Careers

Nov. 25, 2021

Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Researcher Position
Masanori Matsuzaki, Brain Functional Dynamics Collaboration Laboratory(W21224)

Laboratory

Brain Functional Dynamics Collaboration Laboratory
RIKEN Center for Brain Science
(Team Leader:Masanori Matsuzaki)

Research Area

Mathematical Science, Biology, Medical Science, Interdisciplinary

Keyword

Two-photon calcium imaging, Marmoset, Neuroscience

Research field

We develop cognitive tasks for the common marmoset. We use large-field two-photon and one-photon calcium imaging methods to measure the dynamics of the neuronal activity in the marmoset frontal cortex during the task performance (Ebina et al., Nat Commun 9, 1879, 2018). We also use optogenetics and chemogenetics to manipulate the neuronal activity during the task performance (Ebina et al., PNAS 116, 22844, 2019) to reveal the causal relationship between the task-relevant activity and behaviors.

Job title and description

Job title, available positions

Postdoctoral Researcher or Research Scientist (1 position)

Research Scientist

Carries out research and other work in accordance with team research themes. Basically defined as those with a doctoral degree more than 5 years.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Carries out research and other work in accordance with team research themes under the direction of supervisors. Basically defined as those with a doctoral degree of 5 years or less.

Job description

The candidate will conduct two-photon calcium imaging of neural activity while the common marmoset performs cognitive tasks such as vocalization behavior tasks and/or analyze the imaging data.

Qualifications

The candidate should possess a doctoral degree in a related field (neuroscience, biology, or mathematical science. Communication skill in English is required.

Work location

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

Salary and benefits

  1. A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, to a maximum of the end of the fiscal year (March 31) in which the employee completes 7 years of employment. (Maximum employment duration for a Postdoctoral Researcher is 5 years )
  2. 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.
  3. 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, the first two months of employment is considered a trial period.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Discretionary work, 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.
Paid leave includes annual paid leave (up to 20 days depending on the month of employment), special paid leave (childcare, family nursing care, etc.), and work life balance holidays (up to 7 days depending on the month of employment).
There are also additional leave systems such as maternity leave, childcare leave, and family nursing care leave.
RIKEN has introduced telework as a temporary and special measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You may be asked to work from home according to the instructions of the institute. You can also choose to work from home with the permission of your supervisor.
No smoking on site (designated smoking areas available) .
These and other provisions are in accordance with RIKEN regulations.

RIKEN is actively undertaking initiatives to promote gender equality and diversity , and moving forward with the establishment of a diverse and vibrant research environment. If multiple candidates are found to have the same aptitude following a fair assessment, active efforts will be made to recruit female candidates.

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

  1. Complete CV (with photo and email address)
    WORD(56KB) or EXCEL(159KB)
    (*Write down in the notes section of your CV the number written next to the title of the job position (e.g. W21224)
  2. List of research achievement
  3. External funding awarded
  4. Summary of research experience to date
  5. Reason for applying for the post (personal strengths, motivation, future research plans, career aspirations, etc.)
  6. Two letters of recommendation (including one from the current supervisor, If available)
    *Please specify the referee’s contact information (Name, affiliation, job title, phone number, and email address)
  7. Consent form for handling personal information based on GDPR
    If you are a resident of the European Economic Area (EEA), you are required to submit the document, “Consent form for handling personal information based on GDPR” with your signature.

    *You will find detailed information about General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on the following website: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/data-protection_en

How to apply

The above documents except the recommendation letters combined into a single ZIP file should be uploaded to the following website:
For Research Scientist position, Brain Functional Dynamics Collaboration Laboratory, Center for Brain Science, RIKEN
The file name of the ZIP should contain your contact email address.
After you uploaded the ZIP file, please let us (masanori.matsuzaki [at] riken.jp) know the file name of the uploaded file.

Recommendation letters must be directly submitted from the referees to the following website with the file name "Center for Brain Science research scientist [applicant’s name] (Recommendation letter)". Please specify the applicant's name, referee's name and contact information in the recommendation letter.
For Research Scientist position, Brain Functional Dynamics Collaboration Laboratory, Center for Brain Science, RIKEN
After the referees uploaded the recommendation letter, please let us (masanori.matsuzaki [at] riken.jp) know the file name of the uploaded file.
If a confirmation email is not received within 7 days after submission, please contact: masanori.matsuzaki [at] riken.jp.

Note: All the submitted documents will not be returned.

Deadline

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 (Negotiable)

Contact information

RIKEN Center for Brain Science
Brain Functional Dynamics Collaboration Laboratory
Email: masanori.matsuzaki [at] riken.jp (Replace [at] with @ )
For inquiries, please send an email.