Postdoctoral Position on Cancer Telomere Biology in Fabrizio d’Adda di Fagagna’s Group

2024/01 Milan

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About the position

Fabrizio d’Adda di Fagagna’s group in IFOM, Milan (Italy), has an opening for a motivated research fellow at the postdoctoral level to study the telomere biology in cancer, specifically in Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres (ALT) cancer cells. We have a long standing interest in telomere biology (d’Adda di Fagagna Nature 2003, Fumagalli Nature Cell Biology 2012) and cancer (Di Micco Nature 2006) in relation to the engagement of the DNA damage response (DDR) signaling pathways. In addition, we recently demonstrated a key role for non coding RNA synthesized at DNA lesions (Francia Nature 2012, Michelini Nature Cell Biology 2017) including dysfunctional telomeres (Rossiello Nature Communications 2017, Aguado Nature Communications 2019, Sepe EMBO Reports 2022). By leveraging on a large body of unpublished data, the candidate will probe the interplay between telomeric non coding RNA and epigenetic regulators that emerged from a large drugs screen with the aim of developing efficacious ALT cancer treatments.

Department overview

DNA damage Response and Cellular Senescence

Key experience and competencies

The candidate should hold a PhD, be motivated, independent and with good knowledge, or a strong interest, of telomere biology.
Excellent communication skills, written and verbal as demonstrated by publications, preprints, and conference presentations will be highly appreciated. – English is the common communication language in our group and institute.

Official Language


What we offer

International work environment
Continuous training
Guest house inside the Campus
Agreements with discounts for Gym, Pharmacy, Psychology service and various shops around IFOM area
Bar and canteen inside the campus & lunch benefit
Company Nursery
Continuous support to candidates and their families (including homing, schooling, registration to the national health system, work permit etc.) thanks to the activities of the Welcome office
Caf service- tax declaration
Lab G: a lab specifically designed for pregnant and breastfeeding researchers

Type of Contract

Annual Renewal fellowship
The candidate will be offered a competitive salary, commensurate with skills and working experience


Milan - Ripamonti area


Candidates should send their CV together with a cover letter describing their interest in applying for the role and explain how they meet the set criteria, and contact details of their referees to fabrizio.dadda[@]ifom.eu.
Consideration of applications will begin as they are received and will continue until the position is filled.

last update: 18/01/24
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