Seeking a Team Leader [GIAT-1701]

Research field

The RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies has two core purposes. One is to develop key technologies for breakthroughs in the medical and pharmaceutical applications of life science. The other is to conduct groundbreaking research and development for the next-generation life sciences.

The Division of Genomic Technologies plans to develop methods for screening of key regulatory factors, with selection based on transcriptional networks, epigenomes and ncRNAs, in order to establish a pipeline to accomplish complete cell conversion methods, including differentiation of stem cells safely and terminally. We also develop methods for diagnosis of human biomarkers for human health and diseases.

Our division is highly international, with both ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ researchers from around the world, and we have a reputation for transcriptome discovery through the FANTOM (Functional Annotation of Mammalian systems) projects. We have recently published the results of the first phase of the FANTOM5 project which has generated a Cap Analysis of Gene expression (CAGE) atlas using single molecule sequencing across a large collection of 1000s of human and mouse primary cells, cancer cell lines and tissue samples.

The Genome Information Analysis Team studies transcriptional networks and develops innovative analysis technologies based on next generation sequencing data. Currently there are several bioinformaticians in the team and research projects include cancer biomarker discovery, transcriptional network models, time-series analysis, development of new bioinformatics tools such as the ZENBU Genome Browser and the over-arching bioinformatics analysis for the FANTOM projects. There is potential for the new leader to build a research portfolio based on analysis of large scale Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data, in particular coupled to new technologies, which we develop in the Division, to broadly understand biological function.

Job title and description

Positions available

One opening for a Team Leader.

Job description

  1. Oversee, manage and promote research activities described in the [Research field] section.
  2. Strongly promote professional growth of your supervised team members.
  3. Input and leadership in planning of large scale NGS projects with respect to experimental design and analysis strategy.
  4. Develop bioinformatics tools for novel technologies based on NGS.
  5. Working collaboratively with wet and dry teams within the center and around the world.
  6. Manage budget and acquire external funds.
  7. Carry out management work for the center/division (committee work, events, outreach activities, etc.).


  1. PhD holder in an area relevant to the [Research field] with more than 5years of work experience in a relevant field.
  2. Deep expertise and a wealth of experience to carry out the research work described under [Research field].
  3. Managerial/subleader experience and the necessary leadership and management abilities to manage a research laboratory and direct laboratory staff, etc.
  4. Experience acquiring external funding (Kakenhi, etc.).
  5. Ability to smoothly communicate, coordinate and collaborate on work with persons of differing nationalities both in and outside the lab.
  6. First or corresponding author on papers in Science, Nature, PNAS and other high Impact factor journals in the following areas within the past 5years.
    • Systems biology and transcriptional regulatory network prediction
    • Long non-coding RNAs
    • Large scale transcriptome analysis Integration of large scale sequence datasets
    • Cross species sequence or network comparison
    • Matched genome-transcriptome studies including eQTL identification, GWAS
    • Machine learning and pattern recognition
    • Promoter architecture and motif finding
    • Bioinformatics and computational Biology
  7. Professional abilities in English (participate in research discussions, write research papers, document submissions, etc.).

Work location

RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies (Yokohama Campus)
1-7-22 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 230-0045, Japan

Salary and benefits

Terms of contract

  1. A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, to a maximum of the end of the fiscal year (March 31) in which the employee completes 7 years of employment.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).


Salary is determined annually on the basis of the employee's experience, abilities and performance. Commuting and housing allowances will be provided in accordance with RIKEN regulations and social insurance applies (health insurance, pension insurance, worker's accident compensation insurance, unemployment insurance, etc.).
Mandatory membership in the RIKEN Mutual Benefit Society (RIKEN Kyosaikai).


Saturdays and Sundays, Japanese national holidays, New Year holidays (Dec.29-Jan.3), and RIKEN Foundation Day (4th Monday in October).

Other provisions

Other provisions are in accordance with RIKEN regulations.

* RIKEN's gender equity program promotes various measures to create a workplace where both men and women can give full rein to their talents and abilities. When applicants are judged to be equally qualified on the basis of fair and impartial criteria, women applicants will be given preference.
* Eligible for an exemption from repayment of Category 1 JASSO scholarship loans if they were enrolled in the program before fiscal year 2003, and will be eligible to apply for MEXT Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi) and other external funds.

Required documents and deadlines

Please prepare the documents below as PDF files and send them to CLST-recruit[at] (Please replace “[at]” with ”@”.)
* Please write “Application Documents; [GIAT-1701] CLST/DGT–Team Leader” in the subject line.

Documents to submit

  1. CV with photograph and E-mail address. (Please indicate the desired position (Team Leader) and open call ID [GIAT-1701] in the upper right corner of the CV.)
    * Using the RIKEN format above is appreciated.
  2. List of publications (articles, reviews and books), presentations and others
  3. Brief description of previous research and achievements (two A4-size pages)
  4. Brief description of future research plans and future visions (two A4-size page)
  5. List of competitive external funds obtained (e.g. Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research [KAKENHI]; indicated whether you are the representative researcher or the collaborator)
  6. One letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, as well as letters of recommendation from two persons who work outside of RIKEN

* A recommendation letter should be addressed to “Director of the Center for Life Science Technologies” and include the recommender's name, affiliation, position, telephone number and E-mail address.
* If a recommender will send the letter by E-mail directly to RIKEN, (s)he should write “The recommendation letter for (name of applicant)” in the subject line and send it to CLST-recruit[at] replace “[at]” with ”@”.)


  • CV should be in English (or Japanese and English when the applicant is Japanese) and other documents should be in English.
  • Application documents will not be returned.


Until the position is filled

Handling of personal data

Submitted documents are strictly protected under the RIKEN Privacy Policy and used only for the purpose of applicant screening and hiring. Personal information will not be disclosed, transferred or loaned to a third party under any circumstances.

Selection process

Only persons who pass the application screening will be interviewed.

Start of employment

Earliest date possible (negotiable)

Contact information

Recruiting staff for RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies
Administrative Division, RIKEN Yokohama Branch
CLST-recruit[at] (Replace “[at]” with”@”.)

*Any questions about this position should be sent to the E-mail address below. Please write “[GIAT-1701] Application for CLST/DGT” in the subject line.
*If you would like to inquire about the nature of the lab’s research, please send your inquiry to clst-jobs[at] (replace “[at]” with ”@”). Do not send application documents to CLST-jobs address.