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Research Assistant – Software Developer

Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Protein Engineering


Deadline for applications is March 15th, 2019. Job starting date: April 15th, 2019 or as soon as possible.

Project description: We are looking for a junior software developer, interested in the development of bioinformatics software, in particular concerning RNA and macromolecular structures. This position will be focused on the development of software tools, building on our successful methods for structural bioinformatics (see below), and additionally, it will involve the development of web servers and GUIs for our computational methods (including, but not limited to, the development of plugins that allow our software to be interfaced with, e.g., UCSF Chimera). The project can (optionally) include scientific research with the application of software tools to biological data.
Examples of our software for further development include stand-alone programs and associated web-servers: ModeRNA for the automated template-based modeling of RNA 3D structures (http://genesilico.pl/moderna), SimRNA for RNA 3D folding simulations (http://genesilico.pl/software/stand-alone/simrna), ClaRNA for the classification of contacts in RNA 3D structures (http://genesilico.pl/clarna), SupeRNAlign for the flexible superposition of RNA 3D structures (http://genesilico.pl/supernalign),PyRy3D for the coarse-grained modeling of macromolecular complexes (http://genesilico.pl/pyry3d).
Other related tools include databases of RNA 3D structural information, such as RNA Bricks (http://genesilico.pl/rnabricks) and RNArchitecture (http://genesilico.pl/RNArchitecture).
This project will be strongly collaborative. Research Assistant – Software Developer will cooperate with postdoctoral researchers and Ph.D. students with expertise in bioinformatics, machine learning, and software development. The software will be released publicly (most of the code, but not all, will also be released). The description of the software, as well as results of data analyses, are expected to be included in scientific publications.

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How to apply:
•    Apply now (before the deadline of March 15th, 2019) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
•    In the subject include "Software_developer" 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 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, 4) sample of your code with documentation
•    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 https://www.iimcb.gov.pl/pl/information-clause
•    The competition may be extended or repeated until a suitable candidate who fulfills all requirements is found

The team:
Our group http://genesilico.pl is highly interdisciplinary and international. We are driven by curiosity to answer fundamental questions in bio-sciences and to make new molecules that are practically useful. We combine various approaches for studying the structures and mechanisms of action of biological macromolecules, in particular RNA, as well as macromolecular complexes involving nucleic acids, proteins, and small molecules. We use computational methods and knowledge-based design to engineer molecules with new structures and functions. Our key strength is the integration of various types of heterogeneous data, and the combination of theoretical and experimental approaches. The experimentalists in the group use biochemical and biophysical approaches to elucidate the structures and functions of our target molecules, while our theoreticians develop innovative computational tools. We make our software available publicly, often as web servers. We collaborate to gather, process, and analyze the data, make new predictions and discoveries, and to develop new solutions that address important scientific problems.

Ph.D. studies (optional, only for candidates interested in strengthening scientific aspects of the project):
Our Ph.D. students are enrolled in Ph.D. schools on the campus, in particular at the collaborating institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Ph.D. students have an opportunity to participate in a hands-on training program, covering theoretical and practical aspects of molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics of proteins and nucleic acids, structural biology, and bioinformatics. Students-programmers are trained in software development. Ph.D. studies involve a full-time research project in one or more of the areas mentioned above, combined with training in soft skills (e.g., presenting scientific results, writing publications and grant applications, managing projects).

The candidate 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://www.iimcb.gov.pl/en/institute/hr-excellence