The Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory, at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Rovereto, Italy, is seeking postdoctoral researchers interested in studying the neural basis of connectivity disruption in brain disorders.
Our research, funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and the NIH, is aimed at identifying the general neural and cellular principles governing the assembly of spontaneous neural activity, and its breakdown in developmental disorders such as autism and schizophrenia.
We address these questions at the level of identified cell types by combining multimodal mouse fMRI with viral, optogenetic and chemogenetic manipulations, as well as behavioral and electrophysiological recordings. For reference to recent work please see Giorgi et al, Cell Reports (2017), Bertero et al; Brain (2018); Liska et al, Cerebral Cortex (2018); Gutierrez-Barragan et al., biorXive (2018).
The successful candidates will have a PhD in neuroscience, biotechnology, physics, or equivalent. Training in experimental neuroscience is desirable, but not mandatory. We value candidates that are proactive, highly-motivated, and who are willing to interact with both experimental and computational neuroscientists. The positions are for two years initially, but extendable to five years. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Please send your application (full CV and a letter of motivation, plus names of 2 referees) by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be examined until the positions are filled. The positions are contingent on the signature of the relevant grant agreements.
IIT was established in 2003 and successfully created a large-scale infrastructure in Genova and a network of 10 state-of-the-art laboratories countrywide with an international staff of about 1100 people from more than 50 countries. IIT’s research endeavour focuses on high-tech and innovation, representing the forefront of technology with possible application from medicine to industry, computer science, robotics, life sciences and nano-biotechnologies.
The IIT center in Rovereto (http://cncs.iit.it/) is actively expanding its infrastructure for systems level neuroscience research, and is inserted both in the vibrant community of the IIT (www.iit.it) and that of CIMeC (www.cimec.unitn.it) within the University of Trento, which specializes in cognitive neuroscience. Rovereto is located in Trentino, a region of Northern Italy nestled in the Dolomite Mountains, offering spectacular natural beauty, vibrant culture and exceptional quality of life.