Seeking Openings for Team Leaders or Unit Leaders(W497)


RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project
(Director: Masashi Sugiyama)

Research field and overview

The Center for Advanced Intelligence Project has been launched with subsidy from Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology-Japan for “Advanced Integrated Intelligence Platform Project (AIP) -Artificial Intelligence/ Big Data/ Internet of Things/ Cybersecurity-”.
The Center conducts fundamental theoretical research and develops an innovative technology, with aiming to advance science and contribute to society or humanity. In detail, the missions of Center are 1) to promote cutting-edge Research and Development in the field of informatics with new AI technology at its core, 2) to establish next-generation fundamental technology for various applications that are useful to society, 3) to contribute to providing value to the economy and society through innovative application of the technology, 4) to contribute to creating a social environment to provide ethical and social support for a world in which AI technologies are becoming pervasive, 5) to develop human resources needed for AI technologies and their applications.

Job title, available positions and job description

Job title, available positions

Openings for Team Leaders or Unit Leaders

At the Center for Advanced Intelligence Project, the team leader position and the unit leader position are both independent principal investigators, and determined based on applicant's experience and skills, etc.

Job description

Team Leader/ Unit Leader : 1) Oversee, manage and promote research activities in one or several categories described below, 2) Manage budget and acquire external funds, 3) Manage and train team/unit members, 4) Carry out management work for the center
Some domestic and/or international travel may be required.

Research Category

  1. Development of fundamental informatics technology for making a revolutionary impact on science and technology and for contributing to realizing practical use
  2. Creation of knowledge with integrating scientific/technological datasets for providing value to the economy and society through innovative application of the technology
  3. Identification of ethical, legal, social issues emerging from the social environment in which AI technologies are becoming pervasive, and Proposal for creating a social system that is adaptable to technological advances by incorporating humanities and social sciences


Research Category 1 and 2: Applicants must already possess or are scheduled to receive doctoral degrees in information science technology or related areas by the time of appointment.

Research Category 3: Applicants must already possess or are scheduled to receive doctoral degrees in the area in question by the time of appointment.

Work location

Branch and address
RIKEN Tokyo Area (1-4-1, Nihonbashi, Chuo, Tokyo)

Salary and benefits

Applicants who hold doctoral degrees (doctoral degrees acquired abroad are also acceptable) must be fixed-term employees and be able to accept multiple year employment contracts (maximum 5 years). Applicants may be able to extend their employment term maximum up to the end of fiscal year following the sixth year from their appointment, depending on result of RIKEN performance review. However, the extendible term of contract is subject to change depending on their abilities, workload when contract terminates, work performance, work attitude, whether their projects or their teams or the center they are affiliated with continue operations or not, and financial status or budgetary circumstance of RIKEN.
The total duration of the fixed-term 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. When the abilities of candidates are judged to be equivalent through a fair and impartial evaluation process, preference will be given to females.
*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

(in English or in Japanese)

  1. Complete CV (with photo and email address)
    Write down in the notes section of your CV the number written next to the title of the job position (W497).
  2. List of publications (reprints (pdf files) of the three major papers /five major papers should be specified.)
  3. Two different letters of recommendation including one by your supervisor
    *If you cannot obtain a letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, the same document issued by a third party is acceptable.
    *Letters of recommendation must be addressed to:
    Director of RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project
    Stamp or signature by referee is necessary.
    *Referees must directly send letters of recommendation 1) by postal mail to the address below after sealing, or 2) by email attached with a letter of recommendation with stamp or signature in PDF format, to the address below.
  4. Research in the past and research plan (3 pages on A4 size paper)
    Clearly write the position for which you wish to apply from among positions Research Category 1 to 3 above. Your research plan must include outcome expected within a few years from your appointment (5 year maximum).

For non-Japanese candidates, visa related documents will also be required.

How to apply

Please make inquiries to the contact address 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
Only persons who pass the application screening will be interviewed.

Start employment

April 1st, 2017 or later (Negotiable)

Contact information/Send application to

Advanced Integrated Intelligence Research Promotion Office
Nihonbashi 1-chome Mitsui Building, 15th floor,
1-4-1 Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0027, Japan
Email: aip-personnel[at] (Replace [at] with @)
For inquiries, please send an email.