with the rules of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers as a part of HR Excellence in Research strategy https://www.iimcb.gov.pl/en/institute/hr-excellence 

How to apply: 

  • Apply now (before the deadline of September 14th, 2019) to employment@genesilico.pl
  • In the subject include "IIMCB-technician-biochemistry" and your first and last name.
  • Your application must be submitted in English and should contain: 1) a CV, 2) a cover letter including a short description of your key achievements and explicit responses to the following questions: What are your scientific interests and how do they relate to requirements of the position offered? What are your key strengths? What do you know about our laboratory and why do you want to work with us?, 3) contacts to at least two potential referees, including your M.Sc. (or Ph.D.) supervisor. At this stage, please do not attach copies of diplomas, etc. 
  • Please include the following statement in your application: “I hereby agree to the processing of my personal data, included in the application documents by the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw, 4 Księcia Trojdena Street, 02-109 Warsaw, for the purpose of carrying out the current recruitment process.” Your personal data will be processed for the purpose of the recruitment procedure by the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw. Full information is available under the link https://www.iimcb.gov.pl/pl/information-clause
  • Best candidate(s) may be given additional questions and tasks as a part of the recruitment process.
  • The competition may be extended or repeated until a suitable candidate who fulfills all requirements is found.

 


 

Bioinformatics Research Assistant position in development of bioinformatics databases for comparative analysis of RNA molecules

 

Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Protein Engineering at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IIMCB), Warsaw, headed by Prof. Janusz M. Bujnicki, offers a position for a Bioinformatics Research Assistant motivated to develop a career in an interdisciplinary and international team. 

Deadline for applications is September 14th, 2019. Preferred job starting date is October 2019 (or as soon as possible).

As a Research Assistant, you will be involved in bioinformatics projects that combine data analyses with the development of databases. Your key project will be the continued development of MODOMICS http://modomics.genesilico.pl. In particular, MODOMICS is currently restricted to RNA modifications, and you will expand it to include DNA modifications and possibly also posttranslational protein modifications. The work will include data gathering (including reading biologically-oriented literature), comparative bioinformatics analyses, and maintenance/update of the database and its web interface. You will also be involved in other similar projects, in particular involving comparative analyses of RNA sequences, such as the development and update of the RNArchitecture database http://genesilico.pl/RNArchitecture. As a contributor to research and software development, you will co-author scientific publications. This position is envisaged for 4 years, with a possible extension. Optionally, you may be involved in the development of our web servers (if you have skills for front-end development). Optionally, you may apply to join Ph.D. studies In the course of the project (if you are interested and eligible).
  
This position is ideal for you if you are a bioinformatician with interest in RNA biology or a biologist with experience in programming, and if you are looking for a position that balances research and methods development. You have to be a skilled programmer already at the beginning of the project (this position is not for beginners who want to start learning software development). We particularly encourage applications from candidates who have at least basic experience in bioinformatics analyses (e.g., know biological databases, how to search them, and how to process the results of searches), and in the development of databases. You will enjoy this position if you want to work on extraction of information about various biological molecules both from databases and from scientific literature, and if you are interested in combining bioinformatics analyses with the development of databases and web services. The work will be carried out in collaboration with other group members, so we need a person who likes to work
in a group.

We offer:

  • A contract for specific work (umowa o dzieło), starting from 3000 PLN/month (net) 
  • Funding guaranteed for 4 years (possibly longer, depending on performance)
  • Participation in courses, training in science and software development, support from peers, and academic mentoring
  • Administrative and organizational support from professional English-speaking personnel 
  • Appointment available from October 2019 or as soon as possible after that date
  • Optionally: an appointment to a Ph.D. school (starting October 2020 at the earliest), available for candidates who are eligible and interested in pursuing an academic career. Ph.D. studies are not mandatory, they may offer additional benefits and will include additional obligations (participation in courses, exams, structured educational program, etc.).

We require:

  • BSc degree (or equivalent) in biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, or related area.
  • Documented experience in computer programming, in particular database development. Coding in Python is absolutely required and candidates are requested to provide samples of the code. Candidates who can demonstrate experience with Django will have a strong advantage
  • Knowledge of HTML, Javascript, CSS, and BASH scripting will be advantageous. Experience in website/web server development will be advantageous
  • Documented experience in bioinformatics analyses, preferably on sequences, structures, or pathways
  • Proactive approach to achieving objectives, good interpersonal skills, collaborative and adaptive attitude
  • Very good command of English (written and oral communication)
  • Candidates interested in pursuing the (optional) Ph.D. study need to hold an M.Sc. degree (recognized in Poland)

Priority will be given to candidates with expertise most relevant to the project and to the profile of the laboratory, who are familiar with our work and who can convincingly explain why their expertise is a good fit for our requirements.

The Research Assistant will be selected from candidates in an open competition, according to the procedure complying with the rules of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers as a part of HR Excellence in Research strategy https://www.iimcb.gov.pl/en/institute/hr-excellence 

How to apply: 

  • Apply now (before the deadline of September 14th, 2019) to employment@genesilico.pl 
  • In the subject include "IIMCB-bioinformatics-databases" and your first and last name.
  • Your application must be submitted in English and should contain: 1) a CV, 2) a cover letter including a short description of your key achievements and explicit responses to the following questions: What are your scientific interests and how do they relate to requirements of the position offered? What are your key strengths? What do you know about our laboratory and why do you want to work with us?, 3) contacts to at least two potential referees, including your B.Sc. supervisor, 4) examples of software you developed, in Python (obligatory) and in Django(not obligatory, but recommended). You must be the only author or the main author of the software (in such a case all coauthors must be clearly mentioned), the code must be documented and functional. At this stage, please do not attach copies of diplomas, etc., and please do not send code in other programming languages. 
  • Generic applications that do not address the specific requirements of this position will not be considered
  • Please include the following statement in your application: “I hereby agree to the processing of my personal data, included in the application documents by the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw, 4 Księcia Trojdena Street, 02-109 Warsaw, for the purpose of carrying out the current recruitment process.” Your personal data will be processed for the purpose of the recruitment procedure by the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw. Full information is available under the link https://www.iimcb.gov.pl/pl/information-clause
  • Best candidate(s) may be given additional questions and tasks as a part of the recruitment process
  • The competition may be extended or repeated until a suitable candidate who fulfills all requirements is found

 

 


 

Frequently asked questions:

 
Q: Is health insurance provided?
A: For postdoctoral and technician positions associated with a full work contract ("umowa o pracę"), full health insurance and social security (ZUS) is included. For undergraduate and gratuate students, and for volunteers, basic health insurance is provided, and if they wish, they may insure themselves individually to make their contribution to ZUS.
 
Q: Are references required?
A: Yes, references are an important part of the selection process and candidates for postdoctoral positions are asked to provide at least two names of referees (one name for students), including at least one former or current supervisor.
 
Q: I am not from Poland and I don't speak Polish. Am I eligible to apply?
A: Yes, IIMCB welcomes applications from outside Poland. IIMCB has an international culture, and the official working language is English.