ツァイ ミンボ研究室では、高度なfMRI解析(エンコーディングやデコーディングモデルなど)や、自然主義的な課題を用いた実験デザイン、自発的な思考の評価などの分野で豊富な経験を持つ、特任研究員を募集しています。

Mingbo Cai Lab is seeking a talented neuroscientist with extensive experience in the areas of advanced fMRI analysis, (such as encoding or decoding models) and the design of experiments using naturalistic tasks and assessing spontaneous thoughts. A postdoctoral position up to three years is available at Dr. Mingbo Cai’s lab at the International Research Center for Neurointelligence, The University of Tokyo. You will work on an exciting international collaboration project co-funded by AMED of Japan and DFG of Germany directed by both Dr. Cai and Dr. Nicolas Schuck at Max Planck Institute for Human Development. You will also have the opportunity to collaborate remotely with Dr. Quentin Huys at the University College London. The project will focus on understanding the contents and dynamics of spontaneous thoughts using fMRI decoding and natural tasks. In the later stage of the project, we also plan to examine the clinical implication of differences in spontaneous thoughts. Applicants with experience working on populations with mental disorders are also highly encouraged to apply. The working language is English. The working location is at The University of Tokyo, Japan. International applicants are highly welcome.

募集要項

Job title
Postdoctoral Fellow (Full-time Fixed-term)
Employment Period
Starting Date: Negotiable (at least 3 months after an offer is made for international applicants due to visa preparation)
The first contact will be ended on March 31, 2022 (due to Japanese fiscal year)
Renewable
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.
Maximal contract duration is until January 31, 2024.
Probationary Period
Six months from the date of arrival.
Affiation
Cai (IRCN Principal Investigator) lab, with possibility of traveling to collaboratingn labs
Place of Work
The IRCN Cai lab, International Research Center for Neurointelligence, The University of Tokyo, Institutes for Advanced Study
7-3-1 Hongo Bunkyo-ku Tokyo, 113-0033 JAPAN
*This can be changed due to work circumstances.
Description
To design and conduct fMRI experiments utilizing natural task for the purpose of decoding spontaneous thoughts, develop computational models, analyze data and write papers. We are interested in studying the dynamics of spontaneous thoughts in psychiatric population in the late stage of the project.
Qualifications
Requirements
(1)Applicants must hold, or be expected to hold by the time of appointment, a PhD, M.D. or equivalent degree in Neuroscience, Psychology, Psychiatry, Machine Learning, Statistics or related fields.
(2)Experience in conducting fMRI experiments and data analysis (evidenced by publications, conference presentations or writing samples).
(3)Familiar with at least one of the following tools: AFNI, FSL, nilearn, BrainIAK.
(4)Good speaking and scientific writing skills in English.
(5)Good programming skills.
(6)Willing to collaborate and help colleagues.

Requirements 2 and 3 may be replaced by two or three of the preferred skills below:
Preferred skills:
(1)Research experience with fMRI experiments involving natural tasks and multivariate pattern analysis.
(2)Experience with experiments investigating spontaneous thoughts.
(3)Research experience with investigations of psychiatric disorders.
(4)Knowledge of and experience with deep learning.
Salary & Benefits
● Salary: To be determined based on the experience of the applicant in accordance with the University of Tokyo Regulations
● Commuter allowance: JPY55,000 per month at maximum
● No retirement benefits or bonuses
Working Hours
Discretionary labor system, based on 7 hours 45 minutes per day, or 38 hours 45 minutes per week
Holidays
Saturdays and Sundays; Statutory public holidays of Japan; Year-end and New Year holidays (December 29 through January 3)
Leaves
Paid leaves, Refreshment leave, etc
(In accordance with The University of Tokyo regulations )
Available Insurances
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)
Applications and Selection Process
Please send an email with title “[Postdoc Application] + your name” to mingbo[doc]cai[at]ircn[dot]jp.
Please include a cover letter describing your background and research interest, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for 2-3 recommendation letters (ideally you can also request your referees to send their letters directly to the above email address).
To increase the chance of being considered, we recommend you to include writing samples or a copy of a poster. Informal inquiry can also be sent to Dr. Cai.

Applications deadline: The first deadline is April 16.
The position will remain open until filled. We encourage early application as review can start before the deadline.

Submission: Interested applicants should send application materials to: reinforcement[at]ircn[dot]jp
(Please replace [at] with @ and [dot] 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).

Informal inquiries can be addressed to mingbo[dot]cai[at]ircn[dot]jp with a title of [computational psychiatry postdoc] + “your name”

Recruiter Name: The University of Tokyo

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* Travel cost will not be paid in screening process.
*The University of Tokyo promotes gender equality and actively encourages women to apply.