Post-doctoral position on Therapeutically-Relevant RNA Targets (1.0 FTE)

Post-doctoral position on Therapeutically-Relevant RNA Targets (1.0 FTE)

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3 May 4 Jul Groningen

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Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position in the research group of Dr Danny Incarnato (, Molecular Genetics (, GBB ( The successful applicant will work on a project aimed at identifying

Job description

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position in the research group of Dr Danny Incarnato (, Molecular Genetics (, GBB ( The successful applicant will work on a project aimed at identifying functionally-relevant RNA structure elements playing a role in the post-transcriptional control of disease-relevant genes. The results will assist the characterization of therapeutically-relevant RNA targets for the development of small molecule drugs.

Particularly, you will:

• perform in vivo mapping of RNA structure by combining a number of experimental approaches, including chemical probing and direct RNA duplex capture
• investigate small molecule-RNA target engagement in cells
• validate the mechanism of action of small molecules on the target RNAs.

Our lab actively develops combined experimental and computational methods for the analysis of RNA structure and dynamics in living cells (i.e. Morandi et al., Nat. Methods 2021 [PMID: 33619392]; Marinus et al., NAR 2021 [PMID: 33398343]). We apply these (and other) techniques to identify key RNA regulatory elements in disease-relevant RNAs, such as the genomes of the Influenza A virus (Simon et al., NAR 2019 [PMID: 25323333]) and of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (Manfredonia et al., NAR 2020 [PMID: 33166999]).


University of Groningen


The ideal candidates must be highly motivated, hard-working, ambitious, creative, and enthusiastic about RNA and also interested in doing both wet-lab experiments and in silico work.

You will have the following qualifications:

• have a PhD degree in molecular biology, biochemistry, or related disciplines
• have experience with basic molecular biology techniques (i.e. qPCR, western blot, cloning, etc.)
• have experience with mammalian cell work (i.e. culture of cell lines and primary cells, transfection, etc.)
• prior experience working with RNA structure and NGS, as well as experience in bioinformatics and data analysis (i.e. R, Python, Perl) is a significant plus.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 12 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary from a minimum of € 3,420 gross per month up to a maximum of € 4,490 gross per month (salary scale 10) based on a full-time position and dependent on qualification and work experience
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
• an 8.3% end-of-year bonus and participation in a pension scheme for employees

The successful candidate will first be offered a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another year. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on external financing and sufficient progress in the first year.

The conditions of employment:

The preferred starting date as soon as possible


Faculty of Science and Engineering

Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative center of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Flexible study programmes and academic career opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 36,000 students and researchers alike to develop their own individual talents. As one of the best research universities in Europe, the University of Groningen has joined forces with other top universities and networks worldwide to become a truly global center of knowledge.

The IncaRNAto lab is embedded in the prestigious Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute (GBB), located in the Zernike Campus, at the northern edge of the city of Groningen. The GBB is one of the larger institutes of the Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) and provides an excellent environment for top-notch research in the field of biomolecular sciences. Thirteen vibrant research groups with strong roots in biophysics, biochemistry & molecular biology, cell biology, chemistry, computational biology, microbiology or genetics are organized in two focal areas: ‘Molecular Mechanisms of Biological Processes’ and ‘Physiology and Systems Biology’.


  • Postdoc
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • max. €3490 per month
  • University graduate
  • 222065H


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