A post-doctoral position is available to support the research activities carried out on the development of nanoscale molecular structures and systems based on DNA for new diagnostic tools.

The research activity is part of “eHealthNet – Ecosistema software per la sanità elettronica PON03_PE_00128_1/11- CUP B64C1200058005-” project granted by Miur and included in 4D platform at CABHC@CRIB in Naples.

The successful candidate will work at IIT@CRIB’s laboratory on the development of nucleic acid supramolecular structures for new diagnostic devices capable of capturing and revealing analytes with relevance for the clinical as well as the agroindustrial sectors. The successful candidate will be involved in a challenging project and will be asked to realize hybrid systems through the combination of single strand DNA/RNA and aptamers with both organic and inorganic materials.

The successful candidate has high-quality expertise in DNA synthesis and assembly, DNA complexes characterization, DNA probe design, DNA screening methods, DNA morphological and topological investigation, fluorescence-based tools for assembly and target binding or reporting investigation.

He/she is also familiar with other spectroscopy methods such as Raman, NMR, FTIR, UV/Vis, mass spectroscopy as well as Confocal Microscopy, XPS, SEM, TEM.

We seek a highly motivated and creative scientist, who enjoys an interdisciplinary, open and collaborative environment.

Prospectives candidates have a strong background in any of the following areas: genomics, gene expression, DNA synthesis, DNA secondary structures, supramolecular chemistry, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, experimental design and data analysis autonomously [RB1]  with preferred experience in PCR, RT-PR, qPCR and amplification methods of nuclei acids as well as direct sequencing, restriction fragment length polymorphism, single strand conformation polymorphism analysis, reverse hybridization, fluorescence polarization, gel electrophoresis, and mass spectrometry.

The ideal candidate has a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry/Science, Biomedical Engineering or a related field, althoughcandidates with different scientific backgrounds are also encouraged to apply.

Please submit your CV electronically outlining experience and qualifications, list of publications, a statement of research interests and plans and names of at least two referees to paolo.netti@iit.it quoting “DNA systems for new diagnostic tools” in the e-mail subject.

Please apply before October 11, 2015.

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

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) with its headquarters in Genoa (Italy) is a non-profit institution with the primary goal of creating and disseminating scientific knowledge and strengthening Italian technological competitiveness. Our research areas cover scientific topics of high innovative content representing the most advanced frontiers of modern technology, with wide application opportunities in various fields ranging from medicine to industry, from computer science to robotics, life sciences and nanobiotechnology.

IIT has created its own network of subsidiary centers within Italian research institutions based in Lecce, Milan, Naples, Pisa, Turin, Parma, Trento and Rome.

The Center for Advanced Biomaterials for Healthcare at CRIB (CABHC@CRIB; Naples, Italy) uses cutting-edge technologies to engineer biologically inspired materials for applications in the diagnostic and biomedical fields.