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Ph.D. position on in vivo RNA Structure Dynamics at Uni of Groningen, Netherlands 2022

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Ph.D. position on in vivo RNA Structure Dynamics for a master’s degree in life sciences, molecular biology, biochemistry at the IncaRNAto lab, University of Groningen, Netherlands Mar 2022


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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Apr 2022
Contract Period: 4 Years
Salary: € 2,443 - € 3,122 gross per month

IncaRNAto lab

University of Groningen (RUG), the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

The ideal candidate must be highly motivated, hard-working, ambitious, creative, enthusiastic about RNA and interested in conducting both wet-lab work and computational analysis.


• MSc degree in the field of life sciences (molecular biology, biochemistry, or related disciplines)
• laboratory experience with experimental molecular research
• excellent command of the English language with strong communication skills
• ability to work efficiently, independently as well as in a team.


• experience on RNA biology and Next-Generation Sequencing
• knowledge of UNIX/Linux computing environments and of a programming language (Perl, Python, R).

Responsibilities/Job Description

Applications are invited for one 4-year PhD study, starting April 2022, in the research group of Dr Danny Incarnato (, Molecular Genetics (, GBB ( The successful applicants will work on a multidisciplinary project aimed at understanding the mechanistic aspects underlying in vivo RNA structure formation and dynamics.

Particularly, you will:

  • dissect RNA ensembles in living cells, using combined experimental and computational methods
  • investigate how different determinants affect the distribution of RNA alternative structures within in vitro and in vivo ensembles
  • integrate wet and dry lab work, by developing novel NGS-based and computational methods where needed.

PhD candidates will receive excellent training through cutting-edge research projects, advanced courses and training opportunities, complemented by workshops on generic research, transferable skills and teaching. As a PhD candidate, you are committed to conduct independent and original scientific research, to report on this research in international publications and presentations, and to present the results of the research in a PhD dissertation, to be completed within 4 years. PhD candidates are expected to contribute 10% of their overall workload to teaching.

Our lab uses a number of different models (bacteria, mammalian cells, viruses) and combined NGS-based experimental methods and computational methods, complemented by traditional molecular genetics and biochemistry techniques, to study RNA structures and dynamics. For a list of our most recent publications, please visit:

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: 222064

Application Procedure

Candidates will be assessed on a rolling base from 2 February 2022 until the position is filled.

Applications for the position should include (as a single PDF file):

  • Cover letter with background and motivation to apply for this position
  • curriculum vitae, including details of Bachelor and Master degrees, labwork experience and a publication list, if applicable
  • detailed (max. 2 pages) description of previous research experience, such as the Bachelor/Master research projects
  • contact details of 2 academic references who can provide information on your suitability for the position.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

About the Department/Section/Group

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’.

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Note or Other details

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

  • a salary of € 2,443 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 3,122 gross per month in the fourth and final year
  • a full-time position (1.0 FTE)
  • a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
  • an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance• the successful candidate will first be offered a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the next three years is to be expected. A PhD training programme is part of the agreement and the successful candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School of Science and Engineering.

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