Seeking Research Scientists or Senior Research Scientists(W644)


Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences Program
(Program Director: Tetsuo Hatsuda)

Research field and overview

Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences (iTHEMS) program” (program director: T. Hatsuda) promotes interdisciplinary collaborations and creation of new interdisciplinary fields through the interactions among researchers in mathematics, theoretical sciences, and computational sciences. Also, iTHEMS aims at nurturing young scientists who cross the boundaries between different disciplines.

Job title, available positions and job description

Job title, available positions

Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist, a few positions

Job description

iTHEMS is seeking theoretical physicists (particle physics, nuclear physics, condensed matter physics, mathematical physics, and related fields). Successful applicants are expected not only to pursue top-level researches in theoretical physics but also to lead interdisciplinary collaborations among different fields such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, life science, astronomy, computational science and information science under the concept of iTHEMS. For more details, send an e-mail to the contact person below.


Applicants must have Ph.D. or expect to receive Ph.D. before the date of the appointment.

Work location

Branch and address

RIKEN Wako (2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198)
RIKEN Kobe (7-1-26, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo 650-0047)
iTHEMS research base in Kyoto University (20-2, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8502)
iTHEMS research base in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley, California USA)

Salary and benefits

One-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable, and based on evaluation, within a period of seven years from date of hire.
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. In principle, employment contracts will not be renewed for individuals older than 65 years.
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.

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.
*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 for applying for MEXT Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi)

Application and required documents

Application documents

  1. CV
  2. list of publications
  3. Research statement (summary of research and research plan)
  4. your view of interdisciplinary theoretical and mathematical sciences
  5. contact address of more than two reference persons.

Application documents should be updated through AcademicJobsOnline,

Application deadline

The search is open until filled,but for full considerations for the appointment starting from November 1, 2017, please submit the applications by August 31, 2017.

Note: Submitted documents are strictly protected under the RIKEN Privacy Policy and will be used only for the purpose of screening applicants. Personal information will not be disclosed, transferred or loaned to a third party under any circumstances without legitimate reason. Submitted documents will not be returned.

Handling personal data

Submitted documents are strictly protected under the RIKEN Privacy Policy and will be used only for the purpose of applicant screening. Personal information will not be disclosed, transferred or loaned to a third party under any circumstances without just cause.

Selection process

After first screening, successful applicants will be interviewed.

Start employment

1 November, 2017 at the earliest.


*Application is valid for 1 year after the submission.

Contact information/Send application to

Email to iTHEMS Secretariat (ithems_support[at] with Subj: iTHEMS Research Scientist (inquiry).