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Assistant Professor Position at the Division of Neural Dynamics, Department of System Neuroscience, National Institute for Physiological Sciences, National Institutes of Natural Sciences, Okazaki, Japan

National Institute for Physiological Sciences (NIPS), the National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor. Please recommend suitable candidates and disseminate this posting to those who wish to apply.
1. Position
Assistant Professor, one position
2. Affiliation
Division of Neural Dynamics, Department of System Neuroscience, NIPS
3. Research field
The Division of Neural Dynamics focuses on measuring biosignals in humans, such as electroencephalogram (EEG), and understanding the functional role of nonlinear dynamics, including oscillatory synchronization of biosignals, through computational analysis and mathematical modeling. In this call for applications, we are seeking candidates who can, through collaboration with Professor Kitajo, (1) measure and analyze human brain activity (e.g., EEG, fMRI) and autonomic nervous system activity (e.g., electrocardiogram), and manipulate and analyze brain activity using non-invasive brain stimulation techniques, or (2) develop mathematical models and data analysis methods using nonlinear dynamical systems theory, information theory, signal processing theory, statistical machine learning theory, and other approaches to elucidate the interaction dynamics between the brain and body. We also welcome applicants who can tackle both (1) and (2).
The successful candidate will be expected to actively engage in collaborative research with domestic and international researchers, as well as industry partners. This will be in line with the crucial mission of the NIPS as an Inter-University Research Institute Corporation. Additionally, the successful candidate will be required to engage in the organization and management of research meetings, symposia, and other relevant events, as well as in the supervision and education of graduate students as a faculty member of the SOKENDAI graduate university.
We welcome applicants with a background in systems neuroscience, computational neuroscience, or closely related fields, as well as experiences in brain activity measurement, biosignal measurement of autonomic nervous system activity, brain activity data analysis, mathematical modeling, etc. However, we welcome individuals who are eager to tackle the topics mentioned above, regardless of their background. We look forward to receiving proactive applications.
4. Qualifications
Applicants should have a doctoral degree or equivalent research achievement.
5. Period of appointment
Five years. Please note that reappointment is possible based on a performance review, but the total period of employment cannot exceed 10 years from the initial date of hire (in accordance with the institutional regulations). Details are described in the following website;
6. Treatment
Salary will be determined based on the NINS’s payment standards, and according to career, ability, and other factors. Other conditions will be determined as stipulated by NINS.
7. Documents to be submitted
  1. Curriculum vitae (please use the attached designated format*)
  2. Summary of past research, reason for applying, and future aspirations (approximately 1,000 words)
  3. List of publications (Appendix 1*) [The list must include the names of all authors, titles of papers, journal names, volume number, page number (beginning and end pages, or manuscript number in the case of open access journals), and year of publication. Original papers and review articles (including books) should be listed separately.]
  4. Other reference materials (Appendix 2*)
  5. PDF files of not more than 3 main publications
  6. Letter of recommendation (at least one letter; please use the attached designated format*) (The letter must be sent separately by the recommender. See below.)
  • Please download the designated formats for (1), (3), (4), and (6) from the following URL:
  • The above documents (1) to (6) should be prepared in PDF format. The documents (1) to (5) should be merged into a single PDF document.
8. Application deadline
Applications in PDF format must be received by the noon, June 30th (Friday), 2023 (Japan Standard Time).
9. Date of appointment
As soon as possible after the successful applicant is determined.
10. Others
  1. Gender equality
  1. NIPS complies with the Act on Equal Employment Opportunities and is committed to promoting gender equality.
  2. NIPS gives hiring priority to female applicants when they are recognized as equivalent during performance evaluations.
  3. Maternity, childcare, or nursing care leave is taken into consideration, if applicants clearly indicate the period of leave on their CV or other documents.
  1. Handling of personal information
Personal information pertaining to applications will be managed appropriately in accordance with the Act on the Protection of Personal Information and related rules of NINS. It will be used only for the purpose of selection and employment.
11. Submission method, submission address, important notice, and contact information
  1. Submission method, submission address
  1. Applicants will indicate their intention to apply to the personnel section, Okazaki Administration Center, NINS (hereinafter referred to as "personnel section").
    • Applicants must send an e-mail to the Personnel Section (E-mail: r7113@orion.ac.jp) stating their "name", "affiliation", "phone number", "email address" and “recommender’s email address” to indicate their intention to apply.
  2. The personnel section will inform the applicant as to how to submit the electronic file of the application documents.
    • The personnel section will inform the recommender of the submission method.
  1. Important notice
  1. To protect personal information, do not send electronic files of the documents by e-mail.
  2. Please indicate the intention to apply by an e-mail to the Personnel Section (E-mail: r7113@orion.ac.jp) no later than noon on June 27th (Tuesday), 2023 (Japan Standard Time).
  1. Contacts for inquiries
  1. Regarding submission method, salary, and benefits
    38 Nishigonaka Myodaiji, Okazaki, Aichi, 444-8585, Japan
    The personnel section, Okazaki Administration Center, NINS
    Phone: +81-564-55-7113
    E-mail: r7113@orion.ac.jp
  2. Regarding research content 38 Nishigonaka Myodaiji, Okazaki, Aichi, 444-8585, Japan
    Division of Neural Dynamics, Department of System Neuroscience, NIPS, NINS
    Professor Keiichi Kitajo
    E-mail: kkitajo@nips.ac.jp
    NIPS website: https://www.nips.ac.jp/eng/
    Division website: https://www.nips.ac.jp/nd/en/