Computational Scientist

AIRC Foundation for Cancer Research (AIRC), one of the largest charities in Italy, is actively seeking to fill openings for a new research unit to develop the AIRC-IFOM Drug Discovery Program, to be established within the “Piattaforma congiunta integrata di ricerca e di ricerca traslazionale AIRC-IFOM”, located at IFOM.

AIRC supports thousands of scientists at the cutting edge of oncological research in Institutes and Universities throughout Italy. The scientific and clinical research activities of these investigators are key to the AIRC mission to find a cure for cancer.

IFOM is an internationally recognized non-profit cancer research institute supported by AIRC, based in Milan within a highly dynamic urban environment. IFOM continuous success is ensured by the recruitment of highly selected undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate researchers from over 24 countries worldwide.

IFOM is hosted within a research campus shared with the European Institute of Oncology and the Italian Institute of Technology.

About the position:

We are seeking a versatile, motivated, and self-starting individual to join its Experimental Therapeutics Program.

The primary responsibility of the successful candidate will be the application of computational methods to the discovery, optimization and development of drug candidates. Research projects will be focused on the application of specific computational methodologies for ligand-based and/or structure-based drug design.

She/he will provide high quality, structure-based virtual screening for drug discovery that enables researchers to identify most promising leads.

Job Requirements, the successful candidate will have:

  • a PhD in the area of chemistry, biology, biophysics or related fields;
  • 2+ year Post Doc experience in protein-ligand interactions using computational methods including protein modeling, docking, molecular dynamics, and ab initio methods;
  • Familiarity with software such as Discovery Studio, Pipeline Pilot and the Schrodinger suite is required;
  • a strong understanding of medicinal chemistry and structural biology is preferred;
  • capable of working within multidisciplinary teams and impacting projects with innovative problem solving;
  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential.

Language skills: Fluent in Italian and English

What we offer/ Type of Contract: Permanent contract CCNL Chimico – Farmaceutico. Compensation and contractual classification will be commensurate to candidate expertise and experience.

The application, written in English, should include: a CV (including list of publications, thesis topic, and advisor, if applicable); a covering letter with concise statement of motivation and interest in the position, mentioning the position that you are applying for. Please send the application as a single PDF file to:

To learn more about AIRC, please visit: AIRC - Fondazione AIRC per la Ricerca sul Cancro.

To learn more about IFOM, please visit: IFOM Istituto FIRC di Oncologia Molecolare

We are committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment, based on mutual respect and the enhancement of diversity, offering equal job opportunities to all qualified candidates.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of, among other things, religion, origin, ethnicity, gender, age and disabilities.