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Research Assistant/Assistant Professor (Post-doc)

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    Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry Polish Academy of Sciences
    Biological sciencesBiological engineering
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    07/02/2020 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Poland › Poznan

KEY WORDS: RNA, 5’ and 3’ RACE-seq, RNA-seq, direct RNA sequencing, NGS, mobile genetic elements, retrotransposons, TAIL-seq, FLAM-seq, SLAM-seq, NET-seq, ChIP-seq, R and R studio, statistics of high throughput data

The Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences is one of the leading scientific units in Poland. Its scientists conduct multi-faceted research at the interface of three sciences: chemistry, biology and informatics to solve questions about synthesis, structure and function of nucleic acids, proteins and metabolites, as well as their mutual interactions.

The Department of RNA Metabolism was established in 2018. Our research concentrates on molecular mechanisms of RNA metabolism in human cells with special emphasis on post-transcriptional processes. These are essential processes to maintain cell homeostasis, viability and proper function and thus for human health.

In our studies we use human model cell lines and methods of molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, proteomics and transcriptomics. The current project aims at investigation of routes of RNA metabolism regulation by terminal uridyltransferases – TUTases and other 5’ and 3’ end modyfing enzymes1. Some analyses will regard posttranscriptional regulation of transposable elements including LINE-1 and ALU retrotransposons2.

1. Warkocki, Z., Liudkovska, V., Gewartowska, O., Mroczek, S. & Dziembowski, A. Terminal nucleotidyl transferases (TENTs) in mammalian RNA metabolism. Philos. Trans. R. Soc. B Biol. Sci. 373, 20180162 (2018).

2. Warkocki, Z. et al. Uridylation by TUT4/7 Restricts Retrotransposition of Human LINE-1s. Cell 174, 1537-1548.e29 (2018).

The recruitment procedure is associated with the implementation of a SONATA 13 research project no. 2017/26/D/NZ1/00887 – „ Mechanisms of human gene expression regulation by uridilation”.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Zbigniew Warkocki


Employment shall take place in accordance with provisions of the Labor Code of Poland.

Employment is available from March 2020 (depending on the result of the recruitment procedure). Employment period is 16-22 months. The scheduled gross salary is ca. 7100-10000 PLN (total employment costs).

Eligibility criteria

II. Job duties:

  1. Reading papers, getting fluent in the research topic, staying up-to-date with newest discoveries and methodology;
  2. Analyzing data, planning and performing custom analyses;
  3. Preparing reports, presentations and manuscripts.
  4. Willingness to plan and perform “wet” preparatory works will be highly appreciated

III. Application requirements:

1.  Letter of application, addressed to the Director of the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, PAS.

2.  CV featuring information on the candidate's scientific track record, including the list of papers published in journals listed in the Web of Science (WoS) database, stating the IF in accordance with WoS, number of citations and the H-index.

In addition, depending on the candidate's track record, the application may contain:

     •   list of additional papers;

     •   list of patents;

     •   information on the previously managed projects or participation in project implementation;

     •   information on the accomplished research internships;

     •   information on the awarded prizes and distinctions.

3.  Copy of the doctoral diploma.

 4. Preferable contact details of potential referees.

IV.   Applications must be submitted via the eRecruiter portal, using the link below:


Selection process

V.    The submission deadline is February 7th, 2020

VI.  Following preliminary verification, on the basis of the application documents, selected candidates will be invited to an interview, as a result of which a candidate recommended for employment shall be appointed. The main criteria, taken into consideration during the selection of the candidates, will be: (i) research output (research papers published), (ii) compliance of the previous experience with the tasks planned within the framework of the project (in the following order: bioinformatics, genetics, cancerous diseases, some other experience in molecular biology/biotechnology), (iii) experience gained during a long-term, foreign internship.

VII. The recruitment procedure shall be concluded until February 24th , 2020.

VIII. Employment shall take place in accordance with provisions of the Labor Code of Poland.

Employment is available from March 2020 (depending on the result of the recruitment procedure). Employment period is 16-22 months. The scheduled gross salary is ca. 7100-10000 PLN (total employment costs).

For further details, please contact the Principal Investigator:

Dr. Zbigniew Warkocki

Department of RNA Metabolism

Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, PAS

Noskowskiego 12/14

61-704 Poznan

phone: (+48) 61 852 85 03, ext. 263

e-mail: zwarkocki@ibch.poznan.pl

Additional comments

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Offer Requirements


 I. Requirements for the candidates:

  1. A PhD degree or equivalent degree in bioinformatics, molecular biology or related sciences;
  2. Fluency in bioinformatics methods or fluency in basics bioinformatics with strong motivation to learn: alignment-based and quantification-based RNA-seq data analyses, RACE-seq analyses, R and R studio, statistical analyses and data visualization (ggplot);
  3. Knowledge or willingness to learn and apply direct RNA sequencing on Nanopore or perform bioinformatics of such data or data from Pac-Bio (FLAM-seq);
  4. Ability to write custom scripts;
  5. Knowledge and understanding of biology

*In accordance with the requirements of the National Science Center, only those candidates who received their PhD degree no earlier than 7 years prior to the date of employment within the research project, excluding parental or related leaves governed by the stipulations of the Labor Code, rehabilitation period associated with rehabilitation allowances or other rehabilitation benefits, are eligible for recruitment. In such cases, the aforementioned 7-year period shall be extended by additional 18 months for every descendant or adoptee. Female applicants may choose the way of justifying breaks in their research career, which is more favorable in a given case.

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