Postdoctoral positions are available for studying neural valuation and associated decision making in the laboratory of Dr. Hiro Nakahara (the Laboratory for Integrated Theoretical Neuroscience) at RIKEN Brain Science Institute.

A major focus of the research for these positions is to develop theoretical and/or computational models for a normative understanding (e.g. reinforcement learning framework and statistical inference) of neural valuation/decision systems, further linking to a mechanistic or circuit-level understanding, in consideration of the rich repertory of behavioral and neurophysiological data. For general information on our laboratory, see
Applicants should have a Ph.D. We seek exceptionally talented candidates with a strong background in theoretical neuroscience. Solid experience in theoretical neuroscience research, with a strong analytical background and a ready ability to acquire new information in
experimental literature (e.g. cognitive and behavioral neuroscience), is essential. Research experience in decision making and/or valuation,
possibly including basal ganglia functions (and/or the frontal cortices), is a major plus. Proficiency in computer programming (e.g. Matlab or equivalent) is expected. Good communication and writing skills are essential. A good balance of independence and collegiality in research is required.
The RIKEN Brain Science Institute (URL: is located near Tokyo, Japan. It uses English as the working language, and provides an international, vigorous, and interactive environment not only for computational neuroscience but also for a broad range of disciplines in neuroscience.
These positions can start immediately, but consideration will be also given to candidates who would prefer a later start date. Consideration of applications will start immediately, but all applications sent to us by November 10th will be equally considered. Appointment is on an annual basis, and starting salaries will be commensurate with relevant ability and experience. Subsequent contracts will be determined and renewed annually, upon review, for possibly up to five years.
Interested candidates should apply to itninfo(at)brain(dot)riken(dot)jp with the following: a cover letter, CV, a statement of research skills and interests, contact details of three references with a brief description of your relationship to each reference, and (optional) any additional information you think might be useful (e.g. additional skills and background, general interests, and so on). Informal enquiries are also welcome.

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