Seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher

Research field and overview

The Center for Emergent Matter Science (Center Director: Dr. Yoshinori Tokura) is a strategic research center launched on April 1st, 2013. The center aims at constructing a novel condensed matter science and contributing fundamentally toward the realization of an environmentally benign, sustainable society which is recognized as a world-wide problem.
In this research unit, we experimentally investigate non-equilibrium dynamics of quantum many-body systems using ultracold atomic gases in an optical lattice.
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Job title, available positions and job description

Job title, available positions

Postdoctoral Researcher, one position

Job description

Starting up a new ultracold-atom experiment for studying non-equilibrium dynamics of quantum many-body systems. Developing a quantum simulator with ultracold atoms in optical lattices.


The candidate should possess a doctoral degree of 5 years or less, or the candidate will be able to obtain a doctoral degree before the work start date.

Work location

Branch and address
RIKEN Wako (2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198)

Salary and benefits

One-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable, based on evaluation, up until March 31, 2021 at the latest. However, the contract duration may be changed, depending on the evaluation of RIKEN and the Center for Emergent Matter Science (CEMS) by the government authorities and other circumstances. The total duration of the contract with RIKEN shall not exceed 10 years from April 1, 2013.
The salary system is annual and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Commuting and housing allowances will be provided. Social insurance will apply. Mandatory membership in the RIKEN Mutual Benefit Society (RIKEN Kyosaikai) is required.
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 promotes a Gender Equity Program by taking various measures to create an equitable 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 for applying for MEXT Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi)

Application and required documents

Required documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae (with photograph and e-mail address)
  2. List of publications and invited talks (five major papers should be specified.)
  3. Reprints (pdf files) of the above major papers
  4. Summary of major achievements to date and research proposal in future (five or les pages A4 sized paper in total)
  5. List of the names and contact information for three people who can evaluate your work.

How to apply

Please make inquiries to the contact address (Unit Leader) listed below, then send the PDF formatted application by email at the same contact address.
Note: Application documents will not be returned.


Open until the position is filled

Handling personal data

Submitted documents are strictly protected under the RIKEN Privacy Policy and will be used only for the purpose of applicant screening. Personal information will not be disclosed, transferred or loaned to a third party under any circumstances without just cause.

Selection process

Application screening and interview for selected applicants

Start employment

As early as possible

Contact information/Send application to

RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science (CEMS)
Quantum Many-Body Dynamics Research Unit
Dr. Takeshi Fukuhara
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198
Email: takeshi.fukuhara[at] (*[at] should be replaced with @.)
For inquiries, please send an email.