Seeking postdoctoral researchers and (senior) research scientists


Interdisciplinary Condensed Matter Physics Team
Interdisciplinary Theoretical Science Research Group
Research Groups
(Team Leader: Franco Nori)

Area of Research

We perform research in theoretical condensed matter physics, nanoscience, quantum information processing, atomic physics, optics, quantum optics, and computational physics. Our research work is interdisciplinary and also explores the interface between atomic physics, quantum optics, nano-science, and quantum information. We are also studying nano-mechanics, hybrid quantum electro-mechanical systems, optomechanics, quantum nano-electronics, quantum emulators, artificial photosynthesis, and light-to-electricity conversion. Particular emphasis is being placed on superconducting Josephson-junction qubits, scalable quantum circuitry and improved designs for their quantum control. An underlying theme of our work is to better understand nano-scale quantum systems and devise methods to control them. We use physical models to make predictions that can be tested experimentally and that can be used to better understand the observed phenomena.
Our publications are available online at :
See also:

Available Position and Job Description

The Interdisciplinary Condensed Matter Physics team is seeking (senior) research scientists and postdoctoral researchers who will contribute to on-going research activities briefly summarized in the “Area of Research” listed above. In addition to these activities, successful applicants are expected to participate in research activities in the RIKEN’s Pioneering Project “Interdisciplinary Theoretical Science (iTHES)” (FY2013-2017). The Pioneering Project (T. Hatsuda (project leader), K. Hashimoto, F. Nori, A. Furusaki, A. Mochizuki, and Y. Sugita) promotes interdisciplinary collaborations among theoretical scientists from fundamental physics, materials science and biological sciences; it also aims at understanding nature’s multiple-hierarchy problems which are ubiquitous in various disciplines. Successful applicants will belong to the Interdisciplinary Condensed Matter Physics team. We collaborate with experimentalists located elsewhere, but we have no laboratory facilities, and thus cannot consider applications from experimentalists.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in theoretical condensed matter physics, an excellent publication record, and relevant experience. Also, excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.


RIKEN, 2-1 Hirosawa, Wako-shi, Saitama, Japan

Salary and benefits

Full-time position with an annually renewable contract based on evaluations. Funding for this team will continue until March 31, 2018. Salary shall be determined subject to the applicant’s experience and performance. Social health insurance, commuting and housing allowances will be provided. All employees have a mandatory membership in the RIKEN Mutual Benefit Society (RIKEN Kyosaikai). Days off are weekends, public holidays, New Year’s holidays (Dec 29 - Jan 3) and RIKEN Foundation Day. These and other provisions are in accordance with RIKEN regulations. Recipients of JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) category 1 scholarship loans may be eligible to have loan repayments waived (those awarded through FY2003). The researcher in this position will be eligible to apply for research grants offered by MEXT or JSPS.

Application and required documents

Please contact the team leader by e-mail before sending all the application documents below.

Application Documents

Application documents should be sent via e-mail in pdf format to both: ais[at], and fnori[at]

  1. CV
  2. List of publications
  3. Research statement
  4. List of references

Deadline: Until the position is filled.

Note: Submitted documents are strictly protected under the RIKEN Privacy Policy and will be used only for the purpose of screening applicants. Personal information will not be disclosed, transferred or loaned to a third party under any circumstances without legitimate reason. Submitted documents will not be returned.

Selection Process

After first screening, successful applicants will be interviewed.

Start of Employment

At the earliest possible time (negotiable)

Contact information

Ms. Ai Sato. Email: ais[at]
Dr. Franco Nori. Email: fnori[at]