The Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Protein Engineering at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IIMCB), Warsaw, headed by Prof. Janusz Bujnicki, is seeking a MSc student interested in bioinformatics.
Our big aim is to characterize nucleic acid molecules from a structural and functional point of view. Towards this goal, the development of bioinformatic tools for secondary and tertiary structure prediction of nucleic acids and their complexes, is of outmost importance. We have developed tools for the modeling of RNA 3D structure, and have become one of the most successful RNA modeling teams in the world: see rankings of RNA Puzzles. We offer you a chance to be a part of this success and to participate in a project entitled “Bridging the gap: DNA catalysis explained” (UMO-2018/31/D/NZ2/01883), led by Dr. Almudena Ponce Salvatierra and funded within the SONATA program of the Polish National Science Centre. In this project we focus on DNAzymes - synthetic, single-stranded DNA molecules that are capable of catalyzing chemical reactions.
The project offers a range of scientific activities, from the development of new software tools that will facilitate the study of nucleic acid structure and function, to molecular modeling of DNAzymes and their complexes with RNA.
Key information about us:
• We are an interdisciplinary team that combines basic science (to solve the mysteries of nature) and applied science (to make the discoveries practically useful). In our laboratory, software developers meet with experimental biologists, and high-throughput data analysis combines with sophisticated studies of individual biomacromolecules. We develop new computational methods, new tools for biotechnology, and molecules that will hopefully become drugs against diseases.
• We are hosted by IIMCB (http://iimcb.gov.pl), the top-ranked (A+) Polish research institute in biology. The institute provides cutting-edge equipment and facilities, in particular for bioinformatics, experimental molecular biology, and structural biology. IIMCB also provides support for science commercialization, development of spin-off companies etc.
You will be a key member of a group working on a focused scientific project with well-defined goals that combines a big scientific challenge with opportunities to collaborate with other researchers. You will have access to modern equipment and support from other experienced researchers. The project provides opportunities for extensive interdisciplinary collaborations within the team and in the institute (e.g. with software developers, molecular modelers and experimentalists), as well as international collaborations with academia and industry. You will have many chances to make your collaborative research a success and you will be expected to present your results
at scientific conferences and co-authorize scientific publications, and ultimately to include them in your PhD thesis.
How to apply:
• We will collect applications until September 1st 2020
• Apply now (or ask any questions you may have) to email@example.com
• In the subject include "MSc-SONATA-student" 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?), a list of your significant achievements, and contacts to at least two potential referees, including at least one former or current direct supervisor.
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
• Best candidates will be invited for an interview that will take place in early-mid September.
The competition may be extended until a suitable candidate who fulfils all requirements is found.