Seeking a Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Researcher(CSRS-1704)

Research Field

The main goal of our group is to understand the molecular mechanisms of immunity in plants. We plan to systematically identify and characterize genes, proteins, small molecules, beneficial microbes that are important for defense against pathogens by using genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics approaches. We aim to elucidate the signaling networks involved in plant immunity by analyzing the expression patterns of defense-related genes and their post-transcriptional regulation, such as protein modification and the formation of complexes. Infection of plants is economically damaging to agricultural industries worldwide, and understanding the molecular basis of the natural disease resistance mechanisms that plants utilize would provide new strategies to combat the most damaging pathogens.

Job title and Job description

One opening for Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Researcher
Genome analysis of organisms that associates with plants.

*Research Scientist: Carries out research and other work in accordance with team research themes.
*Postdoctoral Researcher: Carries out research and other work in accordance with team research themes under the mentorship and training of supervisors.


The candidate should possess a doctoral degree in a microbiogy and/or plant biology-related field and research experience using bioinformatics tools.
Candidates who have experience in genome assembly / annotation will be given priority.
Candidates who are willing to communicate with scientists abroad and open a new field in biology will also given priority.

*Research Scientist is defined as those with a doctoral degree more than 5 years.
*Postdoctoral Researcher is defined as those with a doctoral degree of 5 years or less.

Work location

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

Salary and benefits

Terms of contract

  1. (Research Scientist)
    One-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, up to the end of the fiscal year exceeding seven years since the initial date of hire.
    (Postdoctoral Researcher)
    One-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, up to the end of the fiscal year exceeding five years since the initial date of hire.
  2. RIKEN will decide whether to enter into a new contract on the basis of the employee's abilities, work load, performance, work attitude, continuation of the center, laboratory or project in which the employee is involved at the time of termination of the original contract, and on the basis of RIKEN's situation and budget conditions at the time.
  3. For contracts entered into on or after April 1, 2013, RIKEN will not enter into a new fixed-term employment contract that extends the employee's total years of employment at RIKEN to more than 10 years.
  4. When the center to which the Employee is affiliated is scheduled for a final review 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 the 2023 year that would extend employment beyond the center's final fiscal year


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Commuting and housing allowances will be provided. Social insurance will be applied. Mandatory membership in the RIKEN Mutual Benefit Society (RIKEN Kyosaikai).


Days off include public holidays, New Year's holidays (Dec. 29 - Jan 3), and RIKEN Foundation Day.

Other provisions

Other provisions are in accordance with RIKEN regulations.

RIKEN is promoting a Gender Equity Program by taking various measures to create a workplace where both men and women are able to 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.
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 applying for the MEXT Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi).

Application and required documents

  1. CV with photograph and Email address *Using the RIKEN format above is appreciated.
  2. List of research achievement (publications, presentations, awards and others)
  3. Brief description of previous research and achievements (within two A4-size pages)
  4. (Research Scientist)Two letters of recommendation (including one from the current supervisor, If available)
    (Postdoctoral Researcher)One letters of recommendation from the current supervisor.
  5. Other than the recommenders above, the name and contact information for one additional reference (name, affiliation, telephone number, email address)
  6. PhD degree diploma

- If it is difficult to obtain a recommendation letter from the current supervisor, a recommendation from third party will be accepted.) The letter of recommendation should be addressed to the “Director of the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Sciences.”


Open until the position is filled

Handling Personal Data

Handling of Personal Data: All private data sent to RIKEN in application for employment is handled in strict confidentiality, and such data is not utilized for any other purpose or disclosed to any third party. Application documents will not be returned.

Selection process

Selection will be made based on application screening and interviews.

Start of Employment

September 1, 2017 (negotiable)

How to apply

Prepare the documents above as PDF files and send them to (at) (please change (at) to @)
*Write “Application Documents; [CSRS-1704] Plant Immunity Research Group_your desired position (e.g. Research Scientist)” in the subject line.

Contact Information

Any questions about this position should be sent to the email address given below.
Please write "Open call_CSRS-1704_Plant Immunity Research Group_your desired position" in the subject line.

For research contents:
Ken Shirasu, Group Director
CSRS Plant Immunity Research Group
RIKEN Yokohama Campus
1-7-22 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa 230-0045

Email: ken.shirasu (at) (please change (at) to @))

For application documents and general questions:
Recruiting staff for RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science
Administrative Division RIKEN Yokohama Branch
Email: (at) (please change (at) to @)