Job ID: 99209

Post-doc in Neuroscience

Position: Post-doctoral Position

Deadline: 13 February 2023

Contract Length: 09198791007

City: Genova

Country: Italy


Department: Lifetech - Neuroscience - Synaptic Plasticity of Inhibitory Networks


Project: Synaptic Plasticity of Inhibitory Networks (SPIN)

Commitment & contract:  collaboration contract, 24 months

Location: CCT@Morego, Genova, Ital


At IIT we work enthusiastically to develop human-centered Science and Technology to tackle some of the most pressing societal challenges of our times and transfer these technologies to the production system and society. Our Genoa headquarter is strictly inter-connected with our 11 centers around Italy and two outer-stations based in the US for a truly interdisciplinary experience.


You will be working in a multicultural and multi-disciplinary group, where experts in neurophysiology, biophysics and biotechnology collaborate to carry out common research.

The Synaptic Plasticity of Inhibitory Networks (SPIN) Research line is coordinated by Dr Andrea Barberis, who has extensive experience in excitatory and inhibitory synaptic plasticity and in the organization of synaptic elements in physiology and pathology.

The project will focus on synthetic long non-coding RNA molecules (SINEUPs) as potential therapeutic tools to correct the defective expression of specific proteins expressed at the inhibitory synapses in haploinsufficient models of epileptic encephalopathies. 

Within the team, your main responsibilities will be to develop and validate SINEUPs efficacy in rescuing the physiological inhibitory synaptic transmission and network function in animal models of epileptic encephalopathies. 


  • A PhD in Neuroscience and similar disciplines
  • Experience in neurophysiology including electrophysiology, opto-genetics, viral approaches, in vivo models
  • Experience in molecular biology and biochemistry
  • Experience in stereotaxic viral injections
  • A strong publication record
  • The ability to properly report, organize and publish research data
  • Documented experience in coaching junior scientists
  • Fluent spoken and written English


  • Knowledge of MatLab and/or Pyton software 
  • Good communication skills
  • Strong problem solving attitude
  • High motivation to learn
  • Spirit of innovation and creativity
  • Good in time and priority management
  • Ability to work in a challenging and international environment
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a highly interdisciplinary environment


  • Competitive salary package for international standards
  • Private health care coverage
  • Wide range of staff discounts


  • An equal, inclusive and multicultural environment ready to welcome you with open arms. Discrimination is a big NO for us!
  • We like contamination and encourage you to mingle and discover what other people are up to in our labs! 
  • If paperwork is not your piece of cake, we got you! There’s a specialized team working to help you with that, especially during your relocation! 
  • If you are a startupper or a business-minded person, you will find some exceptionally gifted professionals ready to nurture and guide your attitude and aspirations.
  • If you want your work to have a real impact, in IIT you will find an innovative and stimulating culture that drives our mission to contribute to the improvement and well-being of society!
  • We stick to our values! Integrity, courage, societal responsibility and inclusivity are the values we believe in! They define us and our actions in our everyday life. They guide us to accomplish IIT mission!

If you feel this tickles your appetite for change, do not hesitate and apply!

Please submit your application using the online form and including a detailed CV, cover letter (outlining motivation, experience and qualifications) and contact details of 2 references.

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