[FieldTrip] Research assistantship with possible PhD scholarship

antonio.tavella at virgilio.it antonio.tavella at virgilio.it
Tue May 22 14:29:24 CEST 2018

Apologies for multiple posting

The Group of Psychiatric Neuroscience at the University of Bari Aldo Moro will publish a call for a 1-year long Research Assistant position, renewable up to 4 years, in the field of Brain Imaging (MRI & MEG). Expressions of interest are welcome before June 30th. Candidates who are in the process of writing up their master thesis are encouraged to apply. The expected starting date is September 2018.  Research Assistants interested in pursuing a PhD at our department will have the opportunity to enroll in the Doctoral School in November, following positive evaluation.
The Group of Psychiatric Neuroscience is led by Prof. Alessandro Bertolino<http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/1XeTupcdMzw/bibliography/48332000/public/?sort=date&direction=ascending http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/1XeTupcdMzw/bibliography/48332000/public/?sort=date&direction=ascending > and Prof. Giuseppe Blasi<http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/browse/collection/43293042/?sort=date&direction=descending http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/browse/collection/43293042/?sort=date&direction=descending > and investigates the association of genetic variability with systems-level phenotypes, including structural and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Diffusion Tensor Imaging, Arterial Spin Labeling, and Magnetoencephalography. The Group of Psychiatric Neuroscience has access to and routinely tests psychiatric patients, relatives of patients, and individuals at risk for psychosis. The department has an in-house Elekta Triux magnetoencephalography installed in October 2016 with a dedicated technician.
The Research Assistant will work in the lab of Brain Imaging, Networks, and Data mining (BIND<http://www.uniba.it/ricerca/dipartimenti/smbnos/sezioni/psichiatria/psichiatria-en/research/neuroimaging-biostatistics-laboratory%20>) directed by Dr. Giulio Pergola<https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/1h_BanbtKt5AH/bibliography/40451553/public/?sort=date&direction=descending https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/1h_BanbtKt5AH/bibliography/40451553/public/?sort=date&direction=descending >, with the aim to investigate the biological basis of major psychiatric disorders by integrating multimodal data (genetic variation, gene expression, structural and functional MRI, MEG, and neuropsychology). The Research Assistant will contribute to neuroimaging data acquisition and analysis for projects funded both at local and European level (for recent articles from the lab, see [1]<http://www.nature.com/tp/journal/v7/n1/full/tp2016253a.html>, [2]<http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2018/05/02/1717135115>, [3]<https://academic.oup.com/cercor/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/cercor/bhy022/4836789?redirectedFrom=fulltext>).
The ideal candidate is a young graduate interested in neuroimaging, with a Master’s Degree in Neuroscience, Psychology, Medicine, Biotechnology, Applied Physics, or related fields. Knowledge of statistics and skills regarding the integration of imaging and machine learning are a plus. We expect the successful candidate to be motivated and research-oriented. It is equally important to have a team-working attitude and a motivation to fit in the group. Knowledge of Italian is not required, as the lab already hosts two international PhD students and research meetings are held in English.

Bari is a sunny city located by the sea in the east of southern Italy, and the third greatest city south of Rome. The cost of living is comparatively low relative to Italian standards. The net monthly salary of the Research Assistant will be > 1400 EUR. Please contact Dr. Giulio Pergola sending a CV and the contact details of at least two references if you would like to have more information on the position and on the ongoing projects (giulio.pergola at uniba.it mailto:giulio.pergola at uniba.it <mailto:giulio.pergola at uniba.it mailto:giulio.pergola at uniba.it >).
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