RESEARCH FIELDBiological sciences › BiologyNeurosciences › Neuropsychology
RESEARCHER PROFILERecognised Researcher (R2)
APPLICATION DEADLINE10/09/2020 23:59 - Asia/Tokyo
LOCATIONJapan › Kyoto
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEKSee description
〔Explanation of institution〕
Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) recently selected the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Biology (ASHBi) for participation in the World Premier International Research Center (WPI) Program, establishing it within Kyoto University Institute for Advanced Study (KUIAS) on 30 October 2018 with Mitinori Saitou, a world-leading developmental biologist, at its head. ASHBi is now looking for a Program-Specific Researcher (Postdoctoral Fellow) in the laboratory of Associate Professor Ken-ichi Amemori (Cognitive Neurobiology Group). Details as follows.
ASHBi will investigate the core concepts of human biology with a focus on genome regulation and disease modeling, creating a foundation of knowledge for developing innovative and unique human-centric therapies. The key goals are: 1) to achieve outstanding research in key individual themes in human biology in the area of reproduction, development, growth and aging as well as heredity and evolution; 2) to elucidate the principles for the emergence of species differences among humans, non-human primates, and rodents for proper extrapolation of the findings in model organisms to humans; 3) to generate primate models for key gene functions and intractable diseases; 4) to reconstitute key human cell lineages and tissues in vitro and validate their properties based on integrative information; and 5) to contribute to formalize an ethics for the use of human/non-human primate materials and create a philosophy to direct the values of the Institute's research outcomes.
The institute is seeking suitable candidates for a program-specific Researcher to accelerate its mission. The Cognitive Neurobiology Group (Amemori's Group) will perform a systematic study to examine the function of the emotional circuit in non-human primates (NHPs), whose brain structure is homologous to that of humans. The successful candidate will perform high-level research and act as a leading researcher in human biology and related fields. The Amemori Group focuses on the limbic system, which has similar features in humans and macaques and consists of a large-scale network of the brain. The group will conduct a systematic study of emotional and cognitive systems by clarifying the neural basis that supports interregional interactions in macaque monkeys, which have a limbic system similar to that of humans. In particular, our group aims to identify the neural basis of the interareal interaction of macaques' large-scale network by combining electrical-stimulation and fMRI. Our group will perform a neural recording of spikes and field potentials from microelectrodes chronically-implanted into multiple brain sites. We further aim to clarify the function of the cerebral cortex, basal ganglia, and dopamine-related circuit in order to elucidate the mechanism of anxiety. We will also introduce genetic engineering such as chemogenetics to clarify the mechanism of the anxiety-related circuit. For more information, please refer to the following website.
* Cognitive Neurobiology Group homepage: https://sites.google.com/view/amemorigroup/
ASHBi is looking for a researcher who can perform one of these research tasks. Successful candidates will carry out existing research plans and accomplish the plans by contributing with their own ideas. Expertise in macaque neurophysiology is preferred but not a requirement. We are looking for talented and highly-motivated persons from fields such as cognitive neuroscience and computational neuroscience.
Program-Specific Researcher (Postdoctoral Fellow)
〔Address of work location〕
Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Biology (ASHBi), KUIAS Kyoto University
Yoshida Konoe-cho, Sakyo, Kyoto 606-8501 Japan
〔Number of positions〕
September 1, 2020 or the earliest possible date thereafter (adjustable according to individual requirements)
〔Details of salary〕
Paid annually in compliance with the rules of Kyoto University
Five (5) working days per week (days off: Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays, year-end and New Year holidays, Foundation Day, and summer vacation, as per University guidelines)
Discretionary Labor System (Deemed working hours: 7 hours 45 minutes/day)
〔Period of employment〕
Five (5) years in principle (with annual renewal, the first from 31 March 2021)
Initial probationary employment period: six (6) months
National Public Service Mutual Aid Association health policy
Employee's pension insurance
Worker's accident insurance
No allowance (such as for commuting, housing, bonuses, etc.) will be provided.
EURAXESS offer ID: 531246
Posting organisation offer ID: D120060162
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