Open post-doc position (3D Motion Capture)

We are on the look-out for unusual researchers to join us! 

We are looking for an inspired and technical-minded applicant with a PhD in neuroscience, bioengineering, neuromechanics, biophysics or similar related field to lead a collaborative, generously-funded project exploring how abstract patterns of neuronal activity are translated into precisely-timed motor actions using rodents. Our main focus is on natural movements such as running on uneven surface, climbing and jumping that require rapid online modulation of behavioral programs rather than simple conditioned actions.

The successful applicant will be working to combine our novel, high-resolution 3D motion capture system with deep-brain imaging (Inscopix nVoke system) and optical/pharmacological manipulation to disentangle the circuitry mechanisms underlying fine motor control. The work will be conducted in tight collaboration with in vitro physiologists and anatomists, and complemented with computational approaches from our collaborators. Reasonably high level proficiency in programming (e.g. MATLAB) is necessary.

Working with nRIM at OIST offers impressive research  infrastructure and access to state-of-the-art imaging facilities as well as scientific computing services. Importantly, we are dedicated to training early-career scientists for their best possible future and offer high-level professional and career development opportunities in form of personalized counseling workshops and seminars, in addition to extensive opportunities for travel and networking within academia and industry as well as coaching in grant-writing.

nRIM is a tight group of extraordinary individuals, and to ensure perfect fit to the group, shortlisted applicants will be invited to visit OIST for a 3-day interview meeting before any decisions are made.

Requirements for post-doc applicants

  1. A PhD (obtained within last 5 years) in relevant disciplines, such as biosciences, neuroscience, cognitive sciences, physics or computer science;

  2. Fluency in written and spoken English, with excellent communication skills and scientific writing capability;

  3. A record of first-author, high-impact publications is not required as we do not believe that scientific excellence necessarily correlates with them. However, a record of research and publication activity is required; at a very minimum, you need to have at least one solid, interesting publication that is clearly your work in conceptual, experimental and analytical aspects and you have significantly contributed to the manuscript preparation.

  4. nRIM is a team endeavor; thus, ability to work effectively with a group is a must. Capabilities related to managing complex data and experimental planning are indispensable.

Other methods employed in the lab (experience in these is helpful but not required):

    1. High-precision viral targeting, imaging and anatomy ranging from sub-neuronal and microcircuit level to mesoscopic architectures, histology, dendritic reconstructions, and working in close collaboration with computational researchers to create realistic neuronal simulations; 
    2. In vitro slice patch electrophysiology, calcium/voltage imaging, uncaging and optogenetics; 
    3. Behavioral analysis, microscale neuromodulation 

    For all positions, salary and benefits, including health care and relocation support to Okinawa, will be offered at a competitive rate based on age and experience, as well as dedicated mentoring to ascertain best possible career development for researchers at all stages. The working language at all operational levels is English and Japanese classes are offered on-site free of charge. OIST is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women and other underrepresented groups. Whenever possible, OIST will attempt to help in finding employment for the employee’s partner.

    To apply: send a cover letter describing source of motivation for the position, CV & publications list, and contact address for 2 referees to uusisaari@oist.jp by September 30th, 2019.