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Mikami Lab

Laboratory of Information Biophotonics

Photonics, informatics, and life sciences

We create innovative tools for life science based on photonics and informatics.

We aim to facilitate scientific discoveries and develop practical technologies.


(NEW!) Open call for Assistant Professor position
(Dec. 22, 2021 deadline, will end as soon as the right person is decided)

Please check here for details if you are interested in the position. Please feel free to contact Prof. Mikami (

Position Title: Assistant Professor, one person

Area of Specialization:

In the group of Prof. Hideharu Mikami, we conduct life science-oriented research with a focus on optical imaging. We develop advanced technologies, apply them to life science, and carry out interdisciplinary researches in cooperation with other researchers in and outside the laboratory.



Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. or doctoral degree. The successful candidates will have a strong track record and expertise in one or more of the following fields: optics, information science, and life sciences, and will be willing to collaborate with researchers in different disciplines to conduct interdisciplinary research. We are particularly looking for candidates who can contribute to the development and application of optical measurement and analysis techniques (e.g., fluorescence microscopy, optogenetics) for the nervous system of higher organisms such as mice.


For example, we assume that candidates have experience in the following types of research. However, we prefer candidates who are willing to acquire knowledge and skills in peripheral fields necessary to carry out the research.

  • Research in the field of optics, such as optical microscopy and computational imaging.

  • Research on the analysis of images, neural activity data, etc. in the field of bioinformatics.

  • Research using optical imaging (e.g., fluorescence microscopy) in any field of life sciences.


In addition, the ideal candidate will be able to communicate smoothly with researchers inside and outside the laboratory, and work in collaboration and cooperation with them.


Expected Start Date: March 1st, 2022, or later. We will consider candidates' wishes as much as possible.


Employment Status:

The employment period cannot exceed 5 years from the initial date of hire (Reappointment for 3 years is possible depending on the results of an interim evaluation).

Deadline: December 22th, 2021 (must arrive). We may close the application process earlier if a suitable candidate is determined.


May. 21th, 2021, The 8th Symposium of Nicon Imaging Center has been held sccessfullly.

Apr. 1st, 2021, Associate Professor Atsushi Shibukawa and four undergraduate students joined our group.

Mar. 31st, 2021, Prof. Mikami is going to give a talk at the 3rd workshop of "フォトエキサイトニクス研究拠点".

Mar. 19th, 2021, Prof. Mikami received the 5th Photonics Encouragement Award. He gave a commemorative talk at the 68th JSAP Spring Meeting.

Feb. 24th, 2021 Prof. Mikami gave an invited talk at an ABiS Symposium

Feb. 19th, 2021 Prof. Mikami gave an invited talk at a workshop of Ultrahigh-resolution imaging division, The Japanese Society of Microscopy.

Jan. 1, 2021, Project Assistant Professor Yusuke Tomina joined our group.

Dec. 10, 2020, Prof. Mikami gave an invited talk at RIES International Symposium.

Dec. 4, 2020, Four junior students joined our group.

Dec. 1, 2020, Prof. Mikami gave an invited talk at Hikari-juku 2020.

Nov. 25, 2020 Prof. Mikami gave an invited talk at the Advanced Microscopy Technology Seminar.

Oct. 19, 2020, Prof. Mikami gave a talk at The 6th Hokkaido University Cross-Departmental Symposium.

Oct. 1, 2020, Administrative Assistant Fujiwara-san joined our group.

Sep. 9, 2020 Prof. Mikami is going to give a talk about his study of JST PRESTO in The 58th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society of Japan. Link

Sep. 3, 2020  A job opening for a Project Assistant Professor/Research Fellow position (deadline postponed). (closed)

Aut. 7, 2020 Prof. Mikami gave a talk at a JSAP workshop.

Jul. 28, 2020 New job openings for faculty positions (Associate Professor and Assistant Professor). (closed)

Jul. 10, 2020  A new job opening for a Project Assistant Professor/Research Fellow position. (closed)

Jul. 10, 2020 A new paper (work at UTokyo) was published in Nature Communications.  Link

Jul. 3, 2020 A new review paper (work at UTokyo) was published in Lab on a Chip. Link

Jun. 30, 2020 A new paper (work at UTokyo) was published in  Lab on a Chip. Link

Jun. 1, 2020 Prof. Mikami was appointed to the Research Institute for Electronic Science, Hokkaido University, and started laboratory of information biophotonics.