Seeking Research Scientist Or Postdoctoral Researcher (W23192) Laboratory For Neural Computation And Adaptation

Universities and Institutes of Japan
November 08, 2024
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23 Nov 2023

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Research Field

Information science



Computer science

Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)



Application Deadline

8 Nov 2024 - 23:59 (UTC)

Type of Contract


Job Status

Not Applicable

Hours Per Week

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Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme

Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

Background of the recruitment and description of the project Background of the recruitment and description of the project Research Field: Our research is within the field of Computational Neuroscience. We utilize computer models to explore how information is processed in the brain and how the brain circuits adapt to the environment. Drawing on analytical techniques from statistical physics and information theory, we probe the key functional properties of neural circuits. We apply these techniques to distill diverse experimental findings into a few core concepts. We hold a particular interest in activity-dependent forms of plasticity in the brain, which exert significant influences on learning, memory, and development. Leveraging mathematical models, we aim to formulate a theory that bridges cellular-level plasticity rules and computation. The capacity of neurons to represent and retain information is gauged from the structure and behavior of resulting circuits.

Keywords: computational neuroscience, theoretical neuroscience, brain science, information processing, mathematical models, neural networks, learning theory

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details of the business RIKEN is Japan's largest and most comprehensive research organization for basic and applied science.

Work content and job description Engaging in computational neuroscience research. The successful applicant will take the lead on the CREST BioDX project, which focuses on “Understanding sleep function in the brain through multiscale approaches.” This project will be undertaken in partnership with Drs. Kaoru Inokuchi (U. Toyama) and Tatsuya Haga (CiNet). The scheduled completion date of this project is March 31, 2029. Relevant references are

・Yoshida and Toyoizumi, Curr. Opin. Neurobiol. (2023) ・Yoshida and Toyoizumi, PNAS Nexus (2022) ・Ito and Toyoizumi, PLOS Comput. Biol. (2021)

Assigned department Existing departments

Work location Address 351-0198 Saitama 2-1 Hirosawa, Wako RIKEN Wako RIKEN has implemented a work-from-home system. Employees can work from home in accordance with the prescribed procedures.

Number of hired Number of hired:1 person(s) Number of hired description:Job Title:Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Researcher Postdoctoral Researcher is defined as those with a doctoral degree of 5 years or less. Research Scientist/Contract Researcher is defined as those with a doctoral degree more than 5 years. Job content supplemental explanation:Start of Employment: April 1st, 2024 or later (negotiable)

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Compensation Annual salary:3 million yen Wages description:Salary will be a monthly salary based on experience, ability, and performance, and will consist of a base salary and a variable salary. The variable salary will be determined each fiscal year based on experience, ability, and performance. The monthly base salary is 300,000 JPY for Postdoctoral Researcher, and 355,000 JPY for Research Scientist, as of April 1st 2024. The monthly base salary and variable salary are subject to change due to amendments to RIKEN regulations.

Discretionary work, commuting and housing allowances will be provided. Social insurance will be applied.

The approximate amount of monthly salary at the time of employment: The monthly salary including discretionary work allowance at the time of employment will be 340,000 JPY or more for Postdoctoral Researcher, and 403,000 JPY or more for Research Scientist. Working hours:09:00-17:20 Break time:12:00-12:50 Holidays :Days off include public holidays, New Year's holidays (Dec. 29 - Jan 3), and RIKEN Foundation Day. Paid leave includes annual paid leave (up to 20 days depending on the month of employment), special paid leave (childcare, family nursing care, etc.), and work life balance holidays (up to 7 days depending on the month of employment). Overtime and other explanations:This position falls under the specialized duties discretionary work system; one working day will be calculated as 7 hours and 30 minutes. Employment type:Contract employee Employment type description:Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Researcher Contract period:Nontenured Contract period description:1.A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, to a maximum of the end of the fiscal year 2028 (March 31, 2029) from the date of hire.

2.RIKEN may adjust the above maximum period of renewability based on a) the employee's abilities, work load at the time of contract completion, performance and work attitude and b) the continuation of the employee's center, laboratory or project and RIKEN's management situation and budget at the time. In principle, employment contracts will not be renewed for individuals older than 65 years. Probationary period:Probationary period present Probationary period description:In principle, the first two months of employment is considered a trial period.

Various systems Pay increase system:Salary will be a monthly salary based on experience, ability, and performance, and will consist of a base salary and a variable salary. The variable salary will be determined each fiscal year based on experience, ability, and performance. Transportation expenses:available Others:Mandatory membership in the RIKEN Mutual Benefit Society (RIKEN Kyosaikai). There are also additional leave systems such as maternity leave, childcare leave, and family nursing care leave.

Insurance Employees' Health Insurance:available Employees' Pension Insurance:available Worker's accident insurance:available Employment insurance:available Others:available

Measures for preventing passive smoking at the workplace Smoking is not permitted on site except in designated smoking areas. Smoking will be entirely prohibited on site from April 2024.

Supplementary explanation of compensation RIKEN is actively undertaking initiatives to promote Gender Equity Program, and moving forward with the establishment of a diverse and vibrant research environment. If multiple candidates are found to have the same aptitude following a fair assessment, active efforts will be made to recruit female candidates.

Also, eligible for an exemption from repayment for category 1 scholarship loans provided by the Japan Student Services Organization before fiscal year 2003, and eligible applying for the MEXT Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi).

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