Head of Computational Biology

Head of Computational Biology

Job Description

Human Technopole (HT) is a research organisation based in Milan, Italy with a focus on human biology and human disease. HT is an independent foundation created and supported by the Italian government. HT will consist of several Research Centres that will work together to enable collaborative, interdisciplinary research. 

The Head of each HT Research Centre will report directly to the HT Director. The Head of Research Centre will be responsible, with the HT 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 execution of the Research Centre programme, including the recruitment and mentoring of more junior research group leaders. The individual will be an active researcher carrying out high-quality, internationally competitive research and an active contributor to the international scientific community. The Heads of the Research Centres 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 Heads of Research Centres will participate in the collegial scientific leadership of HT.


Key Roles

The Head of Computational Biology will;

•    be responsible for setting programmatic priorities and resource planning
•    lead her/his own research group and select, lead and mentor younger faculty 
•    ensure the establishment and maintenance of world-class research within the centre
•    lead the preparation of centre reviews by external expert boards
•    participate actively in the overall leadership of HT
•    actively pursue improvement of all aspects of HT
•    report regularly on the progress of the research centre to the HT Director
•    build effective links and collaborations within HT
•    represent HT and the research centre to the HT supervisory Board and externally
•    develop links between HT and other national and international research organisations
•    raise third-party funding and mentor younger faculty in doing so
•    help design and set up internal 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 chosen candidate will have an outstanding record in some aspect of Bioinformatics or Computational Biology and an interest, that can be non-exclusive, in the analysis of human systems. Since it is intended that the initial focus of the Centre will include advanced analysis and integration of genetic, genomic, proteomic, metabolomic, etc. datasets from both human and other sources an interest in aspects of these problems is important. The Centre will work closely with other HT Research Centres. The 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, is also an advantage. Excellent organisational skills and a very good knowledge of English are essential.

Application Instructions

Please apply online filling the form at the end of this call, and sending a CV, a motivation letter, a Project description and the names of four potential referees.

The project description should be 5-6 pages long and include a short description of both 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 iain.mattaj@htechnopole.it

Additional Information

HT offers a highly collaborative, international culture. The working language at HT will be English. HT will foster top quality, interdisciplinary research by promoting a vibrant environment consisting of independent research groups with access to outstanding graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and core facilities.
HT is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to a leading, internationally competitive, research organisation and seeks to promote a collegial and family-friendly atmosphere. 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 the family.

This is a tenure-eligible appointment. 


Apply now through HT jobs form