Careers

Call for applications for the position of Junior Research Associate (JRA) for FY2017

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.

Since 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 encouraged to apply.

Research fields

Physics I (particle, nuclear, astrophysics, etc.), Physics II(condensed matter), Chemistry, Biology, Medical science(neuroscience, immunology, etc.), and Engineering that relate to research being conducted at RIKEN.

Number of available positions

Around 60

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, 2017. Candidates to be hired on October 1, 2017, must be enrolled as of October 1, 2017.
  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. The research supervisor must be a RIKEN researcher who is also acting as the JRA’s supervising instructor at the partner university.
    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 candidate to undertake research instruction at RIKEN.
    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 candidate to undertake research instruction at RIKEN.

Individuals whose term of study has exceeded the standard term for a PhD are not eligible. Some scholarships(*) prohibit receipt of a second scholarship. Before you apply, please confirm with the office handling your scholarship whether you are eligible to apply for the JRA position.
*Example: JSPS Research Fellowship for Young Scientists (doctoral course).

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, 2017, but  application may be made before the joint research agreement has been signed. In the case of candidates to be hired on October 1, 2017, an agreement for joint research must be in place by October 1, 2017.
  3. In principle, there must be an agreement for research collaboration in place by April 1, 2017. 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. In the case of candidates to be hired on October 1, 2017, an agreement for research collaboration must be in place by October 1, 2017.

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 before the end of FY 2017 may not host a JRA. In the case of candidates to start on October 1, the laboratory must be able to host for a period exceeding one year from October.
  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 2017 (or October 2017), this must be clearly explained to the JRA candidate and also noted on the the application page.

 
Refer to the "Laboratories with JRA Openings" list to find out which laboratories have openings and contact the addresses shown on the relevant web page.
Note: This list may be updated. Please take note of the date on which the list was last updated. The laboratories and other listed organizations may change even after the deadline.


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 the contract or agreement 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

From April 1 (or October 1), 2017 to March 31, 2018. 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. In the case of a candidate who starts from October 1, the maximum limit is extended by 6 months).

Work hours

5 days per week: Monday to Friday, 5 hours per day (9:00 to 14:50; lunch break, 12:00 to 12:50)

We may be able to change your schedule to 3 or 4 days per week, but only if you are certified as a doctor or a dentist. To make a request, contact the Junior Research Associate Desk.

Salary and benefits

Salary
JPY 164,000 per month (tax included)

Commuting allowance
Paid in accordance with RIKEN regulations (A maximum of JPY 55,000 per month)

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: 50 days per year (Unused days cannot be carried over to the next fiscal year.)

Note:

  • Depending on the number of work days per week, salary and benefits may be reduced in accordance with RIKEN regulations.
  • 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, 2017.

Start date

Employment will commence on April 1 (or October 1), 2017.

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 through the RIKEN JRA Recruitment and Selection online system

1) For JRA candidate

Enter necessary information on the Application page and upload application forms from your login page by 17:00, Friday, November 18, 2016.

Application page

https://www.spdr-fpr.com/jra/ia/aa/aa01j/aa01j01frm.aspx?seido=J&lang=2

* We will notify you of your login page in the e-mail confirming your online registration.

* Upon receipt of your registration form, we will send an e-mail request for a recommendation letter to your university instructor. Your university instructor must upload the letter by 17:00, Friday, November 18, 2016.

2) For Applicant

Submit your application to host through the RIKEN JRA Recruitment and Selection online system between Monday, November 21 and Wednesday, November 30. We will inform you separately of your login page.


Inquiries

Junior Research Associate Desk
Research Personnel Affairs Section
Human Resources Division, 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.