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[ccp4bb] PhD position in the Chakrabarti group at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

3-year PhD position at the Freie Universität Berlin

Dear All,

A funded PhD position is available in the lab of Sutapa Chakrabarti (at the Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany) to work on  the coupling of mRNA decay and translational repression in eukaryotes using structural and biochemical tools. The Chakrabarti lab focuses on molecular mechanisms of mRNA decay, particularly  RNA helicases involved in decay and  the architecture and assembly of decay competent mRNPs. This particular project offers the possibility of exciting collaborations within the scope of the German Research Foundation's (DFG) Priority program SPP 1935: Deciphering the mRNP code - RNA bound determinants of post-transcriptional gene regulation. Furthermore, the Chakrabarti lab is embedded within a larger network of groups interested in both RNA biology as well as structural biology and offers a dynamic and international research environment. 

More information about the Chakrabarti group can be found at: 

The ideal candidate will hold a Masters degree in Biochemistry (or a very closely related discipline) and have a strong interest in protein-RNA biochemistry and structural biology. Good communication skills (in English), strong motivation and the ability to work in a team are essential. Prior experience in molecular biology and protein/RNA biochemistry will be valued.

Interested candidates are invited to apply with their CV, transcripts of Bachelors and Masters studies, a brief description of their Masters thesis project and the contact information of two referees. Applications should be submitted by email to chakraba@zedat.fu-berlin.de and should mention “PhD position for mRNA decay” in the subject line. 

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me for informal enquiries and feel free to circulate this email among candidates who you think might be interested. 

With best wishes,

Sutapa Chakrabarti, Ph.D.
Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Freie Universität Berlin
Takustr. 6 
14195 Berlin
Phone: +49-(0)30-83875094

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