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    Open Faculty Positions
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    (Computational neuroscience)

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    Open Faculty Positions
    (Computational neuroscience)

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    Open Faculty Positions
    (Computational neuroscience)

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    Open Faculty Positions
    (Computational neuroscience)

Sep. 2, 2019

OPEN FACULTY POSITIONS (Computational neuroscience)
RIKEN Center for Brain Science


The RIKEN Center for Brain Science (CBS) was launched in April 2018 following the strong 20-year foundation of its predecessor, the Brain Science Institute (BSI). CBS aims to meet society’s ever-growing expectations for brain research.

What makes us uniquely human Harnessing the universal biological principles of life Collecting and applying big data Tackling global challenges

(see more about the CBS mission at https://cbs.riken.jp/en/about/)

We are seeking outstanding computational neuroscientists for Team Leader positions (equivalent to U.S. Assistant or Associate Professors). Exceptional applications from internationally established neuroscientists may be considered for indefinite-term Team Leader positions (equivalent to U.S. Full Professors). If candidates have the potential to be outstanding computational researchers, they will be hired as independent Unit Leaders (equivalent to U.S. Assistant Professors), provided that you have a doctoral degree by the date of employment, even if you are still enrolled in a postgraduate doctoral program. Researchers who wish to convert their expertise from other fields (e.g. physics, mathematics, engineering, information science) to computational brain science are also eligible to apply. We will comprehensively evaluate the applicant's scientific achievements and research proposals, etc., and will hire any candidates who match the aims of CBS (please see CBS web page:https://cbs.riken.jp/en/).

Since CBS also promotes experimental research, research proposals are expected to aim for collaborative projects in the near future. This is our second round of faculty recruitment at CBS, which follows the successful recruitment of several outstanding candidates as Team Leaders from Japan and abroad in the first round in 2018.
[For details, see our home page :(https://cbs.riken.jp/en/careers/20190902_w19120_pi_c.html) ]


Calls for Team Leader positions in other major topics at CBS are currently open to the public (please see https://cbs.riken.jp/career-general/).


At RIKEN CBS, research leaders (team and unit leaders) have full intellectual independence, generous internal funds including a highly competitive start-up package and access to ample communal facilities in a collaborative environment. Successful candidates for the Team Leader positions must have demonstrated the ability to develop an original, independent and internationally competitive research program.



Shun-ichi Amari, D. Eng.

Shun-ichi Amari, D. Eng.
RIKEN Honorary Science Advisor





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Applications should be submitted by the end of November 2019.

Applicants should specify Team leader or Unit Leader positions, should submit the electronic files of a cover letter with a brief summary of their research program and plan, curriculum vitae, list of research achievements and publications, list of acquired research funding, current research and achievements to date, future research plans, reprints of five major publications maximum, and the names and contact details (e-mail address) of three referees, through the application form below. If possible, one of the three referees should be the current supervisor, and the letters should be signed and addressed to Dr. Hiroshi Matsumoto, President of RIKEN. All files and recommendation letters should be written in English.


Application Form


RIKEN CBS is located just outside of the international metropolis of Tokyo. English is the primary language used in activities at CBS, including seminars and administration. Institutional support is available to help non-Japanese speaking scientists, whom we particularly encourage to apply. RIKEN Center for Brain Science is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

For further inquiries please contact the RIKEN CBS Search Committee.

Email: cbs-search@ml.riken.jp
Search Committee, RIKEN Center for Brain Science
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan
Fax: +81-48-462-4914,
*Applications are not accepted from this e-mail address.