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Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Researcher Position(W20179)(Andrea Benucci Lab. for Neural Circuits and Behavior)
RIKEN(The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research)
Center for Brain Science
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National research institute / Independent administrative institute
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Laboratory for Neural Circuits and Behavior, Center for Brain Science (Laboratory head:Andrea Benucci)

[Research Area]
Computational Science

[Research field]
The research focus of the laboratory is to study how the dynamics of neurons in large cortical networks gives rise to a sensory percept, as well as to complex cognitive processes such as decision-making. We address this question using a combination of experimental and computational methods. Experimentally, we work with the mouse animal model and use cutting-edge techniques for the interrogation of neural circuits, such as fluorescence imaging and optogenetics. Computationally, we use the framework of recurrent neural networks (RNN), considered as an ideal tool to study the dynamics of biological recurrent neuronal networks (bRNN).

[Job title and description]
Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Researcher, 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.

The project will focus on implementing a large-scale RNN to capture key computational aspects of cortical processing using data recorded from the cerebral cortex of mice while engaged in a behavioral task. This work will be done in close collaboration with experimentalists to jointly design new experimental paradigms based on observations and predictions spurring from the theoretical simulations.

[Work location]
Branch and address
RIKEN Wako (2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198)

[Start of employment]

Research field
Interdisciplinary science and engineering
Computational science
Job type
Researcher/Postdoc level
Employment status
Work location
Kanto district - Saitama 

We seek candidates with a strong computational background, especially in the field of machine learning and recurrent neural network simulations. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g., Computational Neuroscience, Computer Science, Math, Physics). Proficiency in programming (e.g., MATLAB, Python) is necessary. The ideal candidate will be comfortable working in an international environment, where researchers communicate primarily in English. Qualified candidates are expected to apply for a research fellowship from domestic or international funding programs (e.g. JSPS, HFSP).


For details about "Salary and benefits", please refer to the above "Job posting URL".

Application period
2022/01/07 Deadline for receipt
Open until the position is filled
/notification of result
/contact details

[Application and required documents]
Required documents:
Please refer to the above "Job posting URL" regarding the "Required documents".

How to apply:
Send the required documents to andrea.benucci [at]
Note: Application documents will not be returned.

Open until the position is filled

[Selection process]
Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to RIKEN-CBS for an in-person interview.

[Contact information/Send application to]
RIKEN Center for Brain Science
Laboratory for Neural Circuits and Behavior
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198
Email: andrea.benucci[at]

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