Researcher position in Circuit and Behavioral Neuroscience

Researcher position in Circuit and Behavioral Neuroscience

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)

Genova, Italy

Application are invited for a Researcher position (comparable with Senior Research Associate/Fellow position in the university career pathway) within the “Neuromodulation of Cortical and Subcortical Circuits” Research Line to study how basal ganglia circuits integrate motivational and emotional information, both in health and psychomotor disorders.

One of the aims is to dissect the behaviorally-relevant roles of serotonin at striatal circuits (Cavaccini et al., Neuron, 2018). To this purpose, the successful candidate will apply in-vivo large-scale neuronal imaging and neurophysiological techniques combined with the latest optogenetic (Alberio et al., Nature Methods, 2018) and chemogenetic approaches to deconstruct and manipulate neuronal circuits, together with behavioral paradigms.

Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in Neuroscience or related disciplines, and have an excellent track-record of publications in international scientific journals, together with strong written and verbal English communication skills.

Applicants are expected to have documented expertise in behavioral methods, in-vivo optogenetics and electrophysiological recordings in murine models, alongside with a good command of stereotaxic surgeries for targeted viral-vector injections. Experience with in-vivo Ca2+ imaging will be a plus.

Salary will be commensurate to qualifications and experience and in line with international standards.

Please submit your applications, including detailed curriculum vitae, 3 representative publications (primarily as first-author contribution) and 3 pages of research statement in PDF format to, quoting “Researcher position in the field of Circuit and Behavioral Neuroscience CB IITLF58” in the subject line.

Candidates should also request 3 evaluation letters from international experts, who should send them directly in PDF format to

For further information, please contact Dr. Raffaella Tonini on or on +39 01071781728

Please apply preferably by March 30th, 2019.

The selection process will include a panel interview and a presentation.

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, with its headquarters in Genoa, Italy, is a non-profit institution with the primary goal of creating and disseminating scientific knowledge and strengthening Italy’s technological competitiveness. IIT was established in 2003 and successfully created a large-scale infrastructure in Genova along with a network of 10 state-of-the-art laboratories countrywide. The institute has been recruiting an international staff of about 1200 people from more than 50 countries. Its 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 nanobiotechnologies.

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Researcher position in Circuit and Behavioral Neuroscience