International Research Center for Neurointelligence (IRCN) is seeking Postdoctoral Fellow (Project Researcher) who is highly motivated to contribute to the field of computational psychiatry, to work on team science project investigating the computational and neural mechanism of psychiatric disorders (primarily schizophrenia) under the framework of reinforcement learning (and utilizing other computational tools including deep learning and Bayesian models). The successful candidate will be expected to develop computational model and behavioral experiments on patients to study the mechanism of psychiatric disorders, inspired by (but not limited to) recent findings on dopamine function (e.g.,, with the possibility of extending to fMRI experiments. The candidate will be able to work or interact with IRCN PIs and collaborating faculties with a wide-spanning backgrounds of computation, cognition, psychiatry and neurobiology, including *Shin Ishii* , *Mingbo Cai* , *Sho Yagishita* , *Shinsuke Koike* , *Haruo Kasai* and *Kiyoto Kasai* , and will be officially hosted in Mingbo Cai???s lab. The candidate will have the opportunity to utilize patient resources of ongoing cohort and clinical studies and the computational and neural imaging resources at IRCN. The working language is English, and international applicants are highly welcome.

Starting Date: Negotiable The first contact will be ended on March 31, 2021 (due to Japanese fiscal year)

The contract is renewable on a fiscal year basis (from April 1 to March 31; every year) according to research budget, research activity, and research achievements. But the total period of employment will not exceed 3 years.

Place of work: International Research Center for Neurointelligence, Cai lab, with collaboration across multiple labs The University of Tokyo, Institutes for Advanced Study 7-3-1 Hongo Bunkyo-ku Tokyo, 113-0033 JAPAN *This can be changed due to work circumstances.

Job Description:

To design and conduct behavioral (and possibly fMRI) experiments, develop computational models, analyze data and write papers. The research theme is computational psychiatry, towards understanding the mechanism of schizophrenia and other disorders


– Ph.D. or M.D. in Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Psychology, Computer Science
or equivalent in a related field
– Good communication skill in English

– Training and research experience in at least two of the following three domains: computational modeling (including reinforcement learning or Bayesian models), human cognition, psychiatry

Probation Period: Six months from the date of arrival.


Application documents (in English):

– Cover letter
– Research Statement describing your research interest and history
– Curriculum vita with publication list
– Please arrange 2-3 reference letters to be sent to reinforcement[at]ircn[dot]jp and mention their names and contact information in the cover letter. At least one of them should be a previous employer or supervisor.


Interested applicants should send application materials to: reinforcement[at]ircn[dot]jp (Please replace [at] with @ and [dot] with . before using this email address)

Applications Deadline

Application will be reviewed as they arrive, until the position is filled. All applications will be screened, and only those qualified will be scheduled for an interview (on-site or via video).


Informal inquiries can be addressed to mingbo[dot]cai[at]ircn[dot]jp with a title of [computational psychiatry postdoc] + ???your name???

Recruiter Name: The University of Tokyo

Postdoct in computational psychiatry @IRCN, The University of Tokyo