Early Stage Researcher at CNCS in Rovereto, Italy - [ Fellow ]

Workplace: Rovereto, IIT@unitn
Added on: 13/04/2018 - Expires on: 01/06/2018

An international consortium of nine research groups has been awarded a EU-supported research grant for an International Training Network on Zero and Ultralow Field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (www.zulf.eu). The group of Prof. Angelo Bifone at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (www.iit.it) in Rovereto, a culturally vibrant town in the beautiful Dolomites area in northern Italy, is one of the teams.

Our goal is the development of methods to increase the sensitivity of NMR detection by means of optical excitation of defects in diamond. Specifically, we intend to study magnetic interactions of molecules at the surface of diamond in the presence of shallow Nitrogen Vacancy centers, and the physical mechanisms that may enable polarization transfer between NV centers and nuclear spins, and between nuclear spins. We will develop nanostructured diamond samples to increase the exposed surface area, and will explore different conditions to optimize surface interactions between adsorbed molecules and diamond substrate.

Our laboratory is equipped with state of the art instrumentation for the optical and RF manipulation of NV centers and for NMR measurements. Specifically, we have a house-built confocal microscope with additional RF channels, a fluorescence microscope for wide-field ODMR microscopy, a bench-top NMR system and a small bore MRI scanner.

A 3-year position for an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) will be available in the group of Angelo Bifone in Rovereto, supported by the ZULF International Training Network.

Skills/Qualifications

The successful candidate should have an excellent Master Degree in physics, chemistry or physical chemistry, or be enrolled in the final year of a PhD programme on these subjects. A strong academic record and laboratory experience with optics and/or NMR spectroscopy are highly desirable. A good command of written and spoken English is essential. Applicants must demonstrate enthusiasm and a strong commitment for scientific research. Please, address your inquiries to angelo.bifone@iit.it.

Benefits

The ESR will be hired by Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia for 36 months.

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme offers highly competitive and attractive salaries. Gross and net amounts are subject to country-specific deductions as well as individual factors and will be confirmed upon appointment

Eligibility

Because of the nature of the funding (Marie-Curie initial training network (ITN) funded by the European Commission under Horizon2020) there are restrictions on eligibility

  • The applicant shall at the time of recruitment be in the first four years of his/her research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. (This time is measured from the date of award/diploma of the most recent taught degree.)

The applicant must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host institute for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.

  • The applicant can be of any nationality.

The functions of the job include:

  • To record, analyse and write up the results of these experiments.
  • To contribute to the drafting and submitting of papers to peer reviewed journals.
  • To contribute to the preparation of progress reports on research for internal and external use (e.g. for funding bodies) as required.
  • To contribute to the overall activities of the research team and department as required.
  • Actively participate at group meetings, meetings with academic and non-academic collaborators.

Interested applicants should submit a statement of research interest and CV with publication list to Dr Angelo Bifone (angelo.bifone@iit.it) by June 1st, 2018, quoting “1 Fellow Marie Curie (Early Stage Researcher)- CB 75164”.

Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia - IIT - was founded with the objective of promoting the country's technological development and further education in science and technology. In this sense, IIT’s scientific program has a strong multidisciplinary character, merging expertise from different platforms from neuroscience to drug discovery, from nanotechnologies to computation. In order to comply with the Italian law (art. 23 of Privacy Law of the Italian Legislative Decree n. 196/03), the candidate is kindly asked to give his/her consent to allow IIT to process his/her personal data.

We inform you that the information you provide will be solely used for the purpose of assessing your professional profile to meet the requirements of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. Your data will be processed by Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, with its headquarters in Genoa, Via Morego 30, acting as the Data Holder, using computer and paper-based means, observing the rules on the protection of personal data, including those related to the security of data. Please also note that, pursuant to art.7 of Legislative Decree 196/2003, you may exercise your rights at any time as a party concerned by contacting the Data Manager.

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks diversity in the workforce.

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Lo staff complessivo di IIT conta circa 1440 persone. L’area scientifica è rappresentata da circa l’85% del personale. Il 45% dei ricercatori proviene dall’estero: di questi, il 29% è costituito da stranieri provenienti da oltre 50 Paesi e il 16% da italiani rientrati. Oggi il personale scientifico è composto da circa 60 principal investigators, circa 110 ricercatori e tecnologi di staff, circa 350 post doc, circa 500 studenti di dottorato e borsisti, circa 130 tecnici. Oltre 330 posti su 1400 creati su fondi esterni. Età media 34 anni. 41% donne / 59 % uomini.

Nel 2015 IIT ha ricevuto finanziamenti pubblici per circa 96 milioni di euro (80% del budget), conseguendo fondi esterni per 22 milioni di euro (20% budget) provenienti da 18 progetti europei17 finanziamenti da istituzioni nazionali e internazionali, circa 60 progetti industriali

La produzione di IIT ad oggi vanta circa 6990 pubblicazioni, oltre 130 finanziamenti Europei e 11 ERC, più di 350 domande di brevetto attive, oltre 12 start up costituite e altrettante in fase di lancio. Dal 2009 l’attività scientifica è stata ulteriormente rafforzata con la creazione di dieci centri di ricerca nel territorio nazionale (a Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) e internazionale (MIT ed Harvard negli USA) che, unitamente al Laboratorio Centrale di Genova, sviluppano i programmi di ricerca del piano scientifico 2015-2017.

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Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is a public research institute that adopts the organizational model of a private law foundation. IIT is overseen by Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca and Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze (the Italian Ministries of Education, Economy and Finance).  The Institute was set up according to Italian law 326/2003 with the objective of promoting excellence in basic and applied research andfostering Italy’s economic development. Construction of the Laboratories started in 2006 and finished in 2009.

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In 2015 IIT received 96 million euros in public funding (accounting for 80% of its budget) and obtained 22 million euros in external funding (accounting for 20% of its budget). External funding comes from 18 European Projects, other 17 national and international competitive projects and approximately 60 industrial projects.

So far IIT accounts for: about 6990 publications, more than 130 European grants and 11 ERC grants, more than 350 patents or patent applications12 up start-ups and as many  which are about to be launched. The Institute’s scientific activity has been further strengthened since 2009 with the establishment of 11 research nodes throughout Italy (Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) and abroad (MIT and Harvard University, USA), which, along with the Genoa-based Central Lab, implement the research programs included in the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan.