Postdoctoral position in Experimental Neuroscience - (2100007K)

Updated: 6 months ago
Deadline: 04 Jan 2022

Commitment & contract: fixed term contract.

Location: Rovereto (TN)


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 computational, molecular, cellular and behavioural neuroscientists collaborate, each with their own expertise, to carry out common research.

The Functional Neuroimaging Research Line is coordinated by Alessandro Gozzi, who has extensive experience in MRI, neurocomputation and neuropharmacology, as well as in the application of translational approaches to study neuropsychiatric brain disorders.

The selected candidate will work in the framework of the ERC-funded project ‘Neural drivers of functional disconnectivity in brain disorders’ (DisConn), Grant Agreement 802371.

The research activity in the lab aims to identifying the general neural and cellular principles governing the assembly of brain-wide functional connectivity. Our lab  addresses these questions at the level of identified cell types by combining neural manipulations in rodents with electrophysiological recordings, functional MRI and cutting-edge neuro-computational approaches.

You will be working on collaborative and multidisciplinary research projects to understand how defined micro- and macro-circuits respond to synaptic neuromodulators to implement brain computations, both in health and disease. To this purpose, you will apply neurophysiological, optogenetic and chemogenetic approaches, together with state-of-the art imaging techniques to monitor neuromodulatory signals during behavior.


  • A PhD in Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Genetics, Bioengineering, Molecular Biology, or comparable fields.

  • Documented hands-on experience in rodent fMRI imaging, neurophysiology and chemogenetics

  • A strong publication record

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

  • Good command in spoken and written English


  • Experience on neuronal imaging in-vivo and programming (Python or MATLAB) will be highly valued.

  • Ability to interface with computational neuroscientists

  • Signal processing expertise appropriate for the analysis of neuronal activity

  • Good communication skills

  • Strong problem solving attitude

  • 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 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, university transcripts, cover letter (outlining motivation, experience and qualifications) and contact details of 2 references.

Application’s deadline: December 4th,2022

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