Mercoledì, 11 Ottobre 2006

IASMA Research Centre/“Edmund Mach Foundation”
SIX Research Scientists/Project Leaders
THREE Postdoctoral Fellows
In the following areas

• Bioinformatics and Plant Genomics
• Molecular Plant Breeding
• Plant Pathogen Interaction
• Plant Cell Biology and Functional Genomics
• Metabolic Profiling, Natural Product Biochemistry and Bio-prospecting
• Nutritional genomics

The Agricultural Institute at San Michele all'Adige, Trento, Italy (IASMA) is one of the top fruit research centres in Europe. Work at IASMA, an Institution fully owned by the Trento Provincial Authority, focuses on improvement of crop productions (mainly grapevine, apple and soft fruits) which provide important commercial returns to the Province. Since its establishment in 1874 IASMA has played a central role in the development of the modern flourishing agriculture-based economy in Trentino through the provision of research, education and technological transfer (advisory service). Currently, the Institute also runs a farm of around 100 hectares, a wine cellar and a distillery.
The Institute's Research Centre has expanded considerably in recent years. It currently comprises over 220 staff and is equipped with state of the art facilities in many areas of plant research and in particular plant genomics, natural product biotechnology and phytochemistry. The Centre also hosts a network of international research institutions that aims at the development of crop protection with low impact on environment and consumer health (SAFECROP) and a joint venture project with the Max-Planck Institut fuer Züchstungsforschung, Köln, for the molecular characterisation of flora biodiversity in Trentino (CSBT). The Institute's plant genome sequencing projects have recently received a particularly high profile. In March 2006, the Institute has announced the completion of the raw sequencing of the grape genome and assembly of the sequence is scheduled to be completed by spring 2007. More recently, the Institute has received funding to start sequencing the apple genome. These programmes will lead to the release of the genome sequences in the public domain.
As part of a major reorganization of the Provincial research system, the Institute is due to be converted into a private Foundation named the "Edmund Mach Foundation", in recognition of the Institute's original founder. The Foundation which is expected to become operative by the end of 2006 intends to capitalize on the structures and resources currently available at IASMA for intensification and further expansion of highly innovative and internationally renowned research activities and programmes. As part of this strategic drive, the Foundation is seeking to attract high calibre scientists in key areas to help strengthen its leadership in core research activities. All the positions available are strategic for the evolution of a successful integrated and
interdisciplinary translational genomics programme aimed at the exploitations of the knowledge and tools generated by the genome sequencing projects. The overall aim of the programme will be the development of innovative systems and products to promote competitive and sustainable fruit and wine productions.
All positions are available from 1 January 2007 and are for three years initially but funds are available to transform six of these positions into permanent posts. All candidates will have a PhD and relevant research experience. For the more senior positions are requested an international research track record, proven ability in attracting external funding and experience managing research groups. Rank and salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Salary ranges are g26,000-36,000 p/a for Postdoctoral fellows, g36,046-57,945 p/a for Senior Postdoctoral Fellows, g45,152-75,865 p/a for Research Scientists and g57,965-100,884 for Senior Research Scientists. There are relevant tax reductions (up to 75%) for researchers coming to work in Italy from abroad.
Application deadline is 30 November 2006 – we will accept speculative applications after this date.
Candidates are encouraged to submit in confidence a complete CV, publication list, names and addresses of three referees, statement of research
interests and accomplishments to:

Prof. Roberto Viola, Director IASMA Research Centre,
Istituto Agrario di San Michele all'Adige, Via E. Mach 2
38010 San Michele all'Adige, Trento, Italy,
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