Postdoctoral position in Behavioral and Neurophysiological Effects of Neuromodulation on Vision and...

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: Temporary
Deadline: 14 Oct 2021

Commitment & contract: 1 year, collaboration contract

Location: Center for Neuroscience and Cognitive Systems, Rovereto (TN), Italy


At IIT we work enthusiastically to develop human-centered Science and Technology to tackle some of the most pressing societal challenges of our times and transfer these technologies to the production system and society. Our Genoa headquarter is strictly inter-connected with our 11 centers around Italy and two outer-stations based in the US for a truly interdisciplinary experience.


You will be working in a multicultural and multi-disciplinary group, where cognitive neuroscientists, biomedical and computational experts collaborate, each with their own expertise, to carry out common research.

The Human Behavior and Brain Stimulation Laboratory is coordinated by Dr. Lorella Battelli, PhD, who has extensive experience in cognitive and neuromodulatory procedures to study the human brain in the healthy and neurological population.

This open position is financed within the project: “New Methods to potentiate and support cognitive and motor functions in neurological disease and in the healthy population using new noninvasive brain stimulation protocols and brain imaging”.

The research focuses on the links between vision, attention and perceptual decision making in humans. Visual psychophysics, behavioral training, TMS and direct current stimulation coupled with fMRI and EEG will be used as techniques to study the direct relationship between brain functions and behavior in the healthy population and in neurological patients. The successful candidate will conduct research both in Italy and at the IIT center at Harvard, in Boston, USA.

Major responsibilities will be:

  • implementing new experimental protocols;  

  • recruiting and training subjects;

  • helping mentor young trainees, interns and PhD students.


  • A PhD in Psychology, Neuropsychology, Vision Science, Cognitive Neuroscience or related fields

  • Documented experience in visual psychophysics testing and training, implementing experimental protocols, statistical analysis

  • A strong publication record

  • The ability to properly report, organize and publish research data

  • Documented experience in coaching junior scientists

  • Good problem-solving skills and strong interpersonal skills .

  • Good command in spoken and written English


  • Experience in brain stimulation protocols and the use of different stimulation devices such TMS and tDCS. Some expertise in brain imaging techniques such as fMRI and EEG would be a plus.

  • Experience in vision rehabilitation, visual psychophysics, or statistics would be a plus.

  • Matlab, R and Python programming skills as well as Brainvoyager and/or SPM analysis

  • Good communication skills

  • Strong problem solving

  • High motivation to learn

  • Spirit of innovation and creativity

  • Good in time and priority management

  • Ability to work in a challenging and international environment

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a highly interdisciplinary environment


  • Competitive salary package for international standards

  • Private health care coverage

  • Wide range of staff discounts


  • An equal, inclusive and multicultural environment ready to welcome you with open arms. Discrimination is a big NO for us.

  • We like contamination and encourage you to mingle and discover what other people are up to in our labs.

  • If paperwork is not your piece of cake, we got you! There’s a specialized team working to help you with that, especially during your relocation.

  • If you are a startupper or a business-minded person, you will find some exceptionally gifted professionals ready to nurture and guide your attitude and aspirations.

  • If you want your work to have a real impact, in IIT you will find an innovative and stimulating culture that drives our mission to contribute to the improvement and well-being of society.

  • We stick to our values! Integrity, courage, societal responsibility and inclusivity are the values we believe in! They define us and our actions in our everyday life. They guide us to accomplish IIT mission.

Please submit your application using the online form and including a detailed CV, a research statement (outlining motivation, experience and qualifications) and contact details of 2 references.

Application’s deadline: October 14th 2021

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