Prosocial Behavior and Decision Making

1 Assistant Professor position
(Deadline July 30th, 2021 12:00 )

prosocial behavior, decision-making processes, empathy, judgment, moral preferences, social interactions, altruism, altruistic behavior


The ideal candidate will have an excellent knowledge of the state of the art of scientific, philosophical and methodological research in the field of the study of human behavior, sociality and prosociality, free will, the ability to self-determine.
In the light of the integrated multidisciplinary activities implemented by the IMT School, the ideal candidate will have to give impetus to collaborations between the disciplines of behavioral economics, game theory, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, logic and philosophy, computer science, and data analysis.
In particular, the candidate will contribute, as a priority compared to other activities, to the research projects PROCOPE ( and COSMOPROBE (
The researcher may be required to carry out some limited teaching activities within the curricula of the PhD program present at the School, as well as to offer a contribution to the seminar activities of the doctorate and to the supervision of students, to the organization of seminars, conferences and other scientific and cultural initiatives of the School.


The selected candidate will work on behavioral, conceptual and even neurobiological correlates of prosocial behavior in humans. The researcher will have to pay specific attention to issues relating to the cognitive, affective and social processes that govern and underlie decision-making behaviors in the context of social interactions, both in controlled experimental conditions and in a more ecological way in the real world. In particular, a multidisciplinary approach will be fundamental, encompassing themes of psychology, cognitive neuroscience, behavioral sciences, data analytics, philosophy of science, behavioral economics, and strategic decision-making.

Formal requirements

PhD in 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.

Gross amount

About 39.000 euro / year


3 years

Job Research Area: CCSN e ENBA

Job Research Unit: MOMILAB e AXES

Job Contract Type: 
Assegno di ricerca

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 of the online application form 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.


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 paper or a working paper (compulsory).
    Shortlisted candidates will be asked to present this research paper during the final stage of the selection process.
    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.