Gardner Research Unit is affiliated with the Department of Life Sciences at The University of Tokyo. Students may work in the lab (located on the RIKEN campus in Wako, Japan) while obtaining a Master's or PhD degree from The University of Tokyo. Entrance examinations are in August for the Master's program and in January for the PhD program (for those who have already obtained a Master's degree). Applicants should have a strong interest in visual neuroscience, decision making and/or attention. Students with any of a variety of undergraduate backgrounds are eligible, but, in particular, students having majored in neuroscience, behavioral psychology, bioengineering, computer science or related fields are especially encouraged to apply. Non-japanese applicants without Japanese language skills are welcome. The entrance exam and coursework requirements can be fulfilled in English. Seminars and daily activities at RIKEN are all conducted in English. For more details feel free to contact Justin Gardner by email.
We are always interested in highly motivated scientist who would like to study visual perception with a combination of functional MRI techniques and psychophysics. Candidates should have, or be expecting to receive, a PhD in neuroscience, bioengineering, or related fields. A strong training in experimental methodology (not necessarily fMRI and psychophysics – for example, single-unit neurophysiology is appropriate) with solid quantitative skills is required. Seminars and daily scientific activities at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute are all conducted in English. Non-Japanese applicants may apply for on-campus housing for their first year. RIKEN is located in Wako, Japan which is a 12 minute train ride from central Tokyo. The RIKEN Brain Science Institute provides various forms of support for foreign researchers. For inquiries, send a brief cover letter stating your research interests, your CV and contact information for two scientist who can act as references to Justin Gardner. Note that post-docs may apply for fellowships to work in the lab through the RIKEN Foreign Postdoctoral Researcher program, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Post-doctoral Fellowship for Foreign Reseachers and the Human Frontier Science Program among others.
Currently enrolled graduate students or early-stage post-docs may apply for a summer internship in the lab. Students from the U.S. enrolled in a graduate program, may also apply through the NSF/JSPS sponsored East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for US Graduate Students program.
It is possible for graduate students and post-docs to do internships in the lab for anywhere between 3 months and a year. Various funding mechanisms are available for this type of collaboration. In particular, there is the JSPS Short-term fellowship program. For current United States NSF graduate fellows, there is the Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) program.