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Below you’ll find information about current searches at the PhD, Postdoctoral level or with any time of qualification!

Selezione pubblica, per titoli e colloquio, per il conferimento di un assegno di tipologia Professionalizzante per lo svolgimento di attività di ricerca inerente all’Area Scientifica Area Scientifica 05 Scienze biologiche e all’Area Scientifica 06 Scienze mediche , presso la sede di Pisa per la seguente tematica: “Metagenomica applicata alle scienze della nutrizione”, sotto la responsabilità scientifica della Dr.ssa Carlotta De Filippo.

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Prof. Kürşad Turgay, an independent research group leader at the Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens (MPUSP), is seeking a PhD student or a Postdoctoral Researcher with excellent skills and knowledge in molecular biology, biochemistry and microbiology. Experience in the field of bacterial stress response and regulation or protein homeostasis would be helpful.

Prof. Turgay´s group focuses its research on bacterial stress response and protein homeostasis mostly in the Gram-positive model organism Bacillus subtilis. Research topics include stringent and heat shock response, the role and function of bacterial chaperone systems such as AAA+ protease systems and their adaptor proteins in protein quality control and regulatory proteolysis, as well as general cellular mechanisms allowing the adaptation of bacterial cells to different environments and stress conditions. In this project we are interested to examine the function and role of AAA+ protease complex ClpCP with its adaptor protein and protein arginine kinase McsB, to study the interplay between protein modification and protein homeostasis.

Prof. Turgay’s group applies a wide range of methods and experimental approaches based on biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, microbiology and cell biology. Therefore experience in protein purification, molecular biology, fluorescence microscopy and also with data analysis of experiments using modern sequence technologies (NGS) would be helpful. Prof. Turgay’s group is fully embedded within MPUSP and benefits from access to and interactions with various research platforms providing support for state-of-the-art proteomics and genomics experiments as well as the overall infrastructure and environment for MPUSP biologists.

MPUSP is an international research institute of the Max Planck Society located in Berlin and headed by Prof. Emmanuelle Charpentier. The institute was founded in 2018 with the mission to strengthen fundamental research on pathogens causing diseases in humans. MPUSP aims to achieve a better understanding of the complexities of pathogens and their interactions with their natural environment by developing innovative approaches (www.mpusp.mpg.de). The institute offers an interactive and dynamic environment where our team of international and creative scientists are provided ongoing support to take on original research projects and answer free-minded basic biological questions. Our scientists benefit from a state-of-the-art infrastructure, integrative and customdesigned research platforms and a wide range of scientific activities. MPUSP emphasizes personal development: junior and senior scientists at MPUSP are engaged in research, but also take active part in scientific education, mentoring and teaching, and in the management and development of the institute.

We are seeking a highly motivated and talented scientist who has prior experience working with bacteria and demonstrated proficiency with some of the mentioned experimental approaches to join the team of Prof. Turgay.

Please contact Prof. Kürşad Turgay for specific questions regarding this position (turgay@mpusp.mpg.de).

Your qualification should include:
• A Master’s degree (or comparable) and/or a PhD in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, Microbiology and/or Molecular Biology or related disciplines
• Proficiency of English language (presentation and writing skills)
• Experience working abroad is considered as an advantage
• Applicants for the postdoc position should have a proven record of successful publications in highly respected international scientific journals
• Friendly disposition, confident and responsible work ethics
• Working independently and as part of an international team
• Self-motivated and enthusiastic to work in a competitive, dynamic, stimulating and interacting international scientific environment focusing on basic biological research

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Presso il Dipartimento di Biologia e Biotecnologie dell’Universit  di Pavia, nel laboratorio di Microbiologia Molecolare diretto dalla Prof.ssa Maria Rosalia Pasca (E-mail: mariarosalia.pasca@unipv.it)   disponibile un assegno di ricerca per un anno, rinnovabile per un altro anno sullo studio della patogenicit  di Mycobacterium abscessus per la ricerca di nuove strategie anti-virulenza.

Titolo richiesto: Dottorato di ricerca in area biologica. I candidati per la posizione di assegno di ricerca devono avere svolto un dottorato di ricerca attinente al tema generale della ricerca, documentato da adeguate pubblicazioni scientifiche.

Specifiche competenze richieste: microbiologia e biologia rolex replica molecolare. La durata dell’assegno   annuale rinnovabile per 1 anno e l’importo del salario mensile   di circa 1.500 euro. L’inizio del lavoro   previsto per il 1  giugno 2022.

Per contatti preliminari fare riferimento alla Prof.ssa Maria Rosalia Pasca: E-mail: mariarosalia.pasca@unipv.it.

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Il progetto di cooperazione internazionale BioForMoz (Sostegno alla ricerca ambientale) in Mozambico è alla ricerca di un collaboratore con il titolo di PhD, per assistenza scientifica al Centro di Biotecnologia della Università E. Mondlane di Maputo.

Il profilo del candidato dovrebbe coprire le competenze multidisciplinari di biologia molecolare, immunologia e genomica, da applicare a studi di epidemiologia molecolare e diagnostica di malattie trasmissibili con approccio “One Health”, con particolare attenzione alle zoonosi, virali, batteriche e parassitarie.

Dovrebbe inoltre mostrare flessibilità e creatività in laboratorio, coniugate alla capacità di lavorare in team di ricerca, mostrando empatia per i colleghi, dedicarsi alla formazione on job e collaborare alla didattica del Master in Biotecnologia, il tutto in un ambiente dinamico e amichevole.

La posizione offerta è un assegno di ricerca biennale presso il Dip. di Scienze Biomediche dell’Università di Sassari, ma le attività si svolgerebbero in Mozambico.

Per ulteriori informazioni contattare il Prof. Mauro M. Colombo, colombomauromaria@gmail.com.


We are looking for a highly motivated and self-driven post-doctoral researcher to join our Molecular Microbiology group at the Department of Pharmacological and Biomolecular Sciences at the University of Milano (Italy). The available position is a “Assegno di ricerca di tipo B” for 1 year, renewable for 2 additional years and available from March 2022.

Fighting antibiotic resistance is a priority of the public health agenda, and new antibacterial drugs are urgently needed. The characterization of novel cellular targets and the development of antimicrobials with novel mechanisms of action have become essential to tackle the spread of resistance and to control multidrug resistant bacterial infections.

Our group has long been involved in the study of cell envelope biogenesis in Gram-negative bacteria and has contributed to the identification and characterization of the molecular machine that transports lipopolysaccharide (LPS) to the cell surface, using E. coli and P. aeruginosa as model systems. The LPS transport system is essential and highly conserved among Gram-negative bacteria, and hence an ideal source of new targets for antibacterials.

The applicant will join a stimulating international group and will be involved in the development and application of a new HTS system for the screening of compounds effective against LPS biogenesis. Moreover, the applicant will be involved in the generation of E. coli conditional mutants in envelope biogenesis genes, previously selected as putative targets of antibacterials, for the characterization of inhibitors identified by virtual screening.

The candidates must hold a Ph.D. and demonstrated expertise in bacteriology, molecular biology, and biochemistry. The candidate is expected to work independently and integrated with the other people of the group.

Applicants are invited to submit their Curriculum Vitae, including list of publications, and contact information of two referees to Dr. Paola Sperandeo at paola.sperandeo@unimi.it.