EMBL-IIT (ETPOD) postdoctoral fellowships

The ETPOD programme leverages the expertise of EMBL Rome, EMBL-EBI and the Italian Institute of Technology in the fields of neuroscience, epigenetics, genomics, and nanotechnology.

Programme funding

ETPOD fellows will be granted salary funding for three years to carry out research projects between a laboratory at IIT and a laboratory at either EMBL Rome or EMBL-EBI. Three-way collaborations between the institutions are also possible. The research should take advantage of complementary expertise of the participating laboratories.

ETPOD application process

The call for candidates is now closed.

ETPOD 2020 projects

Predefined projects

You may select your project from the set of predefined proposals listed below. Fellowships will be awarded after a competitive selection process, with applications being linked to specific projects defined in advance of the application deadline.

Project 1: Hiroki Asari (EMBL Rome) and Giandomenico Iannetti (IIT Rome)
Neural encoding of “surprise” in the mouse brain
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Project 2: Francesco De Angelis (IIT Genova) and Nick Goldman (EMBL-EBI)
Nanopore-based Protein Identification
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Project 3: Stefano Panzeri (IIT Trento) and Hiroki Asari, Santiago Rompani (EMBL Rome)
Computational and experimental approaches to uncover the integration of visual information and internal states in the mouse visual system
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Project 4: Irene Bozzoni (IIT Rome) and Alex Bateman (EMBL-EBI)
Large scale identification of the circRNA interactome in motor neuron homeostasis and in neurodegeneration
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Project 5: Tommaso Leonardi, Francesco Nicassio (IIT Milano) and Ewan Birney (EMBL-EBI)
Single molecule detection and quantification of RNA modifications in human cancer samples from Nanopore data
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Project 6: Francesco Papaleo (IIT Genova), Rob Finn (EMBL-EBI) and Jamie Hackett (EMBL Rome)
Oxytocin-cannabinoids cross-talk in the social gut-brain-axis
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Project 7: Irene Papatheodorou (EMBL-EBI), Francesco Papaleo (IIT Genova) and Francesco Nicassio (IIT Milano)
Single-cell spatially-resolved cortical development in copy number variants associated with psychiatric vulnerability
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Project 8: Tommaso Leonardi, Francesco Nicassio (IIT Milano) and Isidro Cortés-Ciriano (EMBL-EBI)
Computational methods for the analysis of single-cell RNAseq data at single-molecule resolution
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Self-proposed projects

You may also choose to propose a project of your own design, in which case you should submit a full description (maximum: 1000 words) to the principal investigator(s) with whom you would like to work. It is strongly advised that you contact the laboratories beforehand to discuss and formulate a successful project. The description must be pre-approved by all principal investigators involved before submission.

How to submit your application?
All applications have to be submitted through the EMBL recruitment system by 31 August 2020, 23:00 GMT.

ETPOD selection process

Interviews and selection process

Interviews: 23 October 2020 (virtually)

Earliest start date: December 1, 2020. ETPOD must be undertaken within 12 months of the fellowship being awarded.

Contract Duration: 3 years

FundingEMBL postdoctoral fellowship contract, see the EMBL website for included benefits

Selection process: Fellowships will be granted following scientific review and interview by an expert panel and will be based on an assessment of the potential for successful research of the candidate.