Seeking Researchers

Research Field

The RIKEN Center for Computational Science (R-CCS) is operating the world's leading K computer, and also has a strong Research Division. R-CCS takes the lead in advancing the computational science and aims to be an international center of excellence for computational science in collaboration with a wide range of research organizations. R-CCS integrates the computer science and computational science to conduct most advanced research and development of a wide range of applied scientific computation, as well as of high performance computing technologies.

The objective of the computational structural biology unit is to advance our understanding of biological processes through the study of structures and dynamics of biological molecules. More particularly, the unit aims to develop computational tools that can be used to interpret low-resolution structural data as obtained from cryo electron microscopy and x-ray free electron laser experiments.

Job title and Job description

Available positions

Senior/Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Researcher

Job Description

We are seeking for persons who can engage research and development in the area of low-resolution (XFEL or cryo-EM) structural data of biological complexes. More specifically the applicant is expected to help in the developments of new methods to infer structural information from low-resolution data ranging from molecular level (building atomic models) to cell level (coarse grained modeling) as well as the applications of these methods on experimental data to obtain a better understanding of biological processes.


The position requires a Ph.D. (including those who will take a degree before arriving at the post. If it has been 5 years or less since your acquisition of Ph.D. degree, you will be employed as a Postdoctoral Fellow), or equivalent/higher abilities. The candidate should have good experience with low-resolution structural data of biological systems, molecular dynamics simulations and computer programming. Communication in English is required.

Work location

The computational structural biology unit is located at the following address:
RIKEN Center for Computational Science,
6-7-1, Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, 650-0047, JAPAN

Salary and benefits

  1. (Postdoctoral Researcher) One-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, to a maximum 5 years of employment.
  2. (Senior/Research Scientist) One-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, to a maximum 7 years of employment. We plan to evaluate in the sixth year. Depending on the evaluation result, there is a possibility that it will be extended beyond seven years.
  3. RIKEN may adjust the above maximum period of renewability based on a) the employee's abilities, work load at the time of contract completion, performance and work attitude and b) the continuation of the employee's center, laboratory or project and RIKEN's management situation and budget at the time. In principle, employment contracts will not be renewed for individuals older than 65 years
  4. The employee's period of fixed-term employment cannot exceed 10 years from the initial date of hire (or 10 years from April 1, 2013 for fixed-term employees already at RIKEN prior to this date).

There will be a trial period of employment (in principle, 2 months).
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Commuting and housing allowances will be provided. Social insurance will be applied. Mandatory membership in the RIKEN Mutual Benefit Society (RIKEN Kyosaikai).
These positions fall under the specialized duties discretionary work system; one working day will be calculated as 7 hours and 30 minutes.
Days off include public holidays, New Year's holidays (Dec. 29 - Jan 3), and RIKEN Foundation Day. These and other provisions are in accordance with RIKEN regulations.
RIKEN is promoting a Gender Equality Program by taking various measures to create a workplace where both men and women are able to give full rein to their talents and abilities.

Also, you will be eligible for an exemption from repayment for category 1 scholarship loans provided by the Japan Student Services Organization before fiscal year 2003, and eligible for applying for the Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi) of Japan.

Application and Required documents

Please send the following documents to the mailing address given below:

  1. Curriculum Vitae. WORD EXCEL
  2. List of research achievements (publications, presentations, awards, software development/release projects you are involved in, etc.).
  3. Your experience in that field, together with your research plan if employed (within 2 pages in A4 format)
  4. At least two letters of recommendation from a person who can evaluate your work. The letter should be addressed to the Director of RIKEN Center for Computational Science.


Until the final candidate is found.

Handling of personal data

All private data sent to RIKEN in application for employment will be handled in strict confidentiality, and such data will not be utilized for any other purpose or disclosed to any third party. Application documents will not be returned.

Selection process

Those who pass the selection on the basis of the candidate's documents will be interviewed at R-CCS
(twice for Senior/Research Scientist, once for Postdoctoral Researcher).

Start of employment

As early as possible (negotiable)

Contact information and Send application to

Address: 2-2-3 Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0047, Japan
RIKEN Kobe branch, Kobe Administrative Division
Kobe Human Resources Section
Email: kobe-jobs[at]
Please make sure to write “Computational Structural Biology Research Team”in red on the envelope or the subject of Email.