Postdoc position available/ Neuronal mechanism for critical period Unit

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Position summary

We seek postdocs who will work in the Neuronal mechanism for critical period Unit (Principal Investigator: Yoko Yazaki-Sugiyama). Our research unit works on the brain mechanism for bird song learning. Postdocs are expected to work on one of the following projects:

1) Identifying brain mechanism of auditory information processing for song learning in zebra finch. (ref: Araki et al, Science 2016, 354: 1282-1287)

2) Revealing neuronal mechanism for regulation of song memory formation by social interaction.

(ref: Yanagihara & Yazaki-Sugiyama 2018, Behav Process, 10.1016/j.beproc.2018.04.003; 2016, Nat. Commun, doi: 10.1038/NCOMMS11946) However, other projects are also welcome with discussions.  


Postdoctoral Scholar

Neuronal mechanism for critical period Unit (Principal Investigator: Yoko Yazaki-Sugiyama)


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


  1. Ph. D. degree and communication skills in English or Japanese are required
  2. Experience in neurobiology or neuroscience filed is required.
  3. Experiences in electrophysiology is advanced

Report to 

Professor Yoko Yazaki-Sugiyama / Neuronal mechanism for critical period Unit

Starting Date 

As early as possible (negotiable)

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 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 3~5 referees, one of which should be a previous employer

* Please be sure to indicate where you first saw the job advertisement.

Application Due Date 

Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled. (Applications will be screened upon arrival)


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