Seeking Postdoctoral Researcher or Research Scientist(W651)

Research field and overview

The Computational Engineering Applications Unit is striving to solve various issues arising not only within RIKEN's research environment but also by society at large, through computer simulation, data processing and database development.

  • Assisting with research related to artificial intelligence and deep learning
  • Data acquisition to understand motion, and development of methods for motion analysis and unified data analysis
  • Development of database infrastructure and knowledge processing for life-sciences data
  • Development of computational tools for genome analysis
  • Development of computational simulation methods for clinical applications
  • Development of a large scale neural circuit model to be used for the post K computer.

Job title, available positions and job description

Job title, available positions

Postdoctoral Researcher or Research Scientist, 2 openings (W651)
In principle, successful candidates with less than 5 years of experience after receiving a doctoral degree will be hired as Postdoctoral Researcher and those with 5 years of experience or more will be hired as Research Scientist.

Job description

Successful applicants must play a leading role in development of data driven neural circuit modelling of cerebral cortex, which is a secondary project to support the exploratory research project 4 for the post K computer, “Elucidation of How Neural Networks Realize Thinking and Its Application to Artificial Intelligence” led by Senior Scientist Jun Igarashi affiliated with the same laboratory. In this project, the applicants will get involved in research and development of realistic neural circuit modeling of the corticocerebral high order motor area, somatosensory area and thalamus which will use large scale parallel computers including the post K computer.

Exploratory research projects for the post K computer development


Applicants who have expertise and experience in research of realistic neural circuit modelling at that nerve cell level. Applicants must have a doctoral degree (or must be expected to receive a doctoral degree by the date of hire).

Work location

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

Salary and benefits

One-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, up to the end of the exploratory research project for the post K computer development (March 31, 2020) since the initial date of hire.

However, 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.

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).

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 women.
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

Required documents

  1. Resume with a photo attached (Please include your email address.)
    Make sure to include in your resume the job number (W651) given under Job title.
  2. A list of your research papers and a copy of your main paper.
  3. One letter of recommendation by your current supervisor (When it is difficult to obtain a recommendation from your current supervisor, a recommendation by an individual with an equivalent position may be accepted.)
    Note: Applications should be addressed to Director, Advanced Center for Computing and Communication (ACCC)
  4. Research outline to date and future plan
  5. Certificate of your diploma (a copy of your diploma may be accepted) or certificate of expected academic degree.

How to apply

Please make sure to clearly write in red “Applications for Special Researcher or Research Scientist for ACCC Enclosed” on the envelope and send your applications by certified mail to the address shown down below.
Note: Submitted documents will not be returned to applicants.


Open until the position is filled

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

Selections will be made based on application screening and interviews.

Start employment

As early as possible

Contact information/Send application to

Make sure to write in red “Application for Special Researcher or Research Scientist for ACCC enclosed” on the envelope and send your applications via certified mail.

Shigeho Noda
Advanced Center for Computing and Communication (ACCC)
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198
Tel: 048-467-9425 (+81-48-467-9425 from overseas)
FAX: 048-462-4634 (+81-48-462-4634 from overseas)
Email: accc-info[at] (Replace [at] with @ )