REBIT-POD postdoctoral fellowships

The REBIT-POD programme leverages the expertise of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL Rome), EMBL-EBI and Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) in the fields of neuroscience, epigenetics, genomics, and nanotechnology.

Two REBIT-POD fellowships are being offered in 2019. They will be awarded to outstanding candidates who wish to undertake research that takes advantage of complementary expertise in the participating laboratories. Each project will be co-supervised by at least one IIT faculty member, and at least one EMBL Group or Team Leader.


REBIT-POD fellows will be granted salary funding for three years to carry out research projects between a laboratory at IIT and a laboratory at either EMBL Rome or EMBL-EBI. Three-way collaborations between the institutions are also possible.

REBIT-POD application process

The 2019 call for REBIT-POD applications is now open.

Please submit your application via the EMBL online system. Applications should consist of the following:

  • Cover letter explaining your motivation to apply
  • Curriculum Vitae (no more than three pages) including telephone and email contact of two professional references
  • Title of project to which you’d like to apply (see list below) or title and short abstract of self-designed project (no more than one page)
  • Two professional reference letters

The application deadline is July 31, 2019.

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REBIT-POD 2019 projects

Predefined projects

You may select your project from the set of predefined proposals listed below. Fellowships will be awarded after a competitive selection process, with applications being linked to specific projects defined in advance of the application deadline.

Project 1: Santiago Rompani and Tommaso Fellin groups
Cross-sensory modulation in the mouse visual thalamus
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Project 2: Cornelius Gross and Francesco Papaleo groups
Perinatal microglia-neuron crosstalk in circuit development
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Project 3: Stefano Panzeri and Hiroki Asari groups
Functional connectivity inference for feedforward and feedback signal integration in the mouse superior colliculus
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Project 4: Francesco Papaleo and Daniel Zerbino groups
Determining the genetic mechanisms of cognitive responses to antipsychotic drugs
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Project 5: Nicola Tirelli, Evangelia Petsalaki Giuseppe Vicidomini and Benedetto Grimaldi groups
CD44-hyaluronic acid binding and signaling dynamics; understanding a key mechanism in homeostasis, cancer and targeted drug delivery
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Project 6: Alvis Brazma, Irene Papatheodorou and Francesco Nicassio groups
A computational framework to assess the transcriptional effects of lncRNA perturbations on breast cancer cells
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Project 7: Francesco Nicassio and John Marioni groups
Integrating single-cell transcriptional and epigenetic data to analyse plasticity in cancer
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Project 8: Francesco Nicassio, Tommaso Leonardi and Ewan Birney groups
Detection and quantification of RNA modifications from nanopore direct RNA sequencing data
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Project 9: Daniel Zerbino, Alessandro Gozzi and Cornelius Gross groups
Leveraging human genetics to understand brain connectivity
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Self-proposed projects

You may also choose to propose a project of your own design, in which case you should submit a full description (maximum: 1000 words) to the principal investigator(s) with whom you would like to work. It is strongly advised that you contact the laboratories beforehand to discuss and formulate a successful project. The description must be pre-approved by all principal investigators involved before submission.

How to apply?
All applications should be submitted through the EMBL jobs page.

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Interviews and selection process

Interviews: October 3, 2019 at EMBL Rome

Earliest start date: December 1, 2019. REBIT-POD must be undertaken within 12 months of the fellowship being awarded.

Contract Duration: 3 years

Funding: EMBL postdoctoral fellowship contract, see the EMBL website for included benefits

Selection process: Fellowships will be granted following scientific review and interview by an expert panel and will be based on an assessment of the potential for successful research of the candidate.