Employer: University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy
Department: Department of Physics
Type of position: Temporary, full-time
Application deadline: 29 January 2024

Job description

A post-doctoral position is available in the group of Prof. Attilio Vargiu on the elucidation of key molecular determinants enabling antimicrobial compounds (both peptides and antibiotics) to effectively cross the membrane barrier of bacteria, to be investigated by molecular modeling techniques.

The project represents a continuation of previous research in the field of microbial resistance, within the “INF-ACT” project funded through the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR).

The fellow will work in a stimulating and dynamic environment, collaborating with other fellows already on the project, and (s)he will have access to modern workstations and a local and powerful GPU cluster, as well as to funding to attend scientific schools and conferences. Physics-based and machine-learning methods will be employed for research within the project. Furthermore, the research will be conducted in an international setting, involving local collaborators as well as the Universities of Catania (Italy), Frankfurt (Germany), Marseille (France), and Southampton (UK).

The Department of Physics is hosted in Cagliari, a beautiful city in the South Sardinia, recently top ranked in Italy for quality of life.

Below are the requirements to be eligible for the application:

  • Ph.D. in Physics, Chemistry, Bioinformatics, Biotechnologies, Neurosciences, or Biomedical Engineering, and related fields.

For applicants without the aforementioned academic qualification:

  • Master’s Degree (7 level EQF – European Qualification Framework) in Physics, Chemistry, Biotechnologies, Biomedical Engineering, or Informatics, and related fields, along with research and/or higher education grants and/or previous research contracts, for at least two non-consecutive years.
  • Applicants with a suitable scientific and professional curriculum and a Master’s degree awarded within the past two years in Physics, Chemistry, Biotechnologies, Biomedical Engineering, or Informatics are also eligible.

Details and instructions on how to apply (through https://pica.cineca.it) are available by clicking the button above. Prof. Attilio Vargiu can be contacted at vargiu@dsf.unica.it or through LinkedIn/X for further information and assistance with the application.