PhD Student Position

Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Protein Engineering


Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Protein Engineering at the International Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology (IIMCB), Warsaw, headed by Prof. Janusz M. Bujnicki is looking for a PhD student, interested in in experimental analyses of RNA, protein, and RNP 3D structures and motivated to develop a career in an interdisciplinary and international team.

You will join the project entitled “Integrative modeling and structure determination of RNA-protein complexes", which is carried out as the MAESTRO 2017/26/A/NZ1/01083 grant of the Polish National Science Center. You will be involved in experimental analyses of RNA, protein, and RNP 3D structures, including structure determination with a variety of biochemical and biophysical techniques, e.g., crystallography, SAXS, AFM, cryoEM. Experimental analyses will be combined with computational modeling, to determine structures for macromolecular complexes. 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.

The PhD student will be selected from the 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.) and 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

We are hosted by IIMCB (, the top-ranked (A+) Polish research institute in biology, with cutting-edge equipment and facilities, in particular for bioinformatics, experimental molecular and structural biology.

• 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.
• Eligibility for PhD studies in Poland under the supervision of prof. Bujnicki.
• Documented experience in biochemical and biophysical analyses of protein and nucleic acid structures. Experience in macromolecular crystallography, SAXS, AFM, cryoEM, biochemical probing of RNA structure and other related techniques will be advantageous.
• A proactive approach to achieving tasks and objectives, good interpersonal skills, a collaborative attitude.
• Experience in bioinformatics, molecular modeling, data analysis, etc. is advantageous, but not essential.
• Priority will be given to the candidates with expertise most relevant to the project and to the profile of the laboratory.
• Have very good written and oral communication in English.
• Enjoy working in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment.

We offer:
• PhD fellowship 4000 PLN/month.
• Position with 100% focus on research (no teaching obligations).
• Benefits including reduced-rate for an individual medical care package and membership in MultiSport programme.
• Full technical, administrative and organizational support from professional English-speaking personnel.
• Participation in courses, scientific training, support from peers, and academic mentoring.

Deadline for applications is January 4th, 2019. Job starting date is as soon as possible.

How to apply:
Apply now to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• In the subject, include "PhD-MAESTRO-RNP structure" and your first and last name.
• Your application must be submitted in English and should contain a CV, a motivation letter, a description of your key achievements, and contacts to at least two potential referees, including one of your supervisors.
• 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
• 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.

Substantive inquiries can be addressed directly to Prof. Janusz M. Bujnicki, Head of Laboratory This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In administrative matters, please contact Katarzyna Fiedorowicz, Head of HR Unit This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.