Seeking a Research Scientist(Indefinite-term position)

RIKEN invites applications for an indefinite-term Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist to work for Strong Correlation Theory Research Group, RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science (Head of Laboratory: Naoto Nagaosa).

Laboratory to be assigned


Strong Correlation Theory Research Group
Strong Correlation Physics Division
RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science
(Group Director: Naoto Nagaosa)

Outline of research

The mission of our group is to develop theoretically the functions of strongly correlated electronic systems using their internal degrees of freedom such as spin and orbital. Especially, we work on the theoretical design of highly efficient thermoelectric effect, and analyze the dynamics and develop the functions of spin textures such as skyrmion.

Research topics to be assigned

Theoretical studies on thermoelectric effect and dynamics of spin textures in magnets. Especially, it is desirable that the candidate has the experience of electronic states in correlated systems and also the numerical simulations.

For details, see

Available position and number of openings


Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist

Number of openings



A successful candidate is expected to conduct research for topics specific to the laboratory and other duties for the laboratory. Based on RIKEN regulations, RIKEN may make changes with respect to responsibilities, job category, or work location due to organizational restructuring, management decisions or financial circumstances.


Doctoral degree (or equivalent research ability and background) in the relevant research field.

Initial Work Location

RIKEN Wako Branch
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198 Japan


Type of employment

The post is an indefinite-term employment position, subject to RIKEN's mandatory retirement age of 60. There is a re-employment program to hire individuals as fixed-term employees from age 60 to age 65 in accordance with the Act on Stabilization of Employment of Elderly Persons.
However, depending on screening results, the successful candidate will be employed on a fixed-term employment contract up to maximum of 5 years with the possibility of being promoted to indefinite-term employment after a separate review process, in principle, at the end of the first 3 years of employment.
Remuneration and other provisions during fixed-term employment are based on conditions applicable to indefinite-term employees.

Job title

Will be decided based on evaluation at the time of hiring. If the individual is hired as a Research Scientist, he or she may be promoted to Senior Research Scientist based on a separate review process.

Work conditions

Full time

Remuneration and other provisions

Monthly salary will be paid based on the annual salary. Social health insurance, commuting and housing allowances might be provided. Membership in the RIKEN Mutual Benefit Society (RIKEN Kyosaikai) is mandatory. 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.


Eligible to apply for Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research.
Research Scientists and Senior Research Scientists are eligible to be exempted from repayment of scholarship loan program funds provided by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) if they were qualified for a tier-one scholarship for graduate schools by FY 2003.
RIKEN may instruct changes of work place or assignment due to abolition of the laboratory or other management decisions.

Application Documents and submission deadline

Documents to be submitted: Use single-sided printing. Documents must not be stapled.

  1. CV (photo attached)
  2. Research achievements (list of publications, list of patents, etc.)
  3. One set of copies of your main papers (maximum number: 5)
  4. Lists of external funds received, awards received, and other achievements including contributions to university/institution operations, contribution to society through activities in scientific societies, joint research projects, technology transfers, and the like.
  5. Outlines of your research projects to date (2 pages, A4 size)
  6. Your future research plans and ambitions if you are accepted for the position (2 pages in A4 size in total)
  7. Letters of recommendation from two persons who can evaluate your work.
    • One letter must be from your current supervisor, but if that is not possible a letter from a third party will be accepted.
    • One of the letters must be issued by a researcher with a nationality other than your country.
    • Letters of recommendation may be submitted separately from the other application documents.
    • Submission by email is also acceptable. If letter of recommendation is submitted by email, subject line must be “Recommendation for [applicant's name] for the position of Strong Correlation Theory Research Group”. You must also clearly write full names of applicant and contact information of the individual making recommendation in email body.
    • Email address: See below.
    • Letters of recommendation must be addressed to the RIKEN President.
    • If a letter of recommendation is submitted separately by post mail, it must be sent to arrive at RIKEN by 5pm, June 5, 2017 (Japan Standard Time) to the address given below.

How to submit

  • Submit application documents by post mail (ordinary registered mail or simplified registration) to the address given below.
  • In red ink, write on the envelope “Application for research scientist: Strong Correlation Theory Research Group”
  • Application documents by email are not accepted, except for letters of recommendation.
  • Application documents will not be returned.


The application must arrive no later than 5pm, June 5, 2017 (Japan time).

Handling of personal information

All private data sent to RIKEN for applications of employment is handled in strict confidentiality, and such data is not utilized for any other purpose or disclosed to any third party.

Selection process

After application documents are screened, only the successful candidates will be asked to have an interview.

Start of Employment

RIKEN expects that the successful applicant will be able to take up this position at the earliest opportunity after October 1, 2017.


  • No information can be released regarding application status or evaluation details prior to, during, or after the evaluation process.
  • For further details on application or research activities at RIKEN, see RIKEN website

Contact Information and Submission Address

Application documents should be submitted to

Research Personnel Affairs Section
Human Resources Division
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198 Japan

Note: Please send application documents by postal mail.

For inquiries: kjk-desk[at]
Contact by telephone is not available.