PamiTC Job Board - Posting Details

Title: Two postdoctoral positions at Kyoto U: Brain imaging and simulationPosted: October 17, 2016
Company/Institution: Kyoto University
Location: Kyoto, Japan
Department: Graduate School of Informatics

Description: 1. Reconstruction and simulation of neural circuits in the brain

We invite applications for a post-doc researcher in the area of 3D image processing, computational neuroscience, and/or neurophysiology. A new collaborative project with U Tokyo has been launched for large-scale 3D imaging of neural networks and their reconstruction/simulation. Thus, the applicant will firstly analyze microscopic 3D images to identify biological neuronal networks in collaboration with Kasai-lab in U Tokyo ( The project is a part of “Synaptic optogenetics for memory structures”, which is funded by Japan Science and Technology Agency.

2. AI and brain simulation

We are seeking a highly motivated post-doc researcher in artificial intelligence (including deep neural networks), brain simulation, and/or high-performance computing (HPC). Join us in the "post petaflops computing" project, a government-funded project with the goal of using the K supercomputer and its successor to (1) develop HPC-based frameworks for large-scale neural image processing and to (2) build an innovative and large-scale artificial intelligence that mimics brain’s information processing.

For both positions, basic qualifications include Ph.D. in relevant fields with proven track record of peer-reviewed publications, as well as excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and/or Japanese. You will participate in the project with our tenure track and post-doc researchers from various backgrounds including computational neuroscience, systems biology, bioinformatics, mathematical engineering, and machine learning. Our laboratory is also collaborating on a daily basis with Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR), University of Tokyo, Okinawa institute of science and technology (OIST), RIKEN Brain Science Institute, and other international laboratories.

[Job title and Job description]
Title: Full-time Researcher / Full-time Research Engineer
Begin Date:
1. April 1st, 2017 (negotiable)
2. November 1st, 2016 (negotiable)
Location: Yoshida-Honmachi 36-1, Sakyo-Ku, Kyoto-city, Japan. 606-8501
Contract: Annually renewed based on the evaluation.
1. Up to 5 years
2. Up to 3 years

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Based on Kyoto University’s provision for researchers. Benefits: Standard social insurance, Days off (weekends, public holidays, End of the year and the New Year, Kyoto University Foundation Day, summer vacation), Sick leave

Other miscellaneous provisions are in accordance with Kyoto U regulations.

[Application and required documents]
Please send the following five materials to the address below, either in printed or electronic form:
1. Complete CV (including technical skills [programming languages, platforms, systems, etc] and corresponding achievements that are relevant to our project)
2. List of publications
3. Reprints of 1 to 3 major publications
4. Document (one or two pages in A4 or letter size) describing:
- Summary of your previous research
- Interests and proposal for research
5. Two letters of recommendation (including one from the current supervisor, if available)

[Selection process]
Selection will be made based on application screening and interviews. [Requirements]
Applicants must:
- have Ph.D. (or be near the completion of the degree).
- have strong motivations and ambitions to participate in the research above.

[Number of openings]
[Deadline for application]
December 18th, 2016 (will remain open if positions are not filled)

Application Instructions: [Application]
Applications and/or any questions should be sent via mail or e-mail to:
Integrated Systems Biology Laboratory (Shin Ishii-lab),
Graduate School of Informatics, Engineering Bldg #1,
Kyoto University
Yoshida-honmachi, Sakyo, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan
Email: kanae [at]
Phone: +81-75-753-4908
Fax: +81-75-753-4907