Postdoctoral position in “multisensory integration and development for learning and skills” - [ Postdoc ]

Workplace: Genova, IIT@CHT
Added on: 02/03/2017 - Expires on: 22/03/2017

One postdoctoral position focusing on the study of multisensory integration in children and adults with and without sensory disabilities will be available from May 2017.

The selected candidate will work on the study of unisensory and multisensory skills, audio-visual-tactile integration for geometrical and arithmetical development in children with and without disability. The post-Doc will also evaluate technological solutions to teach arithmetic and geometrical skills in children.

 He/she will work in a fully equipped laboratory in the “U-VIP (Unit for Visually Impaired People, team leader Monica Gori) and have the opportunity to pursue research within the “WeDRAW” project carried out with a consortium composed by an interdisciplinary team of psychologists, engineers, rehabilitators, teachers and physicists, pedagogics and SME directors. The WeDRAW project (“Exploiting the best sensory modality for learning arithmetic and geometrical concepts based on multisensory interactive Information and Communication Technologies and serious games”, www.wedraw.eu) is funded by the European Union's H2020 Programme with Grant Agreement 732391.

The goal of the project is to develop and test technologies to support learning and skills in school age children with and without sensory impairment through:

  • The development of a new set of tests to quantify performance of children on arithmetic and geometrical  tasks
  • The validation of the technology through users, experimental and clinical studies.

Research for this Postdoctoral position will involve:

• evaluation of multisensory skills through psychophysical and behavioral experiments during development.

• design of experiments, testing and data analysis (psychophysics, motion tracking analysis).

The ideal candidate should possess a Master’s Degree in Psychology and a Ph.D. Degree in Neuroscience. Please note that the PhD degree should be obtained before the starting date of the employment (May 2017).

He/she should have experience in cognitive neuroscience and clinics. He/she should also have published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and conferences in the related field. Experience with psychophysical measurements, motion tracking, data analysis, device development, statistics, modeling and programming is an asset. Moreover, previous experience with clinical populations of children and knowledge related to visual impairment and laboratory-platform development are desired. The candidate should have knowledge of Matlab.

Salary will be highly competitive and commensurate with qualification and experience.

Interested applicants should submit CV, list of publications, names of 2 referees and a statement of research interest both to monica.gori@iit.it and to applications@iit.it  by March 22, 2017 quoting “Postdoctoral position in multisensory integration and development for learning and skills - CB 73599” in the subject line.

Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia – IIT (www.iit.it) - was founded with the objective of promoting Italy's technological development and further education in science and technology. In this framework, IIT’s scientific program is based on the combination of basic scientific research with the development of technical applications, a major inspirational principle. The research areas cover scientific topics of high innovative content, representing the most advanced frontiers of modern technology, with wide application possibilities in various fields ranging from medicine to industry, from computer science to robotics, life sciences and nanobiotechnology.

In order to comply with Italian law (art. 23 of Privacy Law of the Italian Legislative Decree n. 196/03), the candidate is kindly asked to give his/her consent to allow IIT to process his/her personal data. We inform you that the information you provide will be solely used for the purpose of assessing your professional profile to meet the requirements of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. Your data will be processed by Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, with its headquarters in Genoa, Via Morego 30, acting as the Data Holder, using computer and paper-based means, observing the rules on the protection of personal data, including those relating to the security of data. Please also note that, pursuant to art.7 of Legislative Decree 196/2003, you may exercise your rights at any time as a party concerned by contacting the Data Manager.

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

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