Call for expressions of interest: Position of Director, Center for Mind-Brain Sciences (CIMeC)

TRENTO (ITALY) – The University of Trento, Italy, invites expressions of interest from highly motivated scholars for the position of Director of the Center for Mind-Brain Sciences (CIMeC). The CIMeC’s purpose is to foster cutting-edge research on the neural underpinnings of cognition and to support the dissemination of these findings internationally and within the local community.

As an interdisciplinary research and teaching center, the center draws on faculty from several departments, including Psychology and Cognitive Science, Humanities and Philosophy, Physics, Mathematics, and Information Engineering and Computer Science. Its faculty originates from Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, USA, Canada, Argentina, Israel and beyond. Researchers study brain organization via the analysis of its functional, structural and physiological characteristics, in both normal and pathological conditions. Top-of-the-line instrumentation includes research-dedicated MRI, MEG, EEG, NIRS, TMS and eye tracking solutions, as well as systems for studying kinematics. In addition, the affiliated Center for Neurocognitive Rehabilitation (CERiN) is specialized in the study of clinical cases.

In the last 5 years CIMeC faculty have won many competitive national and international grants, including 1 European Research Council (ERC) advanced grant, 1 ERC consolidator grant, 6 ERC starting grants, other European Framework grants and highly competitive grants awarded by the local province. The center has recently been ranked the leading cognitive neuroscience research unit in Italy. The University of Trento is interested in applications from candidates with an excellent research record and experience in the area of cognitive neuroscience.

Candidate profile

Candidates must have an excellent research and teaching record in the area of Cognitive Neuroscience.
They must be able to work individually and as part of a team in a multidisciplinary and international environment. They would be expected to contribute to the Center’s overall goal of developing cutting-edge research in the area of Cognitive Neuroscience. Applicants must have:

  • Internationally-recognized research experience
  • The rank of tenured full professor
  • Research/academic administrative experience such as directing a research center or chairing a department
  • Proven skills in fund-raising from (public or private) national, EU and international sources
  • Some fluency in Italian
  • In addition, experience in areas of interaction between clinical neurology and basic research in cognitive neuroscience is desirable.

The University of Trento is committed to providing equal opportunities regardless of gender and race. Applicants should submit their expression of interest by providing a statement addressing their suitability for appointment (max 2 pages) and a CV to the Rector:

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 30 September 2015. Applications will be evaluated confidentially by an International Advisory Committee appointed by the Academic Senate of the University of Trento. The Director’s mandate shall last three years. The appointment will be renewable. The contract between the Director and the University of Trento shall be defined according to the status of the chosen candidate. The salary shall be negotiable, abiding by the Italian University Regulations.

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