Within Piano Nazionale Complementare al PNRR (PNC) initiative FBK is looking for an informatics engineer to develop applications in the field of virtual reality for health


Funding reference 

DHEAL-COM” (codice PNC-E3-2022-23683267 - PNC-HLS-DH – Cup:C63C22001970001), finanziato dal Ministero della Salute nell’ambito del Piano Nazionale per gli investimenti Complementari al Piano Nazionale di Ripresa e Resilienza (PNC) Missione 6 - Componente 2 - Innovazione, ricerca e digitalizzazione del servizio sanitario nazionale


FBK is a research institution devoted to excellence in research in numerous disciplines and designated to the role of keeping the Autonomous Province of Trento in the mainstream of European and international research. Each research area is assigned to a specific research Centre, of which there are eleven totals. Information regarding the research Centers, their activities and production are available at http:/www.fbk.eu/research-centers

The Digital Health & Wellbeing Center is one of the Centers of the Bruno Kessler Foundation (FBK). The activities of the Center for Digital Health & Wellbeing mainly concern scientific research of excellence in the field of Computer Science and AI techniques and methodologies for health and healthcare, as well as social and technological innovation for a relevant impact on both the local community and nationally and internationally.

Workplace Description 

The candidates will be working in the DHRes – Digital Health Research Unit of the Digital Health & Wellbeing Center.  The Digital Health Research Unit at FBK Center for Health and Wellbeing, conducts research activities in the field of design, development and evaluation of digital medicine interventions supported by chatbot-based virtual coaches and virtual-reality to support more sustainable primary prevention, citizens empowerment services and remote (self-) management of chronic patients.


Background information and description of research project 

The position is offered within the Piano Nazionale Complementare al Piano Nazionale di Ripresa e Resilienza iniziativa “Ecosistema innovativo della Salute” (PNC E.3) Progetto DHEAL-COM (PNC-E3-2022-23683267 – PNC-HLS-DH). The overall objective of the Digital Health Solutions in Community Medicine project (DHEAL-COM) Project is the strengthening and development of a Life Science Hub at national level (DHEAL-COM HUB) for the co-creation of digital health services. As part of the activities it is envisioned the design and implementation of innovative digital therapies supported by virtual coaching techniques and virtual reality environments for improving people’s health.

Job Description 

The application of Virtual Reality technologies in the healthcare field continues to increase, showing effective potentialities in supporting and allowing individuals’ well-being. Indeed, it has been highlighted that VR can assist people in achieving better clinical outcomes in heterogeneous contexts such as physical and cognitive rehabilitation, mental health, acute and chronic pain in people with medical diagnoses, and more. In this context, FBK is looking for one software programmer to develop applications in the field of “Virtual Reality in Healthcare


The candidate will be asked to develop software applications to run on virtual reality platforms (i.e. Unity) in the topic of telehealth and digital therapies (DTx). The candidate will work in collaboration with other researchers of the DHWB Center, as well as with partners involved in multidisciplinary sub-projects within the PNC-Dheal-Com initiative. 

The expected activities will be:

  • Development of virtual reality scenarios related to telemedicine and digital therapeutic applications.
  • Implementation of coaching applications in the context of healthcare including the VR environment. 
  • Develop software for proofs-of-concept, pilots and clinical trial studies in the field of digital therapies and telemedicine.

Job requirements 

The Ideal Candidate should have the following: 

  • Master Degree in areas related to informatics and computer programming;
  • Good computer programming skills and knowledge of programming languages such as Java, C#, Javascript, Python, C++; 
  • Knowledge of virtual reality programming and Unity platform are considered a plus;
  • Teamwork approach, good communication, and relational skills;
  • Oral and written proficiency in English.


Type of contract: fixed-term contract 

Working hours: full-time (38 h per week) 

Start date: January 2024 

End Date: August 31st 2026

Contract type: CCPL Research Foundation Personnel (https:/trasparenza.fbk.eu/ita/Personale/Contrattazione-collettiva/Rinnovo-CCPL-delle-Fondazioni) the current gross annual remuneration is € 36.256,13

Workplace: Povo, Trento (Italy) 

Benefits: flexi-time, company subsidized cafeteria or meal vouchers, internal car park, welcome office support for visa formalities and for research in accommodation, supplementary pension (Resaver, Laborfonds) and health fund (Sanifonds), family-work balance, free training courses, support on bank account opening, discount on public transport, sport, language course fees, counseling and psychological support service. More info at https:/www.fbk.eu/en/work-with-us/



Interested candidates are requested to submit their application by completing the online form (https:/hr.fbk.eu/en/jobs). Please make sure that your application contains the following attachments (in pdf format): 

detailed CV; 

cover letter indicating why the candidate is suitable for this position.

Application deadline: 13 November 2023
New application deadline: 30 November 2023


Selection process and assessment criteria 

The Evaluating Committee will be appointed by the HR Director at the end of the application deadline. 

The recruiting process will be handled in accordance with the “Gender and generational equal opportunities, as well as the employment inclusion of people with disabilities in public contracts financed with the resources of the PNRR and PNC guidelines and with the Foundation's Gender Equality Plan. The Committee may compile the short-list of the candidates admitted to the interview, remotely or in presence. The short-list shall be compiled based on the requirements set out in the call (contained in the requirements of the job description), with the support of the screening of CVs and any other required documents. 

Candidates with a minimum score will be admitted to the interview phase. Shortlisted candidates must do at least one interview with the Committee. 

In case of specific need, the Selection Committee can also meet remotely, by teleconference or videoconference, provided that all members can be identified and that they are able to follow and intervene in the discussion, as well as to receive, transmit and view documents. During the evaluation step, evaluation support tools such as tests or questionnaires may be used. Furthermore, group tests and/or practical tests may be administered. 

Evaluation criteria 

The recruitment process will be based on the total points obtained by the evaluation of the qualifications/expertise and the evaluation of the interview. A maximum of 40 points will be allocated for qualifications and expertise that the candidate expresses on the resume, while the interview will be worth up to 60 points. 

The interview scores will be assigned to candidates by the Commission according to the following criteria: the presentation of their personal technical profile, the knowledge about the technical domain, the working experience in the relevant technical domain and the language skills. Only candidates obtaining at least 25 points in the evaluation of the qualifications and the expertise will be admitted for the interview. 

The interview is considered as “passed” if the applicant obtains at least 45 points. The final score will be used to generate the final suitability list for each job position. 

Results of the selection process 

All candidates will be notified via email once the selection process has been completed. The suitability list may be used to fill the position in case the successful candidate doesn’t accept the job offer. 

At the website https:/ jobs.fbk.eu/ in the "Selection results" section, will be published the details of the selection process and the final results. 

Diversity & Inclusion policy 

FBK actively seeks diversity and promotes inclusion in the workplace. The main aims of the FBK Diversity & Inclusion policy are to: 

promote gender equality across the research domains and on all levels by encouraging qualified female candidates to apply for job positions and by implementing specific improvements and measures as stated in the Gender Equality Plan (GEP) 

foster young talents development by offering opportunities to grow 

become a disability-inclusive organization by encouraging applications from candidates with a disability (Law 68/99). We provide special assistance to applicants during the recruitment procedure and reasonable arrangements for disabled staff 

promote a healthy work-life balance by offering a package of flexible working arrangements and facilities (telework, individual working time, parental leave, etc). 

The FBK operates in compliance with current legislation concerning fixed-term contracts. Candidates with disabilities are invited to state whether they belong to the categories referred to in Law 68/99, and to indicate this in the curriculum vita sent in application for recruitment.

Processing of personal data 

Pursuant to art. 13 of EU Regulation No. 2016/679 (GDPR), we inform you that your personal data shall be processed for the management of the selection process and of the obligations connected to it, through manual, electronic and informatic means and will be guaranteed within privacy and security standards as indicated in the full privacy policy. 

In order to ensure and respect the principles of publicity, transparency and impartiality, the name of the successful candidate and the names of suitable candidates will be published on the FBK website following acceptance of the position. 

For further information, please contact the Human Resources Services at jobs@fbk.eu.
Recruitment Type
Business units
Centro Digital Health& Wellbeing
Science and Technology Hub - Trento