Junior Principal Investigator position in Shenzen University-­ IFOM Center for Genome Stability and Aging (S.I.G.M.A.)

2018/12 | Junior Principal Investigator


IFOM and Shenzhen University have recently joined to establish the Shenzhen University-IFOM Center for Genome Stability and Aging (S.I.G.M.A.) whose research focus is on genome instability pathways and their impact on aging, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases. S.I.G.M.A.’s premises are in Shenzhen University’s research campus, fitted with state-of-the-art laboratory technologies and with a close link with IFOM’s network of laboratories in Italy and abroad. We are now looking for young and talented researchers that would be interested in applying for a junior PI position at S.I.G.M.A. The selected investigators are expected to engage in first class research in any aspect of the mechanisms involved in maintaining genome integrity and their role in functional genomics, cancer and or neurodegenerative diseases. She/he will have full access to centralized service facilities needed to conduct an independent research program, both in Shenzhen as in the parent Institute (IFOM) in Milan (Italy). She/he will be offered a modern ready-to-go laboratory and office, and access to graduate students and post-doctoral fellows for free. We believe that it is an exciting opportunity for scientists who would love to have their own group in a dynamic and competitive environment to tackle these research topics.



The FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology (IFOM) is an international, non-­profit research centre headquartered in Milan (Italy) and funded by the Italian Foundation for Cancer Research (FIRC). IFOM has rapidly developed into an attractive environment for cutting edge science aimed at understanding the molecular processes responsible for the onset and development of cancer. IFOM has joint laboratories in India, Singapore and Japan.

Shenzhen University - Center for Genome Stability and Aging (S.I.G.M.A.)

Shenzhen University (SZU) was established in 1983, while the Health Science Center (HSC) was established in 2013 to optimize the coordination and the promote the rapid development of the Medical Sciences at the University. The SZU HSC faculty consists of 160 members, many of whom are internationally competent in the field of basic and applied research of genome stability.

Research topics

The mechanisms involved in maintaining genome integrity and their role in functional genomics, cancer and/or neurodegenerative diseases


The ideal candidate should hold a PhD degree in an area relevant to the research field. Additional favorable qualifications include: previous experience in managing other researchers/postdocs, a strong leadership, demonstrated ability to obtain competetive funding, including fellowships. We are looking for a strong communicator with ability to coordinate and collaborate with persons of different nationalities both inside and outside the lab. Professional spoken and written English is mandatory to participate to research discussions, write research papers and to submit research applications to national and international funding agencies. We will consider candidates with outstanding publication track in high-­impact journals (for example: first/last/ corresponding authorship in top-­ranking journals) in the areas releated to the research field.

Work location

Shenzhen University
Address: Nanhai Ave 3688, Shenzhen, Guangdong, P.R.China, 518060 Salary and

Salary and contracts

An internationally highly competitive salary, a competitive start-up package (more than 1 million euros over a six-year contract) will be offered. Salary will be paid as a fixed amount in EURO on the basis of a 3+3 years tenure track contract. Further details about contract, salary and benefits (e.g. health and social insurance, relocation expenses) will be negotiated with selected candidates individually. Additional research support of 1 million euros will be provided if the candidate succeeds in applying for the National Talent Program from the National Science Foundation of China (NSFC). Qualified candidates may also apply for the Peakcock program from the Shenzhen Municipal Government, which provides a tax-free housing subsidy at a range of 0.2-0.375 million euros over 5 years, depending on your academic credentials.

Required documents

Prepare the following documents in PDF (max size 5 Mb) and send to sigmapplications-team[@]ifom.eu

  1. CV and E-mail address
  2. Up to 5 top publications in international peer reviewed scientific journals
  3. Complete list of publications (articles, reviews and books), presentations and others
  4. Brief description of previous research and achievements (A4, 2 pages)
  5. Summary of research interests and future perspectives (A4, 3-4 pages)
  6. List of competitive external funds obtained; indicate whther you are the main researcher or a collaborator
  7. Two letters of recommendation* (one from the current supervisor and one from your past supervisor).
    *Recommendation letter should be addressed to IFOM Scientific Director and to Vice Dean of Shenzhen University School of Medicine



  • All documents should be prepared in English (including the recommendation letter)
  • Application documents will not be returned


Until the position is filled.

Start of employment

Earliest date possible.

Selection process

Only persons who pass the application screening will be interviewed.

ultimo aggiornamento: 08/09/20
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