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Data number
D121090828
Date of publication
2021/09/15
Date of update
2021/09/15
Title
Call for Postdoctoral Fellow (Full-time Fixed-term Project Researcher) (Tsuji Laboratory) at IRCN, The University of Tokyo
Institution
The University of Tokyo
URL of institution or department
Department
International Research Center for Neurointelligence
Institution type
National university
Job posting URL
Content of job information

The IRCN babylab(https://babylab.ircn.jp/en/) seeks to hire a post-doc to join the JEWEL (Joint East-West Early Language) project(https://lang-dev-lab.brain.riken.jp/jewel/), which investigates early language acquisition across diverse socio-linguistic backgrounds. This project is conducted as a part of JSPS Specially Promoted Research (20H05617) lead by Dr. Reiko Mazuka at RIKEN Center for Brain Science(https://lang-dev-lab.brain.riken.jp/index-english.html)).
Cumulative research on infants learning Asian languages indicates that Asian infants' acquisition of phonology and vocabulary lags behind Western infants by a few months. We hypothesize that this can be attributed to differences in the social environmental cues provided by caregivers across different cultural backgrounds.
The successful applicant will work on conducting and analyzing experiments on infants' sensitivity to social cues during early vocabulary acquisition and coordinate their implementation across multiple labs in two Western (English and French) and four Asian (Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Singaporean Mandarin) language contexts.
The applicant will be based at The University of Tokyo International Research Center for Neurointelligence(https://ircn.jp/en/), and will be supervised by Sho Tsuji in collaboration with Reiko Mazuka.


■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.

■Affiation
Tsuji(IRCN Principal Investigator) lab

■Description
The successful applicant will work on conducting and analyzing experiments on infants' sensitivity to social cues
during early vocabulary acquisition and coordinate their implementation across multiple labs in two Western
(English and French) and four Asian (Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Singaporean Mandarin) language contexts.

Research field
1.
Area
Social sciences
Discipline
Psychology
2.
Area
Humanities
Discipline
Linguistics
Job type
1.
Researcher/Postdoc level
Employment status
Full-time(Nontenured)
Work location
Kanto district - Tokyo 
Qualifications

(Required)
● Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent in a related field
● Experience in conducting psychological experiments in humans, ideally with infants or children and involving
eye-tracking
● Data analysis skills (preferably R)

(Preferred)
● Good command of English
● Good command of Japanese
● Basic programming skills (preferably Python)
● Experience in project management

Compensation

■Description Title / Number of positions
IRCN Postdoctoral Fellow (Project Researcher)/One

■Employment period
Negotiable after November 1st, 2021
The first contract will be ended on March 31, 2022.

■Renewable
The contract is renewable for a maximum of three times on a fiscal year basis (from April 1 to March 31; every year until March 31, 2025) according to research budget, research activity, and research achievements.

■Probationary period
Six months from the date of arrival.

■Working Hours
Discretionary labor system, based on 7 hours, 45 minutes per day, or 38 hours 45 minutes per week

■Holidays
Saturday and Sundays; Statutory public holidays of Japan; Year-end and New
Year holidays(December 29 through January 3)

■Leaves
Paid leaves, Refreshment leave, congratulatory or condolence leave, etc
(In accordance with The University of Tokyo regulations )

■ 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

■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)

Application period
2021/12/31 Deadline for receipt
Application
/selection
/notification of result
/contact details

■Application

Application documents:
● Cover letter in English or Japanese
● Curriculum vitae in English or Japanese
Please download and use the University of Tokyo Standard Resume Format (https://www.utokyo.
ac.jp/en/about/jobs.html.)
● Publication list
● Name and contact address for two references, one of which should be a previous employer


■Submission
Interested applicants should send application materials to: shotsuji#ircn.jp (Please replace # with @ before using
this email address) with the title “Application to postdoc position JEWEL project"

■Application Deadline
When the position is filled

Selection Process
All applications will be screened, and only those qualified will be scheduled for an interview (on-site or via video
conferencing tool).

■Inquiries
Please refer to "Submission".

Online Submission
Online Submission with all application documents is available.
JREC-IN Portal web application
Not available
 
Email Application
Accept
shotsuji@ircn.jp
Recruiting Institution's
Web application system
Not available
Additional information

■Recruiter Name
The University of Tokyo

■Notices
(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 Regulations on Conditions of Employment of
Fixed-term Project Academic and Administrative Staff.
(https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/about/rules̲main.html)
(4) The University of Tokyo promotes gender equality and actively encourages women to apply.


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