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Early career group leader – SR-TIGET

The San Raffaele Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy is seeking tenure-track EARLY CAREER GROUP LEADERS wishing to establish ambitious and independent research programs within the broader mission of the Institute to perform cutting edge research on gene and cell therapy and translate its results into therapeutic advances with a main focus on genetic diseases.

Applications from candidates with expertise in these areas are particularly welcome:

  • Biology and therapeutic applications of stem cells
  • Characterization and exploitation of immune cell types for immunotherapy
  • Advanced 2D and 3D modelling of tissues and organs relevant for disease characterization and for testing cell and gene therapy strategies
  • Development and application of genome or protein engineering
  • Non-viral delivery technologies for gene engineering in vivo


Candidates should be in the early stage of their independent career or ready to start it after successful completion of post-doctoral training. Applicants are expected to have an outstanding track record of research to be competitive in securing national and international external research funding, and to have the motivation to get integrated in a highly collaborative environment within the frame of the Institute mission.

SR-TIGET is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and provides employment opportunities regardless of individual’s age, colour, disability, gender, national origin, religion, or sexual orientation.


  • A supportive, international and highly interdisciplinary environment that enables newly established Group Leaders to develop ambitious research programs
  • Competitive Start-up package with recurrent 5-year Core Funding and support for competitive grant applications
  • State-of-the art facilities and technologies including genomics, single-cell and spatial transcriptomics, microscopy, flow cytometry, transgenic mouse facility, SPF animal husbandry and specialized mouse clinic, live animal imaging, proteomics and bioinformatics
  • The integration within the San Raffaele campus, which includes a multi-disciplinary research hospital of excellence, allows proficient synergies among basic, translational and clinical scientists with the unique opportunity to effectively translate research advances to the clinics
  • SR-TIGET is associated to the Vita-Salute University, a top-ranking Italian university which hosts graduate and post-graduate programs in Medicine and Biotechnology, providing opportunities for academic career tracks and access to excellent Master and PhD students 


  • Competitive salary
  • Support for relocation and possible attractive income tax benefits for candidates coming to Italy for the first time or returning after residing abroad
  • Work-life balance solutions (flexible working time, remote working, 5-month fully paid maternity leave, parental leave, on campus nursery with discounted rates)
  • Management and soft skills training tailored to PIs
  • Access to National Health System providing residents with free or low-cost healthcare (including access to general practitioners, treatment at public hospitals, subsidized medicines, ambulance services) and access with discounted rates to private specialist care at Ospedale San Raffaele
  • Milan is a vibrant international city, renewed for arts, commerce, design, fashion and gastronomy, offering a wide range of entertainment and cultural activities


Applicants should send a cover letter describing current research interests (max 2 pages) and proposed project (max 3 pages), curriculum vitae and contact information of at least 2 referees including one from the current director or supervisor to Luigi Naldini, SR-TIGET Director (, and Aida Paniccia, SR-TIGET Research Strategy and Communication Manager (, indicating in the email subject: SR-TIGET Group Leader Application.

Top ranking applicants will be contacted and invited for on-site interview. This will include presenting their work and discussing future research plans with the Director, Vice Director and the other Group Leaders of SR-TIGET. Successful candidates will also discuss their long-term plan with the international Scientific Advisory Board of SR-TIGET. 

The deadline for submitting applications is October 31st 2023.

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