Postdoctoral Fellowship Available with the ICTP's Quantitative Life Sciences section

ICTP's Quantitative Life Sciences (QLS) section seeks applications from outstanding young scientists of any nationality with a strong research record for one postdoctoral position starting in autumn 2023/winter 2024.

The QLS section provides a unique international, multidisciplinary research environment for postdoctoral fellows with about 15 group members (faculty, postdocs, graduate students and visitors) an intense program of workshops and conferences, close collaborations with local institutions (SISSA, ICGEB, Trieste University) and internationally-renowned research institutions. Postdoctoral fellows are encouraged, and supported, to participate in activities in developing countries in order to promote the mission of the ICTP and to contribute to the teaching activities of the ICTP QLS Diploma programme. 

Candidates should have a background in statistical physics or computer science or applied mathematics, and be able to carry active multidisciplinary research in one or more of the following fields of interest of the QLS section: 

  • statistical physics of information processing 
  • reinforcement learning 
  • modeling of animal behavior, individual and/or collective
  • control theory and optimization
  • active matter 




Fields of research

Quantitative Life Sciences

  • Probability and Information Theory
  • Biophysics
  • Neuroscience
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Learning and Artificial Intelligence
Who can apply

Candidates with expertise in theoretical aspects, data analysis and numerical simulations are especially encouraged to apply. 


The take-home monthly salary will be in the range of 2100—2300 EUR (depending on seniority). Benefits include health insurance, a pension contribution, and special allowances for family members. Appointments will be made for two years, with the possibility of renewal for two more years. 

How to apply

Applications and expressions of interest are welcome. Applications should include a cover letter, an updated CV including the full list of publications, a statement of research interests, and two or more letters of recommendation. Applications must be submitted on-line at:

Incomplete applications will not be considered. 


For additional enquiries, and expressions of interest, please contact:


Postdoctoral Opportunity
PhD students, postdotoral fellows, early stage researchers
ICTP Trieste
2 years
To be announced