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

 

  1. Postdoctoral researcher position Structural biology of RNA with posttranscriptional modifications
  2. Research Specialist Position lab technician for biochemistry of RNA and proteins complexes
  3. Early Stage Researcher position in the Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Protein Engineering Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Protein Engineering

 

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
Structural biology of RNA with posttranscriptional modifications

Deadline for applications is March 31st, 2021.
The preferred job starting date is June 1st, 2021.

As a postdoctoral researcher, you will be involved in interdisciplinary experimental analyses of RNA structure.
You will join the new project entitled “Unraveling the influence of posttranscriptional modifications on RNA 3D structure formation and its dynamics, with the integrated use of theoretical and experimental approaches” carried out as the OPUS grant of the Polish National Science Centre (UMO-2020/37/B/NZ2/02456). As a postdoctoral researcher you will use biochemical and biophysical methods, including chemical probing and X-ray crystallography, to study the structure of RNA molecules, and to determine the influence of posttranscriptional modifications on RNA folding, its ability to form alternative 3D structures, and interactions with other molecules. The project will be carried out by an interdisciplinary team of researchers, including computer programmers, researchers specializing in computer simulations and data analysis, and biochemists who analyze RNA molecules experimentally.

This position is ideal for you if you have solid experience in experimental analyses of RNA structure and interactions, and/or detection and characterization of RNA modifications, and if you wish to learn new techniques of integrative structural biology, including experimental research and computational modeling. You are expected to have a strong publication record, including at least one first-author publication in a very good international peer-reviewed journal. 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 encourage applications from candidates with a Ph.D. obtained in 2014 or later.

We offer:

  • Full-time contract (“umowa o pracę”) for 36 months
  • Gross salary about 7500 PLN/month, expected initial net salary at ~6000 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 starting June 1st 2021, earlier appointment may be negotiated

We require:

  • Ph.D. in any relevant area (e.g., biology, chemistry, etc.), defended no more than 7 years before the start of the contract (according to the rules of the funding agency)
  • Fulfillment of formal criteria of the competition in particular section 2.1.1: https://www.ncn.gov.pl/sites/default/files/pliki/regulaminy/koszty_w_projektach_badawczych.pdf
  • Significant background in RNA biochemistry and molecular biology, including RNA sequencing by NGS-based methods and at least one of the following techniques: 1) experimental detection of modified residues in RNA, 2) RNA structure analysis by chemical or enzymatic probing, 3) analyses of macromolecular interactions by spectroscopic techniques and calorimetry, 4) macromolecular crystallization and X-ray crystallography
  • Expertise and competence in designing and carrying out scientific experiments and in interpreting their results
  • Experience in writing manuscripts for publication and in scientific presentations
  • Proactive approach to achieving objectives, good interpersonal skills, collaborative and adaptive attitude
  • Very good organizational skills, especially project and time management skills
  • Very good command of English (written and oral communication) and presentation skills

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 March 31st, 2020) to employment@genesilico.pl
  • In the subject of the message include "postdoc-OPUS-RNAmods-structure" 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 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 Specialist Position
lab technician for biochemistry of RNA and proteins complexes

Deadline for applications is March 20th, 2021.

Preferred job starting date is April 1st 2021 (or as soon as possible after that date).

As a Research Specialist, 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 English fluently. You should enjoy training and supporting other 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
  • Gross salary starting at ~6100 PLN/month, 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 as soon as possible, preferably from April 2021 or as soon as possible after that date

We require:

  • M.Sc. or Ph.D. in biochemistry, molecular biology or related disciplin
  • Documented experience in biochemical/biophysical analyses of biomacromolecules, in particular in protein or RNA biochemistry, RNA sequencing by NGS-based methods, biophysics (e.g., spectroscopic methods to study nucleic acid-protein or macromolecule-ligand interactions) or macromolecular structural 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 Specialist 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 March 20th, 2021) 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.p /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.

 

 

 


 

Early Stage Researcher position in the Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Protein Engineering
Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Protein Engineering


at the International Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw (IIMCB), Poland, headed by Prof. Janusz Bujnicki, seeks productive, creative, and motivated Early Stage Researcher to join a project entitled “ROPES - ROles of ePistranscriptomic  in diseasES”, funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 956810.

The ROPES project aims to use computational approaches (including big data and machine learning) to understand how the chemical modifications alter the function of RNA molecules and their interacting partners, in particular in the context of human health.

Early Stage Researcher task. You will be involved in an interdisciplinary bioinformatics project that combines software development with analyses of biological data. You will be responsible for extending the MODOMICS database (http://genesilico.pl/modomics/) to include data on RNA modifications in human RNAs that are currently not available or incomplete in the database, such as modifications in mRNAs, lncRNAs, and data related to gene expression. One of the planned analyses involves the analysis of links between genetic variation related to RNA modification in humans with disease, and the development of computer software (e.g., based on machine learning) for predicting biological effects of RNA modification. The project will also involve a lot of data gathering, including systematic reading of scientific literature in the area of RNA biology related to RNA modification and editing. The training will involve research visits in collaborating research groups in Italy and Germany.

The ideal candidate should be able to pursue challenging tasks, solve problems and achieve objectives, and do so in intense collaboration and communication with other researchers. Candidates will be selected 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

Requirements:

Formal eligibility and criteria:

  • Formal eligibility for Ph.D. by research in Poland, including M.Sc. recognizable in Poland, in any relevant area (e.g. bioinformatics, biology, chemistry, physics, etc.
  • Fulfilling the following formal criteria (detailed information at https://bit.ly/3t4OpTg )
    • Researcher status: Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) are young researchers who, at the date of recruitment, are in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
    • Nationality: Applicant ESRs can be of any nationality.
    • Mobility requirements: Applicant ESRs must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Poland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the date of recruitment

Research and professional experience and knowledge:

  • Documented experience in computer programming, in particular database development. High level of coding in Python is essential. Experience in website/web server development is essential. Candidates who can demonstrate experience with Django will have advantage. Knowledge of HTML, Javascript, CSS, and BASH scripting, and programming in other languages (including C/C++,R, Java) will be advantageous. Candidates are required to provide samples of their code for every language and programing skill in which they claim expertise. Applications without the code samples will not be considered
  • At least basic understanding of molecular and cellular biology is essential. Knowledge of RNA biology and of RNA modifications is not essential, but will be advantageous.
  • Documented experience in computational analyses of biological data is not essential, but will be advantageous.
  • Proactive approach to achieving objectives, ability to maintain focus on defined goals, good interpersonal skills, collaborative and adaptive attitude are all essential.
  • Very good project and time management skills, ability to work simultaneously on several tasks.
  • Very good command of English (fluent written and oral communication).

 
We offer:

  • Full employment contract for 36 months
  • Research secondments in the group of Prof. Quattrone (UNITN, Italy) and Prof. Frye (DKFZ, Germany). Please mind that several months research stays abroad are part for this project.
  • ca. 3068.85 EUR/month of total remuneration cost, ca. 1800 EUR/month net salary plus family allowance if applicable ca. 300 EUR net/month. The salary will be paid in PLN, the final monthly gross salary will be calculated individually during the employment process, taking into account the length of service).
  • No teaching obligations, ambitious scientific works under the supervision of Prof. Bujnicki,
  • Benefits including a reduced rate for an individual medical care package and membership in the MultiSport programme
  • Full technical, administrative, and organizational support from professional English-speaking personnel
  • Participation in courses and scientific training

The deadline for applications is April 9th, 2021.
The selected ESR is expected to start between 1st June and 1st October 2021, depending on the date of the recognition of the Master's diploma in Poland. If applicable, prior to the employment, the applicant must have the foreign diploma recognized according to the relevant Polish rules.

How to apply:

  • Apply now to employment@genesilico.pl
  • In the subject include "ROPES_ESR" and your first and last name.
  • Your application must be submitted in English and should contain:
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • motivation letter describing your key achievements and including contacts to at least two potential referees
    • copy of the Bachelor’s and Master’s certificates and the respective Transcript of Records
    • summary of the Master’s degree thesis
    • ESR eligibility and declarations form, filled in and signed http://bit.ly/ESR-form
  • Please include the following statement in your Ciruciulum Vitae : “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://bit.ly/3t2ZCne
  • Best candidate(s) may be given additional questions and tasks as a part of the recruitment process

The competition may be extended until a suitable candidate who fulfils all requirements is found.
More information about the project: https://webmagazine.unitn.it/en/news/cibio/84489/ropes-a-european-consortium-coordinated-by-cibio-to-train-young-researchers-in

 


 

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.