Seeking a Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Researcher(CSRS-1706)

Research Field

We investigate how plants control cell proliferation and differentiation in development or in response to the environment. We also study how plant cells reprogramme during regeneration. We take genetic and genomic approaches to uncover how transcriptional networks orchestrate these cellular processes and how epigenetic mechanisms regulate their progression. For further details, please see our website ( and

Job title and Job description

One Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Researcher position is available. A successful applicant will be involved in characterising novel transcriptional and/or epigenetic mechanisms that govern plant cell reprogramming.

*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.


Candidates for Research Scientist must have research experience of more than 5 years after obtaining Ph.D. Candidates for Postdoctoral Researcher must have a doctor degree and experience of post-doctoral research for less than 5 years. Successful candidate is expected to speak and write English fluently, to have knowledge and expertise in one or more of the following areas: molecular biology, developmental biology, genomics, epigenomics, genetics, cell biology, plant physiology.

Work location

RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science
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.
These and other provisions are in accordance with RIKEN regulations.

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 achievements (publications, presentations, awards and others). Also attach one representative paper related to the position applied to.
  3. Brief description of previous research and achievements
  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."


Position will be closed after a suitable candidate is found.

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

November 1, 2017

How to apply

Prepare the documents below as PDF files and send them to CSRS-recruit[at] (Replace “[at]” with “@”.)
*Write “Application Documents; [CSRS-1706] CSRS-Cell Function Research Team_your desired position (e.g. Research Scientist)” in the subject line.

Contact Information

For research contents
Keiko.Sugimoto Ph.D.
CSRS Cell Function Research Team
RIKEN Yokohama Campus
1-7-22 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa 230-0045
Keiko.sugimoto[at] 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 @)