求人ID : D119090441

研究員募集(W19124)(認知分散処理研究チーム)

  • 公開日:2019.09.12.
  • 更新日:2020.09.01.

募集要項

求人内容
[Laboratory]
Laboratory for Distributed Cognitive Processing, Center for Brain Science,(Laboratory head:Lukas Ian Schmitt)

[Research Area]
Biology, Computational Science, Interdisciplinary

[Keyword]
Systems Neuroscience, Computational Neuroscience

[Research field]
The laboratory for distributed cognitive processing (which will begin operations on Jan 1st 2020) will focus on investigating how an internal model of the world is maintained and updated within neural circuits. Although we generally perceive the world as stable, information reaching the brain from the senses is often disconnected and ambiguous. This suggests that perception involves some form of predictive model that incorporates recent information to more effectively interpret and respond to current inputs. This kind of implicit internal model is thought to involve short-term maintenance of information enabled by interactions between multiple cortical and thalamic circuits. My team will seek to better understand these critical interactions by focusing on three major avenues of research. First, we will investigate the circuit basis of short-term information storages across multiple cortical regions and the roles such storage plays in cognitive function. Second, we will determine how the perturbation of thalamic functions may contribute to disruption of short-term storage and to assess how this might contribute to cognitive dysfunction in psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders. Third, by identifying principles of thalamocortical interaction involved in cognitive function we will seek to identify novel computational architectures useful in improving the design of artificial intelligence networks.
To address these questions, my team will take a multi-disciplinary approach combining optogenetic methods to causally manipulate neural circuits and electrophysiological recording techniques to assess neural activity with behavioral tasks designed to engage cognitive functions. This combined approach allows us to identify the activity in multiple brain regions that underlies behavior and to mechanistically dissect network interactions that produce this activity, providing substantial insight into how cognition works.

[Job title and description]
Job title, available positions:
Research Scientist 2 position(s)
Postdoctoral Researcher is defined as those with a doctoral degree of 5 years or less.
Research Scientist/Contract Researcher is defined as those with a doctoral degree more than 5 years.

Job description:
The successful candidate will take the lead in generating analytical and computational approaches to investigate neural implementations of cognitive processes such as attentional control and working memory in the context of hierarchical decision making. This work will be done in collaboration with experimentalists conducting high density neural recordings combined with optogenetic methods using new behavioral paradigms designed to assess how animals generalize based on past sensory experience. The candidate will be expected to assess neural dynamics and potentially model the circuits involved model based on physiological data as well as to participate in optimizing experimental approaches based on observations and predictions spurring from their theoretical/analytical work.

[Work location]
Branch and address:
RIKEN Wako (2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198)

[Start of employment]
January 1st, 2020 (Negotiable)
研究分野
  • 大分野: 総合生物
  • 小分野: 神経科学
  • 大分野: 総合理工
  • 小分野: 計算科学
  • 大分野: 複合領域
  • 小分野: 脳科学
職種
  • 研究員・ポスドク相当
募集組織
国立研究開発法人理化学研究所
勤務形態
常勤(任期あり)
勤務地
関東 ・ 埼玉県
応募資格
We seek a highly motivated researcher with an interest in understanding complex cognitive functions like attention and sensory decision-making as well as experience applying analytical approaches and computational modeling methods to understand neural data. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g., Neuroscience, Computational Neuroscience, Computer Science, Math, Physics). Proficiency in programming (e.g., MATLAB, Python) is necessary. Applicants must be comfortable working in an international setting where the primary language of communication is English.

A strong quantitative background is required as is the ability to self-direct and modify project goals based on observed results. Direct experience with the analysis of extracellular recordings of spiking neurons and/or with machine learning based approaches is also preferred.
待遇
For details about "Salary and benefits", please refer to the above "Job posting URL".
募集期間
2020年09月11日 必着 Open until the position is filled
応募・選考・結果通知・連絡先
[Application and required documents]
Required documents:
Please refer to the above "Job posting URL" regarding the "Required documents".

How to apply:
Send the PDF formatted application by email to lukas.schmitt[at]ml.riken.jp
(Recommendation letters must be emailed directly from the reference to lukas.schmitt[at]ml.riken.jp)

Note:
Application documents will not be returned.

Deadline:
Open until the position is filled

[Selection process]
Application screening, interview and oral presentation by selected applicants

※本公募は英語のみでのご案内です。

[Contact information/Send application to]
RIKEN Center for Brain Science
Laboratory/Research Unit for distributed cognitive processing
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198
Email: lukas.schmitt[at]ml.riken.jp (Replace [at] with @ )
For inquiries, please send an email.
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備考
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