Early Stage Researcher

Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Protein Engineering

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Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Protein Engineering at the International Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw (IIMCB), Poland, headed by Prof. Janusz Bujnicki, seeks productive, creative, and motivated Early Stage Researcher to join a project entitled “ROPES - ROles of ePistranscriptomic in diseasES”, funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 956810. The ROPES project aims to use computational approaches (including big data and machine learning) to understand how the chemical modifications alter the function of RNA molecules and their interacting partners, in particular in the context of human health.
Early Stage Researcher task. You will be involved in an interdisciplinary bioinformatics project that combines software development with analyses of biological data. You will be responsible for extending the MODOMICS database to include data on RNA modifications in human RNAs that are currently not available or incomplete in the database, such as modifications in mRNAs, lncRNAs, and data related to gene expression. One of the planned analyses involves the analysis of links between genetic variation related to RNA modification in humans with disease, and the development of computer software (e.g., based on machine learning) for predicting biological effects of RNA modification. The project will also involve a lot of data gathering, including systematic reading of scientific literature in the area of RNA biology related to RNA modification and editing. The training will involve research visits in collaborating research groups in Italy and Germany. The ideal candidate should be able to pursue challenging tasks, solve problems and achieve objectives, and do so in intense collaboration and communication with other researchers. Candidates 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.

Formal eligibility and criteria:

  1. Formal eligibility for Ph.D. by research in Poland, including M.Sc. recognizable in Poland, in any relevant area (e.g. bioinformatics, biology, chemistry, physics, etc.).

  2. Fulfilling the following formal criteria (detailed information at

  • Researcher status: Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) are young researchers who, at the date of recruitment, are in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

  • Nationality: Applicant ESRs can be of any nationality.

  • Mobility requirements: Applicant ESRs must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Poland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the date of recruitment

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We offer:

  • Full employment contract for 36 months

  • Research secondments in the group of Prof. Quattrone (UNITN, Italy) and Prof. Frye (DKFZ, Germany). Please mind that several months research stays abroad are part for this project.

  • ca. 3068.85 EUR/month of total remuneration cost, ca. 1800 EUR/month net salary plus family allowance if applicable ca. 300 EUR net/month. The salary will be paid in PLN, the final monthly gross salary will be calculated individually during the employment process, taking into account the length of service.

  • No teaching obligations, ambitious scientific works under the supervision of Prof. Bujnicki,

  • Benefits including a reduced rate for an individual medical care package and membership in the MultiSport programme

  • Full technical, administrative, and organizational support from professional English-speaking personnel

  • Participation in courses and scientific training

The deadline for applications is April 9th, 2021. The selected ESR is expected to start between 1st June and 1st October 2021, depending on the date of the recognition of the Master's diploma in Poland. If applicable, prior to the employment, the applicant must have the foreign diploma recognized according to the relevant Polish rules.
How to apply:

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  • In the subject include "ROPES_ESR" and your first and last name.

  • Your application must be submitted in English and should contain: 1. Curriculum Vitae; 2. motivation letter describing your key achievements and including contacts to at least two potential referees; 3. copy of the Bachelor’s and Master’s certificates and the respective Transcript of Records; 4. summary of the Master’s degree thesis; 5. ESR eligibility and declarations form, filled in and signed

  • Please include the following statement in your Ciruciulum Vitae: “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 as a part of the recruitment process

The competition may be extended until a suitable candidate who fulfils all requirements is found. More information about the project: ROPES


On the basis of assessments from interviews, the Recruitment Committee prepared a ranking list. Candidates received the following scores:
   1. Andrea Cappannini 24/30 points
   2. Abbas Waseem 18/30 points

The Recruitment Committee, on the basis of the above ranking list, informed for the admission Andrea Cappannini for Early Stage Researcher position.

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