Don't miss our weekly PhD newsletter | Sign up now Don't miss our weekly PhD newsletter | Sign up now

  Structural Biology of Host-Parasite Interactions

   Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

   Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

PhD Position in Structural Parasitology

A position for a talented and self-motivated PhD student is open in the structural biology group at IOCB Prague lead by Dr. Sebastian Zoll. The group focuses on understanding the structural basis of interactions between parasite surface proteins with human host factors to elucidate immune defence strategies of the parasite and foster the development of novel therapeutic strategies against neglected diseases. The lab is well-funded and supported by a diverse network of international collaborators, providing excellent opportunities for the candidate to receive additional training in foreign host institutions.

Relevant publications:

Sülzen, H., Began, J., Dhillon, A., Kereiche, S., Pompach, P., Votrubova, J., Zahedifard, F., Subrtova, A., Safner, M., Hubalek, M., Thompson, M., Zoltner, M., and Zoll, S. (2023) Cryo-EM structures of Trypanosoma brucei gambiense ISG65 with human complement C3 and C3b and their roles in alternative pathway restriction. Nature Communications 14, 2403.

Job description:

The successful candidate will adopt an integrated structural biology approach, utilising single-particle cryo-electron microscopy, X-ray crystallography, and small-angle X-ray scattering, alongside various biophysical techniques to characterise protein-protein interactions (such as SPR, ITC, MALS, MST). The position will provide hands-on training in a protein biochemistry lab, as well as training in structural data processing using Linux work stations.

What knowledge and skills you should have:

• University degree (M.Sc.) in biology, biochemistry, or a related field and a keen interest in structural biology and computational work

• Ideally a team player with the drive and dedication to design experiments and analyse data independently

• We value accountability and reliability, and seek a candidate who is motivated to acquire new skills

• Good English oral and written communication skills are mandatory

• Prior experience in protein expression and purification is an advantage.

We offer:

• Reputation of an international recognised research institute

• Links to pharmaceutical industry and translational research

• Working in a young, promising, and progressive scientific team of medicinal chemists, virologists, immunologists, computational chemists, and biochemists

• Competitive financial remuneration

• Health insurance and full benefits package incl. contribution to supplementary pension insurance

• Financial support for parents with children under 4 years of age returning to work after maternity/parental leave

Additional information:

• Full-time fixed-term employment contract with the possibility of extension

• Start date: immediately

• Location in the stunning city of Prague

How to apply:

• Please send a short motivation letter (max. 500 words), your CV and contact information for two references to Dr. Sebastian Zoll at

If you do not hear from us within 3 weeks, we have decided to proceed with another candidate. Thank you for your understanding.

IOCB Prague is a leading internationally recognized scientific institution whose primary mission is the pursuit of basic research in chemical biology and medicinal chemistry, organic and materials chemistry, chemistry of natural substances, biochemistry and molecular biology, physical chemistry, theoretical chemistry, and analytical chemistry. An integral part of the IOCB Prague’s mission is the implementation of the results of basic research in practice. Emphasis oninterdisciplinary research gives rise to a wide range of applications in medicine, pharmacy, and other fields.

Biological Sciences (4)

Register your interest for this project

Search Suggestions
Search suggestions

Based on your current searches we recommend the following search filters.