RIKEN Brain Science Institute, New laboratory (From April, 2011. Laboratory head: Taro Toyoizumi)

The lab is interested in the information theoretical analysis of neural circuits and the modeling of activity-dependent plasticity in the brain.

Job title and Research Field
Postdoctoral Research Scientist (Number of positions: 1 or 2) in Computational Neuroscience

Job Description and Qualification
Highly motivated postdoctoral researchers are needed with a strong analytical background and interest in neuroscience. Applicants should have a PhD in physics, neuroscience, mathematics, computer science, or a related area. Candidates who want to link theory and experiment in close collaboration with an experimental lab are also encouraged to apply.

Current interest of the lab includes:

  • Influences of synaptic connectivity and the resulting dynamical state on information representation and the dynamical memory capacity in the brain
  • Modeling of the interaction of Hebbian and homeostatic plasticity
  • Unifying description of activity-dependent plasticity across different developmental stages and animal species
  • Optimal synaptic plasticity rules for information transmission

For more information, see http://www.brain.riken.jp/labs/mns/toyoizumi/

A high-performance super workstation with 256 processors and 448GB memory is accessible for parallel neuronal network simulation and data analysis upon request.

RIKEN Brain Science Institute (2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama, Japan) is located in greater Tokyo area, about 30 min from the center of the city by train.

Conditions and benefits
Full-time position with an annual contract up to 5 years based on the evaluation. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Commuting and housing allowances will be provided. Social insurance will be
applied. RIKEN BSI is an international research institute. English is used as the common language for research and for administration.

Application and required documents
1. Complete CV
2. List of publications
3. Contact information for two or three references

The search will continue until the positions are filled. 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 returned.

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

Start of Employment
April 1st, 2011 or later (negotiable)

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