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

 

  1. Postdoctoral researcher position in integrative modeling of RNA, protein, and RNP complex 3D structures  ( MAESTRO grant )
  2. PhD student position in integrative modeling of RNA, protein, and RNP complex 3D structures  ( MAESTRO grant )
  3. PhD student position in experimental determination of RNA-protein complex structures   ( MAESTRO grant )
  4. PhD student position in computational design of RNA molecules with new 3D structures  ( OPUS grant )
  5. Postdoctoral researcher position in crystallography and other structural studies  of RNA, proteins, and macromolecular complexes
  6. Research assistant position (optional PhD studies) in development of bioinformatics databases and web servers

 

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 in integrative modeling of RNA, protein, and RNP complex 3D structures 

 

We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow interested in bioinformatics software development and molecular modeling, motivated to lead a project and develop a career in an interdisciplinary and international team. 

The project "Integrative modeling and structure determination of RNA-protein complexes” (PI: prof. Janusz Bujnicki) is carried out as the MAESTRO 2017/26/A/NZ1/01083 grant of the Polish National Science Center funded for 5 years. The postdoctoral researcher will be selected from candidates in an open competition, according to the procedure complying with the rules of the National Science Centre, the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

The main goals of the grant are: 1) Development of a software package for modeling of RNA, proteins and their complexes (based on our methods PyRy3D and SimRNA/SimRNP), and 2) Experimental analyses (including structure determination with a variety of biochemical and biophysical techniques, e.g., crystallography, SAXS, AFM, cryoEM) combined with computational modeling, to determine structures for macromolecular complexes. 

As a postdoctoral fellow: You will be the leading scientist, the key developer of bioinformatics software in the project (coding in C/C++ and in Python) and you will be involved in computational modeling of RNA, protein, and RNP 3D structures. You will also assist in coordinating daily activities of the project team. You will actively collaborate with other researchers (software developers, molecular modelers, and experimentalists) within the team, in the institute, as well as with international partners. Highly motivated individuals with the ability to pursue challenging tasks and achieve objectives are encouraged to apply.

Requirements: 

  • PhD in computer science, life sciences or related area (defended before the start of the contract and not earlier than 7 years before the start of the contract, according to NCN rules)
  • Documented extensive experience in programming (Python and/or C/C++) 
  • Experience in molecular modeling, documented in publications (ideally experience with RNA-protein interactions)
  • Organizational capabilities, creativity, proactive and collaborative attitude, communication and interpersonal skills,
  • Priority will be given to candidates with expertise most relevant to the project and to the profile of the laboratory. 

We offer:

  • Full contract (umowa o pracę) 10 000 PLN/month total cost (~5 300 average net monthly salary)
  • Appointment starting between July and October 2018, funding guaranteed for up to 5 years
  • Position with 100% focus on research (no teaching obligations)
  • Benefits including reduced-rate for an individual medical care package and membership in MultiSport programme
  • Opportunities to apply for additional funding
  • Participation in courses, scientific training, support from peers, and academic mentoring

How to apply:

  • We will collect applications until May 31st 2018 .
  • Apply now (or ask any questions you may have) to employment@genesilico.pl
  • In the subject include "postdoc-MAESTRO-RNPmodeling" 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 repeated until a suitable candidate who fulfills all requirements is found.

 

 


 

PhD student position in integrative modeling of RNA, protein, and RNP complex 3D structures

 

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

The project " Integrative modeling and structure determination of RNA-protein complexes”  (PI: prof. Janusz Bujnicki) is carried out as the MAESTRO 2017/26/A/NZ1/01083 grant of the Polish National Science Center, funded for 5 years. The PhD student will be selected from candidates in an open competition, according to the procedure complying with 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.), with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

The main goals of the grant are: 1) Development of a software package for modeling of RNA, proteins and their complexes (based on our methods PyRy3D and SimRNA/SimRNP), and 2) Experimental analyses (including structure determination with a variety of biochemical and biophysical techniques, e.g., crystallography, SAXS, AFM, cryoEM) combined with computational modeling, to determine structures for macromolecular complexes. 

As a PhD student: You will be involved in computational modeling of RNA, protein, and RNP 3D structures and you may be involved in the development of bioinformatics software (coding in C/C++ and in Python). You will collaborate with other researchers (software developers, molecular modelers, and experimentalists) within the team, in the institute, as well as with international partners. This project is for junior scientists interested in the practical use of bioinformatics methods with experimental data and may be combined with software development.

Requirements: 

  • MSc degree (or equivalent) in computer science, physics, biology, chemistry or related area - defended before the start of the work on the project and the first year of PhD studies (October 2018).
  • Eligibility for PhD studies in Poland under the supervision of prof. Bujnicki
  • Documented experience in bioinformatics and molecular modeling. Experience with 3D structure prediction (proteins, RNA), molecular docking, molecular dynamics etc. will be advantageous.
  • Documented experience in programming is not essential, but at least the basics of coding and willing to learn Python and C/C++ will be advantageous. We also encourage programmers willing to learn modeling. 
  • Proactive approach to achieving tasks and objectives, good interpersonal skills, collaborative attitude
  • Priority will be given to candidates with expertise most relevant to the project and to the profile of the laboratory. 

We offer:

  • PhD fellowship 4000 PLN/month, 
  • Appointment starting October 2018, fellowship guaranteed for 4 years
  • 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 May 31st 2018 .
  • Apply now (or ask any questions you may have) to employment@genesilico.pl
  • In the subject include "PhD-MAESTRO-RNPmodeling" 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 repeated until a suitable candidate who fulfills all requirements is found.

 


 

PhD student position in experimental determination of RNA-protein complex structures

 

We are looking for a junior scientist, interested in experimental structural biology combined with molecular modeling, and motivated to develop a career in an interdisciplinary and international team. 

The project "Integrative modeling and structure determination of RNA-protein complexes” (PI: prof. Janusz Bujnicki) is carried out as the MAESTRO 2017/26/A/NZ1/01083 grant of the Polish National Science Center, funded for 5 years. The PhD student will be selected from candidates in an open competition, according to the procedure complying with 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.), with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

The main goals of the grant are: 1) Development of a software package for modeling of RNA, proteins and their complexes (based on our methods PyRy3D and SimRNA/SimRNP), and 2) Experimental analyses (including structure determination with a variety of biochemical and biophysical techniques, e.g., crystallography, SAXS, AFM, cryoEM) combined with computational modeling, to determine structures for macromolecular complexes. 

As a PhD student: You will be involved in experimental analyses of RNA, protein, and RNP 3D structures using various biochemical and biophysical techniques. You will collaborate with other researchers (theoreticians and experimentalists) within the team, in the institute, as well as with international partners. This project is for junior scientists interested in studying structures of biological macromolecules with various experimental methods and in interdisciplinary work that involves computational modeling based on experimental data.

Requirements: 

  • MSc degree (or equivalent) in biology, chemistry or related area - defended before the start of the work on the project and the first year of PhD studies (October 2018).
  • Eligibility for PhD studies in Poland under the supervision of prof. Bujnicki
  • Documented experience in biochemical and/or biophysical analyses of protein and/or nucleic acid structures. Experience in macromolecular crystallography, SAXS, AFM, cryoEM, biochemical probing of RNA structure and other related techniques will be advantageous.
  • Experience in bioinformatics is not essential, but knowledge of structure modeling tools will be advantageous. 
  • Proactive approach to achieving tasks and objectives, good interpersonal skills, collaborative attitude
  • Priority will be given to candidates with expertise most relevant to the project and to the profile of the laboratory. 

We offer:

  • PhD fellowship 4000 PLN/month, 
  • Appointment starting October 2018, fellowship guaranteed for 4 years
  • 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 May 31st 2018 .
  • Apply now (or ask any questions you may have) to employment@genesilico.pl   
  • In the subject include "PhD-MAESTRO-RNPstructure" 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 repeated 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 degree (or equivalent) in one of the fields: computer science, physics, molecular biology, chemistry 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 (preferably Python and/or C/C++). However, knowledge of Python or C/C++ is not mandatory, and experience with other programming languages will also be considered, but the candidate must be willing to learn C/C++.
  • A proactive approach to achieving tasks and objectives, good interpersonal skills, collaborative attitude.
  • Experience in bioinformatics, molecular modeling, data analysis 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 May 31st 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.

 

 


 

Postdoctoral researcher position in crystallography and other structural studies  of RNA, proteins, and macromolecular complexes
 

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with experience in crystallography and interested in combining various experimental methods for structure determination of RNAs and RNA-protein complexes. 

As a postdoctoral researcher you will lead our experimental structural biology analyses:
Our laboratory has recently extended the scope of techniques used for protein, RNA and RNP structure determination. We are using X-ray crystallography and SAXS and extending our work to include AFM and cryoEM. 
The experimental research is linked with the development of modeling methods.
We are now looking for a postdoctoral researcher experienced in macromolecular crystallography 
(both in crystallization and crystal structure determination), interested in combining various experimental methods for macromolecular structure determination and in leading the experimental structural biology efforts in the lab. 
We particularly encourage applications from candidates interested in a long-term collaboration, possibly in the role of a senior scientist, leading their own projects within the laboratory, submitting their own grant applications and developing a career in an interdisciplinary and international team. Highly motivated individuals are encouraged to apply. Our ideal candidate should be able to pursue challenging tasks and achieve objectives, coordinate daily activities of the project team, collaborate with other researchers, including experimentalists and theoreticians.

The postdoctoral researcher 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.

Requirements: 

  • PhD in biology, chemistry, physics or related area
  • Documented extensive experience in macromolecular crystallography (proteins and/or nucleic acids) 
  • Experience in protein and RNA biochemistry will be a strong advantage
  • Experience in other techniques of structural biology (SAXS, AFM, cryoEM etc.) will be a strong advantage
  • Organizational capabilities, creativity, proactive and collaborative attitude, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Priority will be given to candidates with expertise most relevant to the project and to the profile of the laboratory 

We offer:

  • Full contract (umowa o pracę) initially 11,000 PLN/month total cost (~6,000 average net monthly salary), guaranteed for one year, with extension depending on successful grant/fellowship proposals 
  • Appointment starting in October 2018
  • Position with 100% focus on research (no teaching obligations)
  • Benefits including reduced-rate for an individual medical care package and membership in MultiSport programme
  • Opportunities to apply for additional funding
  • Participation in courses, scientific training, support from peers, and academic mentoring

How to apply:

  • We will collect applications until June 15th 2018
  • Apply now (or ask any questions you may have) to employment@genesilico.pl
  • In the subject include "postdoc-crystallography" 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 repeated until a suitable candidate who fulfills all requirements is found.

 


 

Research assistant position (optional PhD studies) in development of bioinformatics databases and web servers

 

We are looking for a junior scientist, interested in bioinformatics, in particular in combination of data analyses with development of web servers and databases. 
This position is intended for 4 years and can include (optionally) studies towards a PhD degree.

As a research assistant you will be involved in several projects that combine data analyses with development of web tools: servers and databases.
Your key project will be the continued development of MODOMICS http://modomics.genesilico.pl/ and its expansion. In particular, while MODOMICS is currently restricted to RNA modifications, you will expand it to include DNA modification pathways and possibly also posttranslational protein modifications. The work will include data gathering, comparative bioinformatics analyses, and development of the database as well as its web interface. 
You will be also involved in other projects, in particular in collaboration with other researchers in the lab you will develop web servers for various algorithms developed in the group. For existing examples check out SimRNAweb https://genesilico.pl/SimRNAweb/ and RNArchitecture http://genesilico.pl/genesilico.pl/RNArchitecture.
We particularly encourage applications from candidates who enjoy working on extraction of information about various proteins and RNAs from scientific literature, and interested in combining bioinformatics analyses with the development of bioinformatics web services. The work will be carried out in collaboration with other members of the group, so we need a person with excellent communication skills.
This position is envisaged for 4 years. Candidates have an option to declare at the beginning of the project that they wish to be recruited for a PhD study, if they are interested and eligible. 
The research assistant 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. 

Requirements: 

  • BSc degree (or equivalent) in biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, or related area.
  • MSc degree (or equivalent) is essential for candidates interested in pursuing a PhD study
  • Documented experience in bioinformatics analyses, preferably on sequences, structures and pathways
  • Documented experience in computer programming. Preferably experience in database and web server development, and knowledge of Python
  • Proactive approach to achieving tasks and objectives, good interpersonal skills, collaborative attitude
  • Priority will be given to candidates with expertise most relevant to the project and to the profile of the laboratory. 

We offer:

  • 3500 PLN/month, which can be funded in either of two variants:
  1.  a contract for specific work (umowa o dzielo) 3000 PLN per month (net) 
  2.  if the candidate is recruited for PhD studies: PhD fellowship 3500 PLN/month (tax-free) 
  • Appointment starting October 2018, funding guaranteed for 4 years
  • Position with 100% focus on research and development (no teaching)
  • 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 • PhD studies offer additional benefits

How to apply:

  • We will collect applications until June 15th 2018
  • Apply now (or ask any questions you may have) to employment@genesilico.pl
  • In the subject include "Genesilico-databases" 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 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.