Sano and You


Centre for Computational Personalised Medicine International Research Foundation in Kraków, Poland is seeking to appoint a

Director for the Centre

Sano, currently in the process of establishment, aims to become a major driving force for European advancement in the rapidly growing field of computational medicine, developing sophisticated engineering methods for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, to meet the overarching worldwide need for efficient, effective and radically streamlined healthcare systems.

Sano will combine expertise in biomechanics, large-scale high-performance computing and machine learning-based decision science with fundamental biomarker identification using advanced simulation and data analysis methods. It will act as a core technology and expertise provider for industry, fostering modernisation, innovation and increased productivity. Operationally, Sano strategically combines the most prestigious scientific grant currently available in Poland – the International Research Agenda project – with one of the most competitive grants in EU’s H2020: Teaming for Excellence Phase 2. Combined with additional Polish Ministry of Science guarantees, the Centre has secured significant investment of the order of 30-32 million Euro over a seven-year period. With this scale of funding, and aided by an excellent European partnership network, we can be confident that Sano will bring a critical mass to this already well-developed field of research, in order to translate scientific advancements into clinical practice.

Established Skill Base
New Talents

To be successful, Sano requires an ambitious, professional, passionate and experienced Director to lead the Centre and determine its research directions. This role will have significant impact on the successful implementation of innovative research programmes in terms of applied computational medicine. The Director must bring professional experience reflecting a broad scientific background in computational medicine, and possess an excellent track-record in research, particularly in the in silico domain.

As the Director of Sano you will have an unique chance to lead change in the field of computationally-enhanced diagnostics and treatment in the clinics of tomorrow.

Your role will be threefold:


As the President of the Sano Management Board you will be strategically responsible for the Centre – which is currently in its establishment phase – as a challenging yet rewarding endeavour; your leadership will be instrumental in acquisition of top talents for the Centre.


As a Research Group Leader you will lead your own research group within Sano.


As the International Research Agenda Project Manager you will design and oversee implementation of the ambitious programme of in silico medicine research and translation.

In all tasks you will be assisted by outstanding professionals in key fields, including science, medicine, healthcare, grant acquisition, IPR management and business development, together with clinical and regulatory specialists. When fully developed Sano will employ more than 50 permanent technical and professional staff, together with many other project-specific personel.

Your Tasks as Director

  • Oversee the definition, development and implementation of the research and development strategy of Sano.
  • Provide academic leadership for the Centre, embracing a range of disciplines and charting a coherent course of research and partnership development.
  • Play key role in attracting best candidates for crucial positions at Sano.
  • Propose research priorities for each of its five research teams (laboratories) for the coming four years, including clinical and industrial cooperation relationships.
  • Establish new links with external partners (academic, industrial and clinical) and build upon existing relationships in cooperation with a dedicated, professional business development unit.
  • Successfully translate the outputs of Sano’s development processes into clinical practice, whether through spin-offs, licensing agreements or long-term industrial partnerships.
  • Lead personally one of the Centre’s research laboratories (teams).
  • Actively develop the Centre’s international academic profile and enhance its international recruitment.
  • Assist in development of entrepreneurial culture among the Centre’s scientists and encourage top innovators to pursue a spinoff career in cooperation with one of seed funds cooperating with Sano.
  • Attract research funding and other revenues from a variety of sources (for the Centre and for your own research team).
  • Produce high-quality peer-reviewed publications and oversee the preparation of papers by other members of the research team.
  • Assume overall responsibility for annual financial and scientific reports which the Centre is mandated to submit to the relevant authorities.
  • Engage in periodic evaluations of the centre by the International Scientific Committee.
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Essential Requirements for Applicants

As prerequisites for consideration for the post of Sano Director, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • Recognized authority in your field, as an outstanding scientist with a research profile matching the leaders of the world’s most prestigious academic Centres of Excellence.
  • A PhD in biomedicine, medicine, engineering or the natural sciences, with substantial academic experience, including 7 years of postdoctoral research and 4 years in senior scientific leadership, multiple publications in high-impact journals, and evidence of strategic thinking.
  • An enduring field of expertise relating to bioengineering and computational biomedicine.
  • Notable success in grant funding acquisition and international scientific project management, combining excellent leadership and team-building skills in creative working environments.
  • The ability to forge alliances between academia and industry, with evidence of research translation and clinical impact.
  • Excellent communication skills with a fluent command of English, Sano’s main language.
  • Willingness to operate from Kraków.

Desirable attributes

The appointment panel will be pleased to receive information on your additional skills, for example:

  • Interest in one or more of the following healthcare technology trends: Modelling and Simulation, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, and the Internet of Things.
  • Specific product-related industrial collaboration success.
  • Experience of intellectual property management, particularly patents.
  • Knowledge of additional European languages.

Contractual and Remunerative Provisions

Sano will offer the successful candidate:

  • A full-time employment contract, initially for a period of four years, with the possibility of an extension based on the following assessment periods:
    • As President of the Management Board you will report annually directly to the Sano Foundation Council (Sano’s supervisory body) whose members are appointed by our English, German and Polish partners.
    • As Research Team Leader you will participate in an intermediate review after two years, and in an external review performed by the Sano International Scientific Committee after approximately four years.
  • An attractive monthly salary.
  • An annual financial bonus, should you exceed key performance indicators for the Centre and your own research group (including the creation of new collaborations and alliances with external partners, acquisition of prestigious grants, extending global scientific competences, creating real impact on the clinical and medical technology environment).
  • Social benefits, including private medical care for you and your immediate family, financial support for access to local sport and cultural facilities, language courses, technical and soft-skills training, social events, and more.
  • Relocation support and access to an assigned expert to assist with legal matters related to relocation, including visas, work permits and taxation.
  • A Start-up Package for your research team, which will include two full time PhD students, one MSc student on a stipend, and the support of a half-time scientific programmer. Further resource allocation can be obtained through exceptional performance or acquisition of your own grants. When your team reaches five PhD students, a full-time postdoctoral researcher will be affiliated to you, supported from the central budget.

The Application Process

Step 1: Expression of Interest

If you are interested in the position of Sano Director, and have not already done so, please register an Expression of Interest by emailing with six key items of information:

·    Your name

·    Your current role

·    Your total research income (grants/contracts)[1]

·    The number of your recent publications[2]

·    Your Google Scholar h-index

·    Your agreement to our storing your data[3]

Step 2: Complete the Initial Application Process

Soon after your registration of an Expression of Interest you will receive a pack of information, which will include an invitation to begin the formal process of application. This process consists of the provision of additional information, the supply of supporting documentation, and agreement that we can initiate the process of assessment. Sano’s formal requirements for documentation are additionally governed by conditions attached to FNP funding, and the provision of such materials is mandatory. The information pack will include templates to facilitate the provision of required data.

Candidates progressing to later stages of the competition will be requested to supply additional materials, including an elaborated version of the International Research Agenda.

[1] Computed as the total amount of funding acquired by teams you were leading.

[2] Please, count only publications from the last five years.

[3] The text of the required data agreement is given at the end of the boxed text on Personal Data

Subsequent Recruitment Steps

Your application will be assessed in a process of up to four steps, involving an internal Sano administrative team, referred to as the Search Committee (SC), and the assessment team, which takes the form of Sano’s 15-person International Scientific Committee (ISC):

# Step When Content Resolution
1 Validity Always Valid documents, qualifications, experience Documented selection of N valid candidates
2 Merit If N>10 Quantitative assessment prepared by SC, considered by ISC ISC selects preferred candidates
3 Interview #1 Always Remote discussion and Q&A with ISC members Documented information based on candidate responses
4 Interview #2 Always Face-to-face interviews in Kraków with ISC members Director selected, or no selection possible


Step 4 will take place in Kraków; success will be followed by discussions with FNP before appointment.

Further information:

About Sano

Our Research


Our Team

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Additional information for Applicants:

Brief about Sano

Visa and Relocation Assistance

Applications for the role of Sano Director should be received by 23:59 on 15-Dec-2019.

In order to comply with the requirements of the GDPR we request that you please, include following clause in your CV and covering letter:

I hereby give consent for my personal data included in my application to be processed for the purposes of the recruitment process under the European Parliament’s and Council of the European Union Regulation on the Protection of Natural Persons as of 27 April 2016, with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (Data Protection Directive).


Non-discrimination rules:

To provide open, transparent and internationally accessible career development opportunities the Centre will follow The European Charter for Researchers and The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.  The entire recruitment process will be carried out respecting the non-discrimination rules; the Centre is an equal opportunity employer, values diversity and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion or belief, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, language, sexual orientation, disability, age, political opinion, social or economic condition.


Information clause:

In accordance with the general regulation of 27 April 2016 on the protection of personal data, hereinafter referred to as GDPR, we wish to inform you that:

The Administrator of your personal data is the Sano Centre for Computational Personalised Medicine – International Research Foundation – with its seat at (30-072) Kraków, ul. Nawojki 11. The Administrator has appointed a Data Protection Officer who may be contacted on the following e-mail address:

Your personal data shall be processed for the purposes of the recruitment process.

The legal basis for processing your personal data for the purposes of recruitment shall be Article 6 Section 1 Point c of the GDPR, with processing being necessary for the fulfilment of a legal obligation to which the Administrator is subject, particularly Article 118a of the Law on Higher Education as well as Article 221 of the Labour Code. The condition legalising the processing of personal data provided voluntarily by the candidate, which is beyond the scope of data referred to in Article 221 of the Labour Code, shall be Article 6 Section 1 Point a of the GDPR – consent by the data subject.

Providing your personal data, subsequent to the decision to enter the recruitment process, is obligatory within the scope defined by Article 221 of the Labour Code and the Law on Higher Education and determines the possibility of applying for work as well as possible further employment. In the case of personal data which is beyond the scope of the aforementioned legal regulations, providing your data is voluntary but it does determine the possibility of participating in the recruitment process.

Your personal data shall be processed on behalf of the data administrator by authorised personnel purely for the recruitment purposes.

Your personal data shall be stored for a period of time necessary for the fulfilment of the recruitment process. Should the recruitment outcome prove negative, your data shall be removed immediately at the completion of recruitment, unless otherwise provided by the record-keeping regulations ─ then for a period of time specified in these regulations.

Your personal data shall not be shared with external entities with the exception of cases provided for by legal regulations. Should you submit your application documents in electronic form, the recipient of your data may be an entity acting on behalf of the administrator i.e. a mail service operator.

Under the terms of the GDPR, you shall be entitled to:
a. the right to access your data,
b. the right to rectify it if factually incorrect,
c. the right to remove or restrict the processing of the data as well as the right to data portability – in cases prescribed by the law,

  1. the right to object to the processing of the data,
    e. the right to file a complaint with the supervisory authority – the President of the Personal Data Protection Office, should you consider that the processing of your personal data violates personal data protection regulations.