Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher in ITN - Astrotech - Disruptive materials, technologies & approaches to unravel the role of Astrocytes in brain function and dysfunction: towards to Glial interfaces - 36 months position

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    Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
    Biological sciences
    Pharmacological sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    30/05/2021 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Italy › BOLOGNA
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions


A position is available for an Early Career Researcher in the ITN Astrotech (https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/956325, www.astrotechproject.eu) at the Institute for Organic Synthesis and Photorectivity of the National Research Council (ISOF-CNR) in Bologna, Italy.

The European Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network ASTROTECH brings together 11 beneficiaries and 14 partners belonging to 9 European and Non-EU countries, including the participation of 5 partners from the private sector.

ASTROTECH mission is to create and develop the field of Glial Engineering, providing innovative tools to record, study, and manipulate astrocytes in the healthy and diseased brain. To this goal, the ASTROTECH network gathers all complementary expertise for engineering biomaterials, nanostructured interfaces and optoelectronic devices for stimulation, recording and biosensing of astrocytes, joint to computational approaches to describe and predict neuron-astrocytes interactions.

This will happen by giving 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) exposure to a wide spectrum of expertise: state-of-the-art biomaterials interfaces, electronic, photonic devices will be combined with in depth knowledge on optogenetics, neuroscience, glial physiology and biology and computational methods to validate the developed tools in vitro, ex vivo, in silico and in pathological models of glioma, ischemia, epilepsy and depression.

CNR-ISOF is coordinating the project ASTROTECH and has the scientific task of validating novel glial interfaces developed to stimulate and record electrophysiological or calcium signalling in astrocytes. The ESR project title will be” Glial interface impact on astrocytes physiology and validation of Glioelectronic devices for stimulation and read-out of astrocytes in vitro”

In particular, the goals of the ESR activity will be related to:

  1. Glial biomaterials interfaces impact on primary astrocytes and astrocytes-neurons co-culture adhesion, growth, molecular and physiological properties by cell viability assays, optical, fluorescent confocal imaging, immunofluorescence, western immunogblotting and qRTPC.
  2. Validation of Glioelectronic devices for stimulation and read-out of astrocytes in vitro, by means of patch clamp, calcium imaging and dynamic microfluorescent imaging
  3. study the bioelectrical activity of astrocytes captured/stimulated by electronic/optical/photonic device.

The candidate will participate to events organised by the network (workshops, summer schools, conferences, etc.) and carry out secondments to partner sites (both academic and industrial).

During the Project implementation, the candidate will be exposed to a multidisciplinary environment with merging excellence in competence and state-of the art infrastructure in Neuroscience, Biomaterials Science, Engineering, Chemistry, Physics both Academic and Private sector. Complementary skills will be promoted by specific training sessions and defined in career development plan, shared with supervisors.

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The salary will comprise a living allowance of € 122.899,68 for 3 years and a mobility allowance of €21.600,00 for 3 years. An additional allowance of € 9.000,00 for 3 years may be payable but is dependent on individual family circumstances, any salary figures are subject to further deductions based on the country the fellowship is held.

Eligibility criteria

The applicant shall, at the time of recruitment, be in the first four years of his/her research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. (This time is measured from the date of award/diploma of the most recent taught degree, time dedicated to teaching is not considered);

The applicant must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host institute (Italy) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account;

The applicant can be of any nationality.

Selection process

To apply for this studentship, please email an application consisting of:

-a motivation letter

-a full CV

-in the application a list of Reference persons to whom reference letter will be requested or the candidate should arrange that one recommendation letter is send to attention of Dr Roberta Chiodini and Dr. Valentina Benfenati, postmaster@astrotechproject.eu , to arrive no later than 30 May 2021.


CV evaluation and interview

Additional comments

The ESR will be enrolled as PhD student at the PhD programme of Nanoscience for Medicine and the Environment, held at UniBO (Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, Department of Chemistry).

Both CNR and University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. Open, Transparent and Merit-based Recruitment of Researchers – OTM-R will be applied in the selection.

We inform you that the data you provide will be processed for the sole purpose of evaluating professional profiles and selecting them according to the needs of the CNR-ISOF. Your data will be processed by the CNR-ISOF, based in Bologna (Italy), Via Gobetti 101, as Data Controller, in compliance with the rules on protection of personal data, including those related to data security. We also inform you that, pursuant to article 15 and following articles of EU Regulation 2016/679 ("General Data Protection Regulation"), you may exercise your rights at any time by contacting the address indicated for the applications submission

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Offer Requirements

    Biological sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
    Neurosciences: Master Degree or equivalent
    Chemistry: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Good


• University degree in Chemistry, Pharmacy, Biochemistry, Chemical Pharmaceutics, Biology, Neuroscience, Biological Science or equivalent, Bioengineering, Biotechnology (Applicant cannot hold a PhD degree obtained previously);

• Fluency in spoken and written English;

• Willingness to travel around Europe.


Specific Requirements


  • Previous experience in biomaterials science, electrophysiology, neuroscience, calcium imaging, electronic devices for biotechnology/bioelectronic will be positively evaluated
  • Applicants should demonstrate ability to function within a large team, coordinate with colleagues and students and communicate across disciplines
  • Applicants should demonstrate ability planning and managing day-to-day research activities.


Work location(s)
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Via Piero Gobetti 101

EURAXESS offer ID: 628868


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