Jobs in Structural Biology and Related Fields

Postdoctoral Position

Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Caparica, Portugal
Application deadline: 22 Oct 2013

The Macromolecular Crystallography Group from FCT (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, UNL) in Caparica ( is seeking a motivated researcher to work as a post-doctoral fellow, in the project “Ionic liquid-based systems for protein crystallization”, Ref. PTDC/BBB-BEP/3058/2012 financed by the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation.

The aim of the proposed work is to get a deeper understanding of the mechanisms underlying the effect of ionic liquids (ILs) on the conformational changes of biomacromolecules in solution, so that IL-based novel approaches to protein crystallization can be developed.

Work will be carried out in the Macromolecular Crystallography Lab ( at FCT-UNL, Caparica (www.fct.unl.ptin close collaboration with the Molecular Thermodynamics Lab and Dr. Magdalena Kowacz, ITQB, Oeiras (

The candidates should hold a PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or a related field. Although not mandatory, preference will be given to candidates with experience in protein expression and purification, macromolecular crystallization and X-ray crystallography.

Applications are open until October 22nd and must follow the requirements announced in the ERA Careers website ( (in Portuguese). To apply, candidates should send a motivation letter, curriculum vitae and references to Dr Ana Luisa Carvalho:

References from the project
Kowacz, M.; Groves, P.; Esperanca, J.; Rebelo, L. P. N., On the Use of Ionic Liquids To Tune Crystallization. Crystal Growth & Design 2011, 11 (3), 684-691.

Kowacz, M.; Mukhopadhyay, A.; Carvalho, A. L.; Esperanca, J. M. S. S.; Romao, M. J.; Rebelo, L. P. N., Hofmeister effects of ionic liquids in protein crystallization: Direct and water-mediated interactions. Crystengcomm 2012, 14 (15), 4912-4921.?
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