Careers

Call for applications for the position of Junior Research Associate (JRA) for FY2014

The call for applications for FY2014 has closed.

Description

The Junior Research Associate (JRA) program provides part-time positions at RIKEN for energetic and open-minded young researchers enrolled in Japanese university PhD programs for the purpose of giving them the opportunity to carry out research alongside RIKEN scientists, enhancing RIKEN’s creative and basic research capabilities, and strengthening ties between RIKEN and universities in Japan.

From FY 2011, RIKEN has been making special efforts to foster the development of basic research in medical fields, and recent graduates of medical and dental universities who have acquired their medical or dental licenses are welcome to apply.

Research fields

All scientific and technological areas of physics, chemistry, biology, medical science, and engineering that relate to research being conducted at RIKEN.

Number of available positions

Around 60 (including around 10 individuals with medical or dental licenses)

Qualifications

Candidates must fulfill both of the following requirements:

  1. Must be enrolled in a doctorate program at a Japanese graduate school as of April 1, 2014.
  2. Must meet one of the following conditions:
    1. Joint graduate school category
      Enrolled (or will be enrolled) in a graduate school which has a joint graduate school program agreement1 with RIKEN
    2. Joint research category
      Enrolled (or will be enrolled) in a graduate school which is involved in joint research2 with RIKEN scientists under a joint research contract or agreement, and which is willing to give permission for the applicant to undertake research instruction at RIKEN (see Application procedures and deadline)
    3. Research collaboration category
      Enrolled (or will be enrolled) in a graduate school which has a research collaboration agreement3 with RIKEN, and which is willing to give permission for the applicant to undertake research instruction at RIKEN (see Application procedures and deadline)

Those whose time at the university has exceeded the standard term of study for a PhD or who are participating in a similar program for young researchers at another institution are not eligible to apply.

Notes:

  1. Graduate schools participating in RIKEN’s joint graduate school program are listed at http://www.riken.jp/en/outreach/educational/
  2. In principle, there must be an agreement for joint research in place by April 1, 2014. Application may be made before the joint research agreement has been signed.
  3. In principle, there must be an agreement for research collaboration in place by April 1, 2014. The collaboration may be between a RIKEN center and an equivalent department or center at the university or between RIKEN and the university. Application may be made before the research collaboration agreement has been signed.
  4. For example, scholarship programs for foreign students sponsored by the Japanese government (MEXT) or the JSPS Research Fellowship for Young Scientists (doctoral course). Contact the office listed under Submissions and queries below for further information.

Host laboratories

Laboratories eligible to host JRAs must meet the following conditions:

  1. The laboratory must be able to host the JRA for a period exceeding one year. Laboratories that are scheduled to close sometime in or at the end of FY 2014 may not host a JRA.
  2. Laboratories that are only nominally headed by the head of another laboratory may not host a JRA.
  3. The laboratory must have fulltime researchers on staff who can give instruction to the student.

If the host laboratory is scheduled to be closed in less than three years from April 2014, this must be clearly explained to the JRA candidate and also noted on the cover page of the application form, under Laboratory duration.

Applicant

  1. The applicant is the head of the host laboratory who will be responsible for the JRA and is the person who must submit the JRA application.
  2. The head of the host laboratory must take sufficient time to explain the program to the JRA candidate and must have the candidate’s agreement before submitting the application.

Research supervisor

The research supervisor is the person who will directly oversee the research of the JRA. The applicant and research supervisor may be the same person. The research supervisor must meet the following criteria (including cases where a joint graduate school or joint research is in the process of being signed.)

  1. For a joint graduate school category JRA, the research supervisor must be a RIKEN researcher who is also acting as the JRA’s supervising instructor at the partner university.
  2. For a joint research category JRA, the research supervisor must be the researcher in charge of the joint research project on the RIKEN side.
  3. For a research collaboration category JRA, the research supervisor must be specialized in the field of research covered by the collaboration, must be directly involved in the collaboration, and must be the researcher working on the collaborative research project on the RIKEN side.

Work location

Location of the RIKEN host laboratory

Contract duration

One year from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015. If, however, the JRA student acquires a PhD or quits the university, the contract will terminate at such time regardless of whether a full year has passed.

The contract may be renewed up to a maximum of two times (for PhD programs requiring 4 years, up to a maximum of 3 times).

Work hours

Part-time: 5 hours per day (9:00 to 14:50; lunch break, 12:10 to 13:00), 5 days per week (Monday to Friday).

Salary and benefits

Salary
JPY 164,000 per month (tax included)

Commuting allowance
At cost, up to a maximum of JPY 45,000 per month, in accordance with RIKEN regulations

Holidays
Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, year-end holidays (12/29–1/3), RIKEN Foundation Day.
Annual paid leave: 12 days per year (unused days can be carried over to the next fiscal year)
Special annual paid leave for students: Maximum of 5 days per month, up to 50 days per year.
Unused days cannot be carried over to the next fiscal year.

Other provisions in accordance with RIKEN regulations.

Application procedures and deadline

Application

See attached explanation of application procedures.

Document screening

Application documents will be screened in late December and results will be announced in early February, 2014.

Start date

Employment will commence on April 1, 2014.

Permission from graduate school

All JRA candidates must make sure they have the permission of their supervising professor. JRA candidates in the joint research and research collaboration categories must have their supervising professor’s agreement to the fact that they will be under the instruction of a RIKEN researcher.

For the joint research and research collaboration categories, it is the JRA candidate’s responsibility to make sure that all required procedures are followed at his/her university to acquire permission to participate in the program.

Deadline

Application documents must be submitted to the office listed below by 17:00 on Friday, November 22, 2013.

Submissions and queries

Junior Research Associate Desk
Research Personnel Support Section
Global Relations and Research Coordination Office, RIKEN
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198

Email: jra [at] riken.jp
Fax: 048-463-3687

NOTE: Please send queries by fax or email. Telephone inquiries cannot be accepted.
Information cannot be provided on the details of the screening process.

Regarding the handling of personal information

Submitted documents will be handled with the utmost care in accordance with RIKEN's rules for the protection of personal data and will be used only for employment screening purposes. This information will never be divulged, assigned, or loaned to a third party without legitimate reason.

Additional information

  1. Incomplete or incorrect applications may be rejected.
  2. Submitted application documents cannot be returned.
  3. All costs incurred in making application for the JRA position are to be paid for by the applicant.
  4. The conditions for this position are subject to change if there are changes in RIKEN’s government budget allocations or other extenuating circumstances.