Postdoctoral position on attention and memory at Sapienza University of Rome, Sapienza, Rome, Italy

The Computational Cognitive Science Lab led by Dr. Moreno I. Coco at the Department of Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome is looking for one post-doctoral fellow to join for 2 years and contribute to the project “The attentional curve of forgetting visual information in younger and older adults: experimental and computational insights .”, which is funded through the program PRIN 2022, sponsored by our Ministry of Education and Excellence (MIUR).

This project combines novel experimental eye-tracking paradigms with advanced statistical modelling to provide a new theoretical and practical angle to investigate the cognitive phenomenon of forgetting, which is yet poorly understood. It aims to tackle three main objectives: (1) link overt attention to forgetting naturalistic visual information and provide key insights into the relationship between acquisition and memory decay; (2) develop statistical and mathematical models that can predict the rate of forgetting at the level of individuals and stimuli, integrating recognition performance, cognitive efficiency and measures of overt attention and (3) uncover the impact of cognitive ageing on the attentional curve of forgetting to gauge the memory mechanisms that change, or are preserved, as we age.

I am seeking a highly motivated computational cognitive scientist with a Ph.D. in Human Cognitive Neuroscience, Computer Science, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and cognates disciplines.

I expect solid experience in eye movements and memory mechanisms with desirable knowledge of cognitive ageing; and an excellent command of computer programming in at least one of the following languages: Matlab, R, Julia, Python or C++.

These skills will be assessed during the interview taking place on the 25th of October.

The link to apply is:

The deadline to receive applications is the 13th of October 2023.

Candidates are requested a Curriculum Vitae complete with all academic track records, and two reference letters. Moreover, they have to fill in 4 separate documents (see Annexes A, B, C and D) that can be found in the announcement of the call.

As the process may be a bit bureaucratic, especially regarding these forms, candidates who may need support in filling out the documents can get in touch.

The Sapienza University of Rome scores third in Italy and 171st in the world according to the 2023 QS World Ranking. The Department of Psychology is the first in Italy, with a strong orientation towards quantitative and applied research in psychology and has been awarded several excellence grants in the past decades. It is equipped with various technologies to study human cognition behaviourally (e.g., eye-tracking with/without virtual reality) and physiologically (e.g., electroencephalograms), and its faculty members enjoy strong links with other public research institutions (e.g., Santa Lucia Hospital).

Rome, also known as the “Eternal City” does not need much presentation. It is the vibrant capital of Italy. It offers a wide range of cultural heritage sites, museums, top-quality food, and entertainment. Being placed at the centre of Italy, it also makes it an ideal position to discover other beautiful spots in our country.

For informal inquiries please send an email to Dr. Moreno I. Coco.  

Application deadline: 13 October 2023

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