Opening Positions for Postdoctoral Researchers: RIKEN Brain Science Institute

New Laboratory (assumed name: Behavioral Neurophysiology Lab), RIKEN Brain Science Institute

【Research Field】
We focus on causal relationship between neural activity and animal behavior. Using 2-photon microscopy, macro-brain imaging, fiberoptic imaging and optogenetic techniques, we examine neural activity at the single-cell and network level in vivo. We are interested in hiring post-docs interested in behavioral neurophysiology beginning January 2010.

【Job title and Job description 】
Three postdoctoral fellows

The candidate should be enthusiastic about behavioral neurophysiology and possess a doctoral degree in a related field and research experience of electrophysiology and/or imaging.

【Work location】
Laboratory for Behavioral Neurophysiology is located at following address:
Brain Science Institute, RIKEN
2-1 Hirosawa Wako-shi, Saitama Japan 351-0198

Annual contract, renewable through performance assessment up to 5 years. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Commuting and housing allowances provided. Social benefits including insurance apply. Normal public holidays apply including New Year’s (Dec. 29 – Jan 3), and RIKEN Foundation Day.
These and other provisions are in accordance with RIKEN regulations.

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

【Application and required documents】
1. Complete CV
2. List of research achievement and publications
3. Project proposal in Riken (if applicable)
4. Three letters of recommendation (including one from the current supervisor, if available)

[Handling Personal Data]
All private data sent to RIKEN in application for employment is handled in strict confidentiality, and such data is not utilized for any other purpose or disclosed to any third party. Application documents will not be turned.

【Selection process】
Selection will be made based on application screening and interviews.

【Start of Employment】
April 1, 2010

Please read the following papers before applying.
M. Murayama & M.E. Larkum, PNAS, early edition on 16th November 2009
M. Murayama & M.E. Larkum, Nature Protocols, 4, p1551-1559, 2009
M. Murayama et al., Nature 457, p1137-1141, 2009
M. Murayama et al., Journal of Neurophysiology, 98, p1791-1805, 2007

【Contract information】
Masanori Murayama (PI)