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Director of the INFN Gran Sasso National Laboratory

Laboratori Nazionali Gran Sasso - LNGS
L’Aquila (AQ), Italy
Posting live until
19 Apr 2024

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Director of the INFN Gran Sasso National Laboratory – Assergi (L’Aquila) Italy

INFN is looking for a distinguished scientist to fill the position of Director of the INFN Gran Sasso National Laboratory (LNGS), one of the four INFN National Laboratories.

The appointment is intended for four years (with the possibility for renewal for a second four-years term) and its starting date will be on October 15th, 2024.

The LNGS ( is recognised as the most important underground laboratory in the world for experiments in particle physics, particle astrophysics and nuclear astrophysics. It is a worldwide facility for scientists, presently over 1000 in number per year, from 32 different countries, working at about 20 experiments in their different phases. The main research topics include dark matter searches, neutrinoless double beta decay experiments, solar neutrinos, neutrino physics, and the study of nuclear reactions of astrophysical and cosmological interest.

Candidates should have an outstanding research record in particle physics and/or particle astrophysics. Knowledge of the laboratory scientific programme and a proven experience in managing and directing large research groups or research infrastructures around the world is welcome. Advanced knowledge of the English language is required, and a good knowledge of the Italian language is also welcome.

In order to be considered for the job, the Italian candidates currently working in Italy should cover one of the following positions:

  • “Dirigente di Ricerca” or “Dirigente Tecnologo” at INFN or other Italian research institutions;
  • Full Professor (“Professore Ordinario”) at an Italian University.

Foreign candidates or Italian candidates currently living abroad should have a clear record of scientific or technological research activities in the fields of interest of INFN and hold at least one of the following qualifications:

  • Full Professor at a foreign University;
  • Experience from high responsibility positions in qualified foreign or international research institutions;
  • Highest scientific awards internationally recognised.

Applications should be written in English and include a covering letter, a full CV, a list of publications, a short (no longer than 1 page) “statement of research interests”, the names of at least two referees to be contacted, if needed, and shall be sent (merged to a single .pdf file) by clicking on the “Apply now” green button.

Closing date for receipt of applications is April 19th, 2024.

For queries about the application, please contact Dr. Giovanni Dionisio (


The other laboratories of INFN are based in Catania, Frascati (Rome) and Legnaro (Padua); the whole network of laboratories house large equipment and infrastructures available for use by the national and international scientific community.

The National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) is the Italian research agency dedicated to the study of the fundamental constituents of matter and the laws that govern them, under the supervision of the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR). It conducts theoretical and experimental research in the fields of subnuclear, nuclear and astroparticle physics.

It was founded in 1951 by groups of researchers from the universities of Rome, Padua, Torino and Milan. It consists of 20 Divisions, 4 National Laboratories and 3 National Centres, namely the Center for Telematics and Informatics (CNAF), the National Center for Advanced Studies Galileo Galiei Institute(GGI) in Florence, the Center for Technology TIFPA in Trento.

Divisions are located in the major Italian Universities and are strictly connected to the academic world. The National Laboratories closely collaborate with the national and international scientific community.

INFN plays a key role in the Italian scientific research community; its workforce includes about 2000 of its own employees, almost 3000 university employees involved in INFN research and 1500 young researchers.

All of the INFN’s research activities are undertaken within a framework of international competition, in close collaboration with Italian universities on the basis of solid academic partnerships spanning decades. Fundamental research in these areas requires the use of cutting-edge technology and instruments, developed by the INFN at its own laboratories and in collaboration with industries.

Scientific research is focused on the five main lines of research, coordinated by five National Scientific Committees (CSN): Subnuclear Physics, Astroparticle Physics, Nuclear Physics, Theoretical Physics, Technological and inter-disciplinary research.

INFN carries out research activities at two complementary types of facilities: divisions and national laboratories. Each of the 20 divisions and the 11 groups linked to the divisions or laboratories are based at different university physics departments and guarantee close collaboration between the INFN and the academic world.

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Via Giovanni Acitelli 22
L’Aquila (AQ)

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