[Comp-neuro] Multiple postdocs and RA positions in artificial consciousness based upon the integrated information theory

Ryota Kanai kanair at araya.org
Mon Sep 28 19:16:41 CEST 2015

Advertisement:  4 Postdoctoral and/or RA positions at Araya Brain Imaging,
Tokyo, Japan.

Four postdoctoral positions (or RA positions) are available to work on a
JST (Japan Science and Technology) funded CREST research project on
“Towards constructing artificial consciousness based on the integrated
information theory (IIT)” (PIs: Kanai, Kawanabe and Maekawa, Co-PIs:
Tsuchiya and Oizumi), which will run for 5.5 years from Oct 2015. The
initial appointment will be for one year, with renewal based upon
satisfactory performance and evaluation. Salary will be commensurate with

We are looking for young researchers (i.e., RAs, late-stage candidates for
MSc or PhD degrees, or postdoctoral fellows) whose main research interest
is the neuronal basis of consciousness, artificial intelligence, and/or the
integrated information theory (IIT) of consciousness.

There are 4 main projects:
1. Evolving artificial intelligent systems in complex game environments
2. Constructing systems with flexible sensory, cognitive and motor
capability using deep neural networks (DNN)
3. Evaluation of integrated information in artificial systems
4. Empirical tests of IIT in real neural systems

You will be employed at Araya Brain Imaging (CEO: Kanai) in Japan for all
projects, but the actual location of work depends on the project. Projects
1 and 2 will mainly take place within Araya Brain Imaging in Tokyo, Japan,
whereas Projects 3 and 4 will be conducted at Monash University,
Australia.  All projects will be supervised by Ryota Kanai (Araya),
Naotsugu Tsuchiya (Monash) and Masafumi Oizumi (Monash and RIKEN, Japan).
Researchers in all projects are expected to travel between Japan and
Australia frequently (at least twice a year) to maximise interactions
within the team.

For each project, the exact requirement for experience and skills differ,
but excellent programming and mathematical skills (especially familiarity
in advanced statistics, machine learning and information theory) will be
essential in all projects.  Research Assistants are expected to learn those
skills upon appointment. Excellence in written and oral English
communication skills, as supported by objective publication recorded, is
essential for postdoctoral applicants.
Most importantly the enthusiasm to solve consciousness is mandatory.

Araya Brain Imaging is a rapidly growing start-up located in Tokyo. While
being a private company, our priority is the quality in research that
drives innovation in neurotechnology. Many of the Araya members have been
trained abroad (UK and US) and we are aiming to build an international hub
for artificial consciousness.

Monash University, one of the eight top universities in Australia (G8), is
forming a strong cluster of consciousness researchers, ranging from
philosophers, neurophysiologists, and psychologists with excellent
cognitive neuroscience tools available (simultaneous EEG & fMRI experiments
and EEG/TMS & fMRI experiments at Monash Brain Imaging facility, which
hosts a research-only MRI scanner, EEG, TMS and eye tracking.

Interested candidates are encouraged to send a CV, statement of research
accomplishments and interests, PDF copies of representative publications,
and contact information for 2 reference letters to:

Please contact Yoshiko Tan (postdoc at araya.org) for questions and

Application review will begin immediately and continue until the positions
are filled.

Best wishes,

Ryota Kanai
CEO of Araya Brain Imaging
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