closes
09
April

PhD student

Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Protein Engineering

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • 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.