ERC-funded Postdoctoral Research Fellow position

ERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow position at the Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology of the University of Gdansk and Medical University of Gdansk

The Structural Biology Laboratory ( at the Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology of the University of Gdansk and Medical University of Gdansk (IFB UG & MUG), Poland, headed by Prof. Michal R. Szymanski, is looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join our “MitoRepairosome” ERC project to investigate the mechanism of human mitochondrial DNA repair pathway.

1. Hold a doctoral degree in biotechnology, biochemistry, chemistry, bioinformatics, biology or related fields;
2. Have practical knowledge of laboratory and/or computational techniques used in protein biochemistry, molecular biology or structural biology. Experience in purification and functional characterization of enzymes involved in DNA metabolism will be an asset. Experience in the preparation of samples for structural biology studies (X-ray crystallography and/or cryo-EM) will be an advantageous;
3. Have documented research achievements, including a publication record and active participation in conference presentations;
4. Exhibit a willingness to acquire new skills, embrace challenges and demonstrate the ability to work independently and in a team;
5. Possess very good command of English (both written and oral);

As a Postdoctoral Researcher in the “MitoRepairosome” project you will be responsible for the purification of enzymes involved in DNA repair, their biophysical and biochemical characterization and preparation of samples for structural studies (X-ray crystallography, cryo-EM). Additionally, your responsibilities will also include:
• designing, conducting, and documenting experiments to determine the structure and function of the human mitochondrial DNA repair system;
• analysis and interpretation of the obtained results and their preparation in the form of reports and presentations;
• participation in writing manuscripts;
• supervision of junior scientists participating in the project;
• active participation in seminars of the research group, faculty seminars and scientific conferences and trainings;

We offer:
• Full-time employment contract initially for a period of 12 months with the possibility of extension;
• The basic monthly gross salary starts at approx. 8,100 PLN. The final monthly gross remuneration will be calculated individually during the employment process, taking into account the length of service. Additional bonuses may supplement this salary;
• A position 100% focused on scientific research (no teaching commitments);
• Opportunity for scientific development and work in a young, dynamically developing team;
• Technical, administrative and organizational support from professional English-speaking personnel
• Participation in international trainings, internships, and conferences. Support from peers, and academic mentoring;

The deadline for application: January 1 st , 2024. The start date: February 1 st , 2024 or as soon as possible.

How to apply:
Please submit your applications electronically to the following address:, specifying "ERC Postdoc" in the title of the message.

Your application must be submitted in English as a single pdf and should contain:
1. CV, taking into account the above-mentioned expectations (experience, previous scientific achievements, including publications, awards and distinctions, participation in conferences and internships, etc.);
2. Motivation letter;
3. Contact details of at least two potential referees, including one of your supervisors;
4. Copy of the PhD degree diploma;

Please include the following clause in the submitted documentation: "I consent to the processing of my personal data contained in the scholarship offer for the purposes of the recruitment process, in accordance with the Act of August 29, 1997 on the Protection of Personal Data, Journal of Laws No. 133 item 883” Only selected candidates will be invited to an interview, which will be conducted in English. Interview information will be sent to invited candidates by email. The successful candidate will be selected by a committee chaired by the Principal Investigator of the project. The competition may close when no suitable candidate who fulfils the requirements is found.

Please direct any questions to:
dr hab. Michał R. Szymanski, prof. UG


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