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

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

2. Description of the job, documents, and selection process

The applicants should be active (leading) researchers, with significant achievements in the last 10 years.

  • Job title: ERA Chair holder.

The position is open to all EU and non-EU nationals but shall match the profile of an "Established Researcher (R3)" or "Leading Researcher (R4)" as set out in the European Framework for Research Careers.


Expected competences:

The ideal ERA-Chair candidate should be an excellent scientist with proven track record inline with the level of responsibility, as follows

  • Competence to conduct high-quality nanoscience-oriented research, preferably for biomedical applications
  • Critical judgment in the identification and execution of research activities
  • Ability of attracting research funds from national and international sources
  • High quality peer-reviewed publications
  • International experience in research institutions
  • Ability to motivate researchers to produce and publish scientific research
  • Scientific reputation and international connections catalyzing the creation of network collaborations
  • Acts as a professional development role model for others
  • Referee and/or editor at leading journals in Nanomedicine, Chemistry, Nanomaterials, and related areas
  • Experience in nanomedicine for oncology and technology transfer is not mandatory, but it will be a plus in the decision-making

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Set-up and supervise her/his own research team recruited based on a merit-based process
  • 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
  • Applying for research projects on national and international level
  • Publications in ISI-ranked journals
  • Supervising students (from Bachelor to postdoc level)
  • Establish key academic and industrial collaborations at national and European levels
  • 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 requirements/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
  • A scientific plan clearly describing the topic(s) proposed for the ERA-Chair project
  • List of scientific publications highlighting the role of main and/or corresponding author in leading journals in Nanomedicine, Chemistry, Nanomaterials, and related areas (the ratio between the last 10 years to the total activity and the H index relative to the number of papers will be considered; 3-5 representative publications for which the candidate is corresponding author to be attached)
  • Bibliometric indicators: total number of citations and h-index
  • Proof of invited talks at relevant international scientific meetings
  • Proof of stages at other universities/institutes after awarding PhD
  • Proof of (co-)leading national and/or international grants/projects
  • Proof of leading a laboratory/ department/ faculty/ research institute/ research team
  • Proof of supervising of PhD and/or postdoc students
  • A letter of commitment clearly stating that she/he (i) is neither involved nor intends to be involved in another ERA-Chair grant or other projects implying similar level of responsibility until the end of this project and (ii) will be in function till the end of the project unless the case of force majeure (natural disaster, war, death etc.)
  • Three recommendation letters (at least one of them clearly stating the leading capacity of the candidate).


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

Application period:

23.12.2022 – 22.01.2023

  • 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 January 31, 2023)
  • Interview (by February 20, 2023)

The selected candidates will be invited to present a short bio and the scientific plan in front of the Recruitment Committee (the management team and the International Advisory Board) for 20 min, 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, their availability and international context.)

  • Ranking of candidates and decision of the management team
  • Notification to the successful applicant (by February 23, 2023)

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 (~ 43 months, depending on the starting date)

(The selected candidate is expected to take up work late April/early May, 2023)

  • Remuneration package of € 4000/month, but it can be increased to 5000/month, depending on the level of expertise and after a 6-month evaluation period. This package covers 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.)
  • An opportunity to establish her/his own inter- and multidisciplinary team. The ERA-Chair team will have two categories of staff: full time equivalents (around 6, but it can be adjusted according the ERA-Chair holder’s research plan) and several part times positions (adjusted according the ERA-Chair holder’s research plan). The part-time positions will be mainly covered by researchers working in the TRANSCEND. They will be selected based on their expertise and relevance for the project
  • A wide autonomy and independence
  • A full access to the research infrastructure of TRANSCEND
  • A considerable budget for short-term fellowships, conferences, networking
  • Relocation expenses to Iasi, Romania

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.

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.

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:



Being associated with a clinical and university hospital,the main objective of TRANSCENDis 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 unit includes activities focused on molecular biology, cell cultures, cytogenetics and molecular genetics, proteomics, molecular imaging and bioinformatics. The nuclear medicine unit is focused on radiochemistry-radiopharmacy and translational diagnostics.( Starting with 2021, a new Laboratory is being established in the institution, that is, the Laboratory of Nanotechnology, which is primarily for the ERA-Chair team( Equipment).