Employment Opportunities

3 Position Available

  1. Senior research fellow
  2. Postdoctoral fellow
  3. Technical assistant

Positions are available for one year with the possibility of extension.

Our lab uses a combination of molecular biology, x-ray crystallography, biochemistry and microbiology methods to study protein structure and function. Our lab is equipped with a state-of-the art facilities enabling high-throughput approaches in structural biology (protein expression and structure determination). We use a home X-ray source and have access to the European synchrotrons as well as collaborate with EM facilities.

Senior research fellow and postdoctoral fellow must have a Ph.D. in structural, molecular or cell biology, biochemistry or a related field. They must show a record of experience in a biochemical laboratory. Experience in protein crystallization and crystal structure determination is desired, but not mandatory.  Senior research fellow must have at least one year of postdoctoral experience in a lab outside Slovenia and publication record concurring to Jozef Stefan Institute standards for this position.

The senior research fellow and postdoctoral fellow candidates will work on either of the research projects:

1. Proteins involved in iodine metabolism in vertebrates. The iodine we receive with food, is directed to the thyroid gland, where thyroid hormones are formed (T4 and T3). The hormones are then distributed around the body where T4 is activated into T3. We are focused mainly on proteins involved in T4 production and processing.

2. Research of biomedically relevant proteins of Clostridium difficile, which is one of the most important hospital-acquired pathogens worldwide. Studies will focus on the cell wall proteins, in particular on the surface (S-) layer proteins (doi: 10.1016/j.str.2016.12.018) and the mechanisms of the S-layer assembly.

Technical assistant must have a MSc in biochemistry or a related field. They will be involved in all group projects in all steps, from molecular cloning, protein production in bacteria, yeast, insect and mammalian cells, protein purification and crystallization.

Interested applicants are kindly invited to send a curriculum vitae and a short motivation letter to dusan.turk@ijs.si. Applications with at least two letters of recommendation are preferred. Additional information can be provided upon inquiries.

The received applications will be reviewed immediately. Selected applicants will be invited to an interview and present their work to the group.

Dušan Turk



prof. Boris Turk, Ph. D.

Phone: +386 1 477 3772
e-mail: boris.turk[at]ijs.si

Barbara Vrtańćnik

Phone: +386 1 477 3215
Fax: +386 1 477 39 84
e-mail: barbara.vrtacnik[at]ijs.si