Junior Specialist

Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Protein Engineering

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Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Protein Engineering at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IIMCB), Warsaw, headed by Prof. Janusz M. Bujnicki, offers a position for a Junior Specialist position bioinformatics software developer for databases and web servers

Deadline for applications: November 26th, 2021. Preferred job starting date: January 10th, 2021 or as soon as possible.

As a Junior Specialist, you will be involved in the development of bioinformatics software, in particular website front ends, web servers and GUIs, as well as computational workflows, databases and data resources. The main goal of the work will be to integrate various programs developed in the team and third-party software, and to build user interfaces, as well as maintenance/update of the existing databases, web-servers, and their web interfaces. For candidates interested in combining software development with bioinformatics research, the work may also include participation in research projects, including bioinformatics data analyses. In such a case, as a contributor to research and software development, you may co-author scientific publications describing the relevant research.

This position is ideal for you if you are a junior bioinformatician, interested in improving your skills while working in an interdisciplinary team, together with experienced software developers, molecular modelers, and experimental biologists.

Our laboratory studies the structures and mechanisms of biological macromolecules, in particular RNA and macromolecular complexes involving nucleic acids, proteins, and small molecules. We use experimental approaches such as chemical probing, crystallography, cryo-EM, and SAXS to characterize the structures and functions of RNAs and their complexes. We also develop and use computer programs for data analyses, in particular for modeling based on experimental data. Examples of our methods include SimRNA and ModeRNA, and the MODOMICS database. Our recent analyses include the 3D structure modeling of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus RNA.

We offer:

  • Initially a contract for specific work (umowa o dzieło) between 3-6 months, followed by: a contract of mandate (umowa zlecenie), a full-time contract (umowa o pracę), or a possibility to apply for Ph.D. studies, depending on performance, eligibility, and career plans of the candidate (details to be negotiated)

  • Net salary starting from 3000 PLN/month, commensurate with experience

  • Work in a multidisciplinary, international team, in a very dynamic organization, with multiple opportunities for professional development, participation in courses, scientific training, support from peers, and academic mentoring

  • Administrative and organizational support from professional English-speaking personnel

We require:

  • B.Sc. or M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) in biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, or related area.

  • Documented experience in computer programming, in particular website development. Coding in Python is absolutely required and candidates are requested to provide samples of the code. Candidates who can demonstrate experience with Django will have a strong advantage

  • Knowledge of HTML, Javascript, CSS, and BASH scripting will be advantageous. Experience in web server development will be advantageous

  • Experience in bioinformatics analyses will be advantageous

  • Proactive approach to achieving objectives, good interpersonal skills, collaborative and adaptive attitude

  • Very good command of English (written and oral communication)

 How to apply:

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  • In the subject of the message include "IIMCB-junior-bioinformatician" 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 scientific 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, including the academic supervisor. At this stage, please do not attach copies of diplomas, etc.

  • Please include the following statement in your CV: “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 

  • We will contact only selected best candidates, who may be given additional questions and tasks as a part of the recruitment process

  • The competition may be extended or repeated until a suitable candidate who fulfills all requirements is found

The Junior Specialist will be selected from candidates 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