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

 

  1. PhD student position in development of cheminformatics software for RNA 
  2. PhD student position in development of methods for RNA 3D structure prediction and simulations
  3. PhD student position in computational design of RNA molecules with new 3D structures 

 


 

PhD student position in development of cheminformatics software for RNA
 
 
We are looking for a junior scientist, interested in software development, cheminformatics, bioinformatics, and molecular modeling, and motivated to develop a career in an interdisciplinary and international team.   

The project "Modeling of dynamic interactions between RNA and small molecules and its practical applications." (PI: prof. Janusz Bujnicki) is carried out as the TEAM/2016-3/18 grant of the Foundation for Polish Science. The PhD student will be selected from candidates in the open competition, according to the procedure complying the rules for granting scholarships in research projects funded by the FNP.

The goal of the project is to develop new methods for modeling the structure and dynamics of RNA interactions with small chemical molecules and to analyze the interactions experimentally. You will be involved in collaborative software development (coding in Python and in C/C++) and in computational modeling, virtual screening for drug candidates etc. The project provides opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations within the team, in the institute (with theoreticians and experimentalists), as well as with international partners from academia and industry.
 

Requirements: 

  • MSc in computer science, life sciences or related area (defended before the start of the work on the project)
  • Eligibility for PhD studies in Poland under the supervision of prof. Bujnicki
  • Documented experience in programming in C/C++
  • Proactive approach to achieving tasks and objectives, good interpersonal skills, collaborative attitude
  • Experience in cheminformatics, bioinformatics, molecular modeling etc. is advantageous, but not essential.
  • Priority will be given to candidates with expertise most relevant to the project and to the profile of the laboratory. 

We offer:

  • PhD fellowship 3500 PLN/month
  • Appointment starting between April and October 2018, funding guaranteed initially for 3 years, possible extension.
  • Position with 100% focus on research (no teaching obligations)
  • Participation in courses, scientific training, support from peers, and academic mentoring 
  • Benefits including reduced-rate for an individual medical care package and membership in MultiSport programme

How to apply:

  • We will collect applications until April 9th 2018
  • Apply now (or ask any questions you may have) to employment@genesilico.pl  
  • In the subject include "PhD-TEAM-software" 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?), and contacts to at least two potential referees, including at least one former or current direct supervisor. 
  • The application must contain the following statement to allow us to process your data: "I hereby give consent for my personal data included in the job offer to be processed for the purposed of recruitment under the Data Protection Act 1997 (Dz. U. 2002 no. 101, item 926 with subs. changes)." / "Wyrażam zgodę na przetwarzanie danych osobowych w celach rekrutacji zgodnie z ustawą z dnia 29 sierpnia 1997 r. o ochronie danych osobowych (tekst jedn.: Dz U. z 2002 r. Nr 101, poz 926 z późn. zm.)."
  • Best candidate(s) may be given additional questions and tasks before the final interview.
  • The competition may be extended until a suitable candidate who fulfills all requirements is found.

 


 

PhD student position in development of methods for RNA 3D structure prediction and simulations
 

We are looking for a junior scientist, interested in software development, bioinformatics, molecular simulations and modeling, and motivated to develop a career in an interdisciplinary and international team. 

The project “A coarse-grained method for RNA 3D structure modeling, with emphasis on non-canonical base pairing" (PI: dr. Michal Boniecki) is carried out as the OPUS 2016/23/B/ST6/03433 grant of the Polish National Science Center. The PhD student will be selected from candidates in an open competition, according to the procedure complying the rules for granting scholarships for young scientists in research projects funded by the National Science Centre (NCN Council Resolution No. 96/2016 dated. October 27, 2016 r.)

The goal of the project is to further develop SimRNA, which is now one of the best methods for 3D RNA structure prediction and simulations, in the field. We intend to improve the prediction of non-canonical base-pairs, and to improve the overall specificity. Additional tasks include RNA 3D structure prediction with additional restraints and setting up a web server. We provide opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations within the team, in the institute, as well as with international partners. 

Requirements: 

  • MSc in computer science, physics, chemistry or related area (defended before the start of the work on the project)
  •  Eligibility for PhD studies in Poland
  • Documented experience in programming/designing in C/C++ and/or Python
  • Understanding issues of 3D geometry, derivation of statistical potentials, running simulations, working in Linux
  • Proactive approach to achieving tasks and objectives, good interpersonal skills, collaborative attitude
  • Experience in bioinformatics, molecular modeling etc. is advantageous, but not essential. 
  • Priority will be given to candidates with expertise most relevant to the project and to the profile of the laboratory. 

We offer:

  • PhD fellowship 3000 PLN/month (1st year), 3500 PLN/month (starting 2nd year)
  • Appointment starting between April and October 2018, funding guaranteed initially for 3 years, possible extension
  • Position with 100% focus on research (no teaching obligations)
  • Participation in courses, scientific training, support from peers, and academic mentoring
  • Benefits including reduced-rate for an individual medical care package and membership in MultiSport programme

How to apply:

  • We will collect applications until April 9th 2018
  • Apply now (or ask any questions you may have) to mboni@genesilico.pl   
  • In the subject include "PhD-SimRNA-devel" and your first and last name.
  • Your application must be in English and should contain a CV, a motivation letter (What are your key strengths? Why do you want to work with us? Your scientific dream?) preferably in one pdf file, below 5 MB, a description of your key achievements, and contacts to at least two potential referees, including at least one direct supervisor. 
  • Please include the following statement in your application: "I hereby give consent for my personal data included in my application to be processed for the purposes of the recruitment process under the Personal Data Protection Act as of 29 August 1997, consolidated text: Journal of Laws 2016, item 922 as amended.”
  • Best candidate(s) may be given additional questions and tasks before the final interview.
  • The competition may be extended until a suitable candidate who fulfills all requirements is found.


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PhD student position in computational design of RNA molecules with new 3D structures
 

We are looking for a junior scientist, interested in software development, bioinformatics, molecular modeling and design, and motivated to develop a career in an interdisciplinary and international team. 

The project "Development of new methods for designing RNA molecules that fold into desired spatial structures and their use for development of new functional RNAs and for prediction of noncoding RNAs in transcriptome sequences" (PI: prof. Janusz Bujnicki) is carried out as the OPUS 2017/25/B/NZ2/01294 grant of the Polish National Science Center. The PhD student will be selected from candidates in an open competition, according to the procedure complying the rules for granting scholarships for young scientists in research projects funded by the National Science Centre (NCN Council Resolution No. 96/2016 dated. October 27, 2016 r.)

The goal of the project is to develop and test in practice a new method for designing RNA molecules with programmed structures and functions. You will be involved in collaborative work on software development (coding in C/C++ and in Python) and in computational design/modeling of RNA 3D structures. We provide opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations within the team, in the institute (with software developers, molecular modelers, and experimentalists), as well as with international partners. 

Requirements: 

  • MSc in computer science, life sciences or related area (defended before the start of the work on the project)
  • Eligibility for PhD studies in Poland under the supervision of prof. Bujnicki
  • Documented experience in programming (Python and/or C/C++) 
  • Proactive approach to achieving tasks and objectives, good interpersonal skills, collaborative attitude
  • Experience in bioinformatics, molecular modeling etc. is advantageous, but not essential. 
  • Priority will be given to candidates with expertise most relevant to the project and to the profile of the laboratory. 

We offer:

  • PhD fellowship 3500 PLN/month, 
  • Appointment starting between April and October 2018, funding guaranteed initially for 3 years, possible extension
  • Position with 100% focus on research (no teaching obligations)
  • Participation in courses, scientific training, support from peers, and academic mentoring
  • Benefits including reduced-rate for an individual medical care package and membership in MultiSport programme

How to apply:

  • We will collect applications until April 9th 2018
  • Apply now (or ask any questions you may have) to employment@genesilico.pl   
  • In the subject include "PhD-OPUS-RNAbioinfo" 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 do you want to fulfill it? What are your key strengths? Why do you want to work with us?), a description of your key achievements, and contacts to at least two potential referees, including at least one direct supervisor. 
  • Please include the following statement in your application: "I hereby give consent for my personal data included in my application to be processed for the purposes of the recruitment process under the Personal Data Protection Act as of 29 August 1997, consolidated text: Journal of Laws 2016, item 922 as amended.”
  • Best candidate(s) may be given additional questions and tasks before the final interview.
  • The competition may be extended 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.