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Tenure-Track Junior PI in Cancer Metastasis

IFOM ETS - The AIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology
Milan City (IT)
According to candidate experience
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Biomedicine, Health Science
Job Type
Principal Investigator
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

Job Details

Are you a dynamic and ambitious scientist ready to make a mark in Cancer Metastasis research?

About us: The AIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology (IFOM) in the vibrant city of Milan, Italy, invites applications for the position of Junior Group Leader. IFOM, was established in 1998 as the first Italian research center dedicated to exploring the molecular mechanisms underlying tumor formation and progression. In 2022, IFOM secured funding to expand its mission, which now includes rapid and effective translation of basic cancer research findings into clinical applications for patients.

Unleash Your Potential: As a Junior Group Leader at IFOM, you will spearhead groundbreaking research, unraveling the intricacies of cancer metastasis.

Dive into diverse areas such as cell fate control and plasticity, cancer dissemination, colonization of distant sites, genome evolution, organotropism, hypoxia resistance, dormancy, therapy resistance and immune-evasion, and explore, with the help of our translational teams, the implication of your discoveries for prevention and treatment of malignancies.

World-Class Resources:

IFOM provides unparalleled access to cutting-edge core facilities and advanced technologies. Harness the power of single cell genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, imaging, spectral flow cytometry, spatial transcriptomics, (digital) molecular pathology, and mouse and patient-derived tumor models, ensuring your research is at the forefront of conceptual innovation. Take advantage of a unique data set and sample cohorts from IFOM-initiated clinical trials in colorectal and breast cancer.

Collaborative Excellence: Join a dynamic, international scientific community that thrives on interdisciplinary collaboration. Work alongside experts in cancer genetics, genome stability, cell signaling, protein stability, genomics, mechanobiology, and immunology, fostering an environment where groundbreaking ideas flourish.

Real-world Impact: Collaborate closely with basic and data scientists, experimental pathologists and clinical oncologists, contributing to and shaping innovative mechanism-inspired clinical trials. Make a tangible impact on cancer treatment and patient outcomes through your discoveries.

Comprehensive Support: IFOM offers a competitive start-up package and compensation, along with administrative and grants management support. As a member of the AIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology, you'll benefit from networking opportunities, training sessions, mentoring and funding possibilities to fuel your research endeavors.


  • PhD, MD, MD/PhD degrees and postdoctoral research experience; Strong publication record; Potential to establish an independent, externally-funded research program;

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in a matrix environment within academic medicine;
  • Proven success in collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams;

How to Apply: Send your cover letter detailing your research interests, research plan, CV, and contact information for three references to Act fast—review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.

Diversity Matters: IFOM is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace. We encourage applications from women and underrepresented minorities to contribute to scientific excellence. Seize this opportunity to shape the future of cancer metastasis research at IFOM. Join us in Milan, where passion meets purpose. Your journey to scientific excellence starts here.


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IFOM is an internationally recognized non-profit cancer research institute supported by the Italian Association for Cancer Research (AIRC) based in Milan within a highly dynamic urban environment.
IFOM’s continuous success is ensured by the recruitment of highly-competitive undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate researchers worldwide, with over  24 countries currently represented in IFOM.

IFOM labs are hosted within a research campus shared with the European Institute of Oncology and the Italian Institute of Technology.

IFOM is committed to creating a safe and inclusive work environment, based on mutual respect and on the enhancement of diversity, offering equal job opportunities to all qualified candidates.


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+0039 02 574303200
Via Adamello, 16

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