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PROJECT: EU Horizon 2020 Teaming Phase 2 project: "Baltic Biomaterials Centre of excellence – BBCE" grant agreement No. 857287.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Research Assistant position is available in super-resolution microscopy

Location of the position

Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis, Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Pharmacology, Riga, Latvia.

Position start

Starting date is negotiable, but tentatively November 2021.


Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis (LIOS) is a state research institute specializing in organic chemistry, pharmaceutical research, molecular biology and bioorganic chemistry and is leading drug discovery center in the Baltic countries. Within the BBCE project, Preclinical Biomaterial Evaluation Group (part of the Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Pharmacology) is responsible for preclinical assessment of biomaterials designed for bone repair, facial reconstruction, oral and maxillofacial surgery.


The overall objective of the BBCE is to develop a joint centre for advanced biomaterials development based on the long-term strategic cooperation between Riga Technical University, Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis, Rīga Stradiņš University and LLC Rīga Stradiņš University Institute of Stomatology, on the one part, and AO Research Institute Davos, Switzerland and Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, on the other part. Strategic research direction of Baltic Biomaterials Centre of Excellence (BBCE) is development of patient specific personalized solutions for bone regeneration in 3 levels: biomaterial composition, geometry and bioactive compound delivery. Full cycle of biomaterials for bone regeneration development consists of continuous steps: 1. Development of biodegradable, osteoconductive and osteoinductive materials, composites and drug delivery systems. 2. Preclinical in vitro/in vivo investigations. 3. Clinical trials.

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Within the scope of the BBCE project there is Research Assistant position available for a duration of one year in the Preclinical Biomaterial Evaluation Group (BBCE SFG 5).


The BBCE project, funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme (WIDESPREAD-01-2018-2019: Teaming Phase 2) calls to apply for a Research Assistant position, with attractive complementary training activities in multidisciplinary and international scientific environment. Successful candidate will have an opportunity to be a part of the Preclinical Biomaterial Evaluation Group and will investigate the tissue response to biomaterials intended for use in bone repair, facial reconstruction, oral and maxillofacial surgery as well as to be a part of multidisciplinary and international scientific network. The position requires international mobility for training purposes.


• International mobility for training purposes • Basic gross salary of EUR 29 000 per year (subjected to all local taxes and other deductions following the national regulations: https://www.fm.gov.lv/en/s/taxes/).

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA (requirements and necessary competences

The position is open to applicants fulfilling the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Master’s degree in biology or other life sciences.
  2. Experience in conducting research.
  3. Experience in confocal microscopy and image analysis.
  4. Experience in cell culture.
  5. Experience in molecular biology techniques (e.g. DNA/RNA extractions, RT-PCR, immunoblotting).
  6. Excellent oral and written English language skills.
  7. Good communication and team working skills.

Desirable competences and previous experience:

  1. Evidence of previous mobility for scientific training/research purposes.
  2. Experience in super-resolution fluorescence microscopy.
  3. Experience in ImageJ or other image analysis software.
  4. Ability to produce and analyze data without supervision.


The application must include the following:

  1. CV in English (Europass format, max. 5 pages, including list of publications).
  2. Copy of the Master’s degree diploma.
  3. A motivation letter in English (max 2 pages), including statement that the applicant fulfils all eligible criteria listed in the paragraph above. The statement that the applicant is eligible to apply for work permission in Latvia should be included in the motivation letter.
  4. Contacts of at least two references.

All documents must be submitted to bbcentre@rtu.lv before September 27, 2021 5.00 PM (CET).

For additional information, please contact bbce@rtu.lv and visit https://bbcentre.eu and https://www.osi.lv/en. The selection procedure will be based on two steps. The first step will consist of the screening of all applications received and the selection of a shortlist of candidates based on CV, academic transcripts, motivation, and relevance with the specific research project. The second step will consist of an interview (held in person or online via Skype/ Zoom), resulting in the recruitment of the successful candidate. Prior to recruitment, the successful applicant will be requested to produce the original copies of all certificates and documents declared. Incorrect or lacking of documentation may invalidate the recruitment procedure.

When applying for a competition, the candidate agrees to the processing of his personal data pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data and repealing Directive 95/95 / EC / 46 / EC (General Data Protection Regulation) and for storage at the Riga Technical University Personnel Department. Without the consent of the candidate, personal data will not be transferred to third parties, except in the cases specified in the laws and regulations in force in the Republic of Latvia.

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Posted on Aug 24, 2021

BBCE project´s main objective is to establish a joint Baltic Biomaterials Centre of Excellence for advanced biomaterials development based on the long-term strategic cooperation between AO Research Institute Davos, Switzerland (ARI) and Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany (FAU) on the one hand and RTU RBIDC, LIOS, RSU and RSU IS on the other hand.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 857287