Behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, functional and structural neuroimaging

1 Assistant Professor position


Behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, functional and structural neuroimaging.


Participation in the research activities of the Unit related to the study of the neural bases of cognition and behavior through structural and functional magnetic resonance (MR) imaging in healthy individuals and in individuals with neurological or psychiatric disorders. The RTD-A Candidate should have a demonstrated expertise in the acquisition and analysis of MRI data related to studies regarding the morphological and functional brain architecture that subtends perception and concept representation. In particular, research will focus on the role of (lack of) visual experience in the development of brain cortical organization and cognitive functioning. The RTD-A Candidate will develop research within joint collaborative projects on the impact of vision on brain structure and function and the differences between the cortical signatures of classes of actions in the human brain. The project will require the development of novel analytical tools, including multivariate pattern classification methods, as well as their implementation on both brain functional or structural data. In particular, research activities regard: Analysis of fMRI data for the study of brain function in sighted and sensory deprived individuals; Analysis of structural data (morphological T1 and T2 weighted images) for the study of the impact of visual information on the development of brain cortical and subcortical structures; Development of pattern classification methods to study the commonalities and differences between visual and non-visual information.

Formal requirements:

Doctorate degree in biomedical engineering, neuroscience, psychology or related areas.

Specific requirements:

Articles published in scientific journals and in conference proceedings in the pertinent fields. The candidate should have a scientific maturity to conduct a research project in an independent manner. An excellent knowledge of both written and spoken English is required.

Scientific area:


Research Area:
Research Unit:
MOMILAB - Molecular Mind Laboratory
Type of contract:
Ricercatore tempo determinato (legge 240/2010 art.24 comma 3 lettera a) ) - Fixed term researcher

3 years renewable.

Full call:
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Director Decree Selection Committee:
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Official selection calendar:
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Preliminary shortlist:
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November 18th, 2016 from 10.00 - San Francesco complex - Piazza San Francesco, 19 Lucca


Final shortlist:
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November 21st, 2016 from 09.30 - San Francesco complex - Piazza San Francesco, 19 Lucca

Final decree:
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Recruitment Program Principles and Standards

Selection procedure and criteria

Selection procedure conditions are transparent and are based on international standards.


A Selection Committee, appointed by the Director, assesses all applications on the basis online application info and - if provided - reference letters. Applicants selected on the basis of the preliminary analysis are interviewed at the Job Market Meetings in which the Institute is planning to participate, if applicable to the specific academic sector. Alternatively, individual preliminary interviews may also be conducted at IMT or by conference call. Travel expenses to Lucca for the preliminary interview will not be reimbursed. Shortlisted candidates are invited for a Job Market Presentation open to IMT faculty members and students. Travel expenses for the Job Market Presentation will 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 starting prepare the application attachments and information as listed below.


  • 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 appropriate instructions to upload the reference letters will be automatically generated and sent to your referees.


  • Your CV in English (compulsory);
  • One research paper (published or working paper): compulsory.
    Shortlisted candidates will be asked to present this research paper in the final stage of the selection.
    Up to 11 additional papers can be submitted for evaluation if desired (to be attached to your application in a single zip file where indicated in the online form)