Neuromechanics of natural movement with 3D MoCap and deep-brain imaging

Okinawa, Japan
Feb 26, 2020
Apr 27, 2020
Position Type
Full Time

We are looking for an ambitious, imaginative, inspired and fearless scientist to join the cross-disciplinary team, seeking to understand how abstract brain activity patterns are converted into precisely-tuned body movements. We seek individuals with original, boundary-breaking ideas and get-things-done -attitude to lead experiments and development on our novel, high-resolution rodent 3D Motion Capture, used to explore true natural movements such as climbing, balancing, jumping and hunting.

 The real-time recording of kinematics are to be combined with cranial window and / or deep-brain imaging (Inscopix nVoke), electrophysiology and computational methods to examine neuromechanical systems underlying fine motor control.

To ensure perfect fit to the group, shortlisted applicants will be invited to visit OIST for a 3-day interview meeting before any decisions are made.

  • A PhD (obtained within last 5 years) in relevant disciplines, such as biosciences, neuroscience, bioengineering, physics or computer science
  • Experience in building and programming (MATLAB) experimental systems; aptitude towards engineering is greatly useful
  • A record of first-author, high-impact publications is not required as we do not believe that scientific excellence necessarily correlates with them. However, a record of research and publication activity is required.
  • Prior experience with animal handling, brain and spinal motor circuitry or calcium and voltage imaging is greatly appreciated even if not necessarily required; however, motivation and capability to learn new approaches such as these is a must.
  • nRIM is a team endeavor; thus, ability to work effectively with a group is a key requirement.
  • Demonstrable capabilities related to managing complex data, record-keeping, and planning experimental schedules are indispensable.
  • Fluent oral and written communication in English