PhD and post-doc position – Sani’s Lab



We are looking for two candidates to work on a SNSF-Starting grant investigating the brain mechanisms of spatial and object-based attention in healthy human subjects and stroke patients by means of multi-modal MRI and Virtual Reality.

The postdoctoral fellow will be initially appointed for two years with the possibility to extend. She/he should have a doctoral degree in neuroscience, cognitive science, psychology, or related fields. Required qualifications are hands-on experience with brain imaging, experimental design, data analysis and programming (e.g., SPM, Matlab, Python, UNIX, FSL, Freesurfer, AFNI etc), scientific writing, and very good organization and communication skills. The successful candidate will have demonstrated academic productivity in the form of peer reviewed scientific publications.

The PhD student will be appointed for four years, should have a background in neuroscience, cognitive science, engineering, or related fields. Experience in quantitative methods, experimental research, and brain imaging will be highly beneficial. The ideal candidate is pro-active, able to work independently, and has excellent organization and communication skills. Candidates must be highly motivated to develop expertise in applying cognitive science and neuroimaging methods to problems in attentional research.

The candidates will have the opportunity to acquire, analyze and interpret multi-modal MRI and behavioral data from ongoing projects. Example projects include mechanistic studies of attention, high level vision, perception in traditional and Virtual Reality experiments, study of stroke patients. They will use mostly 3T MRI, with the possibility of exploratory experiments at high-field 7T MRI. Candidates will receive one on one mentoring and work in a collaborative, vibrant, multi-disciplinary environment to gain experience in neuroscientific research. We offer a competitive salary.

Please email the following application material to Ilaria Sani ( using the subject heading “AttentiveBrains PhD/Postdoctoral Position Application”• Motivation letter outlining research experience and interests, career plans, and fit for the position (1 or 2 pages)• CV• 1-3 names of possible references• If available, a sample publication or preprint; otherwise, a poster or a short (300 words max) description of a previous research project

Deadline for application: January 9th 2023

Ideal starting date: April 1st 2023

Revision of applications will start right away and continue until the positions are filled. Additional positions will open at the end of 2023 and will focus on animal and patient research. Please contact if you are interested.