Postdoc in computational biology

Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology, Jagiellonian University
Kraków (PL)
salary competitive with industry rates, subject to candidate’s qualifications and experience
February 22 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type


We are inviting applications for a postdoctoral scientist in the area of computational biology and genomics of bacteria-phage interactions. The successful candidate will join Dr Rafał Mostowy’s Microbial Genomics Group at the Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology, Jagiellonian University, Kraków (Poland). The position is available from May 2019 for up to 46 months.

We are looking for a postdoc with strong quantitative skills as well as expertise in bioinformatics and computational genomics. The general aim of the project is to explore the diversity and specificity of interactions between bacteriophages and opportunistic bacterial pathogens in the family of Enterobacteriaceae, with primary emphasis on Klebsiella pneumoniae. The core of the project will be carried out using computational approaches and next-generation sequencing to characterise bacterial antigens and bacteriophage components which interact with those antigens. This work will be complemented by close collaborations and data sharing with research groups with expertise in genomics of enteric bacteria (Prof. Kat Holt at Monash University and Prof. Nick Thomson at Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute), and with groups with expertise in the microbiology of bacteria-phage interactions (Prof. Mark Enright at Manchester Metropolitan University). The results of the project will contribute to the fight against the problem of antibiotic resistance in Poland and Europe by helping discover potentially novel antimicrobial drugs.

The successful candidate will have an opportunity to influence the direction of the project depending on his/her profile and strengths. He or she will have the opportunity learn multiple new skills (e.g., working with Nanopore sequencing data) and develop international contacts, but will be expected to manifest an increasing degree of intellectual independence throughout the project.

Malopolska Centre for Biotechnology (MCB) is a flagship biotechnology institute of Southern Poland and one of the most promising biomedical institutes in Central/Eastern Europe. It is part of the Jagiellonian University and its excellence is based on three main areas: computational genomics, structural biology and plant biology. The first area, computational genomics, has recently been undergoing rapid growth, with a recent start of several groups, including Bioinformatics (dr hab. Paweł Łabaj), Microbial Genomics (dr Rafał Mostowy), Metagenomics (dr Tomasz Kościółek; from June 2019). The institute will also profit from the interactions with the nearby group in Microbial Ecology and Evolution (dr Piotr Łukasik; from June 2019). MCB offers access to state-of-the-art infrastructure in both experimental and computational biology, and interactions with world-class research groups, including with the Max Planck Research Group in Structural Biology (Glatt Lab), with the Bionanoscience and Biochemistry Group (Heddle Lab), the Plant Molecular Biology Group (Yamada Lab) or the Virogenetics and Virology Group (Pyrć Lab).

The successful candidate will:

  • hold a PhD in a quantitative field like biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science or similar,
  • have strong expertise in genomics and next-generation sequencing bioinformatics,
  • have excellent written and oral communication skills in English,
  • have a very good knowledge of at least one programming language (e.g., R, Python, C/C++, Java),
  • have good presentation skills (ideally having presented on at least one international conference)
  • enjoy support of and interaction with other group members,
  • have published at least one publication as first-author in an international, peer-reviewed journal.

The ideal candidate will also have in-depth expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • data science, statistics and/or machine learning,
  • microbiology and/or phage biology,
  • computational structural biology,
  • evolutionary biology, ecology and population genetics/genomics.

We offer:

  • opportunity to work on an ambitious and important scientific problem, hence contributing to the fight against antimicrobial resistance,
  • opportunity to collaborate with world-class scientific leaders at the leading scientific institutions,
  • a fun and interactive working environment,
  • salary competitive with industry rates, subject to candidate’s qualifications and experience
  • participation in collaborations and scientific meetings across the globe,
  • flexible working time

How to apply?

Please send me an email at with a short explanation for why you would like to join my lab and how this position fits into your interests and career aspirations. In the same email, please include your CV with a list of publications, as well as names and contact details of 3 referees. The deadline for submitting applications is Thursday, 21st of March 2019.

Please note: MCB administrative staff will assist those candidates who do not speak Polish and guide them through the recruitment process.