Mingbo Cai (IRCN Principal Investigator) Lab is interested in the following areas of research: (1) the computational mechanism underlying human learning and decision making, especially in learning latent causal structure from noisy observations; (2) development and application of Bayesian and deep learning algorithms for brain imaging (primarily fMRI) data, especially for multi-echo fMRI and (natural) tasks data; (3) application of cognitive model and fMRI to understand psychiatric diseases (through collaboration with other labs); (4) developing deep learning model for learning interpretable generative model of environment. Postdocs with one or more of the following expertise are preferred: computational (probabilistic) modeling of human behavior/ fMRI data, behavioral/eye tracking/fMRI study of decision making/learning/memory, deep learning. Independent thinking and collaborating spirits are highly valued. More details can be found at https://www.mingbocai.com/opportunities.

Application Requirements

Job title
Postdoctoral Fellow (Project Researcher)
Starting Date
June 1, 2020 or later (Negotiable)
The first contract will be ended on March 31, 2021 (due to Japanese fiscal year). 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 October 31, 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
● Ph.D. or M.D. in a related field
● Good communication skill in English
● Good programming skills

● Please refer to https://www.mingbocai.com/opportunities
Compensation & Benefits
● Salary: To be determined in accordance with The University of Tokyo Regulations
● Commuter allowance: to be determined in accordance with the university regulary. 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) , Refresh vacation
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)
Applications and Selection Process
Applications deadline: When the position is filled
* Applications will be accepted until eligible candidates are found.

Application documents:
      ● Cover letter in English
      ● Curriculum vitae in English
      ● Writing Sample
      ● Name and contact address for two to three references, at least one of which should be from a previous supervisor

Submission: Interested applicants should send application materials to: mingbo.cai#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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