Behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, neuro-linguistics

1 Post Doctoral Fellow position
(Deadline June 20th, 2016 12:00 )

Behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, neuro-linguistics


Participation in the research activities of the Unit related to the investigation of the behavioral and neural correlates of semantic processing in sensory-deprived individuals. In particular, the comprehension of how unisensory information is processed and integrated into a supramodal representation represents a current challenge for research in the neuroscience of the ‘blind brain’. Original approaches in neuroimaging studies should look for potential functional similarities between congenitally blind and sighted individuals, and assess whether these homologies are dependent on sensory modalities, particularly when dealing with conceptual knowledge across semantic categories. In particular, research activities regard:

  • experimental setup of behavioral and brain functional studies (functional magnetic resonance imaging) of semantic processing in sighted and visually-deprived individuals;
  • analysis of behavioral data using tools of computational linguistics;
  • analysis of brain functional data using univariate and multivariate processing analyses;
  • general activities of support to the Institute research and supervision of PhD students.
Formal requirements

Possession of a four or five years Degree or a Master Degree in Psychology, Linguistics or in a related field; research experience in Psychology, Cognitive neuroscience, Neurolinguistic, or related areas. Suitable candidates must have a scientific background and a curriculum (resume) which shows that research activities were conducted in the required research fields. An excellent level of both written and spoken English is mandatory.

Specific requirements

Articles published in scientific journals and conference proceedings in the pertinent fields. The ideal candidate should have demonstrated scientific proficiency in conducting research projects 

Scientific area

Scienze Storiche, Filosofiche, Pedagogiche, Psicologiche


1 year renewable

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Preliminary shortlist
Preliminary shortlist
Third meeting of the Selection Committee

October6th, 2016 from 09.30- San Francesco complex - Piazza San Francesco, 19 Lucca

Final decree

Selection procedure and criteria

Selection procedure conditions are transparent and based on international standards.


A Selection Committee, appointed by the Director, assesses all applications on the basis of the online application form and - if provided - reference letters. Shortlisted candidates, selected on the basis of the preliminary analysis, are invited for a research presentation at IMT. Travel expenses to Lucca for theresearch presentation interview will not be reimbursed.

Selection Criteria

The evaluation criteria are based on: Quality of research activity, including publications in peer-reviewed journals and references; Research organization experience and participation in international/national research projects and research periods in public and private institutions (academic and non-academic);Relevance of the candidate's profile for the development of IMT's research activities; Teaching, mentoring and supervision experience; Motivation; Excellent knowledge of English, both written and spoken; As well as any other requirements as specified in the advertisement.


Apply ONLINE only.

Before filling in the application form, please read thoroughly the full call and collect all the files you may need:


  • Personal info and contact info (compulsory)
  • Number of your Identity Document (Passport or Identity Card - compulsory)
  • University degree (compulsory) and Ph.D. (obtained, or "ongoing")
  • Name, position, institution and email address of three referees (compulsory).
    An email, with the instructions on how to upload the reference letters will be automatically sent to your referees.


  • The scanned copy of a valid identity document (Passport or Identity Card - compulsory)
  • Your CV in English (compulsory);
  • One research paper, either a published one or a working paper (compulsory).
    Shortlisted candidates will be asked to present this research paper in the final stage of the selection.