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.


At the pediatric oncohematology laboratory led by prof. Alessandra Biffi (Dipartimento di Salute della Donna e del Bambino and Fondazione Istituto di Ricerca Pediatrica) the following positions are available:

  • post-doctoral fellows/senior post-doctoral fellows for gene therapy projects using hematopoietic stem
    cells, viral vectors, gene editing, with experience in cell and molecular biology, transplantation, immunology,
    neurodegenerative diseases;
  • lab technicians/lab managers with experience in cell and molecular biology and experimental animal

The candidates will be involved in translational and discovery projects, supported by academic (ERC) and industrial grants, and in the context of international collaborations, such as with Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Availability for periods of training or experimentation abroad will be considered positively. The remuneration will be related to the experience of the candidate, with the possibility of awards on goal.

Please send CV and 1-3 reference letters to:


An open post-doctoral position is available starting from October 2019 at the Laboratory of Clinical Genetics, Department of Women’s and Children’s Health University of Padova and Istituto di Ricerca Pediatrica Fondazione Città della Speranza (IRP).

The principal investigator is Eva Trevisson, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medical Genetics (visit the website

Our group is interested in modeling genetic conditions predisposing to tumor development (particularly Schwannomatosis and Rhabdoid tumors predisposing syndromes).

The position requires high motivation towards research, strong background in molecular biology, cancer genetics and fluency in English.

A PhD in Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology or related field and experience on Zebrafish model will be considered a plus.

Please send CV and a reference letter to


Elisa Cimetta BIAMET – NBTECH laboratories

Master Thesis student position available

A Master thesis student position is available in the laboratory of Prof. Elisa Cimetta to define how hypoxia influences physicochemical properties of exosomes produced by paediatric cancer Neuroblastoma (NB).
The research is funded by a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC StG 2017).

Current research in the lab is focused on the development of microfluidic platforms to test the effects of NB-derived exosomes on target cells cultures and to elucidate the molecular mechanisms/signaling through which the microenvironment shapes Neuroblastoma aggressiveness and progression.

The laboratories are located at the Department of Industrial Engineering (DII), University of Padua and at the Fondazione Istituto di Ricerca Pediatrica Citta’ della Speranza (IRP). The proposed activities will be developed at the IRP.

Students will be trained in advanced molecular, biochemical and cell biology techniques, and will work in a diverse team with engineers, biologists and biotechnologists.

Informal enquiries to

Elisa Cimetta – Phone: 0498275817