Jun. 5, 2019
Research Scientist Position
Reiko Mazuka Laboratory for Language Development
Center for Brain Science (W19053)
Laboratory for Language Development, Center for Brain Science (Laboratory head：Reiko Mazuka)
We investigate the mechanisms of language development with particular emphasis on phonology—how infants and children acquire the characteristic segments and prosody in a language. We combine research methods, such as behavioral experiments (visual habituation paradigm, head-turn preference paradigm), eye movement tracking, human brain activity measurements using EEG or NIRS, analysis of speech sound of mothers and infants/children, and computational linguistics. For further details, please refer to our website: https://lang-dev-lab.brain.riken.jp/theme-english.html
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The successful candidate will investigate human behavioral and brain responses to speech and non-speech sounds. As a member of the laboratory, she/he will contribute to experimental design, execution of experiments, analyzing data, and writing papers for peer reviewed journals, especially by using EEG and NIRS measurements.
The candidate should have a doctoral degree in psychology, linguistics, neuroscience or a related field and research experience. Robust experience and demonstrated achievement in the areas below are highly expected:
- EEG and/or NIRS measurement
- Programming for EEG and/or NIRS experiments
- Data analysis on EEG/NIRS measurement.
- Experience with EEG is preferred.
The candidate will have an advantage if she/he has research experience in the field of phonological comprehension in infants and children, or has demonstrated achievement in a related field, and is highly motivated to learn according to our research interests.
Japanese language skills are not required at the time of application, but it is expected that the candidate learns sufficient Japanese so that she/he can explain the experiments in Japanese to participants.
Branch and address
RIKEN Wako (2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198)
Salary and benefits
- A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, to a maximum of the end of the fiscal year 2022 (March 31, 2023).
- RIKEN may adjust the above maximum period of renewability based on a) the employee’s abilities, work load at the time of contract completion, performance and work attitude and b) the continuation of the employee’s center, laboratory or project and RIKEN’s management situation and budget at the time. In principle, employment contracts will not be renewed for individuals older than 65 years.
- The employee’s period of fixed-term employment cannot exceed 10 years from the initial date of hire (or 10 years from April 1, 2013 for fixed-term employees already at RIKEN prior to this date).
In principle, there will be a trial period of employment (2 months).
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Commuting and housing allowances will be provided. Social insurance will be applied. Mandatory membership in the RIKEN Mutual Benefit Society (RIKEN Kyosaikai).
This position falls under the specialized duties discretionary work system; one working day will be calculated as 7 hours and 30 minutes.
Days off include public holidays, New Year's holidays (Dec. 29 - Jan 3), and RIKEN Foundation Day.
These and other provisions are in accordance with RIKEN regulations.
RIKEN is promoting a Gender Equity Program by taking various measures to create a workplace where both men and women are able to give full rein to their talents and abilities. When applicants are judged to be equally qualified on the basis of fair and impartial criteria, women applicants will be given preference.
Also, eligible for an exemption from repayment for category 1 scholarship loans provided by the Japan Student Services Organization before fiscal year 2003, and eligible applying for the MEXT Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi).
Application and required documents
- Cover letter: motivation, research interests and achievements (within 2 pages)
- Complete CV (with photo and email address)
(RIKEN CV: WORD(56KB) or EXCEL(159KB) )
①（RIKEN CV）*Write the RIKEN job ad number “W19053”, indicated in the parentheses next to the job title, in the RIKEN job ad number section in the upper right corner of your CV.
②（Original CV）*Write down in the notes section of your CV the number written next to the title of the job position (e.g. W19053).
- List of research achievements and publications
- A letter of recommendation including one from the current supervisor (If the current supervisor’s recommendation is not available, a recommendation letter from a third party will be accepted）
- Consent form for handling personal information based on GDPR
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How to apply
Send the PDF formatted application by email to naoko.kijima[at]riken.jp
(Recommendation letters must be emailed directly from the reference to naoko.kijima[at]riken.jp)
Note: Application documents will not be returned.
Application documents will not be returned.
Open until the position is filled
Handling personal data
Application screening, and then interview and oral presentation by selected applicants
Start of Employment
After September 1st, 2019 (Negotiable)
Contact Information / Send application to
RIKEN Center for Brain Science
Laboratory for Language Development
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198
Email: naoko.kijima[at]riken.jp (Replace [at] with @ )
For inquiries, please send an email.