Recruitment of Researchers

Using two-photon microscopy, optogenetics, molecular biology,  electrophysiology, behavioral tasks, and theoretical approaches, we have found the structural plasticity of dendritic spines and their basis on memory and emotional function. Recently, we have discovered rapid mechanical transmission in spine synapses (Nature 2004, 2015, 2020, 2021) and are characterizing its cellular basis and cognitive consequences experimentally and theoretically ( We are looking for young researchers from all over the world to join our endeavor. We welcome those applicants who wish to have extramural support, such as the JSPS fellowship. 

  2. Dynamics and mechanics of spine synapses in the working memory circuits (Prof. Haruo Kasai)

★Job title               Project Researcher, Research Assistant Professor,   JSPS Fellowship

Starting Date      As early as possible.

★Term     The first contract will be ended on March 31, 2024. 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. Contract duration is until March 31, 2027. Probationary period is 6 months from the date of arrival.

Place of Work   Kasai Lab, IRCN, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo Bunkyo-ku Tokyo, 113-0033 JAPAN


(Required)   Ph.D. in Biology, or Neuroscience and a related field,  Good communication skill in English

       (Preferred)  Experiences in molecular, cellular and behavioral neuroscience will be preferred.

Salary: To be determined in accordance with the University of Tokyo Regulations 

★ Working hours: Discretionary labor system, based on 7 hours 45 minutes per day, or 38 hours 45 minutes per week

Holidays: Saturdays and Sundays; Statutory public holidays of Japan; Year-end and New Year holidays (December 29 through January 3); Summer holidays

Commuter allowance: JPY55,000 per month at maximum

Social Insurance: Eligible for MEXT* Mutual Aid Association membership, employees’ pension, employment insurance, and workers’ accident compensation insurance. (*MEXT: Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)

★Vacation : Annual paid vacation, Sick leave (paid), Special vacation (paid)

Application documents:

Cover letter in English

・CV in English

・Publication list

Name and contact address for two references, one of which should be a previous employer 

Submission: Interested applicants should send application materials to: (Please replace # with @ before using this email address)

  Applications deadline:  None

 ★ Selection Process: All applications will be screened, and only those qualified will be scheduled for an interview (on-site or via video).


 ★ * Submitted documents will not be returned.

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*Travel cost will not be paid in screening process.