The Molecular Ecology Group at IRSA Verbania | Open positions


DSC 4311ridMicrobes are the most diverse and abundant organisms on Earth. Their role is fundamental for a number of important ecosystem functions, including carbon degradation, nutrient cycling and trace gas flux. Thanks to their peculiar features like high reproductive rates, large population densities, and adaptability to environmental stressors, they are ideal model organisms to study and implement the general ecological theory, and thus to understand nature.

At the MEG in Verbania we study a number of different topics related to the role of microbes mainly in waters, but also in other environments. We carry out researches in the field (in Europe, Patagonia, Mexico, Antarctica, Azores, Tahiti, China, Black Sea, and Himalaya Mountains), but we also work on epidemiological studies on humans and animals, and we develop experimental model systems in our labs. A number of national and international cooperations are active within the MEG ans other institutes in order to promote mobility of students and scientists and perform shared researches.

The MEG's main goal is to merge common knowledge and activities within the different groups of the CNR dealing with microbial ecology, in order to develop in a "diffuse" lab all over Italy. CNR-MEG twin labs are already established in Ancona (supervision Dr. Gian Marco Luna) and Rome (supervision Dr. Stefano Amalfitano).

Open positions (Masters, PhDs, Postdocs)

There are currently no open positions in this category. Feel free to send us your CV and a short motivation letter for future consideration (mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), once a position fitting to your profile will be open it will be our care to contact you. Indeed, keep tuned on this page for future calls.

Running Master Projects in Microbial Ecology and in Water Microbiology

We usually follow 4-8 national and international Master Students at the same time. Right now there are no specific open projects, but if you are interested in performing your Master at the MEG,  please contact us (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Our institute is located in Verbania, which is in Italy close to the Swiss border. Our group communicates in English, Italian, Spanish, and German (but to work here it is enough if you can speak a good English). We are flexible considering Master starting dates. We require 9-12 months in the lab to ensure a master at the highest quality standard. There is the possibility to be hosted in our student house (shared kitchen and bathroom). Moreover, you can stay affiliated with your home university since we are a research institute.

If you are interested in working with us, if you would like to apply for a Master or PhD thesis, or if you are simply interested in a short stay in Verbania to visit our labs please write us at the address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.