Post-doc positions in Neural Coding & Brain Computing Unit

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Position summary:

A small number of postdoc positions are available in computational neuroscience and related fields (e.g., brain-inspired AI, machine learning in neuroscience).

The followings are the keywords of our research interests:

1) Neural models of learning and memory

2) Computation with spikes

3) Dendritic computation

4)  The roles of spontaneous activity in brain computing.

5) Large-scale neural data analysis

Applicants with interests other than those listed above will also be considered.


1919‐1 Tancha, Onna‐son, Okinawa, Japan 904-0495


  1. Perform innovative research in the context given in position summary.
  2. Publish the results in high-quality journals.
  3. Present the results at national and international conferences.


We welcome applications from candidates with strong background in theoretical/computational sciences. Candidates are also desired to have due interests in the biological realms of brain science. Communication and writing skills in English but not in Japanese are required.

Report to 

Professor Tomoki Fukai / Neural Coding and Brain Computing Unit

Starting Date 

The earlier the better (negotiable)

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years. Contract initially with 3-month probationary period (inclusive). This contract may be renewed up to 3 years.

Working hours: 9:00-17:30 (Discretionary)

Compensation & Benefits 

Compensation in accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations


  • Relocation, housing and commuting allowances
  • Annual paid leave and summer holidays
  • Health insurance (Private School Mutual Aid )
  • Welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin)
  • Worker’s accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken)

How To Apply 

Apply by emailing your Submission Documents to:


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Submission Documents 

  • Curriculum vita in English (and Japanese if available)
  • Cover letter in English (and Japanese if available)
  • Names and contact information of 3 referees, one of which should be a previous employer

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Application Due Date 

Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled.


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