Group Leader, Stem Cell Biology
- Genetica




The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), established in 1983, is an international, intergovernmental organisation conceived as a Centre of Excellence for research, training and technology transfer to industry in the field of biotechnology, with the aim of promoting sustainable global development. The Centre conducts innovative research in life sciences and strengthens the research capability of its over 66 Member States through training, funding programs and advisory services. Located in Trieste (Italy), New Delhi (India) and Cape Town (South Africa), and in collaboration with over 40 Affiliated Centres worldwide, the three ICGEB Components provide a scientific and educational environment of the highest international standards. Further information available at


The ICGEB invites applications for the post of

Group Leader, Stem Cell Biology


POST TITLE:                             Group Leader, Stem Cell Biology


DUTY STATION:                       Trieste, Italy


DATE REQUIRED:                   1st April 2020


TYPE OF CONTRACT:            Fixed term appointment


DURATION:                              Initial period of one year with further extensions of four years, subject to performance.


LEVEL:                                       P1


DUTIES:                                     Under the guidance and supervision of the Director-General, the scientist will be responsible for funding and coordinating research activities within the Group and will be responsible for:



1.     Establishing an active cellular and molecular biology research laboratory in the field of stem cell biology. To support this, ICGEB will provide a start-up equipped laboratory, including a consumables budget, technical support and access to ICGEB pre- and post-doctoral fellowships plus use of common facilities for microscopy, flow cytometry and cell sorting, animal models, high-throughput screening, viral vectors.2.     Carrying out independent cutting-edge basic research programmes in Stem Cell Biology, with special regard to the needs of the ICGEB research community.

  1. Developing a vigorous, externally-funded research program.

4.     Collaborating with the other ICGEB Group Leaders in the overall scientific organization and in the implementation of the research programmes of the Component.5.     Collaborating with scientists in ICGEB’s member countries. 6.     Supervising and coordinating the activities of the junior staff, fellows and technicians.7.     Taking part in ICGEB’s training and capacity-building activities.8.     Performing other work-related duties, as may be required.




QUALIFICATIONS: PhD in Biology, Chemistry, Biotechnology or related fields. A minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience at the international level.


COMPETENCIES:     The successful candidate will develop a research program on fundamental questions related to stem cell biology, and/or their applications, in the fields of disease modeling and regenerative medicine. This new position will crucially complement the research strengths of the ICGEB Research Centres. A proven track record of research leadership is desirable, a strong publication record and an ability to attract competitive research funding is required.




LANGUAGES:                           Fluent English (written and spoken). Knowledge of Italian would be an asset.


APPLICATION DEADLINE:           29 February 2020


Candidates should submit their full curriculum vitae and a statement of the proposed research to ICGEB HR & Personnel Unit,, quoting reference PU/TS/01-20. In addition, candidates should submit the ICGEB’s Personal History Form, available online at:, together with a cover letter outlining their motivation for applying, and full contact details of three referees.


ICGEB is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.








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