Researcher position in “Innovative strategies for neuroprosthetics using light-sensitive smart materials” - [ Researcher ]

Workplace: Genova, NSYN@Unige
Added on: 10/06/2019 - Expires on: 10/07/2019

The Center for Synaptic Neuroscience and Technology (NSYN@Unige) at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, under the supervision of prof. Fabio Benfenati, is opening a Researcher position within the Neuroscience and Smart Materials Research Line.

The research project will investigate in vitro and ex vivo light-sensitive smart materials including nanoparticles, photochromic molecules and optogenetic probes and investigate their effects in vitro and in vivo, with the aim of setting up innovative strategies for neuroprosthetics. The main objectives are to elucidate the mechanisms of photo-transduction by these materials in primary neurons/retina explants and evaluate the in vivo rescue of visual activity after implant/injection of the materials in the eye.

The successful applicant should have a PhD in Neuroscience, Neurophysiology, Biotechnology or a similar subject and an in-depth experience in material interfacing with neurons, neurobiology and neurophysiology. Experience in optogenetics and in-vivo recordings of animal models will be considered a plus.

Salary and benefits are competitive for international standards.

Please submit your application (deadline July 10, 2019), including a detailed curriculum, 3 representative publications and 2 pages of research statement in PDF format to  quoting “Researcher in Innovative strategies for neuroprosthetics using light-sensitive smart materials, CB 77063” in the subject line.

Candidates must also request three reference letters to be sent directly in PDF format to by the referees.

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, with its headquarters in Genoa, Italy, is a non-profit institution with the primary goal of creating and disseminating scientific knowledge and strengthening Italy's technological competitiveness. IIT's research endeavour focuses on high-tech and innovation, representing the forefront of technology with possible application from medicine to industry, computer science, robotics, life sciences and nanobiotechnologies.

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks diversity in the workforce.

Please note that the data that you provide will be used exclusively for the purpose of  professional profiles’ evaluation and selection, and in order to meet the requirements of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia.

Your data will be processed by Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, based in Genoa, Via Morego 30, acting as Data Controller, in compliance with the rules on protection of personal data, including those related to data security.

Please also note that, pursuant to articles 15 et. seq. of European Regulation no. 679/2016 (General Data Protection Regulation), you may exercise your rights at any time by contacting the Data Protection Officer (phone +39 010 71781 - email: dpo[at]

Involved Research lines
Neuroscience and Smart Materials


IIT's website uses the following types of cookies: browsing/session, analytics, functional and third party cookies. Users can choose whether or not to accept the use of cookies and access the website. By clicking on "Further Information", the full information notice on the types of cookies will be displayed and you will be able to choose whether or not to accept them whilst browsing on the website
Further Information
Accept and close