The IRCN babylab seeks to hire a post-doctoral researcher to join our team. Our lab examines the role of the social environment in early human language acquisition. What is the role of different social and communicative cues during the learning process? How does learning change as a function of an infant’s age and environment? We seek to discover and define mechanisms through which social factors and environments influence the early acquisition of speech sounds and words. The successful applicant will work on a new project aimed at quantifying the social-communicative cues encountered by typically developing Japanese infants in their home environment, and their relationship to language acquisition outcomes. This will involve planning, conducting, and analyzing behavioral/eye-tracking experiments as well as day-long audio recordings.


Job title
IRCN Postdoctoral Fellow (Project Researcher)
Starting Date
Negotiable after April 1, 2020
The first contract will be ended on March 31, 2021. 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, 2022.
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 skills in Japanese and English
● Experience with research in infant or child development, experimental psychological methods, day-long audio recordings
● Good R/Python coding skills
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)
● A fixed amount of relocation allowance will be paid according to University regulations.
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: When the position is filled

Application documents:
      ● Cover letter in English
      ● Curriculum vita in English
      ● Publication list
      ● 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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