[visionlist] Postdoc position: primate visual decision making (ION, Shanghai)

Gouki Okazawa okazawa at ion.ac.cn
Wed Mar 16 11:11:07 -04 2022

Dear visionlist members:

Our lab (Lab of perception and decision making, Institute of Neuroscience (ION), Shanghai; PI: Gouki Okazawa) is currently seeking a postdoc to work on projects investigating object recognition and decision making with primate electrophysiology, human psychophysics, and computational modeling.

The laboratory was established in late 2021. The PI has previously developed a quantitative framework to study object recognition using decision-making models (Okazawa et al., Nat Comm 2018). We showed that human face categorization could be accounted for as linear integration of spatiotemporal sensory evidence (Okazawa et al., J Neurosci 2021) and neural population in the monkey parietal cortex encodes decision formation on a curved manifold in state space (Okazawa et al., Cell 2021). The lab plans to use large-scale neural recording techniques to further the understanding of the core principles of decision-making processes during object recognition. Please visit http://english.cebsit.cas.cn/lab/okazawagoki/research/ <http://english.cebsit.cas.cn/lab/okazawagoki/research/> for the lab information.

Job description

The successful candidate will be expected to conduct research projects to uncover the mechanisms of flexible visual object categorization. The projects will involve training of monkeys on tasks, population recordings from multiple cortical areas, and perturbation of neural activity during population recordings. The candidate is also expected to be involved in human psychophysics and computational modeling. The lab working language is English. For more information, please contact okazawa at ion.ac.cn <mailto:okazawa at ion.ac.cn>.


1. Ph.D. degree in neuroscience or a related field.
2. Prior experience in electrophysiology, imaging, or related techniques in non-human primates, humans, or rodents. Experience in non-human primates is a significant plus.
3. Experience in writing papers for international journals.
4. Strong programming experience (Matlab or Python). Background in computational modeling is a significant plus.
5. Proficiency in spoken and written English.
6. Willing to collaborate with people in and outside the lab.

Start of employment

Preferably no later than September 1st, 2022, but negotiable.


The laboratory is based at the Institute of Neuroscience, Xuhui district in Shanghai city. The institute holds a large animal facility with multiple laboratories conducting primate research and is an ideal place to look for collaboration.


Please send your CV and a cover letter with a brief description of your research background and interest to okazawa at ion.ac.cn <mailto:okazawa at ion.ac.cn>. The email subject should be “Postdoc position in the Okazawa lab”. The laboratory will hold interviews with candidates who satisfy the qualifications. Candidates may also be asked to submit two letters of recommendation during the process.


Gouki Okazawa, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Perception and Decision making
Center for Excellence in Brain Science and Intelligence Technology (Institute of Neuroscience)
Chinese Academy of Sciences
320 Yue Yang Road Shanghai, 200031
Email: okazawa at ion.ac.cn <mailto:okazawa at ion.ac.cn>
Lab: http://english.cebsit.cas.cn/lab/okazawagoki/research/ <http://english.cebsit.cas.cn/lab/okazawagoki/research/>
Personal: https://www.g-okazawa-lab.net/ <https://www.g-okazawa-lab.net/>
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