[visionlist] Announcement of PhD positions in Cognitive Neuroscience at SISSA (Italy)

Davide Zoccolan zoccolan at sissa.it
Mon Feb 18 04:25:48 -04 2019

Dear Vision List members,

Please spread the word -- the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste (Italy) has PhD fellowships open in Cognitive Neuroscience. Two calls are currently open. One call welcomes applicants until February 28, 2019. This is a special selection procedure for Non-European candidates (Non-European refers to your passport, not your current location), based on academic qualifications only. The second call welcomes applicants until March 12, 2019 and it is open to all candidates (EU and not-EU alike). In this case, the selection will be based on academic qualifications, a written exam and oral exam.

Here is the PhD website <https://phdcns.sissa.it/> and a quick video about SISSA <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYB3Q0Bq6kg>.
To apply, follow this link: https://www.sissa.it/bandi/concorso-lammissione-ai-corsi-di-phd-della-sissa-lanno-accademico-201920-announcements

An overview:
The PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at SISSA aims at providing students with the fundamental knowledge and skills for conducting cutting-edge research in the field, covering topics as diverse as perception, language, memory, inference, action, and social behaviour. Some of our research is also translational in nature (e.g., cognitive neuropsychology), thus offering opportunity for a career outside academia.
The School is strongly research oriented, reflected in our ability to attract highly competitive funding (there are five on-going ERC grants in Cognitive Neuroscience, several Human Frontier projects, and so on). We hold strong international research ties (e.g., NTNU, Harvard, Oxford); and publish in leading journals such as Current Biology, PNAS, Science and Nature.
The program has a strongly interdisciplinary approach: our research themes and expertise are suitable for students with backgrounds in computer science, math, medicine, experimental psychology, theoretical physics, biology and linguistics, as well as neuroscience proper, obviously. The official language at SISSA is English, so speaking Italian is NOT a requirement.   
The workload is mostly focused on conducting a research project under the supervision of our faculty, and in collaboration with fellow students, post-docs and possibly external professionals, such as neurologists, biologists or rehabilitation experts. For first-year students, the School also offers courses on the foundations of cognitive neuroscience, both theoretical and methodological.
In addition to this frontal and hands-on learning, the School provides its students with a vibrant research environment, further fostering their growth. A journal club series takes place weekly; post-docs offer research talks every other week; a summer school is offered yearly, bringing to SISSA both a cohort of brilliant external students to interact with, and some of the most established scholars in the field; national and international visitors come regularly to SISSA offering both cutting-edge talks and opportunity for one-to-one or small group meetings.
Recent placements after PhD at SISSA include Harvard University and MIT (Cambridge, USA), Princeton University (Princeton, USA), Norwegian University for Science and Technology (Trondheim, Norway), Glasgow University (Glasgow, Scotland, UK), Manchester University (Manchester, UK), Université de Genève (Geneva, Switzerland), University of Southern California (Los Angeles, USA), Radboud University Nijmegen (Nijmegen, Netherlands), Sydney University (Sydney, Australia) and many more.

Davide Zoccolan, PhD    Office: +39 040 3787 701
International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)
Deputy coordinator of the Neuroscience Area
Web (Lab): http://people.sissa.it/~zoccolan
Web (Cog. Neurosci. Group): http://phdcns.sissa.it

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