Location: Pediatric Research Institute (IRP) –Città della Speranza in Padua, Italy.


Job description

Are you an enthusiast and dynamic person energised by the opportunity to work alongside highly-recognised scientists, researchers and clinicians at the Pediatric Research Institute (IRP)?


If so, the position of Research Grant Officer could be an ideal opportunity for you.


The Grant Officer develops strategies to scout new funding opportunities and research grants, steward existing relationships with Research Institutes and Foundations, and cultivate potential new funding supporters in order to ensure the high quality of the Institute and facilitate the on-time delivery of research proposals, applications and reports of IRP scientists.


Your responsibilities?

  • To identify research funding opportunities and, in conjunction with IRP researchers and staff, participate in determining methods to secure funding that meets present and future needs in line with IRP’s objectives;
  • To assist directly with opportunity dissemination, grant crafting and proposal development;
  • To ensure that each proposal conforms to IRP’s and the funding agencies’ policies, procedures and criteria;
  • To coordinate activities among IRP’s researchers, its local affiliates, and other national and international peer institutions, with the goal of facilitating the success of research proposals;
  • To provide expertise regarding internal and/or external funding processes, in all the administrative and legal matters, including milestones, critical path, timelines, deliverables, reporting and interaction with the funding agencies;
  • To identify, develop and execute strategies for research and development collaborations;
  • To develop and implement plans to support areas of research relevant to business needs that are consistent with the IRP’s institutional mission;
  • To utilise formal negotiation skills to settle the financial and business terms of all commercialization agreements;
  • To develop and oversee IRP’s Intellectual Property (IP) strategies;
  • To assist IRP scientists in assessing patentability of new inventions;
  • To review and approve IP expenditure.

Why you?

We are looking for professionals with these required skills:

  • PhD in biomedicine or any other related field;
  • Experience in grant writing, management and R&D;
  • Excellent problem solving, decision making, strategic and scientific skills. Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to build consensus, employ multiple approaches and manage possible conflicting expectations;
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills;
  • Excellent research skills;
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills;
  • Excellent English fluency;
  • Ability to exercise discretion and tact;
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting to achieve institute goals;
  • Ability to provide guidance, support and feedback in a way that is positively received;
  • Advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Ability to research new avenues of funding from granting agencies, industry and other funding sources
  • Ability to handle details with a high degree of accuracy and to organize and prioritize a high volume of work.

Why IRP?

The Pediatric Research Institute (IRP) is an excellence center in pediatric medicine and research.

The Institute adopts a unique multidisciplinary approach that blends ideas from biomedicine, bioengineering, biochemistry and materials science and encompasses several independent research groups working on a range of scientific topics, including pediatric oncology, regenerative medicine, nanomedicine, genetic and rare diseases, immunology and neuroimmunology, and predictive medicine. Further information are available on our website at the following link

IRP also strives to (i) promote collaborations with university, hospitals and research institutes, both at national and international level, (ii) ensure that our pediatric research is conducted at the highest levels and standards, (iii) improve our programs and delivery strategies, (iv) foster innovation and technology transfer, and (v) facilitate dialogue with the public through conferences and educational activities.


How to apply?

Please express your interest via e-mail to, attaching the following documents:

1) Your CV;

2) Motivation letter (max. 1 page) describing how your experiences relate to what is required of the position.