[Comp-neuro] Post-Doc position (Neuronal Rhythms in Movement unit, OIST, Okinawa)

Marylka Yoe Uusisaari yoe at iki.fi
Fri Jul 26 08:45:20 CEST 2019

OIST is a young, fast-growing research-oriented interdisciplinary graduate
university, located on the tropical paradise island of Okinawa (
https://www.visitokinawa.jp/). OIST relies on a cross-disciplinary
approach, with an emphasis on creativity and exchange, to offer unique,
individualized graduate training. Despite being a newcomer in the academic
world, OIST was recently ranked as #10 in the world on Normalized Nature
Index (

The Neuronal Rhythms in Movement (nRIM; https://groups.oist.jp/nrim) unit
at OIST is looking for an inspired 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 continuous modulation of
behavioral programs.

The successful applicant will be combining 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.

Working with nRIM at OIST offers access to impressive research
infrastructure including state-of-the-art imaging  as well as scientific
computing facilities. Importantly, we are dedicated to training
early-career scientists for their best possible future and offer high-level
professional and career development 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

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.


   - A PhD (obtained within last 5 years) in relevant disciplines, such as
   biosciences, neuroscience, bioengineering, physics or computer science
   - Experience in building and programming (MATLAB) experimental systems
   - 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.
   - Prior experience with animal handling, olivo-cerebellar systems or
   calcium imaging is greatly appreciated even if not necessarily required;
   however, motivation and capability to learn new approaches such as these is
   a must.
   - nRIM is a team endeavor; thus, ability to work effectively with a
   group is a must
   - Capabilities related to managing complex data, record-keeping, and
   planning experimental schedules are indispensable.

In accordance of OIST regulations, salary and benefits, including paid
leave and summer holidays, health care and relocation support to Okinawa,
will be offered at a competitive rate based on age and experience.
Furthermore, as a part of OIST strategies for Good Research Environment,
dedicated mentoring will be provided to ascertain best possible career
development for researchers at all stages. The working language at all
operational levels is English, and Japanese language classes are offered
on-site free of charge. OIST is an equal opportunity, affirmative action
employer implementing progressive workplace policies and strongly
encourages applications from women and other under-represented groups.
Whenever possible, OIST will attempt to help in finding employment for the
employee’s partner.

To apply, please send a cover letter describing your motivation for this
position, CV & publications list, as well as contact information for 2
referees to uusisaari at oist.jp by September 30th, 2019. Informal queries are
also welcomed.
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