Group Leader – Neurobiology

Rome (IT)
Competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical, educational and other social benefits
September 02 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Job Description

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is one of the highest ranked scientific research organisations world-wide. The Headquarters Laboratory is located in Heidelberg (Germany), with additional sites in Barcelona (Spain), Grenoble (France), Hamburg (Germany), Hinxton near Cambridge (UK) and Rome (Italy).

EMBL is searching for a Group Leader to head up an independent research group at the EMBL Epigenetics and Neurobiology Unit in Rome. We seek dynamic and interactive individuals having recently completed their post-doctoral training with an excellent scientific track record and demonstrated experience or interest in molecular neurobiology. We encourage applications from scientists working on diverse questions relating to nervous system structure, function, and plasticity that would benefit from the mouse as an experimental system and the use of modern genetic and genomic approaches.

The Scientific Programme of EMBL emphasizes experimental analysis at multiple levels of biological organisation, from the molecule to the organism, as well as Computational Biology, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology. Within this overall structure, the EMBL Epigenetics and Neurobiology Unit applies a wide range of modern technologies to diverse problems of whole organism biology. Currently its research groups address areas of neurobiology, epigenetics, developmental biology and developmental genetics and are supported by state-of-the-art core facilities in histology, genome engineering/viral vectors, flow cytometry, microscopy, and mouse transgenesis.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Neurobiology or an allied field, show strong potential in setting their own research agenda and show evidence of leadership qualities.

EMBL-Rome benefits from close interactions with groups at EMBL-Heidelberg in the Developmental Biology, Genome Biology, Cell Biology & Biophysics, and Structural and Computational Biology Units with whom it shares core facilities in high-throughput sequencing, advanced light and electron microscopy, small molecule screening, protein production, and mass spectroscopy. EMBL-Rome groups also have access to research activities at the EMBL-EBI (European Bioinformatics Institute) in Hinxton, UK, and structural biology expertise at EMBL-Hamburg and Grenoble.

EMBL offers a highly collaborative and uniquely international culture. It fosters top quality, interdisciplinary research by promoting a vibrant environment consisting of young independent research groups with access to outstanding graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Significant core funding and limited teaching responsibilities allow EMBL group leaders to undertake ambitious, farsighted research programs and provides a scientific environment that is particularly attractive for researchers with families.

Further information about the Epigenetics and Neurobiology Unit and EMBL can be found on the EMBL web page.

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organization with a very collegial and family friendly working environment. EMBL is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women. Appointment will be based on merit alone. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical, educational and other social benefits, as well as financial support for relocation and installation, including your family.

Application Instructions

Please apply online through

Please include a cover letter, CV and a concise description of research interests & future research plans. Please also arrange for 3 letters of recommendation to be emailed directly by your referees to at the latest by 01 October 2017.

Additional Information

Further information about the position can be obtained from the Head of the Epigenetics and Neurobiology Unit Philip Avner (

Interviews are planned for 9 and 10 January 2018 (however, dates can be flexible or subject to change depending on circumstances at the time).

Information on Group Leader appointments can be found under

The working language of the institute is English.

An initial contract of 5 years will be offered to the successful candidate. This is foreseen to be extended to a maximum of 9 years, subject to an external review.