Spatial translation in cardiovascular diseases

University of Padua and Veneto Institute Molecular Medicine – Postdoctoral Fellowship Position

The laboratory of Prof. Massimo Santoro at Dept. of Biology, University of Padua and Veneto Institute Molecular Medicine ( is seeking a Postdoc fellow to address the role of localized mRNA translation in the context of cardiovascular settings.

Once considered as a passive decoding of mRNAs, scientists now perceive mRNA translation as a powerful modulator of gene expression, thus suggesting that translation is a highly and tightly controlled mechanism for cell identity and function. While transcriptomics studies have offered extensive insight into cardiovascular biology and demonstrated the importance of endothelial and myocardial transcriptional regulation in cardiovascular (CVD) tissues, similar approaches investigating translation in CVD remain neglected.

The Postdoc candidate must be a highly motivated, enthusiastic, and efficient researcher with a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline and experience in genetic, molecular, and cellular biology methods with a strong background in cancer biology. The candidate needs a publication record in peer-reviewed international journals (including at least one paper as a first author). The candidate must be capable of working in a team as well as independently. Proficiency in English, communication skills, and teamwork attitude are also important requirements.

We offer a dynamic working environment, stimulating scientific surroundings in a young, enthusiastic, motivated team (with English as the main language), and the opportunity to work on high-impact projects. We offer a competitive salary (European Marie Curie Fellow range) and social security contribution.

Please send your CV, a letter of motivation, and the contact information of at least two references to Prof. Massimo Santoro at  The positions will start 2024 (flexible).