PhD Research position | CohesiNet | Dana Branzei’s Lab

2024/01 | Milan

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

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About the position

The Branzei laboratory at IFOM ETS, the AIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology in Milan, Italy, is seeking a highly motivated and talented PhD candidate to join an European doctoral network focused on the study of cohesin, a key protein complex involved in maintaining genome stability.

The successful candidate will conduct research on a newly identified interactor of cohesin that has the potential to affect cohesin functions on chromatin. This is an exciting opportunity to make significant contributions to our understanding of cohesin and its role in chromosome structure and genome stability

  • Conduct research on the newly identified cohesin interactor, including functional assays and genomic approaches;
  • Analyze and interpret data, and present findings at group meetings and conferences;
  • Contribute to the development and optimization of protocols;
  • Collaborate with other team members and contribute to the writing of research papers.

Department overview

DNA Repair Laboratory


  • A Master degree in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or a related field
  • Strong background in molecular and cellular biology and/or genomics
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Maintain accurate and detailed records of experiments

Language skills

Fluent English

What we offer

  • International work environment;
  • Continuous training;
  • Flextime;
  • Relocation cost support;
  • 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;
  • Medical Service;
  • Laptop;
  • Caf service- tax declaration;
  • Lab G: it is a lab specifically designed for pregnant or breastfeeding women researchers.

Type of Contract

Annual Renewal fellowship


Milan - Scalo di Porta Romana area

Contacts details

This is a full-time, four-year position, with a competitive salary and benefits package in a dynamic and supportive research environment. If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please submit your CV and a cover letter outlining your research experience and interests to dana.branzei[@]ifom.eu.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

last update: 05/03/24
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