Scientific Director

Workplace: Genova, IIT
Added on: 01/08/2018 - Expires on: 31/10/2018


invites applications for the position of

Scientific Director


IIT is a leading Italian research institution under the supervision of the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Education, University, and Research. Its mission is centered on world- leading multidisciplinary research and technology transfer. In little more than a decade, IIT has achieved a prominent international standing in its core domains: robotics, nanomaterials, technologies for life sciences and computational research. The Institute has more than 1600 staff members from 58 countries, and over 70 principal investigators. The headquarters are in Genoa - 2 sites -, with a network of 11 centers throughout Italy, and 2 outstations in the US. It is host to 11 joint laboratories with international companies and institutions, and 17 start-ups. For details, see

The Scientific Director is the leader of the research strategy of the Foundation. He/she is a key figure within IIT’s governance and reports to the President of the IIT Executive Committee. His/her responsibilities include shaping  the scientific strategy, supervising and directing the independent research activities of principal investigators and their teams, promoting the transformation of research ideas into applicable technologies, attracting top scientists, recruiting and supporting the professional development of staff members, overseeing advanced educational programs for doctoral candidates and postdocs, and representing IIT in research and dissemination events.

The Scientific Director is a statutory manager of the IIT Foundation, and a member of the Executive Committee. He/she will be appointed by the Board of Trustees and will be awarded a 4-year contract, renewable twice, and a permanent contract as a tenured Senior Scientist, starting from January 1st 2020. The role requires a full-time commitment and is not compatible with affiliation to any other organization. Salary and remuneration package will be in line with current European standards.

The ideal candidate is an internationally renowned and visionary scientist with an outstanding track record in at least one of the IIT main domains, and direct involvement in multidisciplinary activities. He/ she should have experience in leading top-level research institutions, and/or large-scale research projects, and proven experience in successfully facilitating the transfer of research results into patents, applicable technologies and start-ups. The selection will be made by an independent International Committee that will draw up a list of eligible candidates, and after interviews will recommend a final slate to the Foundation. Interviews are expected to take place at the end of January 2019.


IIT is an equal opportunity employer, promotes diversity, and especially encourages  women candidates.


Applications (one single pdf file) should be uploaded on by October 31, 2018. The pdf file must include a CV, publication list, and at least five references. Candidates should include a clear statement on IIT’s aspirations and future plans, including a personal view on goals, strategy and implementation of the 2018-23 IIT Strategic Plan. Informal enquiries may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We inform you that the information you provide will be used solely for the purposes of this selection process.

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I numeri di IIT

L’Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) è una fondazione di diritto privato - cfr. determinazione Corte dei Conti 23/2015 “IIT è una fondazione da inquadrare fra gli organismi di diritto pubblico con la scelta di un modello di organizzazione di diritto privato per rispondere all’esigenza di assicurare procedure più snelle nella selezione non solo nell’ambito nazionale dei collaboratori, scienziati e ricercatori ”.

IIT è sotto la vigilanza del Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca e del Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze ed è stato istituito con la Legge 326/2003. La Fondazione ha l'obiettivo di promuovere l'eccellenza nella ricerca di base e in quella applicata e di favorire lo sviluppo del sistema economico nazionale. La costruzione dei laboratori iniziata nel 2006 si è conclusa nel 2009.

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.

IIT: the numbers

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.

IIT has an overall staff of about 1,440 people. The scientific staff covers about 85% of the total. Out of 45% of researchers coming from abroad 29% are foreigners coming from more than 50 countries and 16% are returned Italians. The scientific staff currently consists of approximately 60 Principal Investigators110 researchers and technologists350 post-docs and 500 PhD students and grant holders and 130 technicians. External funding has allowed the creation of more than 330 positions . The average age is 34 and the gender balance proportion  is 41% female against 59% male.

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.