The De Francesco group is recruiting a researcher (Senior post-doctoral level). We are seeking a highly motivated and collaborative Scientist to support efforts in the discovery of novel therapeutic approaches for the treatment of emerging infectious diseases, with a focus on respiratory Coronavirus infections.
Duration of the contract will be 3 years starting March 2023.

Environment: The INGM Virology laboratory is part of the National Institute of Molecular Genetics (INGM, The laboratory provides state-of-the-art facilities for cellular
and molecular biology, microscopy, bioinformatics and top-level research virology with levels 2 and 3 laboratories. It is located in the Campus of the Policlinico hospital in Milano, a research environment endowed with strong interest in basic and translational sciences and a particular dedication in the research on infectious diseases. The De Francesco group research activities focus on molecular virology and the discovery of new antiviral agents that have the potential to become part of novel therapeutic strategies for the treatment and cure acute and chronic viral disease.

Education and experience:
•    Ph.D. in Biology of equivalent qualification.
•    Post-doctoral experience in cellular and molecular biology.
•    Previous experience in virology represents a plus.
•    Ability to work independently.
•    Team player with good communication skills
•    Excellent written and communication skills in English are required.

If interested in receiving additional details, please send an email to Raffaele De Franesco ( along with the following:
- Cover letter
- Concise summary of previous research activities
- Curriculum vitae including publication list and contact details for 2 referees

A research fellowship is available in the Microbiology laboratory directed by Prof. Francesco Imperi at the Department of Science, Roma Tre University, as part of the PRIN2020 project "Escaping the ESKAPEs: integrated pipelines for new antibacterial drugs”.
The candidate will be involved in the characterization of essential proteins involved in cell envelope biogenesis in the human pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa and in the evaluation of inhibitors identified by virtual screening through in vitro and in vivo assays.
Duration: 1 year (renewable)
Deadline for application: November 22nd, 2022
For further information, check the link and/or contact Prof. Francesco Imperi (

A research fellowship is available at the Molecular Ecology Group of the CNR-IRSA, Verbania, in the frame of the PRIN2020 project "IdeARG" - Identification and isolation of antibiotic resistance gene containing freshwater bacteria in an eco-evolutionary frame - funded by MIUR.

The project deals with the antimicrobial resistance in the environment The main responsibilities of the Post-doc will be isolation of antibiotic resistant bacteria from lake sediments, genome analysis and experiments with these strains in complex communities. Find more about the project by checking the link

For further information, please contact Dr. Ester Eckert (

Duration: 18 months

Deadline for application: October 26, 2022

Dr. Irene Stefanini (University of Turin) is recruiting 1 Postdoctoral Research Associate to participate in the Human Science Frontier Program project "The aphrodisiac gut: defining the factors promoting yeast mating within insect intestines" involving the Dept. of Life Science and Systems Biology - University of Turin (Turin - Italy), The University of Sydney (Prof. Elizabeth New, Australia), the University of Balearic Islands (Dr. Marco Polin, Spain), and the University of Boston (Prof. Daniel Segrè, USA).

The selected candidate will be based at the Dept. of Life Science and Systems Biology in Turin (Italy) and will report directly to Dr. Irene Stefanini.

We are searching for a young researcher with Ph.D. in microbiology or insect sciences, preferentially with skills in the analysis of microbe-host interactions. Proven wet-lab experience is a mandatory requirement. Willingness to travel and work on multidisciplinary projects is also encouraged.

Here is some more information about the project:
We offer a 1-year contract, renewable for up to two years. The work will start at the latest on March 2023, but preliminary (online) interviews should be held ASAP.
If you are interested, please send a short CV to

Feel free to contact me for more details.
Irene Stefanini

RTD-A PRESSO UNIVERSITA’ DI MILANO, Biotechnology and Environmental Microbiology Lab (BEaMLab), Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences (DeFENS)

Ricerchiamo giovani PhD appassionati/e alla ricerca in microbiologia agro-ambientale. Sarà aperta a breve una selezione pubblica per una posizione triennale RTD-A AGR/16 presso l’Università di Milano nell’ambito del progetto PNRR Agritech. Il tema di ricerca sarà plant-microbiome interaction in particolare orientato alla formulazione e caratterizzazione di biomateriali funzionalizzati con batteri promotori della crescita delle piante per applicazioni in agricoltura sostenibile.

Per informazioni contattare Sara Borin,

Il bando verrà pubblicato al seguente link:

A graduate fellow position (Assegno di Ricerca) is available at the Department of Biology of the University of Padova for the project entitled: “Investigating the role of the integral membrane protein LysX2 in Mycobacterium tuberculosis virulence”.
Starting no later than December 1st, 2022.
Duration: 18 months.

State of the Art and Research Program
We have recently identified a new gene of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) encoding an integral membrane protein with a putative aminoacyl-phosphatidylglycerol (aaPG) synthase domain which we named LysX2 (Boldrin F. et al. BMC Microbiology 2022, 22(1):85; doi: 10.1186/s12866-022-02493-2). AaPG synthases are widely represented among prokaryotes since several bacterial species use them to produce aminoacyl esters of phosphatidylglycerol (aaPGs) which confer resistance to low pH and antimicrobial cationic peptides (CAMPs) by increasing the net positive charge of the bacterial surface.