The Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan; is looking for talented individuals to join a group focused on the molecular biology of bacterial RNAs under the supervision of Dr. Mikolaj Olejniczak. Bacteria use a wide spectrum of noncoding RNAs for the regulation of cellular metabolism, adaptation to the environment, virulence of pathogenic species, and the defense against bacteriophages or mobile genetic elements. A large group of them controls the translation of selected mRNAs, in a process that frequently involves a chaperone protein Hfq. The focus of this project are molecular mechanisms used by small RNAs to control the translation in pathogenic bacteria, including Salmonella. It will involve the study of RNA-protein interactions, as well as in vitro and in vivo studies of translation regulation. The project involves international collaboration with groups of Prof. Olke Uhlenbeck (Northwestern University, USA) and Prof. Jörg Vogel (University of Würzburg, Germany).
The candidates should have research experience, supported by publications, in biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology or related fields, preferably concerning RNA or proteins. International research experience and a good command of English will be important assets. Besides research they will be expected to participate in grant and publication writing. The candidates should have received their PhD degree no earlier than January 1, 2008.