POST DOC CALL in “Molecular processes relevant for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) initiation and progression” - [ Postdoc ]

Workplace: Roma, IIT@SAPIENZA
Added on: 03/11/2017 - Expires on: 30/11/2017

A postdoctoral position in “Molecular processes relevant for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) initiation and progression” will be available in the Center for Life Nanoscience  at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (CLNS@SAPIENZA, Rome, Italy).

The project will explore:

  • The molecular circuitries controlling normal and pathological neuronal differentiation and activity.
  • The molecular basis of neuromuscular diseases with specific interest in ALS pathogenesis.
  • The pathogenic mechanisms of ALS-associated proteins involved in RNA metabolism.
  • The role of long non coding RNAs (lncRNAs) and circular RNAs (circRNAs) in MN differentiation and in neuromuscular diseases with specific interest in the ALS pathology.
  • The use of in vitro motor neuron differentiation from mouse Embryonic Stem Cells (mESC) and from human induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPS, from controls and ALS patients).
  • The use of in vivo animal model systems for studying the activity of non coding RNAs with a relevant role in MN differentiation and function.
  • Candidates should have a PhD in Molecular Biology or Cell Biology or Biochemistry.

    The position requires experience in some of the indicated subjects:

  • Knowledge on basic mechanisms of gene expression control.
  • Techniques of advanced molecular, biochemical, cellular and imaging methodologies for the study of cell differentiation.
  • Characterization and function of non coding RNAs.
  • Expertise on cell cultures and on manipulation of mESCs and human iPS.
  • Computational skills for RNAseq data analysis
  • We value candidates with a proactive attitude and results-oriented mind-set, good interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work effectively within an interdisciplinary research team. An internationally competitive salary, dependent on experience, will be offered.

    Interested applicants should submite their CV, list of publications, a statement of research interests, and names of two referees to

    Please quote “Molecular processes relevant for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) initiation and progression - BC 72946” as your application reference.

    Please apply before: November 30, 2017.

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