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
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
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OIST is a young, fast-growing research-oriented interdisciplinary graduate university, located on the tropical paradise island of Okinawa (https://www.visitokinawa.jp/). OIST relies on a cross-disciplinary approach, with an emphasis on creativity and exchange, to offer unique, individualized graduate training. Despite being a newcomer in the academic world, OIST was recently ranked as #9 in the world on Normalized Nature Index (https://www.natureindex.com/annual-tables/2019/institution/academic-normalized).
Working at OIST offers impressive research infrastructure and access to state-of-the-art imaging facilities as well as scientific computing. Importantly, we are dedicated to training early-career scientists for their best possible future and offer high-level professional and career development in form of personalized counseling, workshops and seminars, in addition to extensive opportunities for travel and networking within academia and industry as well as coaching in grant-writing.
In accordance of OIST regulations, salary and benefits, including paid leave and summer holidays, health care and relocation support to Okinawa, will be offered at a competitive rate based on ag...e and experience. Furthermore, as a part of OIST strategies for Good Research Environment, dedicated mentoring will be provided to ascertain best possible career development for researchers at all stages. The working language at all operational levels is English, and Japanese language classes are offered on-site free of charge. OIST is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer implementing progressive workplace policies and strongly encourages applications from women and other under-represented groups. Whenever possible, OIST will attempt to help in finding employment for the employee’s partner.