PhD in Cognitive, Social and Affective Neuroscience (CoSAN)

Call for Application for Prospective Ph.D. Students

Code: 16167 - Psychology and Social Neuroscience

Research curriculum in Cognitive Social and Affective Neurosciences (CoSAN)


What: 3 three-year funded PhD positions in Cognitive, Social and Affective Neuroscience (CoSAN) Programme

Who: Highly-motivated applicants with a deep interest in systems neuroscience and higher-order cognitive, affective and social functions are encouraged to apply.

Preferred Degrees: Psychology, Medicine, Neuroscience, Computational Neuroscience, Computer graphics, Computer Science, Biomedical engineering, Statistics, Mathematics. Computer Programming skills are in particularly high demand.

Applications are invited from candidates who:

  • hold an Italian Diploma di Laurea, Laurea Specialistica and Laurea Magistrale in any discipline,
  • hold an equivalent second-level degree (generally equivalent to a Master’s Degree) obtained in any country, in any discipline
  • expect to receive their degree award by October 31th 2018


Coordinator of the Programme: Prof. Salvatore Maria Aglioti, Director of the Social Neuroscience Laboratory, Santa Lucia Foundation and Sapienza University of Rome

Stipend: Euro 15,343.82 per year, before taxes

Research Topics:

Neural correlates of cognitive, social and affective processes including:

  • Bodily and brain correlates of Intergroup processing, stereotype and prejudice.
  • Joint attention and joint action in healthy and brain damaged people.
  • Intention, action and emotion understanding.
  • Pain perception, empathy for pain, existential neuroscience.
  • Body awareness and Self-Other distinction in healthy, spinal cord injured, and brain damaged people.
  • Embodiment and agency in Immersive virtual reality. 

Research Techniques: 

  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
  • Transcranial electric Stimulation (tDCS, tACS)
  • Electroencephalography (EEG), including:
  • Somatosensory Evoked Potentials (SEP)
  • Laser Evoked Potentials (LEP)
  • Infrared Eye-tracking and Motion-tracking
  • Thermal Imaging
  • Immersive virtual reality (CAVE and Head mounted display)
  • Lesion Mapping analysis
  • fMRI

Admission is based on an evaluation of the skills and aptitude of the candidate, and the selection procedure includes two steps:

Phase 1: Evaluation of qualifications (evaluation will be published on July 19th 2018)

Phase 2: On site (or video-conference) interview (from September 25th 2018, h. 9.00 a.m.)

Application Deadline: Friday, July 6th 2018, h. 11.59 p.m.

How to apply



Administrative Requests: Michela La Padula,

Scientific Requests:

Salvatore M. Aglioti (, Matteo Candidi (