[visionlist] Positions available at RIKEN Brain Science Institute

hiroyuki nakahara hnx at brain.riken.jp
Mon Jun 18 12:10:01 GMT 2007

Applications are invited for opening positions for postdoctoral or
predoctoral researchers to work at the Laboratory for Integrated
Theoretical Neuroscience (Lab Head: Hiro Nakahara), RIKEN Brain Science
Institute (BSI). We seek enthusiastic and well-qualified individuals to
join our research activities, in particular on the following topics:

1. Computational modeling of mechanisms of decision making and motivated
behavior, e.g. using reinforcement and statistical learning, and
decision theory. 

2. Experiments in psychophysics and fMRI to study the above as well as
topics in neuroeconomics and neural decoding.  

3. Computation, coding and dynamics of neural populations and local
neural circuits 

4. Theory and analytical tools for a new era of massive neuroscience
data in experiments (e.g. from multiunit recording, calcium imaging and

* Please refer to http://www.itn.brain.riken.jp for details of our
research and available positions.

Prospective candidates for theoretical research should have a strong
mathematical and computational background. Good computer programming
skills are expected. Prospective candidates for experimental research
should have either extensive imaging and/or psychophysics experience, or
strong appetite for experiments with a good background in computational
neuroscience. Research using fMRI is conducted by using RIKEN BSI's 4
Tesla MRI system, in collaboration with Dr. Kang Cheng (RIKEN BSI, fMRI
Support Unit). Excellent experimental support is provided, including (i)
paradigm design and implementation of experiments, (ii) data analysis
and interpretation, and if necessary (iii) training on basics of fMRI. 

The successful applicants will be expected to conduct independent
research as well as work closely in a team; thus, a good balance of
independence and collegiality is required. Good communication skills are
also essential.

The RIKEN Brain Science Institute is located near Tokyo, Japan (working
language is English). Starting salaries will be commensurate with
relevant ability and experience. Subsequent contracts, including salary
adjustment, will be determined and renewed annually, upon review, for up
to five years.  

Please send your application to itninfo at brain.riken.jp with the
following materials: (1) a cover letter specifying the job opportunity
you are interested in, (2) curriculum vitae including publication list,
(3) research statement describing your past achievements and future
interests, (4) the names and contact information of two or three
references with a brief description of your relationship to each
reference, and (5) (optional) any additional information you think might
be useful (e.g. additional skills and background, general interests, and
so on). 

Hiro Nakahara
Lab for Integrated Theoretical Neuroscience
RIKEN Brain Science Institute

hiroyuki nakahara 

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