Yoko Yazaki-Sugiyama (IRCN Principal Investigator) lab is interested in how neuronal circuits are shaped with early sensory experiences and then guide development of higher cognitive function using bird song learning. The lab seeks postdocs who will work in the Neuronal mechanism for critical period Unit. This research unit works on the brain mechanism for bird song learning.
Postdocs are expected to work on the project: Revealing neuronal mechanism for regulation of song memory formation by social interaction. (ref: Yanagihara & Yazaki-Sugiyama 2018, Behav Process, 10.1016/j.beproc.2018.04.003; 2016, Nat. Commun, doi: 10.1038/NCOMMS11946) However, other projects are also welcome with discussions.


Job title
IRCN Postdoctoral Fellow (Project Researcher)
Starting Date
January 1, 2019 (Negotiable)
The first contract will be ended on March 31, 2019. The contract is renewable on a fiscal year basis (from April 1 to March 31; every year) according to research budget, research activity, and research achievements. Contract duration is until March 31, 2021.
Place of Work
International Research Center for Neurointelligence
The University of Tokyo, Institutes for Advanced Study
7-3-1 Hongo Bunkyo-ku Tokyo, 113-0033 JAPAN
● Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent in a related field
● Good communication skill in English
● Experience in neuroscience field, especially in electrophysiology will be preferred.
Compensation & Benefits
● Salary: To be determined in accordance with the University of Tokyo Regulations
● Commuter allowance: JPY55,000 per month at maximum
● Social Insurance: Eligible for MEXT* Mutual Aid Association membership,employees’ pension, employment insurance, and workers’ accident compensation insurance. (*MEXT: Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)
● Vacation: Annual paid vacation, Sick leave (paid), Special vacation (paid)
Working Hours
Discretionary labor system, based on 7 hours, 45 minutes per day, or 38 hours 45 minutes per week
Saturdays and Sundays; Statutory public holidays of Japan; Year-end and New Year holidays (December 29 through January 3); Summer holidays
Applications and Selection Process
Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled.
Application documents:
      ● Curriculum vita in English
      ● Cover letter in English
      ● Name and contact address for two references, one of which should be a previous employer

Submission: Interested applicants should send application materials to: (Please replace # with @ before using this email address)

Selection Process: All applications will be screened, and only those qualified will be scheduled for an interview (on-site or via video).

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