Post Doc position – Computational biology and Experimental biology – miRNAs and non-coding RNAs lab

Added on: 15/09/2016 – Expires on: 15/10/2016

We are seeking a postdoctoral candidate to join the “microRNAs and non-coding RNAs in development and disease team led by Dr. Francesco Nicassio.

The Center for Genomic Science of [email protected] (, located in Milan is one of IIT’s national nodes.

The Center benefits from state-of-the-art technological platforms in molecular/cellular biology and genomics.

Our group is engaged in a number of projects relating to cancer genomics, development and stem cells. These projects include i) studying the role of microRNAs and lncRNAs by genome-wide (NGS-based) and quantitative approaches, ii) characterizing transcriptional programs and regulatory networks that specify cell identity and behavior in adult stem cells, during development and disease (cancer, aging and neurodegeneration), iii) as well as investigating microRNAs (miRNAs) and non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) as biomarkers.

The position entails application of computational tools for:

  • Analysis and integration of genome-wide datasets (RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, long-range DNA interactions…);
  • Meta-analysis of vast external datasets, such as cancer datasets (e.g. those provided by the TCGA);
  • Development of ad hoc bioinformatics tool for the analysis and interpretation of miRNA and lncRNA expression profiles;
  • Mathematical modeling (building models from experimental data, time evolution models, behavior prediction) to infer and predict mechanisms of gene/miRNA regulation and genetic networks;
  • Statistical analyses.

Prior experience in processing and managing high-throughput sequencing data is preferable. Familiarity with Linux environment, programming skills (especially in R) and a mathematical background will be advantageous. The position benefits from direct integration into an excellent bio-computational environment.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but please apply by October 15, 2016.

Please submit a CV (max 3 pages), two references letters and a brief research statement (max 1 page) both to [email protected] and Francesco Nicassio ([email protected]).

Please quote: “POST DOC 71803_bioinfo_2016” in the subject field of your e-mail.

Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia – IIT ( – was founded with the objective of promoting Italy’s technological development and further education in science and technology. In this sense IIT is committed to achieving its scientific program, which sees a major inspirational principle in the integration between basic scientific research and the development of technical applications. Research at IIT cover scientific areas of high innovative content, representing the most advanced frontiers of modern technology, with wide application possibilities in various fields from medicine to industry, from computer science to robotics, life sciences and nanobiotechnology.

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

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