ERA-Chair Holder Position in Nanomedicine at TRANSCEND, Regional Institute of Oncology

Full Time ERA-Chair Holder Position in Nanomedicine

The Regional Institute of Oncology – Iasi, Romania, is looking for a senior researcher to serve as the ERA Chair in Nanomedicine to create and lead a team of researchers in the new research center - TRANSCEND.

1. Project

  • Type: WIDESPREAD-06-2020 - ERA Chairs
  • Title: Enhancing and Strengthening the Excellence in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research at TRANSCEND
  • Acronym: ESEI-BioMed
  • Budget: 2 500 000
  • Period: 01.01.2021 – 31.12.2026
  • Location - Iasi, Romania
  • Description of the project:

2. Description of the job, documents and selection process

The applicants should be active leading researchers, with significant research and leaderships achievements in the last 10 years.

Job title: ERA Chair holder.

Expected experience/competences:

The ideal ERA-Chair candidate should be an outstanding researcher with proven track record in line with the level of responsibility (i.e. R4), as follows

  • Track record of peer-reviewed publications
  • International experience in multidisciplinary research institutions
  • Capability of setting up a research laboratory, particularly for the development of nanomaterials
  • Competence to conduct high-quality nanomedicine-oriented research
  • Ability of attracting research funds from national and international sources
  • Ability to motivate researchers to produce and publish scientific research
  • Scientific reputation and international connections catalyzing the creation of network collaborations
  • Critical judgment in the identification and execution of research activities
  • Acts as a professional development role model for others
  • A proven creative approach towards inter-and multidisciplinarity
  • Referee and/or editor at leading journals in Nanomedicine, Chemistry, Nanomaterials, and related areas
  • Experience in nanomedicine for oncology and technology transfer will be a plus in the decision-making


  • Established Researchers (R3) are also invited to apply for the job under the condition to fulfill the conditions for R4 level.
  • In Romania, R3 and R4 levels are equivalent to scientific researcher II (CSII) and scientific researcher I (CSI), respectively.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Set-up a and supervise her/his own research team recruited based on a merit-based process (6 - 8 Full time equivalent)
  • Leading research and innovation activities in nanomedicine at TRANSCEND
  • Implement the necessary structural changes to achieve excellence on a sustainable basis
  • Interact with institutional, regional, national authorities, and international funding bodies, as well as other stakeholders to attract the corresponding infrastructure and/or research funds
  • Establish key academic and industrial collaborations at national and European level
  • Ensure the national and international visibility of TRANSCEND and IRO
  • Involvement in the development of the organizational structure for technology transfer
  • Preparation of a long-term development plan for the new laboratory

Minimum documents required for the application:

  • PhD degree in a relevant field for Nanomedicine (Chemistry/ Chemical Engineering/ Nanoscience/ Pharmacology/ Biochemistry and related) or its equivalent
  • Detailed CV
  • Summary of previous achievements and current scientific interests
  • List of scientific publications highlighting the role of main and/or corresponding author in leading journals in Nanomedicine, Chemistry, Nanomaterials, and related areas (3-5 representative publications to be attached)
  • Bibliometric indicators: total number of citations and h-index
  • Invited talks at relevant international scientific meetings
  • Relevant national and/or international grants/projects where the candidate was the main investigator or project coordinator (those focused on the inter-/multidisciplinary approach will be a plus)
  • Documents attesting the experience in management of laboratory/ department/ faculty/ research institute, research teams
  • Documents attesting the experience in mentoring activity
  • Contact information for three references


  • All documents should be in English.
  • The electronic file containing the pdf version of all documents will be sent at
  • Please use the subject: “ERA-Chairs holder application file”
  • Incomplete applications will be excluded from the selection process.

Application period: 08.02 – 02.04.2021

Selection procedure:

  • Ranking of candidates based on the information provided in the application file.
  • Shortlisting of the most suitable candidates and communication of decision to the applicants (~ by April 30, 2021)
  • Interview (by June 30, 2021)
    • The selected candidates will be invited to present a seminar in front of the Recruitment Committee (the management team and IAB members), followed by a session of questions.
      (The interview will take place either at TRANSCEND center or online via webcam depending on the location of the candidates and their availability.)
  • Ranking of candidates and decision of the management team
  • Notification to the successful applicant (by July 15, 2021)

Note: The estimated deadlines depend on the number of applications. A high number of applications may postpone the subsequent steps of the selection process accordingly.

What is offered to the successful candidate?

  • A full time position contract (~ 63 months, depending on the starting date)
    (The position should be filled by September 01, 2021)
  • Remuneration package of € 5000/month, covering the hours worked, social security contributions (mandatory employer and employee contributions), and health insurance.
    (According to Romanian legislation, the activity on research projects is not taxable. Daily expenses in Iasi are not very high.)
  • An opportunity to establish her/his own inter- and multidisciplinary team
  • A wide autonomy and independence
  • A full access to the research infrastructure of TRANSCEND
  • A considerable budget for short-term fellowships, conferences, networking

Non-discrimination and equal-opportunity:

  • The selection of the ERA-Chair holder will be performed in line with The European Charter for Researchers - The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers and the National Plan for Research and Development 2015 - 2020 through GD 583/2015, following a transparent, open, and merit-based recruitment process.

2. Why Iasi?

Iasi, located in the northeastern part of the country (Moldavia) is the most important historical, political, economic, and cultural centre of the province, as well as one of the oldest cities in Romania.

The large number of universities (five) endorses Iasi to be known as “the city of youth”. Moreover, the first higher education institution of Romania, Al. I. Cuza University, was founded in Iasi in 1860.

why iasi

By the large variety of museums, memorial houses, parks, monuments, churches, etc., Iasi benefits from the gains of a big city while the ~94 km2 and the welcoming, friendly people offer the coziness of a small city, which make it attractive and a safe destination for both professionals and tourists.

Iasi is easily accessible by train, bus, car, and plane.

Additional information about Iasi can be obtained by accessing this link:

why iasi


why transcend iro

Being associated with a clinical and university hospital, the main objective of TRANSCEND is the creation of an interdisciplinary platform capable of generating scientific knowledge with high translational potential in clinical practice. The TRANSCEND units with their laboratories dedicated for research are included in a separate self-contained building. As a result, two interconnected research levels produce a unique translational hub: molecular medicine and nuclear medicine. The molecular medicine inlcudes activities focused on molecular biology, cell cultures, cytogenetics and molecular genetics, proteomics, molecular imaging and bioinformatics. The nuclear medicine is focused on radiochemistry-radiopharmacy and translational diagnostics.(Transcend IRO)