November 7, 2016
Job title and research field
Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Computational Neuroscience
We are interested in understanding the computational principles that underlie the way neural systems realize decision-making and adaptive behavior; in particular, reward-based decision-making and learning (reinforcement learning), and social decision-making and learning. We seek a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow, with a strong quantitative background and interest in neuroscience, to work on these topics by building computational and mathematical models, often closely interacted with experiments (in-house fMRI or by our collaborators).
Examples of our current interest are
- Neural reinforcement learning: valuation and decision-making with inference and/or emotion; reinforcement learning with representation, structural, and deep learning; model-free and model-based learning
- Social functions: quantitative theory of mind; learning and inference about the environment structure and others' understanding of it; individual traits in decision-making and learning; empathy
For more information, please see our HP:http://www.itn.brain.riken.jp .
Applicants should have (or be expecting to receive soon) a Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g., computational neuroscience, computer science, physics, engineering or a related field). Proficiency in programming (e.g., MATLAB, C++) is expected. Robust experience and achievement in the research related to our interest is desirable. Generally, applicants are also encouraged to apply for JSPS or the other fellowships.
Lab. for Integrated Theoretical Neuroscience, 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.
Salary and benefits
- A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, to a maximum of the end of the fiscal year (March 31) in which the employee completes 7 years of employment.
- RIKEN may adjust the above maximum period of renewability based on a) the employee’s abilities, work load at the time of contract completion, performance and work attitude and b) the continuation of the employee’s center, laboratory or project and RIKEN’s management situation and budget at the time.
- The employee’s period of fixed-term employment cannot exceed 10 years from the initial date of hire (or 10 years from April 1, 2013 for fixed-term employees already at RIKEN prior to this date).
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Commuting and housing allowances will be provided. Social insurance will be applied. Mandatory membership in the RIKEN Mutual Benefit Society (RIKEN Kyosaikai). Days off include public holidays, New Year's holidays (Dec. 29 - Jan 3), and RIKEN Foundation Day. These and other provisions are in accordance with RIKEN regulations.
RIKEN is promoting a Gender Equity Program by taking various measures to create a workplace where both men and women are able to give full rein to their talents and abilities. When applicants are judged to be equally qualified on the basis of fair and impartial criteria, women applicants will be given preference (http://www.riken.go.jp/en/careers/working-at-riken/benefits/).
Also, eligible for an exemption from repayment for category 1 scholarship loans provided by the Japan Student Services Organization before fiscal year 2003, and eligible applying for the MEXT Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi).
Application and required documents
Curriculum vitae with photo, including a list of publications
Statement of research interests and reasons for wanting to join the lab (up to ~2 page)
Names and contact information of three references with a brief description of your relationship to each reference, including the current supervisor if available.
(Optional) any additional information you think may be useful (e.g. skills, experience, and background; hobbies, general interests, and so on)
Application will be closed when the positions are filled.
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Selection will be made based on application screening and in-person interview.
Start of Employment
Negotiable, but an early starting time is preferred.
Send application to
as email attachment. Informal enquiry should also be sent to the email account.
Lab. for Integrated Theoretical Neuroscience
RIKEN Brain Science Institute
Wako, Saitama 351-0198 Japan
Email: itninfo [at] brain.riken.jp (please change [at] to “@”)