Group Leader in Epigenetics and Neurobiology- Rome, Italy

Vacancy Reference Number
Closing Date
24 Nov 2019
Grade 9
5 years (renewable)

About the team/job

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is one of the highest ranked scientific research organisations in the world. The Headquarters Laboratory is located in Heidelberg (Germany), with additional sites in Barcelona (Spain), Grenoble (France), Hamburg (Germany), Hinxton (UK) and Rome (Italy).

The Scientific Programme of EMBL emphasizes experimental analysis at multiple levels of biological organization, from the molecule to the organism, as well as computational and systems biology.

Within this overall structure, the EMBL Epigenetics and Neurobiology Unit applies a wide range of modern technologies to diverse problems of whole organism biology.

Currently its research groups address areas of circuits and behavior, computational neuroscience, epigenetics, and developmental genetics and are supported by onsite state-of-the-art core facilities in histology, gene editing/viral engineering, flow cytometry, microscopy, gnotobiosis and mouse transgenesis.

Further information about research in the Rome Unit and EMBL can be found at the EMBL web page

Your role

EMBL is searching for a Group Leader to head up an independent research group at the EMBL Epigenetics and Neurobiology Unit in Rome.

We seek interactive individuals having recently completed their post-doctoral training with an excellent scientific track record and demonstrated experience or interest in areas of neurobiology and/or epigenetics.

We encourage applications from scientists working on diverse questions relating to mammalian organismal biology that could benefit from the mouse as an experimental system, and the use of modern genetic and (epi)genomic approaches.


The successful candidate will have a doctoral degree, show strong potential in setting their own research agenda and show evidence of leadership qualities. 

Why join us

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organization with a collegial and family friendly working environment.

EMBL is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

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 your family. 

We have an informal culture, international working environment and excellent professional development opportunities, including leadership and mentorship programs for young group leaders.

For more information and to apply, please click here. 


Contact Details

For more information on Group Leader appointments please get in touch with the Head of the Rome Unit, Philip Avner (