Postdoctoral Position: Language Processing in Blind Individuals, The International School of Advanced Studies in Trieste and the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences in Trento, Italy


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 investigating the neural circuits involved in semantic processes and their plasticity, and comparing sighted and blind individuals using combined MEG/fMRI methodologies.

The project is coordinated by Prof. Davide Crepaldi. SISSA and the CIMeC are ranked among the top 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 and 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 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:, and/or

Informal inquiries are most welcome.