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The Giovanni Armenise-Harvard Career Development Award

The purpose of the Giovanni Armenise-Harvard Foundation is to support the research of promising young scientists, to contribute to the creation of new areas of research in the biological sciences in Italy, and to strengthen and develop collaborative relationships between Italian scientists and those at Harvard Medical School in Boston (HMS).

The Career Development Award consists of three-to-five years of funding allocated to an independent investigator at a host institute in Italy. The program is aimed at young and talented scientists, to enable them to contribute significantly to their areas of research. Funding will become available July 1, 2018. 

Applicants must: 

  • be young emerging basic scientists with demonstrated productivity and the ability to function as an independent investigator (Previous experience working with or at HMS is desirable but not an essential requirement)
  • have a minimum of three years of post-doctoral research experience in basic biological sciences (including at least two years abroad ) and be no more than 10 years from having received a PhD, i.e. the degree should have been received no earlier than July 15, 2007, and no later than July 15, 2014 (please note that actual elapsed time takes into considerations specific documented situations, please check our website for further info)
  • be researchers outside of Italy (both in the application stage and at the time of acceptance of the award), who wish to become part of the community of researchers in Italy
  • have an agreement for the development of a novel research project in a suitable host institution in Italy (preferably other than the institution where the candidate has already done a doctoral study, post-doctoral research or held a job)
  • not have a pre-existing contract, independent of this grant, with a prospective host institute in Italy.  Applications from candidates who have already been offered an appointment at an Italian host institute will not be considered.

The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2017

Further information and application forms for all programs available here.


Postdoctoral/ Research Associate/ Senior Research Associate

Lung Biology, Stem Cell and Translational Research

A Postdoctoral position is available immediately for a highly motivated individual to study lung stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. The position will focus on utilizing a combination of patient specific induced pluripotent stem cells, primary cells and gene editing techniques to study lung diseases including Cystic Fibrosis and Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia.

We are seeking highly motivated PhDs and MD/PhDs who are interested in studying stem cells and/or pulmonary biology. We offer an inspiring multidisciplinary research environment and innovative research projects to support your career goals. Ideal candidates would have experience in the following backgrounds: iPSC and regenerative medicine, pulmonary epithelium, cell differentiation, cilia formation/function, genomics and gene expression, gene therapy, gene editing (CRISPR), bioinformatics, airway stem/progenitor cell biology or Cystic Fibrosis. The specific project can be tailored to fit the candidate’s particular expertise and interests in research underway in the lab. Under Dr. Firth’s guidance and in collaboration with members of the Hastings Center for Pulmonary Research, the successful applicant will spearhead research project(s) and develop the ability to work independently.

For more information on the lab please check out our website http://firthlab.usc.edu/

Candidates should submit a cover letter including a description of their research interests, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references. Applications should be e-mailed as Word or PDF attachments to Dr. Amy Firth at afirth@usc.edu with “Firth 2016 postdoctoral position” in the subject line.