The Department of Biomedical, Metabolic, and Neural Sciences at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy seeks to fill two Postdoc positions who will work on the project “Healing the literacy crisis: innovative reading programs of assessment and intervention” under the supervision of Sendy Caffarra.

Tentative starting date: January 2024
Duration: 18 months

This project aims to: (1) provide rapid, reliable, accessible, and unified computer-based reading assessment tools that are suitable for children and adults with and without developmental disorders; (2) track behavioral and neurobiological predictors of reading improvement during innovative intervention programs (e.g., Augmentative Alternative Communication symbols), with a special focus on underrepresented populations. The project will be carried out with the collaboration of the University of Trieste (Italy).

We are seeking two qualified PostDocs with a doctorate in a relevant field (e.g., Psychology, Neuroscience, Linguistics) and shared interests in the core research areas described above. The researcher should ideally have extensive experience with developmental neuropsychological assessment with children and/or adults. Knowledge of the Italian language is desirable, but not a must. A good foundation in programming (Python, R) and statistical methods (e.g., LMMs, Bayesian approaches) would also be a plus.

Unimore is a historic university founded in 1175 and has a long research tradition in the domains of neuropsychology and medical sciences (the Department of Biomedical, Metabolic and Neural Sciences is a Centre of Excellence, 2018-2022). It is the venue of long-lasting bidirectional collaborations between the departments of Biomedical Science and Engineering. Being located in the middle of the Italian Motor Valley, it is a strong propeller of cutting-edge innovations in the fields of informatics and computer science, with implications in a wide range of disciplines, including education and clinical practice.

Interested applicants can contact Sendy Caffarra (