Our laboratory is located at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Wako, Japan, which is only 15 minutes by train from central Tokyo. With over 40 laboratories, the Institute offers a research environment that is collaborative, vibrant, and international. Seminars and daily scientific activities at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute are conducted in English. In addition, RIKEN provides extensive support to help international researchers in their transition to life in Japan.


We seek highly motivated postdoctoral fellows to conduct research on the topics of interest in our laboratory (see RESEARCH). For general information about the position, please see this call for postdoctoral fellowship applications.

Please send your application to itninfo(at)brain.riken.jp with the following materials.

Application documents

Cover letter State your motivation for applying, your main research interests, and any other information you would like to be noted.
CV with photo Include a list of publications.
Research statement (A) Describe your research achievements to date and (B) state your goals for future research, particularly in relation to our laboratory’s research interests. Limit: approx. 2 pages.
References Provide the names and contact information of three references with a brief description of your relationship to each. Include your current supervisor if available.
Optional Information Provide any additional information you think may be useful (e.g., skills, experience, background, hobbies, and general interests). Limit: approx. 2 pages.

Inquiries may be sent to itninfo(at)brain.riken.jp.

NOTE: Generally, we also encourage applicants to apply for fellowships to support for working in our lab, including JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships for Foreign Researchers, the Human Frontier Science Program, and the RIKEN Foreign Postdoctoral Researcher program, among others.


Students may work in our lab while pursuing a doctoral degree at one of the universities associated with our laboratory or the RIKEN Brain Science Institute, including Kyoto University, The University of Tokyo, and Saitama University. Arrangements are made on a case-by-case basis, but generally speaking, a student first begins working in the lab and is then required to pass the entrance examination for the university'.

Candidates should have strong interest in our laboratory’s research topics (see RESEARCH) and demonstrated ability to study these topics. Experience and achievement related to our research topics is desirable. Proficiency in programming (e.g., MATLAB, C++) is expected. For computational studies, strong quantitative skill and demonstrated ability is expected. For human fMRI studies, experience in human fMRI experiments is ideal, or at the least, candidates should have strong training in experimental methodology and education in neuroscience, behavioral psychology, or related areas. Solid quantitative skills are particularly appreciated. Successful candidates should have good communication skills and the ability to conduct independent research as well as work closely in a team. Please send your application to itninfo(at)brain.riken.jp with the materials indicated in the table above. You may optionally include academic transcripts along with short descriptions of classes relevant to your application.

Inquiries may be sent to itninfo(at)brain.riken.jp


RIKEN Brain Science Institute hosts an annual international summer school. Posdocs or currently enrolled graduate students are invited to apply for a summer internship in our lab. Students from the United States who are enrolled in a graduate program may apply through the NSF/JSPS-sponsored East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for US Graduate Students program.

NOTE: We may consider short-term internships for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, contingent on mutually shared research interests and mutual agreement on the project duration and financial support. Generally, applicants are strongly encouraged to secure financial support or a fellowship on their own. Various funding mechanisms are available, including the JSPS Short-term Fellowship Program. For current NSF Graduate Research Fellows, there is the Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) program.
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