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Head of Research Centre for Computational Biology

Tue, Feb 4 2020

Job Description

Human Technopole (HT) is a research organisation based in Milan, Italy with a focus on human biology in health and disease. An independent foundation created and supported by the Italian government, HT consists of several Research Centres that will work together to enable collaborative, interdisciplinary research. HT intends to create an open, collaborative environment that will help promote life science research both nationally and internationally.

The Head of the Research Centre for Computational Biology will report directly to the HT Director. She/He will be responsible, with the Director, for developing a strategy and programme for research within the Centre, as well as contributing to the collegial development of the overall research programme of HT. She/He will be responsible for the implementation of the Research Centre programme, including the recruitment and mentoring of more junior research group leaders. The Head of the Centre for Computational Biology will be an active researcher carrying out high-quality, internationally competitive research and an active contributor to the international scientific community. With the Heads of other HT Research Centres, she/he will also have individual or collective responsibility for setting up HT Core Facilities and IT Services and for hiring senior managers to run them. More generally, the Head of the Centre for Computational Biology will participate in the collegial scientific leadership of HT.


Key tasks and responsibilities

The Head of Computational Biology will:

  • develop and supervise the establishment of a world-class research programme in the computational biology research centre
  • be responsible for setting programmatic priorities and resource planning
  • lead her/his own research group
  • foster a diverse and nurturing research environment through leading and mentoring younger faculty and their teams
  • build effective links and collaborations with other HT research investigators, in close collaboration with the HT Director and other Heads of Research Centre
  • develop and foster links between HT and other national and international research organisations
  • lead the preparation of Centre reviews by external expert boards
  • participate in the overall leadership of and actively pursue improvement of all aspects of HT
  • report regularly on the progress of the Research Centre to the HT Director
  • represent HT and the Research Centre to the HT governance bodies and externally
  • raise third-party funding and mentor younger faculty in doing so
  • help design and set up HT Core Facilities, some also open to external users
  • help design and advise IT services at HT suitable to support bioinformatic and computational research


Key requirements

The selected candidate will have an outstanding record in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology or Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning) applied to the biomedical sciences, and an interest, that can be non-exclusive, in the analysis of human systems and diseases. Since it is intended that the initial focus of the Centre will include advanced analysis and integration of genomic, epigenomic, proteomic, metabolomic, image-based, etc. datasets, from both human and other sources, with an increasing emphasis on single cell resolution and longitudinal profiling of large cohorts, an interest in these aspects and in advancing the frontiers of data integration is important. The Centre for Computational Biology will work closely with other HT Research Centres to achieve synergies and reach joint goals. The selected candidate will possess scientific vision and leadership skills and will wish to develop and work in an open, collaborative environment while mentoring independent younger faculty to fulfil their potential. She/He will have administrative experience and excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Basic requirements for the position include a PhD in a relevant science subject, a proven record of scientific leadership and at least 10 years of experience in international scientific collaboration. Substantial management and leadership experience within a scientific organisation, preferably international in nature, is also an advantage. Excellent organisational skills and a fluent command of English are essential.

Application Instructions

Please apply online sending a CV, a motivation letter, a project description and the names of four potential referees.

The project description should be a maximum of 8 pages long and include both a short description of current and future research in the group as well as a vision for the Research Centre in the context of HT


Questions concerning the role and any queries regarding the terms and conditions should be sent to the HT Director, Iain Mattaj, at


Additional Information

The Head of Research Centre for Computational Biology will be based in Milan, recently named the city with the best quality of life in Italy. []


HT offers a highly collaborative, international and diverse work environment. The working language is English. HT will foster top quality, interdisciplinary research by promoting a vibrant environment consisting of independent research groups attracting outstanding graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with access to cutting-edge Core Facilities.

HT is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to a leading, internationally competitive research organisation. Researchers coming to Italy for the first time, or returning after residing abroad, benefit from very attractive income tax benefits. HT seeks to promote a collegial and family-friendly atmosphere. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical and other social benefits, as well as financial support for relocation and installation, including the family.


This is a tenure-eligible appointment.