Postdoctoral position in language processing in blind individuals.

Applications for a post-doctoral position are invited in the context of a joint research project between the International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste and the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC) in Trento (Italy). The project is funded by a PRIN grant from the Italian Ministry of Education and Research (MIUR). The project is dedicated to investigate the neural circuits involved in semantic processes and their plasticity, comparing sighted and blind individuals using MEG and fMRI.

The project is coordinated by Davide Crepaldi and Olivier Collignon.

SISSA and the University of Trento are ranked among the top research universities in Italy, and they both offer a friendly international environment with state-of-the-art research tools, including MRI, EEG, MEG, TMS, eye tracking, motion tracking, and access to neuropsychological patients. English is the official language at both institutions, where a large portion of the faculty, post-docs and students come from a wide range of countries. Moreover, both Trieste e the Trentino region are consistently at the top levels in Italy for quality of life, with fantastic nature (the Dolomite, lake Garda, the Triestinian Karst) and a vibrant cultural environment (Trento film festival, Christmas markets, la Barcolana, Trieste jazz festival).

The ideal candidate has experience with electrophysiology (EEG/MEG) and/or fMRI research. Programming skills, as well as interest in advanced neuroimaging methods (brain connectivity, pattern recognition, machine learning), will be highly valued. Experience in language research and/or research with special populations is a plus but not a necessity. We are seeking for candidates with clear potential for publication in high–impact neuroscience/experimental psychology journals, attention to details, and good attitude towards teamwork. Knowledge of Italian language is a bonus but not required. Since the work will mostly involve testing blind people with neuroimaging techniques, the post holder will spend most of her/his time at CIMeC (University of Trento).

The commitment is for up to three years (1+2), with a competitive European-level salary, depending upon qualifications and experience.

The ideal starting date would be around April-May 2017, but is negotiable, and applications will be considered until mid March.

More information on the formal application procedure is available here. Informal enquiries are most welcome at davide.crepaldi@sissa.it and/or olivier.collignon@unitn.it.