International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) is an elite postgraduate research institution located in Trieste, Italy, and focused on Maths, Physics and Neuroscience. It operates in English: many among its students and faculty are not Italian. The Cognitive Neuroscience Department hosts 7 research labs that study the neuronal bases of time and magnitude processing (Bueti), visual perception (Zoccolan), motivation and intelligence (Rumiati), language and reading (Crepaldi), tactile perception and learning (Diamond), neural computation (Treves), and inference (Mathys). The Department is highly interdisciplinary; our approaches include behavioural, psychophysics, and neurophysiological experiments with humans and animals, computational and mathematical models.
Students with diverse backgrounds (physics, math, medicine, psychology, biology) are most welcome to apply. The Department has an exceptional track record with highly competitive funds (recent funding includes 4 ERC and 3 Human Frontiers grants) and publication in top journals (Nature, Science, PNAS, Current Biology). Recent placements after PhD include Harvard, MIT, Columbia and Princeton in the US; the NTNU, Manchester and Radboud University in Europe; and Sydney University, Australia. Our alumni have been awarded 4 ERC grants, the 2015 Kandel Young Neuroscientist Prize and the 2017 ICTP Prize.
Please contact the PhD Coordinator and/or your prospective supervisor for more information and informal enquiries.
Application deadline: 12 March 2019