Excited about our research?  Why don't you join us?


If you are interested in neuronal-network level mechanisms of how the brain encodes, stores, and retrieve memories, Takehara lab will be a great place to start and extend your research career.  My research program offers the opportunity to learn cutting-edge electrophysiological, genetic, psychopharmacological, and behavioral conditioning techniques.  I am looking forward to interacting with energetic students and solving mysteries of the brain together! 

Post-doctoral fellow

If you are interested in the post-doctoral training in the Takehara laboratory, please send Prof. Takehara an email (takehara@psych.utoronto.ca) with your CV, a description of your past and future projects, and career goals. I am currently looking for a motivated researcher who has some experiences in optogenetic experiments or single-unit recording in behaving rodents. 

Undergraduate thesis student

Because of technically demanding nature of our research, I will accept independent project students or thesis students only if they have prior volunteering experience in my laboratory.

Graduate student

The application should be sent directly to the Psychology or Cell & Systems Biology Department at the University of Toronto. International candidates need to send the application to the Psychology Department.  In your application, please specify Prof. Takehara as a faculty member whom you are interested in working with and describe why you are interested in the graduate-level training in the Takehara lab. Please note the application deadline varies depending on the program (the earliest is December 1st in the Psychology Department). Informal inquiries before the application deadline are encouraged. Several graduate student positions are available for the program starting in Fall 2021.  To be considered for the Master's program, you will need some experiences in research, preferably in behavioural studies using rodents. For the Ph.D. program, you will need skills in rodent stereotaxic surgery.  Some experience with programming is an asset.

Undergraduate research assistant

Undergraduate research assistants participate in existing projects under the supervision of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. I require a serious commitment from each student of at least several days per week and several hours each day. 


The recruitment process starts at the beginning of March during which I review the application for research opportunity in summer. If selected, you will receive intense research training through working on a research project with senior lab members and are expected to continue to work on the project during the upcoming academic year. An exceptional student may be able to start participating in research at the beginning of Fall or Winter semesters; however, space is usually limited at that point.


If you are interested, please send a statement of research interest and unofficial transcript to Prof. Takehara (takeharalab.volunteer@gmail.com). You will be evaluated based on the research interest and grade. Animal handling experience is an asset. Be aware that the competition is fierce: during the peak season, I receive at least one application every day. I will only reply to emails from promising students.