Seeking technical staffs(W618)

Research field and overview

We work on ElectroMicrobiology, which is an interdisciplinary field of Microbiology and Physical Chemistry. In particular, our targets are observation, regulation, and optimization of microbial metabolism by bacterial extracellular electron transfer. We also attempt to develop a new method for the evaluation of ecological homeostasis, which can contribute to generation of energy and resources, as well as for environmental conservation.

Job title, available positions and job description

Job title, available positions

1 or 2 technical staffs (technical staff I* or technical staff II**)
*Technical staff I must provide technical supports independently to implement the lab missions.
**Technical staff II must provide technical supports under the direction of the supervisor.

Job description

Technical support in cell culture, metabolism measurement and metabolism control, with electrochemical techniques.


The candidate should have an enough ability and experience either in microbiology, environmental ecology, molecular biology, or biochemistry. The experience in electrochemistry is not required.

Work location

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

Salary and benefits

  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. When the center to which the Employee is affiliated is scheduled for a final review in FY 2022 to decide its operations from FY 2022 and beyond, and it is decided that the Employee's research will not be continued, the provision given above for projects of limited duration applies and the Employee's contract will not be renewed for FY 2023 year that would extend employment beyond the center's final fiscal year.

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.

Application and required documents

Required documents

  1. CV (including work experience, photo, and email address)
    Write down in the notes section of your CV the number written next to the title of the job position (W618).
  2. List of acquired skills (1 page, A4 paper)
  3. Reasons for application and future objectives (1 page, A4 paper)
  4. Letter of recommendation from current supervisor *1 (The letter should be addressed to the director of Center for Sustainable Resource Science.)
  5. Certificate of graduation for the highest level of education achieved

*1 A recommendation from a third party is allowed when it is difficult for the candidate to obtain a recommendation from the current supervisor

How to apply

Please make inquiries to the contact address listed below, and 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

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Selection process

Application screening and interview for selected applicants

Start employment

As early as possible

Contact information/Send application to

Dr. Ryuhei Nakamura
Biofunctional Catalyst Research Team
RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (CSRS)
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198
Email: ryuhei.nakamura[at] (please add “” to complete address)
For inquiries, please send an email