Postdoctoral Position

Universities and Institutes of Croatia


August 20, 2021


  • Organisation/Company: MedILS
  • Research Field: Biological sciences › Biology
  • Researcher Profile: Leading Researcher (R4)
  • Application Deadline: 20/08/2021 02:00 - Europe/Athens
  • Location: Croatia › Split
  • Type Of Contract: To be defined
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Hours Per Week: 40
  • Offer Starting Date: 01/09/2021

    CANCER SIGNALLING & THERAPEUTICS group led by prof. Igor Štagljar, the Mediterranean Institute for Life Sciences is announcing a competition for the employment of postdoctoral position.

    The title of the project is "Identifying novel approaches for targeting small GTPase-driven tumours using high-throughput experimental and artificial intelligence-directed proteomics technologies”

    The main objective of the project

    Our project seeks to identify new therapies for targeting small GTPase-driven cancers, which are largely untreatable and present a significant disease burden. The novelty of our proposal is based on an integrated platform combining two new proteomics technologies recently developed in our lab, Mammalian Membrane Two-Hybrid Drug-Screening MaMTH-DS; Saraon et al (2020) Nature Chemical Biology 16(5):577-586 and Split Intein-Mediated Protein Ligation (SIMPL; Yao et al (2020) Nature Communications 11(1):2440, with cutting edge artificial intelligence (AI) tools designed for proteome- scale, small-molecule identification. The approach will take advantage of the ability of MaMTH-DS/SIMPL to detect compounds with diverse mechanisms of action, enhanced by AI-directed compound library generation, to identify new small-molecules targeting currently undruggable mutant RAS proteins associated with major cancers. Additionally, we will employ MaMTH and SIMPL variants in high-throughput proteomics screens to create comprehensive, high-resolution maps of the shared/differential interactions of WT and mutant small GTPases, helping identify novel therapeutic targets. Overall, we seek to provide new approaches to address the serious challenges associated with treatment of small GTPase-driven cancers.


    Initially a 2-year contract (trial period 6 months), with a possibility of extension until the end of the project; net salary range is 1200-1800 EUR per month, depending on the previous experience, skills and years of employment at MedlLS; free accommodation at MedILS residential quarter for the first 1-3 months upon arrival.

    Eligibility criteria

    Eligibility criteria

    Application package: motivation letter; CV including info on education, GPA, research experience and publications; contact details of at least two referees.



    - Candidates who have been engaged in scientific work for a maximum of 10 years can apply for the competition (since enrolling in the doctoral study)

    Additional comments

    Who we are:

  • We design and execute experiments that lead to discovery of novel small molecule drugs for treatment of cancer
  • We combine biochemistry, molecular biology and state-of-the-art drug discovery approaches to understand how disregulated signalling cause changes during disease development
  • We work together in a young and fun team and we grow together as scientists to tackle important and fundamental research questions
  • Web site for additional job details

    https:// www.

    Required Research Experiences
  • Biological sciences

  • 4 - 10

    Offer Requirements
  • Biological sciences: PhD or equivalent

  • ENGLISH: Excellent

  • Curious, talented and highly motivated
  • PhD in biochemistry, molecular biology or similar
  • Expert in protein biochemistry, cell signalling assays, small molecule drug assays, mammalian cell culture
  • Interested in developing new small molecule drugs to study the role of small GTPases in cancer
  • willing to spend 3-4 months per year in the Stagljar lab in Toronto
  • Contact Information
  • Organisation/Company: MedILS
  • Organisation Type: Private with public mission
  • Website: https:// www.
  • E-Mail:
  • Country: Croatia
  • City: Split
  • Postal Code: 21000
  • Street: Mestrovicevo setaliste 45
  • Phone: +38599555600
  • Fax: +38599555605