Data Engineer / IT project Manager

2023/09 | 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.
IFOM continuous success is ensured by the recruitment of highly selected undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate researchers from over 24 countries worldwide.
IFOM is hosted within a research campus shared with the European Institute of Oncology and the Italian Institute of Technology.
IFOM is committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment, based on mutual respect and the enhancement of diversity, offering equal job opportunities to all qualified candidates.

Department overview

The Precision Oncology Unit (POU) at the AIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology (IFOM-ETS) is seeking a Data Engineer/IT project manager.
The POU works as the go-between of basic/translational and clinical research by:

  • Developing and managing, master observational trials to feed basic/translational researchers with annotated longitudinal clinical data and samples on one side, and to promote real-world evidence studies to sustain the discovery of new predictive & prognostic biomarkers on the other one (also exploiting Artificial Intelligence-based approaches applied to radiological and pathological images);
  • Designing implementing managing and analyzing
    • real-world cohort studies to discover/validate new predictive composite biomarkers, including AI-based molecularly informed radiopathomics.
    • cutting-edge proof-of-concept clinical trials developed from the grounds of basic/translational research discoveries;
    • confirmatory large scale translational-dense trials, focusing in colorectal cancer.

POU is funded by major charities and pharma-related supportive grants and is embedded in two large consortia of multidisciplinary research in the field of colorectal and breast cancer.

Profile Description

The Data Engineer/IT project Manager will report directly to the POU Group leader, and will be involved in the whole process of Data Integration, including:

  • Design and develop tools and procedures for POU data integration platform
  • IT support for data integration platform externally provided tool
  • IT support to DM activities, as per established standards and applicable protocol.
  • Develop and execute SOPs, guidelines and data standards to guarantee database quality control and data management according to GCP standards

Qualifications and Skills

Mandatory requirements

  1. Good knowledge of Python and SQL languages.
  2. Comprehension of data integration and data-lakes concepts.
  3. Good oral and written communication skills in English.
  4. Problem solving attitude, specifically being pro-active, collaborative, critically creative and able to work independently under the pressure of deadlines.

The following are considered plus requisites

  1. MSc in ingegneria/informatica (a PhD will be preferred).
  2. Knowledge of REDCap or similar EDC systems
  3. Knowloedge of NoSQL databases (e.g., MongoDB, Elasticsearch)
  4. Good knowledge of GCP and data integrity principles.
  5. Interest in life science.

What we offer

International work environment
Continuous training
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
Caf service- tax declaration
Lab G: it is a lab specifically designed for pregnant or breastfeeding women researchers


Milan - Ripamonti area

Type of Contract

CCNL Chimico Farmaceutico.
The candidate will be offered a competitive salary, commensurate with skills and working experience


Send applications to:
Precision Oncology Unit
IFOM ETS - The AIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology
Via Adamello 16, 20139 Milano (Italy)
Email: sm-group[@]ifom.eu
Website: Precision Oncology Unit

last update: 21/09/23
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