General Psychology or Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology

1 Assistant Professor position
(Deadline September 24th, 2018 12:00 )

Consciousness; sleep-wake cycle; brain; psychology


The research will be conducted using a combination of electrophysiological methodologies, recently acquired by the IMT School and of neuroimaging techniques, including structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging. The candidate should have a good knowledge of the different methodological approaches for data acquisition and analysis, as well as an adequate level of scientific maturity to carry out an independent research activity. In light of the integrated multidisciplinary activities implemented by the IMT School, the candidate should give impetus to the definition of a joint psychophysical laboratory between different disciplines, and should foster the opening towards research themes related to the biological and social characterization of human behavior (e.g., in the financial and economic fields) and towards innovative computational methods for the analysis of psychophysiological and behavioral data acquired through electrophysiological techniques (e.g., study of patterns of brain connectivity and study of networks). Tutorship and mentoring of the PhD students; participation in the development of the School's research activities.


In line with current development plans for the Ph.D. course in Cognitive, Computation and Social Neuroscience and with the multidisciplinary research context of IMT School, the candidate for the position of Type B Researcher (RTDB) should have proven experience in the study of brain plasticity in humans, in relation to sensory experience and interaction with the environment. Expertise is required in the in vivo investigation of markers of brain plasticity in physiological conditions and, in particular, in relation to the sleep-wake cycle and to the role of sleep in attention, learning and memory. The definition of these markers and brain processes will advance our knowledge on altered states of consciousness and on pathological modifications of the sleep-wake cycle. The researcher will be required to explore the impact of these alterations on social behavior and decision-making processes, even from the perspective of affective and social neurosciences.

Formal requirements

PhD in Psychology or Neuroscience or a field related to the present call obtained in Italy or abroad. Curriculum with a suitable scientific background for carrying out research activity in the required field. Excellent knowledge of English, both written and spoken. The selection is reserved for applicants who have benefited for at least three years, even non-consecutive, research grants or post-doctoral grants  or of similar contracts, grants or scholarships in foreign universities (under art. 24, comma 3, lett. b) of the Law 240/2010). The selection is open to applicants who have obtained national academic qualification as full or associate professor pursuant art. 16 della L. 240/2010. Candidates not admitted for selection are Full or Associated University professors and presently employed research fellows on a permanent contract.

Specific requirements

Expertise in the study of brain plasticity in humans, in relation to sensory experience and interactions with the environment. Expertise in the in vivo investigation of markers of brain plasticity in physiological conditions and, in particular, in relation to the sleep-wake cycle and the role of sleep in attention, learning and memory.

Scientific area

Academic Recruitment Field: general psychology, psychobiology and psychometrics

Gross amount

Ricercatore tempo determinato (legge 240/2010 art. 24 comma 3 lettera b))


3 years

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Ricercatore tempo determinato (legge 240/2010 art.24 comma 3 lettera b) ) - Tenure Track Assistant Professor
Full call
Preliminary shortlist
Preliminary shortlist
Third meeting of the Selection Committee

On October 30, 2018 from 9.00 c/o San Francesco Complex, Lucca

Final shorlist
Final shorlist
Fourth meeting of the Selection Committee

On October 30, 2018 from 12.00 c/o San Francesco Complex, Lucca

Final decree

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.
    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). Please check the full call for further information about additional papers.