Four Tenure-Track Positions in Synthetic and Systems Biology, Robot Locomotion, Tissue Engineering and Multidisciplinary Approach to Biosystems Investigation.

The Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia/Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) is pleased to announce FOUR new tenure-track openings (open rank).

IIT seeks dynamic, highly motivated, independent and innovative researchers to join our community of scientists and technologists engaged in cutting-edge research and development. Candidates must be creative thinkers who span traditional scientific boundaries, with the overarching goal of melding science and technology to improve human health, welfare and sustainability.

IIT has state-of-the-art facilities and has rapidly established itself among top research institutes worldwide. IIT has a strongly international character, with more than 40% foreign scientific staff drawn from over 50 countries worldwide.

The new tenure-track scientists will be intellectually and financially independent (i.e., true principal investigators) and will enjoy world-class start-up and operational funding, as well as internationally competitive salaries and benefits. IIT also strongly encourages and assists its scientists in expanding their research scope by obtaining independent external support from national, European and international funding agencies.

Hiring procedures of IIT are based solely on scientific credentials, and our search committees include external members from foreign institutions to provide diverse, independent perspectives. We encourage non-Italians and Italians, both abroad and in Italy, to apply.

IIT is looking for candidates with outstanding track records in the following broad areas:


IIT Center for Sustainable Futures, Turin, Italy

Candidates should have world-class expertise in synthetic and/or systems biology, with specific reference to the re-design of the enzyme portfolio of micro-organisms for useful purposes. Specific areas of interest include gene manipulation and metabolic engineering as well as bioinformatics and computational biology. Previous experience in the development of synthetic and/or systems biology approaches to develop sustainable production routes for valuable chemicals, materials and biofuels is highly welcome, though not essential, since this would be the primary field of the research expected at the IIT Center for Sustainable Futures in Torino, where the successful candidate will run an independent lab. Candidates should hold a PhD degree and relevant postdoctoral experience, as well as an excellent record of accomplishments (publications, etc.) in broad areas of molecular biology, microbiology, bioinformatics, biochemistry, genetics or biotechnology. The ability to quickly establish and lead an independent, world-class research group is paramount.


IIT Central Laboratories, Genoa, Italy

Recent advances in legged robot research aim to bring robots into the real world, which is complex, unstructured, cluttered and dynamic, and to enable operations in various scenarios requiring human- or animal-like levels of agility, dexterity, robustness, reliability and manipulation/locomotion. The successful candidate will run an independent research program but work in close collaboration with the research teams located at IIT Central Lab in Genova that have developed the iCub, COMAN, R1, and WalkMan humanoid robots. Candidates should have a strong and highly visible research profile in one or more of the following research areas:

  • Humanoid Robotics,
  • Quadrupedal Robotics,
  • Gait and Whole Body Motion Planning,
  • Navigation and Path Planning,
  • Rough Terrain Locomotion,
  • Environmental (3D) perception,
  • Legged Locomotion and Real-time Locomotion Control,
  • Optimal control and/or reinforcement learning,
  • Real-time algorithms for planning and control of robot motion,
  • High-dimensional search in discrete-continuous configuration spaces;
  • Planning in complex and high dimensional environments.

The candidate should have the capacity to develop theoretical principles, extending this into computational control methods and systems designed for applications in unstructured, complex, real world scenarios such as households and public spaces, construction sites, unstructured industrial environments, outdoor natural domains and disaster areas. Candidates should hold a PhD degree and relevant postdoctoral experience, as well as an excellent record of accomplishments (publications, etc.) in engineering or related fields with a specialization in robotics systems. The ability to quickly establish and lead an independent, world-class research group is paramount.


IIT Center for Advanced Biomaterials for Healthcare, Naples, Italy

We seek candidates with world-class expertise in tissue engineering applications, in particular in designing bioactive scaffolds to control and guide cells morphogenesis and tissues-genesis processes in vivo and in vitro. Specific areas of interest include bioactive scaffolds design and manufacturing, 3D printing, morphogenetic and biological tissues development in 3D environment, as well as cellular and molecular profiling in synthetic systems. The ideal candidate will have previous experience in the development of cell-instructive 3D environment to provide guidance for tissue regeneration in vitro and in vivo. The successful candidate will establish an independent lab at the IIT Center for Advanced Biomaterials for Healthcare in Naples. Candidates should hold a PhD degree and relevant postdoctoral experience, as well as an excellent record of accomplishments (publications, etc.) in broad areas including applied physics, engineering, materials science, biochemistry and biotechnology. The ability to quickly establish and lead an independent, world-class research group is paramount.


IIT Center for Life NanoScience, Rome, Italy

We seek candidates with world-class expertise to establish an independent research group in the Center for Life NanoScience (CLNS). We are interested broadly in the interface between physics and biology, with an eye toward novel physics-based approaches to medical issues. Current research at CLNS is centered around two main biological problems: developing novel nanotech-based approaches for the study and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases and novel strategies for the imaging and treatment of brain tumors through targeting cancer stem cell-specific signaling pathways. This research benefits from technological core facilities and development labs at the center, including bioinformatics, bioprinting, flow cytometry, genomics, imaging and microscopy, microfluidics and optogenetics. Candidates must have a Ph.D. and relevant postdoctoral experience in biology, biotechnology, chemistry, engineering, physics, or medicine. Ideal candidates will have expertise at the border between biological research and technological development of new instrumentation and methods, and be enthusiastic about collaborating with colleagues of different expertise. The ability to quickly establish and lead an independent, world-class research group is paramount.


A Ph.D. or equivalent graduate degree, as well as relevant postdoctoral experience are required at the time of application.

To apply for the position candidates should submit a single PDF file containing:

  • 1. C.V., including list of published papers, patents, and research grants directly awarded to the candidate (as principal investigator or work-package coordinator)
  • 2. 3-page research statement containing a summary of previous research contributions and a description of plans for future work.

Candidates should upload applications at

Applicants should also arrange for three referees familiar with the applicant’s research accomplishments to prepare letters of recommendation.

IIT will contact the three referees directly for the letters, but candidates must first register at to provide contact information for the referees. After registering, candidates can submit their applications at a later date. Please register as soon as possible: review of applications will begin soon after the deadline, and late registration and submission can delay receipt of letters of recommendation.

For junior faculty applicants, referees will usually include the applicant’s PhD and postdoctoral advisor(s).

Deadline for submission of applications is October 15th 2016
Deadline for submission of reference letters is October 22nd 2016

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to IIT for an interview between December 2016 and January 2017 tentatively.

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