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IRCN Postdoctoral Fellow at the International Research Center for Neurointelligence, the University of Tokyo

Watanabe lab in the IRCN aims at understanding the dynamic properties of typical and atypical human cognition as dynamics ensembles of whole-brain activities. Our research target includes both healthy individuals and those with psychiatric conditions, and our methodological approach varies from human behavioural experiments using fMRI, EEG, TMS and motion capture devices to numerical and data-science-like manners. We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher for our projects covering both cognitive neuroscience and computational psychiatry.
Job title
IRCN Postdoctoral Fellow (Full-time Fixed-term Project Researcher)
Employment Period
Starting Date: Negotiable
The first contact will be ended on March 31, 2022 (due to Japanese fiscal year)
The contract is renewable on a fiscal year basis (from April 1 to March 31; every year) according to research budget, research activity, and research achievements. But the total period of employment will not exceed three years.
Probationary Period
Six months from the date of arrival.
Watanabe (IRCN Principal Investigator) lab
Place of Work
International Research Center for Neurointelligence, The University of Tokyo, Institutes for Advanced Study
7-3-1 Hongo Bunkyo-ku Tokyo, 113-0033 JAPAN
*This can be changed due to work circumstances.
The successful applicant is expected to engage in human cognitive neuroscience research and computational psychiatry studies in experimental/numerical manners and write scientific papers. For experiments, they can employ typical/atypical individuals using MRI, TMS, EEG and/or motion capture.
  • PhD in neuroscience, psychiatry, psychology or equivalent fields.
  • Skill and motivation to write academic manuscripts.
  • Experience in cognitive neuroscience experiments employing human individuals.
  • Experience in data analysis using MATLAB and/or Python.
Salary & Benefits
  • Salary: To be determined in accordance with the University of Tokyo Regulations
  • Commuter allowance: JPY55,000 per month at maximum
  • No retirement benefits or bonuses
Working Hours
Discretionary labor system, based on 7 hours 45 minutes per day, or 38 hours 45 minutes per week
Saturdays and Sundays; Statutory public holidays of Japan; Year-end and New Year holidays (December 29 through January 3)
Paid leaves, Refreshment leave, etc
(In accordance with The University of Tokyo regulations )
Available Insurances
Eligible for MEXT* Mutual Aid Association membership, employees’ pension, employment insurance, and workers’ accident compensation insurance. (*MEXT: Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)
Applications and Selection Process
  1. Personal statement (English, ~1page in A4)
  2. CV English(https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/about/jobs.html)or Japanese(https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/ja/about/jobs/r01.html
  3. Research proposal (English or Japanese, ~2pages in A4. extendable)
  4. Summary of what you have done in research (English or Japanese, ~2pages in A4. extendable)
  5. Representative referred publications (as many as you like; should be referred in the (4) document)
  6. Names/affiliations/email of two references, at least one of whom should be the current/previous line manager or supervisor of yours.
Applications deadline:
Application will be reviewed as they arrive, until the position is filled.
All applications will be screened, and only those qualified will be scheduled for an interview (on-site or via video).
Please send the application documents to takamitsu[dot]watanabe[atmark]ircn[dot]jp.
(Please replace [atmark] with @ and [dot] with . before using this email address)
Selection Process:
All applications will be screened, and only those qualified will be scheduled for an interview (on-site or via video).
Informal inquires can be sent to takamitsu[dot]watanabe[atmark]ircn[dot]jp.
  1. Submitted documents will not be returned.Personal information is handled carefully according to the Privacy Policy of the University of Tokyo, and will be used only for the job selection process.
  2. Travel cost will not be paid in screening process.
  3. For details on work conditions, please see the University of Tokyo's Regulations Rules on Conditions of Employment of Fixed-term, Part-time Academic and Administrative Staff.(https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/about/rules_main.html
  4. The University of Tokyo promotes gender equality and actively encourages women to apply.