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How do human and machine intelligence arise? The International Research Center for Neurointelligence (IRCN) at The University of Tokyo was launched in October 2017 to tackle this challenge over the next ten years under the World Premier International (WPI) Research Initiative of Japan. IRCN researchers will understand emergent principles of neural circuit development to inspire next-generation neural computation for artificial intelligence and novel therapies for mental illness.

September 21, 2022

Project Researcher / Two (Application Deadline: December 31, 2022 or When the position is filled)

Using two-photon microscopy, optogenetics, molecular biology, electrophysiology, behavioral tasks, and theoretical approaches, we have found the structural plasticity of dendritic spines and their basis on memory and emotional function. Recently, we have discovered rapid mechanical transmission in spine synapses (Nature 2021) and are characterizing its cellular basis and cognitive consequences experimentally and theoretically ( We are looking for young researchers from all over the world to join our endeavor. We welcome those applicants who wish to have extramural support, such as the JSPS fellowship.

April 26, 2022

Project Research Associate or Project Researcher / One or two (Application Deadline: March 31, 2023 or when the position is filled)

We are currently seeking researchers (Project Research Associate or Project Researcher), who will be engaged in the following projects in Nagai Lab:

- CREST “Cognitive Feelings that Mediate Between Perception and Emotion” (PI: Yukie Nagai, Period: Oct 2021 - Mar 2027)

- Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (S) “Understanding Cognitive Individuality Based on a Unified Brain Theory: Assisting People with Developmental Disorders” (PI: Yukie Nagai, Period: Jul 2021 - Mar 2026)

- Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (S) “Dynamics of caregiver-infant interaction: Foundation of the emergent mechanism of diversity in human development” (PI: Masako Myowa, Period: Jul 2021 - Mar 2026)