Bioinformatics research associate (microbiome; protein structure and function)

Jagiellonian University
Małopolska Centre of Biotechnology
Poland Krakow


The Structural and Functional Genomics lab at the Małopolska Centre of Biotechnology is looking for a research associate/postdoc to join the group. The position is available from October 2019 with funding covered by the project until June 2023.

The main objective for the role is to build and maintain a consistent and extensible computational framework and database for structural and functional annotation of microbial genomes, and metagenomes. Depending on scientific or technical interests, it will be extended to work on other biological (e.g protein-protein interactions, virtual screening) or computational problems related to the volume and living character of the data (e.g. perpetual clustering, novelty detection, data classification and visualization).
The work will be carried out as a part of the Microbiome Immunity Project. The role will be exclusively computational but with significant implications for experimental applications. It will involve collaborative work with high-profile international groups. The results of the project will contribute to our understanding of the function of the human gut microbiome, what will help us design precision medicine strategies (therapies and interventions) targeting the microbiome.
The position will be funded by the project financed from the Polish Returns grant from the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange.


The successful candidate will:
* hold a Masters degree in computer science or a similar field, or hold a PhD degree in a quantitative field such as biology, bioinformatics, physics, mathematics or computer science,
* have excellent written and oral communication skills in English,
* have expertise in at least one programming language (esp. Python),
* have documented experience in test-driven software development,
* have a collaborative mindset,
* enjoy interdisciplinary work,
* understand the importance of communication and interactions with other group members, collaborators and Centre members.

The ideal candidate will:
* fulfill all of the expectations of the “successful candidate”,
* have a track record of presenting at conferences and published research.
* have experience in data science, structural biology, or computer-aided drug design,
* have an active interest in microbiome research.

Start date

October 01, 2019

Start date

To be determined

How to Apply

Please send an email with a subject line “research associate” to including:
* a cover letter including a short description of your key achievements, as well as a short explanation for why you would like to join my lab and how this position fits into your interests and career aspirations,
* CV,
* names, contact details and professional relationship status of 3 potential referees.

Selected applicants will be contacted before the end of June.


Tomasz Kosciolek