Postdoc Position in “Understanding heterogeneity in the AUTISMS” - [ Postdoc ]

Workplace: Rovereto, IIT@unitn
Added on: 05/02/2020 - Expires on: 25/02/2020

The Neurodevelopmental Disorders Research Line at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia - IIT (, led by Dr. Michael Lombardo, is looking for 1 talented Post-doc as part of ongoing research understanding multilievel heterogeneity in the autisms. These positions are funded by a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant Decomposing Heterogeneity in Autism Spectrum Disorders (AUTISMS), Grant Agreement n° 755816. The work will require successful candidates to design and run new empirical studies that could utilize eye tracking, EEG, fMRI, and/or MEG methods and innovate with regards to utilization of novel paradigms for probing social cognition and/or social communication (e.g., naturalistic viewing, socially interactive paradigms). The work also has a large data science component and will utilize multiple existing big data resources that are both broad (large n) and deep (multiple levels of data within individuals) and span multiple levels of analysis (e.g., early longitudinal clinical behavioral development, early eye tracking data, early intervention treatment data, multi-modal neuroimaging data, and transcriptomic datasets).


Successful applicants will work with the PI, other lab members, and international collaborators on a variety of actions focused on identifying important subtypes of patients with ASD. Successful applicants will also be expected to develop and showcase independence, exemplified through any number of ways, including for example, developing novel research ideas and projects, developing of new analysis methods, writing papers and aiding in grant applications, and supervising junior lab members.


  • Possession of a PhD degree in a discipline related to the work we do in the lab (e.g., psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience, bioinformatics, network science);
  • Native or near-native command/knowledge of English language;
  • Expertise or experience in one of more of the methodologies utilized in the lab – e.g., eye tracking, EEG, fMRI, MEG, network science, connectomics, longitudinal data analysis, bioinformatics (e.g., transcriptomics), systems biology;
  • Data science and computational skills (e.g., multivariate statistics, machine learning, coding skills in MATLAB, R, Python) and experience dealing with big data;
  • The applicant should be highly motivated and able to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • Research experience and/or advanced knowledge of the field of autism and neurodevelopmental disorders.

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

Applications, including detailed cover letter, curriculum vitae, and name and contacts of 2 refeeres, must be submitted in PDF format to and quoting “Postdoc Position in Understanding heterogeneity in the AUTISMS, CB 77440” in the subject line.

The deadline for applications is February 25th, 2020.

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Neurodevelopmental Disorders


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