Seeking a Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Field

Spintronics theory, Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

Job title and Job description

One Research Scientist or One Postdoctoral Researcher
Postdoctoral researchers indicate those who have research experience less than 5 years after getting the Ph.D degree, while research scientists are those who have substantial research experience (typically more than 5 years) and also appropriate achievements and ability.


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.

Work location

RIKEN Wako Cumpas
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako-shi, Saitama, 351-0198, Japan

Salary and benefits

One-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable, based on the evaluation, up until March 31, 2018 at the latest.
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.
These and 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.

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

Application and required documents

Application documents should be sent via e-mail in pdf format to both: hiroko.moridaira [at] and gen.tatara[at]

  1. Complete CV
  2. List of research achievement and publication
  3. Copies of five selected publications
  4. Summary of past achievements and future research plans in RIKEN (A4 format, within three pages)
  5. Recommendation letter for the current supervisor
  6. Names of two references including the position, affiliation, phone number, and e-mail address
  7. E-mail or Postal address to which the result will be informed

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.


Position will be closed after suitable candidates are found.

Selection process

Candidates will be selected based on research results, publications, and letters of recommendation. After the first screening, successful applicants will be interviewed.

Start of Employment

Between April 2016 and October 2016 (negotiable)

Contact Information

We only accept inquiries by e-mail to Ms. Hiroko MORIDAIRA: hiroko.moridaira [at] or Dr. Gen Tatara: gen.tatara [at]
Spin Physics Theory Research Team, Quantum Information Electronics Division, Center for Emergent Matter Science (CEMS), RIKEN
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan