Neural correlates of social and affective processes in the healthy and pathological brain

1 Assistant Professor position
(Deadline June 15th, 2023 13:00 )

Affect, Emotion, Social Cognition, Theory of Mind, MRI, fMRI, PET


The successful candidate will join the Social and Affective Neuroscience (SANe) group of the MoMiLab research unit. The SANe group studies the neural and psychological basis of people's social and affective abilities, focusing on how individuals understand, express and conceptualize their feelings and how they respond to the behaviors and emotions of others. Therefore, the SANe group studies the mechanisms underlying empathy, theory of mind and emotions and how these are represented at the brain level. To pursue these aims, SANe researchers use state-of-the-art neuroimaging and behavioral techniques, often in combination with naturalistic stimulations, such as movies, narratives, and real-life social interactions. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and pursue an original line of research that fits into the topics of interest of the group, implementing new methods and approaches to the study of brain and behavior, publishing their research in international peer-reviewed journals, developing new collaborations with national and international research centers, supervising Ph.D. students, and engaging in all other dissemination and third mission activities that foster the growth of the group and the promotion of its research agenda.

Formal requirements

Master's degree and PhD in Psychology, Cognitive Sciences or Neuroscience. At least 5 years of experience in the field of social and affective neuroscience. At least 10 publications in international peer-reviewed journals. At least 1 year spent in foreign institutions. At least 1 national or international grant.

Excellent ability to analyze behavioral and functional neuroimaging data. Excellent programming skills in MATLAB,
or Python or Julia. Excellent ability in conceiving original experimental designs. Excellent ability in writing scientific
articles and research proposals to attract funding.



Job Research Unit: 
Job Contract Type: 
Ricercatore tempo determinato (legge 240/2010 art.24 comma 3 lettera a) ) - Fixed term researcher
Full call


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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.