Researcher position in Electrophysiological Investigation of Sensorimotor communication - [ Researcher ]

Workplace: CTNSC@UniFe
Added on: 12/06/2017 - Expires on: 15/07/2017

The Centre for Translational Neurophysiology of Speech and Communication (CTNSC), led by Prof. Luciano Fadiga, is opening a Researcher position involved in the Micro-ECoG project.

Job Description: Although perception and action have been classically studied apart, recently a big deal of attention is focused on the intrinsic relationship between action and perception. This has led to describe regions in motor areas that exhibit visual responses during action observation. It has been proposed that this interaction between visual and motor processes effectively creates a communication channel between individuals whereby the shared implicit motor knowledge about movement production is used to interpret observed actions for the purpose of social interactions. However, despite more than two decades of research, it is still unknown which information is encoded in the visual responses of motor areas and how they are established in the first place. Providing an answer to these questions, in addition to functional implications, can have also important translational applications in disorders (e.g. autism) that are characterized by dysfunctional social behaviors/interactions.

To address these issues, we plan to investigate the brain correlates of communicative/interactive behaviors by (1) high-density surface microelectrodes for electrocorticography (micro-ECoG), to record electrical signals directly from the cortex of human patients during neurosurgery for brain lesions and (2) EEG, fMRI and behavioral techniques in healthy individuals. The aim of the project is twofold. First, describe the neural activity recorded from the cortical surface in patients while they are performing communicative tasks. Second, investigate, in healthy individuals, the potential plasticity of the neuronal mechanisms underlying others’ action perception.

The candidate should have a strong technical and theoretical background (PhD in Neuroscience or similar), extensive experience in recording and analyzing physiological signals from the primate brain, knowledge of neural signal processing and neuroimaging skills, a strong background in Systems/Cognitive Neuroscience with prior experience in cortical electrophysiology and an inquisitive mind.

The successful candidate will work in a fully equipped laboratory in the Center for Translational Neurophysiology in Ferrara with the possibility to collaborate with an interdisciplinary team of engineers, biologists and material scientists. Salary will  be highly competititve and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Please submit your application, including a detailed curriculum vitae, 3 representative publications and 2 pages of research statement in PDF format to applications@iit.it quoting “Researcher position in Electrophysiological Investigation of Sensorimotor communication - BC: 73113” in the subject line.

Candidates must also request 3 reference letters to be sent directly in PDF format to applications@iit.it by the referees.

Applications deadline: July 15th, 2017.

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (http://www.iit.it) is a private Foundation which promotes Italy's technological development and higher education in science and technology. Research at IIT is carried out in highly innovative scientific fields with state-of-the-art technology.

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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