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Mar. 20, 2019

Part-time staff position
Joshua Johansen Lab for Neural Circuitry of Learning and Memory
Center for Brain Science (W18182)


Lab for Neural Circuitry of Learning and Memory (Team Leader: Joshua Johansen)

Research Field

Our laboratory studies how aversive and rewarding experiences trigger changes in neural circuits resulting in emotional memory formation and adaptive alterations in behavior as well as how emotional responses are extinguished when they are no longer appropriate. We take advantage of a multi-disciplinary approach, employing state of the art optogenetic techniques to causally manipulate teaching signal circuits and in-vivo electrophysiological and microendoscopic imaging methods to examine the computations performed by neurons in these circuits during behavioral learning.

Job title and Job description

Job title, available positions

Part-time worker, 1 position

Job description

Conduct experimental studies on the brain mechanisms of associative learning and memory working with an experienced postdoctoral fellow.


We are hiring 1 Part-time worker position to support ongoing research activities in the lab. Expertise in rodent experimental approaches including experience with stereotaxic surgery, brain tissue cutting, and/or immunohistochemistry is preferred but not mandatory.

Work location

Branch and address

RIKEN Wako (2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198)

Salary and benefits

  • Hourly rate: 1,100~1,600 JPY(salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience)
  • Allowances: commuting allowance
  • Contract period: as soon as possible (but negotiable) to March 31, 2020.

Annual contract renewable upon agreement of both sides, based on skills, work amount at the expiry of the contract, work performance, RIKEN’s financial conditions , and others. Total duration cannot exceed 5 years from the initial date of hire. Please refer “RIKEN employment duration for fixed-term employees” for more details if necessary.).

  • Hours: 9:00-15:50
  • Days off: National holidays, Saturdays and Sundays, year-end holidays, RIKEN Foundation Day
  • Compulsory welfare program: workers’ accident compensation insurance

Application and required documents

Required documents

  1. Complete CV
    (RIKEN CV: WORD(56KB) or EXCEL(159KB) ) * Write the open call ID “W18182”, indicated in the parentheses next to the job title, in open call ID section in the upper right corner of your CV.
    (Original CV) *Write down in the notes section of your CV the number written next to the title of the job position (W18182).
  2. Description of skills, experience and interests.
  3. List of references
  4. One letter of recommendation

Please send your application by email.

Write the 4 digit number beginning with “W”, indicated in the parentheses next to the job title, in the open call ID section in the upper right corner of your CV.

How to apply

Send the PDF formatted application by email to jjohans [at] (Replace [at] with @)

Note: Application documents will not be returned.


Open until the position is filled

Handling personal data

Submitted documents are strictly protected under the RIKEN Privacy Policy and will be used only for the purpose of applicant screening. Personal information will not be disclosed, transferred or loaned to a third party under any circumstances without just cause.

Selection process

Application screening and interview for selected applicants

Start of Employment

As soon as possible


Please contact by email if you have any questions

Contact Information / Send application to

Laboratory for the Neural Circuitry of Learning and Memory
Attn: Joshua Johansen
Email: jjohans [at] (Replace [at] with @)