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

 

  1. Internship for MSc student in computational modeling of structure of nucleic acids
  2. Postdoctoral researcher in computational approaches to structure determination by cryo-EM and other methods
  3. Postdoctoral researcher in molecular and structural biology of RNA
  4. Junior Specialist position in bioinformatics software developer for databases and web servers
  5. Research Specialist Position lab technician for biochemistry of RNA and proteins complexes

 

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

 


 

Internship for MSc student
in computational modeling of structure of nucleic acids

 

Our big aim is to characterize nucleic acid molecules from a structural and functional point of view. Towards this goal, the development of bioinformatic tools for secondary and tertiary structure prediction of nucleic acids and their complexes, is of outmost importance. We have developed tools for the modeling of RNA 3D structure, and have become one of the most successful RNA modeling teams in the world: see rankings of RNA Puzzles. We offer you a chance to be a part of this success and to participate in a project “Bridging the gap: DNA catalysis explained” (2018/31/D/NZ2/01883), led by Dr. Almudena Ponce-Salvatierra and funded within the SONATA program of the Polish National Science Centre. In this project we focus on DNAzymes - synthetic, single-stranded DNA molecules that are capable of catalyzing chemical reactions.

You will apply your skills to participate in the development of bioinformatics programs. You will learn a lot and, if you are successful, you will be a co-author of a scientific publication.

Requirements:

  • The candidate must be enrolled in MSc studies in computer science or a related area.
  •  Proactive approach to achieving tasks and objectives, good interpersonal skills, a collaborative attitude
  • Documented experience in computational biology, bioinformatics, molecular modeling or in computer programming (preferably Python or C/C++)
  • Very good written and oral communication in English

Priority will be given to candidates with expertise most relevant to the project and to the general profile of the laboratory. The ability and interest to pursue challenging, interdisciplinary problems, and the ability to deliver results are essential.

We offer:

  • Fellowship starting with 1500 PLN/month (depending on qualifications)
  • Appointment starting as soon as possible/June 2021 for 3 months with the possibility of extension
  • Participation in courses, scientific training, support from peers, and academic mentoring

 
You will be a key member of a group working on a focused scientific project with well-defined goals that combines a big scientific challenge with opportunities to collaborate with other researchers. You will have access to modern equipment and support from other experienced researchers. The project provides opportunities for extensive interdisciplinary collaborations within the team and in the institute (e.g. with software developers, molecular modelers and experimentalists), as well as international collaborations with academia and industry. You will have many chances to make your collaborative research a success and you will be expected to present your results at scientific conferences and co-authorize scientific publications, and ultimately to include them in your PhD thesis.
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://bit.ly/2OBshQU

How to apply:

  • We will collect applications until June 4th 2021
  • Apply now (or ask any questions you may have) to employment@genesilico.pl   
  • In the subject include "MSc-SONATA-student" and your first and last name.
  • Your application must be in English and should contain a CV, a motivation letter (What is your scientific dream and how to you want to fulfill it? What are your key strengths? Why do you want to work with us?), a list of your significant achievements, and contacts to at least two potential referees, including at least one former or current direct supervisor.
  • Please include the following statement in yourCurriculum 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/3ut6yKe.
  • Best candidates will be invited for an interview that will take place in early-mid June.

 

 

 


 

Postdoctoral researcher
in computational approaches to structure determination by cryo-EM and other methods

 

Deadline for applications: July 9th, 2021. Preferred job starting date: September 1st, 2021 or as soon as possible

As a Postdoctoral Researcher, you will have a senior role in the development of innovative integrative software for the computational determination and modeling of macromolecular structures involving proteins, nucleic acids, and small molecules. You will be also involved in various structure determination and modeling analyses for various viral and bacterial RNAs and RNA-protein complexes studied in the laboratory.

This position is ideal for you if you have solid experience both in software development and in macromolecular structural biology (in particular cryo-EM, X-ray crystallography, SAXS, and/or AFM), and if you wish to learn new techniques of integrative structural biology, including experimental research and computational modeling.

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 (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).
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 area of our interest with your own ideas.

We offer:

  • Full-time contract (“umowa o pracę”) for at least 18 months, with an intended extension depending on performance
  • Gross monthly remuneration: 7350 PLN/month - 7600 PLN/month, net approx. 5800 PLN/month - 6000 PLN/month (the final monthly gross salary will be calculated individually during the employment process, taking into account the length of service). Additional bonuses such as the 13th salary after working for the Institute for six months in a given calendar year, or Christmas bonus may supplement this salary.
  • Benefits including reduced-rate for an individual medical care package and membership in the MultiSport program
  • Work in a multidisciplinary, international team, in a very dynamic organization, with multiple opportunities for professional development, participation in courses, scientific training, support from peers, and academic mentoring
  • Administrative and organizational support from professional English-speaking personnel

We require:

  • Ph.D. in any relevant area (e.g., physics, biology, chemistry, etc.)
  • Strong publication record, including at least one first-author publication in a very good journal
  • Documented experience in structural biology (macromolecular structure determination based on experimental data)
  • Documented experience in programming (C/C++ or Python and ideally both)
  • Experience in molecular modeling is not essential, but will be a strong advantage
  • Experience in machine learning is not essential, but will be a strong advantage
  • Experience in RNA bioinformatics and RNA structure analysis is not essential, but will be a strong advantage
  • Expertise and competence in designing and carrying out scientific experiments and in interpreting their results
  • Experience in writing manuscripts for publication, and fellowship or grant proposals
  • Vision of your professional growth within ~5 years, including the capacity to apply for fellowship/grant funding within the first year of your employment, with projects that synergize the core strengths of the team with your own ideas
  • 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

How to apply:

  • Email your application to employment@genesilico.pl
  • In the subject of the message include "IIMCB-postdoc-compstruct" 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 CV: “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/3guEMJ7
  • We will contact only selected best candidates, who 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

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://bit.ly/35tXdaq .

 


 

Postdoctoral researcher
in molecular and structural biology of RNA

 

Deadline for applications: July 9th, 2021. Preferred job starting date: September 1st, 2021 or as soon as possible

As a Postdoctoral Researcher, you will be involved in interdisciplinary experimental analyses of RNA structure focused on mechanistic, structure-level understanding of how posttranscriptional modifications influence RNA folding, its ability to form alternative 3D structures, and interactions with other molecules.  

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.


We offer:

  • Full-time contract (“umowa o pracę”) for 36 months
  • Gross monthly remuneration: 7350 PLN/month - 7600 PLN/month, net approx. 5800 PLN/month - 6000 PLN/month (the final monthly gross salary will be calculated individually during the employment process, taking into account the length of service). Additional bonuses such as the 13th salary after working for the Institute for six months in a given calendar year, or Christmas bonus may supplement this salary.
  • Benefits including reduced-rate for an individual medical care package and membership in the MultiSport program
  • Work in a multidisciplinary, international team, in a very dynamic organization, with multiple opportunities for professional development, participation in courses, scientific training, support from peers, and academic mentoring
  • Administrative and organizational support from professional English-speaking personnel

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://bit.ly/3cLloW0
  • 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

How to apply:

  • Email your application to employment@genesilico.pl
  • In the subject of the message include "OPUS-postdoc-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 CV : “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/3guEMJ7
  • We will contact only selected best candidates, who 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

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://bit.ly/35tXdaq.

This position is offered within a 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).

 


 

Junior Specialist position
bioinformatics software developer for databases and web servers

 

Deadline for applications: July 9th, 2021. Preferred job starting date: September 1st, 2021 or as soon as possible

As a Junior Specialist, you will be involved in the development of bioinformatics software, in particular website front ends, web servers and GUIs, as well as computational workflows, databases and data resources. The main goal of the work will be to integrate various programs developed in the team and third-party software, and to build user interfaces, as well as maintenance/update of the existing databases, web-servers, and their web interfaces. For candidates interested in combining software development with bioinformatics research, the work may also include participation in research projects, including bioinformatics data analyses. In such a case, as a contributor to research and software development, you may co-author scientific publications describing the relevant research.

This position is ideal for you if you are a junior bioinformatician, interested in improving your skills while working in an interdisciplinary team, together with experienced software developers, molecular modelers, and experimental biologists.

We offer:

  • Initially a contract for specific work (umowa o dzieło) between 3-6 months, followed by: a contract of mandate (umowa zlecenie), a full-time contract (umowa o pracę), or a possibility to apply for Ph.D. studies, depending on performance, eligibility, and career plans of the candidate (details to be negotiated)
  • Net salary starting from 3000 PLN/month, commensurate with experience
  • Work in a multidisciplinary, international team, in a very dynamic organization, with multiple opportunities for professional development, participation in courses, scientific training, support from peers, and academic mentoring
  • Administrative and organizational support from professional English-speaking personnel

We require:

  • B.Sc. or M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) in biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, or related area.
  • Documented experience in computer programming, in particular website 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 web server development will be advantageous
  • Experience in bioinformatics analyses will be advantageous
  • Proactive approach to achieving objectives, good interpersonal skills, collaborative and adaptive attitude
  • Very good command of English (written and oral communication)

How to apply:

  • Email your application to employment@genesilico.pl
  • In the subject of the message include "IIMCB-junior-bioinformatician" 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 the academic supervisor. At this stage, please do not attach copies of diplomas, etc.
  • Please include the following statement in your CV: “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/3guEMJ7
  • We will contact only selected best candidates, who 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

The Junior 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://bit.ly/35tXdaq.

 

 


 

Research Specialist Position
lab technician for biochemistry of RNA and proteins complexes

Deadline for applications: July 9th, 2021. Preferred job starting date: September 1st, 2021 or as soon as possible

As a Research Specialist, you will support the team in research activities, from experiment design to the interpretation of results. 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 be also 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.

The position is ideal for you if you love experimental biochemistry, if you are organized and adaptive, and if you enjoy teamwork. We want you at this position if you have the drive to learn and implement new experimental methods, and if you are comfortable with multitasking and being involved in multiple projects in parallel. You will have an opportunity to contribute to scientific publications as a co-author.

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 the MultiSport program
  • Scientific training, support from peers
  • Administrative and organizational support from professional English-speaking personnel

We require:

  • M.Sc. or Ph.D. in biochemistry, molecular biology, or related discipline
  • Expertise and technical competence in designing and conducting scientific experiments and in interpreting their results
  • Very good organizational skills, proactive approach to achieving objectives, collaborative and adaptive attitude
  • Very good command of English (written and oral communication) and at least good command of Polish
  • Documented experience in protein or RNA biochemistry will be advantageous, but is not essential
  • Experience in lab management and/or in supervising junior scientists will be advantageous, but it not essential

How to apply

  • Email your application to employment@genesilico.pl
  • In the subject of the message 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 CV: “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/3guEMJ7
  • We will contact only selected best candidates, who 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

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://bit.ly/35tXdaq.

 

 


 

 

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.