A Postdoctoral Position in Computational Neuroscience,
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October 20, 2016


Job title and research field

Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Computational Neuroscience

Job description and qualification

Our lab is interested in dynamic information representation and processing by neural circuits and the modeling of activity-dependent plasticity in the brain. We seek highly motivated postdoctoral researchers with a strong analytical background and interest in neuroscience. Applicants should have a PhD in physics, neuroscience, mathematics, computer science, or a related area. Candidates who want to bridge theory and experiment in close collaboration with an experimental lab are also encouraged to apply. Current interest of the lab includes:

  • Elucidating how complex activity dynamics are generated by underlying neural circuits and how the network dynamics influence information processing (PLoS Comput. Biol. 2015; Phys. Rev. E 2011)
  • Modeling Hebbian and homeostatic synaptic plasticity across developmental stages (Neuron 2013; Neuron 2014)
  • A statistical mechanics approach to characterize neural codewords and its engineering application (Sci. Rep. 2015; Phys. Rev. E 2015)

For more information, please see http://toyoizumilab.brain.riken.jp/
A high-performance computer cluster is accessible for simulations and data analyses.

Work location

RIKEN Brain Science Institute (2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama, Japan) is located in greater Tokyo area, about 30 min from the center of the city by train.

Condition and benefits

One-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, up to the end of the fiscal year exceeding seven years since the initial date of hire.
RIKEN will decide whether to enter into a new contract on the basis of the employee’s abilities, work load, performance, work attitude, continuation of the center, laboratory or project in which the employee is involved at the time of termination of the original contract, and on the basis of RIKEN’s situation and budget conditions at the time.
For contracts entered into on or after April 1, 2013, RIKEN will not enter into a new fixed-term employment contract that extends the employee’s total years of employment at RIKEN to more than 10 years.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Commuting and housing allowances will be provided. Social insurance will be applied.
*RIKEN promotes a Gender Equity Program by taking various measures to create an equitable workplace. where both men and women are able to give full rein to their talents and abilities.

RIKEN BSI is an international research institute. We use English as the common language for research and for administration.

Application and required documents

  1. Complete CV
  2. List of publications
  3. Contact information for two or three references

The search will continue until the positions are filled.

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Selection process

Selection will be made based on application screening and interviews.

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Contact information

Taro Toyoizumi, Ph.D.
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan
RIKEN Brain Science Institute
Email: toyoizumilab[at]ml.riken.jp