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Application deadline: NOW PROLONGED

Position duration: up to 34 months, from 1 April 2019 (to be filled immediately)

The postdoctoral fellow will perform protein-ligand binding assays in vitro and in vivo and aid drug discovery processes in the development of bacterial degraders (PROTACs). The candidate should have strong background in either protein biochemistry/biophysics or molecular microbiology. Experience in structural biology is no longer a prerequisite.

For details on how to apply please consult the PDF file. Please note that the requirements, tasks and deadlines listed there have been relaxed since the offer has been posted originally. Please enquire with us directly if in doubt of your eligibility. E.g. the "young doctor" criterium of FNP does not apply.

Description of the project:

Proteolysis-targeting strategies in bacterial systems for functional studies of proteins and improvement of antibiotics

Proteolysis-Targeting Chimeras (PROTACs) are heterobifunctional molecules targeting proteins for degradation. Eukaryotic PROTACs exploiting ligands of E3 ubiquitin ligases emerged as very potent drugs, due to their irreversible and recyclable mode of action. However, this approach has not yet been employed in bacteria, which lack the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway. We will establish whether an induced-proteolysis approach would be effective to down-regulate target endogenous proteins in bacteria, and engineer the chemical tools needed to do so. We will screen for suitable bacterial proteases and ligands, including known adaptor tags and protease ligands. Identified compounds will be validated in vitro and in bacteria. The resulting tool compounds will enable regulation of gene expression on the protein level for studies of protein function and drug action. Bacterial PROTACs could pave the way to create novel antibiotics, which is crucial in the era of increasing antimicrobial resistance.

This project will be performed in collaboration with foreign and industrial partners: Ben Luisi (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom) and WPD Pharmaceuticals (Warsaw, Poland).

Funding sources: FIRST TEAM 5/2018, Foundation for Polish Science

Computational students wanted for interships (projects on protein repeat motifs)

PDF with the offer for students with programming skills can be found here

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