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ESR5 project: RRM structure and design for synthetic biology and bio-analytics applications This project will design RRM proteins with novel RNA binding properties and develop small molecules to modulate RNA binding activity. The design will be confirmed using experimental structural biology. The modulation of RNA binding by small molecules will be experimentally assessed by combining state-ofthe-art solution NMR and biophysical techniques (ITC, FP, SPR). The project is in collaboration with computational groups of the ITN for the design of RRM variants and for experimental validation in cellular assays.

ESR6 project: Conformational dynamics and RNA binding specificity of RRMs using integrative structural biology and biophysics This project will characterize the dynamics and RNA recognition of RRMs using a combination of advanced solution NMR (relaxation measurements to characterize internal dynamics from nanosecond to millisecond timescales) and biophysical techniques (ITC, FP, SPR). These experiments will identify the role of specific residues and dynamic features in RRM proteins for RNA binding specificity and identify
key residues and molecular features involved. In close collaboration with computational groups of the ITN, RRM variants that modulate RNA recognition will be designed and  experimentally verified.

European funding require an international mobility: The candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity in Germany for more than 24 months in the 3 years prior to the recruitment. Candidates must have a master degree relevant disciplines: (bio-)physics, structural biology, biochemistry, chemistry The project is highly interdisciplinary and combines molecular biology and recombinant protein expression with advanced techniques in structural biology focusing on solution NMR and crystallography. Some experimental experience in these techniques is very desirable. Candidates must be highly motivated and interested in interdisciplinary research and developing new ideas.
Candidates must be fluent in English

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