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)
    10/06/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Italy › ROMA
    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 Microelectronic and Microsystems of the National Research Council (IMM-CNR) in Rome, 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-IMM is co-coordinating the project ASTROTECH and has the scientific task of development of Glioelectronic devices for stimulation and read-out of astrocytes in vitro and in vivo The ESR project title will be “Design, fabrication and characterization of Glioelectronic devices for stimulation and read-out of astrocytes in vitro and in vivo”.

In particular, the goals of this activity are related to:

A) To grow and/or synthesize specific materials based on disordered inorganic nanostructures or hybrid materials to allow in vitro astrocytes growth and differentiation

B) To develop ultra-flexible Glioelectronc devices that record/stimulate selectively astrocytes.

C) To validate these devices in vitro and in animal model.

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 Early Stage Researcher can be of any nationality. At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

Applicants must be in their first 4 years of their research career and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. The 4 years are counted from the date a degree was obtained which formally entitles to embark on a doctorate.

Selection process

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

-a motivation letter

-a two-page CV

and arrange that one recommendation letter is send to Dr. Luca Maiolo, luca.maiolo@cnr.it, to arrive no later than June 10 2021.

Additional comments

The ESR will be enrolled as PhD student at the PhD programme of Biomedical Engineering, held at UniBO (University of Bologna, Department of Electronics and Engineering, DEI).

CNR and University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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-IMM. Your data will be processed by the CNR-IMM, based in Roma (Italy), Via Fosso del Calaviere 100, 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

    Physics: Master Degree or equivalent
    Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Good


Applicants should have a Master degree or equivalent in Electronic Engineering or Physics or related discipline

Applicants should demonstrate the ability to function within a large team, coordinate with colleagues and students and communicate across disciplines. Applicants will experience planning and managing day-to-day research activities.



Specific Requirements


  • Knowledge and experience in bioelectronics, neural recording devices, biosensor device design and evaluation -noise analysis of transducers are preferential skills.


Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche IMM
Via del Fosso del Cavaliere 100

EURAXESS offer ID: 628947


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