Seeking Research Scientists or Postdoctoral Researchers (CREST)(IMS502-1801)

Overview of Laboratory

Our laboratory is developing new mathematical/computer science methodologies and applying them to real omics data, in particular, clarifying the relationship between an individuals’ omics data with their disease susceptibility and drug response, drug efficacy, dose requirements and adverse reactions. Also, we conduct research on next generation methodologies, e.g. integrating various omics and molecular datasets to clarify trans-omics relationships. Such research will identify disease-related genes for new drug targets, and establish personalized and/or precision medicine.

Available Positions

A few openings for a Research Scientist and/or Postdoctoral Researcher

Job descriptions:
Under the leadership of the supervisor, carry out research in:

  1. Development of mathematical/algorithmic methodologies for exploring etiologies, sub-classification, and risk prediction of diseases.
  2. Application of the methodologies to real data for the advancement of personalized and precision medicine.

Project Name: “Exploring etiologies, sub-classification, and risk prediction of diseases based on big-data analysis of clinical and whole omics data in medicine” (CREST)
* This work is supported by “Strategic Basic Research Programs” (JST).


  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a field related to those described in the overview (Postdoctoral Researchers must have completed their PhD within the last 3 years).
  • Research experience in proposing new statistical/computational science methodologies, or research experience in the application of such methodologies to disease analysis.
  • Well versed in UNIX/Linux OS, and well experienced in scientific programming using script or C-like languages along with the ability to code in them.
  • Preferably, research experience in large-scale genomic data analysis.

Work Location

RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences
1-7-22 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa 230-0045 Japan

Salary and Benefits

Terms of contract

  1. A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, until March 31, 2020 (the scheduled completion of the CREST project written in “Job Descriptions”).
  2. RIKEN will decide whether to enter into a new contract on the basis of the employee's abilities, work load, performance, work attitude, and continuation of the center, laboratory or project in which the employee is involved at the time of termination of the original contract, and on the basis of RIKEN's situation and budget conditions at the time.
  3. For contracts beginning on or after April 1, 2013, RIKEN will not enter into a new fixed-term employment contract that extends the employee’s total years of employment at RIKEN to more than 10 years.


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).


Days off include public holidays, New Year's holidays (Dec. 29 - Jan 3), and RIKEN Foundation Day.


Other provisions are in accordance with RIKEN regulations

*RIKEN is promoting a Gender Equity 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. When the abilities of candidates are judged to be equivalent through a fair and impartial evaluation process, preference will be given to females.
*Also, eligible for an exemption from repayment for category 1 scholarship loans provided by the Japan Student Services Organization before fiscal year 2003.

Required Documents and Deadlines

Required documents

Please provide the documents indicated below as PDF files and send them to the email address indicated in Inquiries and Mailing Address for Documents.
In the Subject line, write Application Documents, (IMS502-1801)Laboratory for Medical Science Mathematics(CREST) - (Position) [Example: Application Documents(IMS502-1801)Laboratory for Medical Science Mathematics(CREST) - Research Scientist]

Required Documents

  1. CV (include photograph, current affiliation, job title, date of birth, academic credentials, current address, contact information (telephone number and email address), research experience and work experience).
    In the top right-hand corner of the CV, write (IMS502-1801) Laboratory for Medical Science Mathematics(CREST) - (Position) [Example: (IMS502-1801) Laboratory for Medical Science Mathematics(CREST) - Research Scientist]
  2. List of publications and patents for at least the past five years.
  3. Overview of research to this point and future aspirations (within two pages of A4-sized paper, no set format required)
  4. Statement of Purpose
  5. List of competitive external funds obtained (e.g. Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research [KAKENHI]; indicate whether you are the representative researcher or the collaborator)
  6. Copies of major publications (up to three, also indicate in the list of publications by bolding the text or another method of identification).
  7. Recommendation Letter (1): (The desired laboratory, position title and contact information for the recommending person must be included. If it is difficult to obtain a recommendation letter from the current supervisor, a recommendation from a third party will be accepted.) The letter of recommendation should be addressed to the “Director of the Center for Integrative Medical Sciences.” If the person providing the recommendation will send the letter directly, please send it to the address indicated in Inquiries and Mailing Address for Documents below.
  8. Certificate of graduation or copy of diploma for highest degree (photocopy acceptable) or official letter of impending graduation. (This document can be sent anytime up until the day of the interview.)

Application documents will not be returned.


All documents submitted will be strictly protected under the RIKEN Privacy Policy and will be used only for the purpose of applicant screening. Under no circumstances will personal information be disclosed, transferred or loaned to a third party without legitimate reason.

Screening Process

Applicants who pass the initial document screening will be invited for an interview.

Start of Employment

May 1st, 2018 or later. (negotiable).

For application documents and questions

Recruiting staff for RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences
Administrative Division, RIKEN Yokohama Branch
IMS-recruit[at] (replace [at] with @)