Join Our Dynamic Team of Researchers! Research Specialist – SONATA BIS Grant

Research Specialist position in Structural Biology Laboratory at the Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology of the University of Gdansk and Medical University of Gdansk

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 Research Specialist to join the SONATA BIS 12 project, funded by the National Science Centre, Poland, entitled “The structural organization of human mitochondrial replisome”.

1. Hold Master’s degree in biotechnology, chemistry, bioinformatics, biology or related fields;
2. 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 mitochondrial DNA replication and repair will be an asset. Experience in the preparation of samples for structural biology studies using cryo-EM will be an additional advantage;
3. Very good command of English (written and oral);
4. Excellent organizational skills, analytical skills, and independent thinking; Research Specialist in the SONATA BIS 12 project will be responsible for the purification of enzymes involved in DNA replication, their biophysical and biochemical characterization and preparation of samples for structural studies (crystallography, cryo-EM). Responsibilities of Research Specialist will also include:
• designing, conducting, and documenting experiments to determine the structure and function of the human mitochondrial replisome;
• 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 to 60 months;
• Monthly salary approx. PLN 8,300 (brutto-brutto). The final monthly gross remuneration will be calculated individually during the employment process, taking into account the length of service,
• Position 100% focused on scientific research (no teaching commitments);
• Opportunity for scientific development and work in a young, dynamically developing team;
• Participation in international trainings, internships, and conferences;
The deadline for application: July 28, 2023. The start date: October 2, 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

How to apply:
Please submit your applications electronically to the following address:, specifying "SONATA BIS12 Specialist" in the title of the message. Your application must be submitted in English 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. Contact details of a person who can prepare a reference letter;
3. A copy of the Master’s 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 in English. Interview information will be sent to invited candidates by email. The successful candidate will be selected by a committee chaired by the PI of the project. The competition may closed 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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