Florence Computational Biology Group


Open positions

Job Description:

We are looking for a highly motivated postgraduate to join our group for one year (with the possibility to extend the contract for one additional year). We are opening the position in the context of a PNRA-MIUR research grant entitled “Transcriptional Regulatory Networks in Antarctic bacteria as a proxy for global warming effects on microbial life in the Polar Oceans (AnTReN)”.  The main objective of the AnTReN project is the study of global transcriptional regulatory networks in Antarctic marine bacteria, especially in terms of the potential impact of global warming of Antarctic sea water. The project will use mainly genomic data and bacterial strains collected in previous PNRA-funded projects. It will be carried out by a multidisciplinary team, which can account for numerous joint publications rising also from the participation to previous PNRA funded projects. The researcher will work on newly generated RNAseq data in response to temperature switch. Additionally, constraint-based metabolic modelling and mathematical modelling in general will be applied in the context of the present project.


The team:

Our research group (ComBo, Dep. of Biology, University of Florence) offers a very relaxed and friendly environment. The group is very heterogeneous and combines both experimentalists and computational biologists. At the same time, the group is very motivated, currently involved in many national and international collaborations and possesses a strong track-record in systems biology, bioinformatics, microbial ecology and bacterial genetics. 



  • MS in Bioinformatics, Biological science or related disciplines.
  • Basic programming skills with R, UNIX, Bash scripts.
  • Familiarity with building / supporting / using bioinformatics pipelines.
  • Familiarity with statistical and modeling of genomic/transcriptomic data.
  • Familiarity with public biological data repositories (PubMed, SRA).


Starting from:

September 2020 at earliest



Marco Fondi

Alessio Mengoni


Marco Fondi

Via Madonna del Piano 6, 50019, Sesto Fiorentino (FI), Italy
Tel. 39 055 4574736


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