Student in Laboratory of Structural Bioinformatics

Field: Bioinformatics


Title of the position: Student in Laboratory of Structural Bioinformatics
Scientific discipline: Bioinformatics
Job type: Scholarship
Number of job offers: 1
Remuneration/Stipend amount/month: 1500-2000 PLN / month
Position starts on: 01.10.2019
Maximum period of contract/stipend agreement: up to 2 years
Institution: Laboratory of Structural Bioinformatics
Project leader: Stanisław Dunin-Horkawicz
Project title: An evolutionary-based approach to design the substrate specificity of the Rossmann fold enzymes
Project Description: The goal of the project is to understand the evolution of the Rossmann fold, one of the most prominent protein folds encompassing enzymes with >300 different functions. With the aid of bioinformatics methods, including machine learning and molecular simulations, we will reveal the principles that define the cofactor specificity in Rossmann enzymes. These principles will be used to build a “toolkit” for rational re-engineering of cofactor specificity. The proposed project involves collaboration with two partners: (i) Core Facility for Crystallography and Biophysics, University of Warsaw (Poland) and (ii) Department of Biomolecular Sciences, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel). Project is carried out within the FIRST TEAM programme of the Foundation for Polish Science

Key responsibilities include:
Participation in the design and implementation of machine learning tools for protein sequence and structure analysis

Profile of candidates/requirements:
1. The candidate should be enrolled as a student of bioinformatics, biology, biochemistry, biophysics or related discipline

2. Good knowledge of Python. Experience with high-performance computing and Linux environment

3. Although not required, any previous experience machine learning would be beneficial

4. The candidate should be willing to learn new techniques and to collaborate with the other group members

Required documents:
1. A letter confirming that the candidate is currently enrolled as a student at the university

2. A copy of a BSc certificate (if applicable)

3. A short CV

4. A short cover letter

5. Contact details of one academic researcher/teacher willing to provide a recommendation letter for the Candidate

We offer:
1. An opportunity to participate in a multidisciplinary project conducted in a collaboration with scientists from Poland (University of Warsaw) and Israel (Weizmann Institute of Science)

2. The stimulating and very friendly work environment

3. Access to the high-end computing equipment (CPU and GPU clusters)

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Deadline: 15/07/2019

Tags: bioinformatics, machine learning, protein evolution