Zenas Chao (IRCN Principal Investigator) lab is interested in brain networks that underlie predictive coding and creativity. This lab uses EEG in human and ECoG in marmoset to examine how the brain networks learn and predict statistical structures in multisensory sequences. This lab also uses EEG in human to study how brain networks support creative thinking and its incubation. Zenas Lab seeks Project Researchers who are interested in these topics and approaches. (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
The first contract will be ended on March 31, 2021. The contract is renewable on a fiscal year basis (from April 1 to March 31; every year) according to research activity and achievements. Contract duration is 3 years.
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 (for Postdoctoral Fellow)
● Good communication skill in English
● Good Japanese skill for human subject recruitment and handling (for those who will conduct human EEG experiments, not applicable for those who will conduct marmoset ECoG experiments)
● Experience in electrophysiological and behavioral experiments
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: When the position is filled
* 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

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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* Travel cost will not be paid in screening process.