Postdoctoral positions in “Computational Neuroscience” - [ Postdoc ]

Workplace: Rovereto, IIT@unitn
Added on: 19/04/2019 - Expires on: 18/05/2019

2 postdoctoral positions will be available at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia to work with Prof. Stefano Panzeri (, within the Neural Computation Research Line.

The laboratory investigates, by developing and using advanced data analysis methods and neural network models, how circuits of neurons in the brain encode information and use it to produce appropriate behaviors. These positions will allow the candidate to choose the research project that he would like to develop within this research area. The laboratory offers a wide range of interdisciplinary expertise in computational neuroscience, including both advanced neural analysis techniques and neural network modeling.  The laboratory also offers a thriving, ambitious research environment which is well funded (including several grants from the NIH Brain Initiative). Moreover, the laboratory offers extensive long-term international collaborations with empirical neuroscience laboratories (including Chris Harvey at Harvard Medical School, Wei Lee at Children’s Hospital, Christoph Kayser at Bielefeld, Nikos Logothetis at Tuebingen, Mathew Diamond at SISSA, Tommaso Fellin and Cristina Becchio at the IIT, Alex Thiele at Newcastle) and ample opportunities for advanced training and personal scientific growth.   

We seek candidates holding a PhD in a numerate or neuroscientific discipline, with a solid computational background and a keen interest in neuroscience. They must be highly motivated and creative individuals who want to work in a dynamic, multi-disciplinary research environment and be willing to interact with both experimental and theoretical neuroscientists. 

The successful candidates will have the opportunity to conduct research at the IIT center in Rovereto (Italy), or at the IIT headquarters in Genova (Italy).

For representative recent publications, see:

Runyan C. A., et al (2017) Distinct timescales of population coding across cortex, Nature: 548: 92-96.

Panzeri S., et al (2017) Cracking the neural code for sensory perception by combining statistics, intervention and behaviour. Neuron 93: 491-507

Safaai, H., et al (2015) Modelling the effect of Locus Coeruleous firing on single trial cortical state dynamics and sensory processing. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 112(41): 12834–12839

Applications (full CV, statement of research interest and name and contact of 2 referees) should be sent by e-mail to, quoting “Postdoctoral positions in Computational Neuroscience, CB 76472 - 76551” in the subject line. The deadline for applications is May 18th, 2019. Applications will be examined until the position is filled.

IIT was established in 2003 and successfully created a large-scale infrastructure in Genova and a network of 10 state-of-the-art laboratories countrywide with an international staff of about 1100 people from more than 50 countries. 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 nano-biotechnologies.

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

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Dr. Stefano Panzeri
Involved Research lines
Neural Computation


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