The Yazaki-Sugiyama lab focuses on how early stage sensory experience shapes neural circuits in the brain, as well as how this time window is regulated, and guides the later development of higher cognitive functions using the bird song learning model. We are now seeking productive and motivated Post-Doctoral researchers who are interested in the following ongoing projects:
● Tracking early auditory memory for song learning and the neuronal mechanisms underlying critical periods of auditory memory formation.
● Tracking the social effects and social intelligence in song learning.
● New ideas in this area.


Job title
IRCN Postdoctoral Fellow (Project Researcher)
Starting Date
April 15, 2020 or later
The first contract will end on March 31, 2021 and is renewable on a fiscal year basis (from April 1 to March 31; every year) according to research budget, activity and achievements.
Contract duration is 3 years from the starting date at maximum.
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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