Post-doctoral position in Neuroscience of Pain - [ Postdoc ]

Workplace: Roma, IIT@SAPIENZA
Added on: 30/04/2019 - Expires on: 24/05/2019

The Neuroscience and Behaviour Research Line led by Prof. Giandomenico Iannetti is opening a Post-doctoral position for contributing to address one of the core questions of the laboratory: does the brain activity sampled by functional neuroimaging techniques when a human subject experiences pain reflects the neuronal activity causing the painful experience? This research activity is part of a larger research project funded by the European Research Council (ERC Project Acronym: PAINSTRAT – grant agreement n° 649020) in the field of the neuroscience of pain. The project has two main objectives: (1) developing neurophysiological biomarkers of pain perception, and (2) developing neurophysiological biomarkers of the susceptibility to develop chronic pain.

The laboratory has produced seminal publications in the field of pain neuroscience. Currently, the laboratory uses psychophysical and neurophysiological approaches to conduct experiments that investigate fundamental questions in human perception and behaviour. For a full publication list see: www.iannettilab.net and https://goo.gl/RcY1ER. The laboratory is based both at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT, in Rome), and it is composed by an international team of researchers with complementary expertise in this field. The laboratory has a number of long-standing international collaborations both in Europe and overseas. Therefore, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in an exciting cultural environment, and the possibility of interacting with national and international research groups working on sensorimotor neuroscience and clinical pain.

The laboratory is fully equipped with the technology to combine behavioural measures, physiological recordings (microneurography, spinal and brainstem reflexes, electroencephalography, access to fMRI) and brain stimulation. In particular, the laboratory has been developing and using a number of tools for nociceptive stimulation in in-vivo models (e.g. laser stimulation of cutaneous afferents, chemical and electrical stimulation of nociceptors).

The candidate should have a strong publication record in the field of human sensory neuroscience and pain, and experience with the collection and analysis of neurophysiological data. Analytical skills and experience in time-series analysis are desirable. The ideal candidate should be independent, proactive, suited for collaborative work in a team with senior and junior collaborators, as well as interact with other groups in international networks.

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

For inquiries, please contact Giandomenico.Iannetti@iit.it

Please submit your application, including a detailed curriculum vitae, name and contacts of 2 referees and 3 representative publications in PDF format to applications@iit.it quoting “Post-doctoral position in Neuroscience of Pain CB 76728” in the subject line.

Applications deadline: May 24, 2019.

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