[Comp-neuro] Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Independent New Investigators (including computational neuroscience)

Erik De Schutter erik at tnb.ua.ac.be
Fri Oct 10 14:02:43 CEST 2008


The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) is a new international
research institute created to establish a world-class graduate university
of science and
technology in Okinawa, Japan, with Sydney Brenner as President.  At
present there are 19
independent research units with over 150 researchers in temporary
laboratories in Uruma and
Onna, Okinawa.  Current units include Neural Computation (Kenji Doya), G0
Cell Unit
(MitsuhiroYanagida), Molecular Neuroscience (Sydney Brenner), Neurobiology
Research
(Jeffrey Wickens), Computational Neuroscience (Erik De Schutter), Cellular
and Molecular
Synaptic Function (Tomoyuki Takahashi), and Developmental, Evolutionary, and
Environmental Genomics of Marine Invertebrates (Noriyuki Satoh).  A new
research campus
is under construction in Onna, and the first buildings will be completed
in late 2009.  By
2012 the university is expected to have about 50 independent research
units.  The focus of the
OIST program is on interdisciplinary research that crosses traditional
academic boundaries.
The language of instruction is English.

 OIST is seeking Independent New Investigators.  These are single-tenure,
five-year
appointments as independent research unit leaders.  Areas of focus are
neuroscience with
emphasis on primate studies, cell biology and genetics, structural
biology, and mathematical
and computational biology including theoretical ecology. The positions
include salary for the
appointee and up to two additional lab members, appropriate laboratory
space, and funding to
support research for the unit. The positions are fully independent, but
multidisciplinary
collaborations that expand the scope of experience of the appointee are
encouraged.  Eligible
applicants will have a maximum of five years of prior postdoctoral
experience and no
previous independent research appointment.  There will be a midcourse
progress review at
three years.  At the conclusion of the five year period, appointees may
apply for other
positions at OIST or move to other organizations.  Appointments will be
made on the basis of
a research proposal, interview, seminar presentation, and references. 
Appointments will
begin either on April 1, 2009 or October 1, 2009 and will continue on a
semiannual basis.
Consideration of applications for appointment in 2009 will commence on
November 17, 2008,
and will continue until the position is filled.  Applicants should submit
a cover letter, a CV,
names and contact information for five references, and a research
proposal.  The proposal
should include the following sections: background, research plan, and
budget with
justification.  The application should be submitted by email or post mail
to the addresses
below.

Position
Independent New Investigator

Working Location
Onna-son or Uruma-shi, Okinawa, Japan.

Requirements
Maximum of five years of prior postdoctoral experience and no previous
independent
research appointment.
Term
Full-time fixed term appointment for 5 years.

Compensation
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Benefits
Relocation, Housing and Commuting allowances, Annual paid leave, Summer
holidays,
National social insurance (Shakai-hoken) includes health insurance,
Welfare pension
insurance (Kousei-nenkin-hoken), and Worker’s accident compensation insurance
(Roudousya-saigai-hosyou-hoken).

Submission Documents
1. Cover letter in English
2. Curriculum Vitae in English
3. Names and contact information for five references
4. Research proposal

Application Deadline
Consideration of applications for appointment in 2009 will commence on
November 17, 2008,
and will continue until the position is filled.

Starting Date
Appointments will begin either on April 1, 2009 or October 1, 2009.

Application Address
For email send the application as a PDF file attachment (use a single PDF
file that includes
all sections of the application) to:
newinvestigator at oist.jp

Post mail address:
Attn: Mr. Ferry Toya, Acting Director, Human Resources
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Promotion Corporation
7542 Onna, Onna-son, Okinawa 904-0411, JAPAN





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