One Postdoctoral position in Cell Physiology - [ Postdoc ]

Workplace: Milano, IIT@Polimi
Added on: 01/04/2019 - Expires on: 15/05/2019

Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia – IIT (www.iit.it) is opening a post-doctoral position in Cell Physiology. The research activities will be performed within the ‘Nanomaterials for Energy and Lifescience’ Research line, and in particular in the ‘Opto-cell’ group, active at the Center for Nano Science and Technology (CNST@PoliMi) in Milan, one of the nodes of the network established by Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) in close collaboration with Italian academic institutions.  

Our goal is to develop a radically new technology based on Organic Semiconductors (OS) to trigger optical modulation of living cells activity, and in particular to modulate differentiation, proliferation and function of different cellular models. Main research interests include: characterization of the biophysical processes occurring at the material/cell interface; engineering and development of new biotechnology tools for optical control of cell fate; novel bio-organic interfaces and devices for neuroscience and biomedical applications. 

The selected candidate will conduct innovative research activities in the field of Organic Bioelectronics and will work in a highly multidisciplinary research team, comprising biologists, biotechnologists, material scientists, physicists and engineers. He/she will have access to state-of-the-art facilities for bio-hybrid interfaces development and characterization.

He/she will be responsible for electrophysiology and ion imaging experiments on bio-hybrid interfaces. The position includes day-by-day collaboration with Post Docs and PhDs, supervision of MSc students, preparation of scientific publications and periodic reports and direct involvement in dissemination activities.

Requirements:

  • PhD Degree in Biology, Biotechnology, Physiology, Neuroscience, Biophysics or related fields;
  • Excellent publication track record in the area of Bioengineering and Biotechnology
  • Strong experience and documented lab expertise in:
    • Electrophysiology – Patch clamp technique
    • Ion imaging experiments
    • Primary and secondary cell cultures preparation and management
    • Immunohistochemistry assays
    • Fluorescence confocal imaging
    • Statistical analysis
  • A documented expertise in the nanobiotechnology field and characterization of biomaterials, and/or image processing techniques will be considered a plus.
  • Strong communication and English language skills (written and spoken)
  • Marked aptitude to work in team.

The successful candidate will be offered a contract with a competitive salary that will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications shall include: a cover letter, complete CV with a full list of publications, plus a final section titled “Relevant skills” commenting on the strong points where your CV matches the required skills (listed above); name and contacts of 2 referees. Candidatures must be sent by e-mail to mariarosa.antognazza@iit.it , quoting “Post doc position in Cell Physiology CB 73812” in the subject line, within 15/05/2019.

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), with its headquarters in Genova, Italy, is a non-profit institution with the primary goal of creating and disseminating scientific knowledge and strengthening Italy’s technological competitiveness. The institute offers state-of-the-art equipment and a top-level interdisciplinary research environment focused on robotics and computer vision, neuroscience, drug discovery, nanoscience and technology.

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks diversity in the workforce.

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Contacts
Mariarosa Antognazza
mariarosa.antognazza@iit.it
Involved Research lines
Nanomaterials for Energy and Lifescience

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Lo staff complessivo di IIT conta circa 1440 persone. L’area scientifica è rappresentata da circa l’85% del personale. Il 45% dei ricercatori proviene dall’estero: di questi, il 29% è costituito da stranieri provenienti da oltre 50 Paesi e il 16% da italiani rientrati. Oggi il personale scientifico è composto da circa 60 principal investigators, circa 110 ricercatori e tecnologi di staff, circa 350 post doc, circa 500 studenti di dottorato e borsisti, circa 130 tecnici. Oltre 330 posti su 1400 creati su fondi esterni. Età media 34 anni. 41% donne / 59 % uomini.

Nel 2015 IIT ha ricevuto finanziamenti pubblici per circa 96 milioni di euro (80% del budget), conseguendo fondi esterni per 22 milioni di euro (20% budget) provenienti da 18 progetti europei17 finanziamenti da istituzioni nazionali e internazionali, circa 60 progetti industriali

La produzione di IIT ad oggi vanta circa 6990 pubblicazioni, oltre 130 finanziamenti Europei e 11 ERC, più di 350 domande di brevetto attive, oltre 12 start up costituite e altrettante in fase di lancio. Dal 2009 l’attività scientifica è stata ulteriormente rafforzata con la creazione di dieci centri di ricerca nel territorio nazionale (a Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) e internazionale (MIT ed Harvard negli USA) che, unitamente al Laboratorio Centrale di Genova, sviluppano i programmi di ricerca del piano scientifico 2015-2017.

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Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is a public research institute that adopts the organizational model of a private law foundation. IIT is overseen by Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca and Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze (the Italian Ministries of Education, Economy and Finance).  The Institute was set up according to Italian law 326/2003 with the objective of promoting excellence in basic and applied research andfostering Italy’s economic development. Construction of the Laboratories started in 2006 and finished in 2009.

IIT has an overall staff of about 1,440 people. The scientific staff covers about 85% of the total. Out of 45% of researchers coming from abroad 29% are foreigners coming from more than 50 countries and 16% are returned Italians. The scientific staff currently consists of approximately 60 Principal Investigators110 researchers and technologists350 post-docs and 500 PhD students and grant holders and 130 technicians. External funding has allowed the creation of more than 330 positions . The average age is 34 and the gender balance proportion  is 41% female against 59% male.

In 2015 IIT received 96 million euros in public funding (accounting for 80% of its budget) and obtained 22 million euros in external funding (accounting for 20% of its budget). External funding comes from 18 European Projects, other 17 national and international competitive projects and approximately 60 industrial projects.

So far IIT accounts for: about 6990 publications, more than 130 European grants and 11 ERC grants, more than 350 patents or patent applications12 up start-ups and as many  which are about to be launched. The Institute’s scientific activity has been further strengthened since 2009 with the establishment of 11 research nodes throughout Italy (Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) and abroad (MIT and Harvard University, USA), which, along with the Genoa-based Central Lab, implement the research programs included in the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan.