Careers

Seeking a Research Scientist, Postdoctoral Researcher or Research Associate [DSSB-1708]

Research field

The RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies (CLST) 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 Structural and Synthetic Biology (DSSB) of CLST is developing technologies for visualization of structures of functioning biomolecules, and those for synthesis of molecules controlling such bio-functions.

NMR Facility is developing ultra-high magnetic field NMR using high temperature superconducting wire, ultra-high sensitivity superconducting probe and microprobe; and novel techniques of NMR spectroscopy using sample constitution with photoreactive liker and biosolid NMR probe. Through these developments, we will establish an exceptional technology platform with higher sensitivity sufficient to analyze dynamic conformational changes of molecular structures of proteins and RNAs. Additionally, we act as the core facility for an NMR platform network connecting major domestic NMR centers.

Job title and description

Positions available

We are seeking a Research Scientist, Postdoctoral Researcher or Research Associate

Job descriptions

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced superconducting magnet scientist to join the NMR Facility, Center for Life Science Technologies at RIKEN. NMR Facility is developing technology for ultra-high magnetic field NMR magnets. The candidate will involve business of research and development on high-temperature superconducting magnet technology.

The difference in positions is as follows:
Researcher Scientist: Carries out research and other work in accordance with facility research themes.
Postdoctoral Researcher: Carries out research and other work in accordance with facility research themes under the mentorship and training of supervisors.
Research Associate: Carries out research and other work in accordance with facility research themes under the direction of supervisors.

Qualifications

Common to all positions

  1. Possesses good communication skills and engages in the research in a coordinated manner.
  2. Must have experience of the research for superconducting magnet technology.
  3. Should have motivation to learn NMR system operations such as energization of an NMR magnet, magnetic field correction and basic NMR measurements.

Research Scientist

PhD holder in a field indicated under [Job description] with more than three years postdoctoral experience.

Postdoctoral Researcher

PhD holder in a field indicated under [Job description] with less than three years postdoctoral experience.

Research Associate

Master's degree holder in a field indicated under [Job description] or equivalent abilities. Should also have a strong desire to earn a PhD and motivation to advance to a higher position.

Work location

RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies (Yokohama Campus)
1-7-22 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 230-0045, Japan

Salary and benefits

Terms of contract

Research Scientist:

  1. A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, to a maximum of the end of the fiscal year (March 31) in which the employee completes 7 years of employment.
  2. RIKEN may adjust the above maximum period of renewability based on a) the employee's abilities, work load at the time of contract completion, performance and work attitude and b) the continuation of the employee's center, laboratory or project and RIKEN's management situation and budget at the time.
  3. The employee's period of fixed-term employment cannot exceed 10 years from the initial date of hire (or 10 years from April 1, 2013 for fixed-term employees already at RIKEN prior to this date).

Postdoctoral Researcher:

  1. A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, to a maximum of three years from the date of hire. In addition to an annual evaluation, an additional evaluation will be conducted in the third year. Additional employment for higher position will be determined through some procedures.
  2. RIKEN may adjust the above maximum period of renewability based on a) the employee's abilities, work load at the time of contract completion, performance and work attitude and b) the continuation of the employee's center, laboratory or project and RIKEN's management situation and budget at the time.
  3. The employee's period of fixed-term employment cannot exceed 10 years from the initial date of hire (or 10 years from April 1, 2013 for fixed-term employees already at RIKEN prior to this date).

Research Associate:

  1. A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, to a maximum of the end of the fiscal year (March 31) in which the employee completes 7 years of employment.
  2. RIKEN may adjust the above maximum period of renewability based on a) the employee's abilities, work load at the time of contract completion, performance and work attitude and b) the continuation of the employee's center, laboratory or project and RIKEN's management situation and budget at the time.
  3. The employee's period of fixed-term employment cannot exceed 10 years from the initial date of hire (or 10 years from April 1, 2013 for fixed-term employees already at RIKEN prior to this date).
  4. In evaluation, the employee will be asked whether or not there is a strong desire to earn a PhD degree and motivation to advance to a higher position.

Salary

Salary is determined annually on the basis of the employee's experience, abilities and performance. 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).

Holidays

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. When applicants are judged to be equally qualified on the basis of fair and impartial criteria, women applicants will be given preference.
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- 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.

Required documents and deadlines

Prepare the documents below as PDF files and send them to CLST-recruit[at]riken.jp. (Replace “[at]” with “@”.)
*Write “Application Documents; [DSSB-1708] CLST/DSSB_your desired position (e.g. Research Scientist)” in the subject line.

Documents to submit

  1. CV with photograph, Email address
    *Indicate your desired position (e.g. Research Scientist) and open call ID [DSSB-1708] in the upper right corner of the CV.
    *Using the RIKEN format above is appreciated.
  2. List of publications (articles, reviews and books), presentations and others
  3. Brief description of previous research and achievements (within two A4-size pages)
  4. Brief description of future research plans (within one A4-size page)
  5. 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)
  6. One letter of recommendation from your current supervisor
    *If it is not possible to obtain a recommendation letter from your current supervisor, a third-party recommendation is acceptable.
    *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 Email address.
    *If a recommender will send the letter by Email directly to RIKEN, (s)he should write “Recommendation letter for [name of applicant]” in the subject line and send it to CLST-recruit[at]riken.jp (replace “[at]” with “@”).

Note: Application documents will not be returned.

Deadline

Until the position is filled

Handling of personal data

Submitted documents are strictly protected under the RIKEN Privacy Policy and 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

Only persons who pass the application screening will be interviewed.

Start of employment

Earliest date possible (negotiable).

Contact information

Recruiting staff for RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies
Administrative Division, RIKEN Yokohama Branch
CLST-recruit[at]riken.jp (Replace “[at]” with “@”.)

*Any questions about this position should be sent to the Email address above. Write “[DSSB-1708] CLST/DSSB Application for [desired position]” in the subject line.
*If you would like to inquire about the nature of the lab's research, please send your inquiry to clst-jobs[at]riken.jp (replace “[at]” with “@”). Do not send application documents to the clst-jobs address.