Seeking a Unit Leader [DDI-1501]

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 Bio-Function Dynamics Imaging try to develop the novel dynamics imaging technologies for the detection of key element for the specific pathology or various kinds of stem cells to determine the difference between health and disease in animals and humans. We also try to establish the imaging method for realization of drug development and regenerative medicine.

The Drug Discovery Imaging Platform Unit is advancing in vivo pharmacokinetic research of marmosets (monkeys), mice and humans by utilizing molecular imaging technology focused on positron emission tomography (PET). Labeling technologies for molecular imaging probes guarantee in vivo observation time and improve tracing after metabolic breakdown. Also, with a view to clinical studies of microdoses, we aim to build new drug discovery processes, developing labeling and probes for drug candidate compounds, as well as utilizing mice-to-human streamlined molecular imaging techniques.

Job title and description

Positions available

One opening for a Unit Leader.

Job Description

  1. Oversee, manage and promote research activities described in the Research Field section
  2. Manage budget and acquire external funds.
  3. Manage and train team members.
  4. Carry out management work for the center/division (committee work, events, outreach activities, etc.)


  1. PhD in an area relevant to the research field.
  2. Appropriate knowledge and experience to carry out the research work described under Research Field.
  3. The necessary leadership and management abilities to manage a research laboratory and supervise laboratory staff, etc.
  4. Experience acquiring external funding (Kakenhi, etc.).
  5. Ability to smoothly communicate, coordinate and collaborate on work with persons both in and outside the lab.
  6. Published papers as first or corresponding author.
  7. Ability to communicate professionally in English.

Work location

RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies (Kobe Campus)
6-7-3 Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0047, Japan

Salary and benefits

Terms of contract

Full-time position with annual renewable contract.
The initial contract will be until March 31, 2016.
Thereafter, RIKEN may renew the contract annually based on necessity and a performance evaluation and when both parties agree to the conditions.
RIKEN will decide whether to enter into a new contract based on the employee’s abilities, work load, work record and work attitude, as well as the progress of the project(s) in which the employee is involved and RIKEN’s organizational/budget situation at the time.
A new contract will not be entered into after March 31, 2018.


Salary is determined annually on the basis of the employee’s experience, abilities and research results. 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.
*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.

Application and required documents; deadline

Please prepare the documents below as PDF files and send them to kobe-jobs[at]
*Please replace “[at]” with “@”.
*Please write “Application Documents; [DDI-1501] CLST/DBDI–Unit Leader” in the subject line.

Documents to submit

  1. CV with photograph and e-mail address (Please indicate the desired position - (Unit Leader) and the open call ID [DDI-1501] in the upper right corner of the CV.)
  2. List of publications (articles, reviews and books), presentations and others
  3. Principal papers (Up to three. On the list of publications, circle the papers you are sending and write the number of citations at the time of application submission).
  4. Brief description of previous research and achievement (two A4-size pages).
  5. Brief description of future research plans and future visions (two A4-size page).
  6. 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)
  7. Management experience and aspirations (up to one A4-sized page).
  8. Experience and aspirations regarding training of personnel (including career path of staff) (up to one A4-sized page)
  9. 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 “Recommendation letter for [name of applicant]” in the subject line. Send a recommendation letter to kobe-jobs[at] (Please replace “[at]” with “@”.)
  10. PhD diploma or an official degree verification letter

Notes: *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 will be 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

Selection will be made based on an application screening and interviews.

Start of Employment

Earliest date possible (negotiable).

Inquiry / Contact Information

Any questions about this position should be sent to the E-mail address given below. Please write “[DDI-1501] Application for CLST/DBDI” in the subject line.

Recruit address:
Recruiting staff for RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies
Administrative Division, RIKEN Kobe Branch
*Please replace “[at]” with “@”.

*If you would like to inquire about the nature of the labs research, please send your inquiry to clst-jobs[at] (please replace “[at]” with “@”). Application documents should not be sent to this address; please use the recruit address above.