EMBL Rome, EMBL EBI (Hinxton) and the Italian Institute of Technology wish to jointly offer a postdoctoral programme that builds on the collaborative relationship of the institutes and furthers the understanding of molecular biology and disease and bioinformatics through world-class scientific research by generating new collaborative links between the EMBL and IIT.

Researchers are supported by easy access to scientific expertise, well-equipped facilities and an active seminar programme.

About the programme

Successful ETPOD postdocs will be awarded a 3-year fellowship to work on a joint project between a group at IIT and a group either at EMBL Rome or EMBL EBI.

Projects may be selected from pre-defined areas or proposed by the applicant. In the case of self-defined projects, the area of work must have been agreed with both EMBL and the IIT based group leaders.

The postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in 2020, to start as soon as possible. Fellowships typically begin before the end of the year, but the start date may be delayed with the agreement of the group leaders.

All ETPOD fellowships must be undertaken within 12 months of the fellowship being awarded.

Pre-defined projects

  • Project 1: “Neural encoding of “surprise” in the mouse brain” – Hiroki Asari (EMBL Rome) & Giandomenico Iannetti (IIT Rome)
  • Project 2: “Nanopore-based Protein Identification” – Francesco De Angelis (IIT Genova) & Nick Goldman (EMBL EBI)
  • Project 3: “Computational and experimental approaches to uncover the integration of visual information and internal states in the mouse visual system” – Stefano Panzeri (IIT Trento), Hiroki Asari (EMBL Rome) & Santiago Rompani (EMBL Rome)
  • Project 4: “Large scale identification of the circRNA interactome in motor neuron homeostasis and in neurodegeneration” – Irene Bozzoni (CLNS@Sapienza Rome) & Alex Bateman (EMBL EBI)
  • Project 5: “Single molecule detection and quantification of RNA modifications in human cancer samples from Nanopore data” – Tommaso Leonardi (IIT Milano), Francesco Nicassio (IIT Milano) & Ewan Birney (EMBL EBI)
  • Project 6: “Oxytocin-Cannabinoids Cross-Talk in the Social Gut-Brain-Axis” – Francesco Papaleo (IIT Genova), Rob Finn (EMBL EBI) & Jamie Hackett (EMBL Rome)
  • Project 7: “Single-Cell Spatially-Resolved Cortical Development in Copy Number Variants Associated with Psychiatric Vulnerability” – Irene Papatheodorou (EMBL EBI), Francesco Papaleo (IIT Genova) & Francesco Nicassio (IIT Milano)
  • Project 8: “Computational methods for the analysis of single-cell RNAseq data at single-molecule resolution” – Tommaso Leonardi, Francesco Nicassio (IIT Milano) & Isidro Cortés-Ciriano (EMBL-EBI)

Why join us

We have an informal culture, international working environment and excellent professional development opportunities but one of the really amazing things about us is the concentration of technical and scientific expertise – something you probably won’t find anywhere else.

What else you need to know

With 27 member states, laboratories at six locations across Europe and thousands of scientists and engineers working together, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is a powerhouse of biological expertise. The intergovernmental organisation, headquartered in Heidelberg, was founded in 1974 with the mission of promoting molecular biology research in Europe, training young scientists, and developing new technologies. EMBL currently employs 1800 people in Barcelona, Grenoble, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Hinxton near Cambridge (UK), and Rome. Publishing hundreds of research articles and hosting dozens of conferences every year, EMBL is pouring out biological insights, and training Europe’s future scientific talent.

The Neurobiology and Epigenetics Unit at EMBL Rome studies mammalian physiology from the molecular to the systems level using the laboratory mouse as a model system.

The IIT is a non-profit organization whose main goal is to promote excellence in basic and applied research. IIT”s scientific program is characterized by a strong multi-disciplinary element, with interdisciplinary expertise in various field, from neuroscience to new drug discovery, nanotechnologies for new materials to rehabilitative robotics.

Application instructions

Please apply for this position through our online system.

Applications should consist of:

  • A cover letter specifying the project you are applying for;
  • Your curriculum vitae;
  • Two recent letters of reference.

Applications close at midnight CEST on Monday 31 August and interviews will be conducted by video conference on Friday 23 October.

EMBL is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women, who are currently under-represented at all levels. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

The initial contract is for a period of 3 years with the possibility of a fixed-term extension.

More info can be found on https://www.ebi.ac.uk/research/postdocs/etpods.

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