[visionlist] Postdoctoral position: Language processing in blind individuals

Roberto Bottini bottini.r at gmail.com
Sun Feb 5 11:34:03 EST 2017


Applications for a post-doctoral position are invited in the context of a
joint research project between the International School of Advanced Studies
(SISSA) in Trieste and the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC) in Trento
(Italy). The project is funded by a PRIN grant from the Italian Ministry of
Education and Research (MIUR). The project is dedicated to investigate the
neural circuits involved in semantic processes and their plasticity,
comparing sighted and blind individuals using *combined MEG/fMRI
methodologies*.

The project is coordinated by Prof. Davide Crepaldi [
http://www.davidecrepaldi.net] and Prof. Olivier Collignon [
https://sites.google.com/site/collignonlab/home].

SISSA and the CIMeC are ranked among the top 6 research universities in
Italy, and they both offer a friendly international environment with
state-of-the-art research tools, including MRI, EEG, MEG, TMS, eye
tracking, motion tracking, and access to neuropsychological patients.
English is the official language at both institutions, where a large
portion of the faculty, post-docs and students come from a wide range of
countries. Moreover, both Trieste e the Trentino region are consistently at
the top levels for quality of life, with fantastic nature (the Dolomite,
lake Garda, the Triestinian Karst) and a vibrant cultural environment
(Trento film festival, Christmas markets, la Barcolana, Trieste jazz
festival).

The ideal candidate has experience with electrophysiological neuroimaging
(EEG/MEG) and/or fMRI research. Programming skills, as well as interest in
methodological development (brain connectivity, pattern recognition,
machine learning) will be highly evaluated. Experience in language research
and/or research with special populations is a plus but not a necessity. We
are seeking for candidates with clear potential for publication in high–impact
neuroscience/experimental psychology journals, attention to details, and
good attitude towards teamwork.  Knowledge of Italian language is a bonus
but not required. Since the work will mostly involve testing blind people
with neuroimaging techniques, the post holder will spend most of her/his
time at CIMeC (University of Trento).

The commitment is for up to three years (1+2), with a competitive
European-level salary, depending upon qualifications and experience.

Ideal starting date would be around April-May 2017, but is negotiable, and
applications will be considered until mid March.

Applications including a CV and the names and contact details of two
referees should be sent to: davide.crepaldi at sissa.it, and/or
olivier.collignon at unitn.it. Informal inquiries are most welcome.
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