Zenas Chao (IRCN Principal Investigator) lab is interested in both the microscopic and mesoscopic neural circuits for predictive coding. This research lab uses various neural recording modalities in humans and animals (e.g. EEG in humans, ECoG in nonhuman primates, and calcium imaging in mice) to examine how the brain predicts and learns statistical structures in multisensory sequences. Postdocs are expected to investigate brain networks for sequence encoding and prediction via one of the following approaches: (1) human EEG, (2) calcium imaging in mice or marmosets, and (3) biologically-realistic neural modeling. This lab also encourages the postdocs to present new project ideas related to brain’s ability to make predictions. (ref: Chao et al 2018, Neuron, doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2018.10.004).

Application Requirements

Job title
IRCN Postdoctoral Fellow (Project Researcher)
Starting Date
January 16, 2020 or later (Negotiable)
The first contract will be ended on March 31, 2020. 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 September 30, 2022.
Probationary period is 6 months from the date of arrival.
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
*This can be changed due to work circumstances.
● Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent in a related field
● Good communication skill in English
● Experience in electrophysiology, calcium imaging, or neural modeling
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: November 30, 2019 (First deadline)
* Applications will be accepted until eligible candidates are found.

Application documents:
      ● Cover letter in English
      ● Curriculum vitae 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: zenas.c.chao#ircn.jp (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).

Recruiter Name: The University of Tokyo

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