Seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher(W668)


Organometallic Chemistry Laboratory
Chief Scientist Laboratories
(Chief Scientist: Zhaomin Hou)

Research field and overview

"New Catalysts, New Reactions, New Materials" -this is the main research theme at the Organometallic Chemistry Laboratory. The discovery of novel catalysts can lead to the development of unprecedented chemical reactions and the creation of innovative functional materials that cannot be synthesized by traditional methods. Our research interests cover broad areas of organometallic chemistry, which include the synthesis of new organometallic complexes having novel structures, the development of more efficient, selective catalysts for olefin polymerization and organic synthesis, and the activation and efficient utilization of small molecules. Much of our work lies at the interfaces between inorganic, organic, polymer, and materials chemistry, with an emphasis being placed on the development of our original catalysts for applications in efficient, selective chemical synthesis.

Job title, available positions and job description

Job title, available positions

Postdoctoral Researcher position

Job description

Postdoctoral researchers indicate those who have research experience less than 5 years after getting the Ph.D degree.


Applicants must have a doctor degree (or must be expected to receive a doctor degree by the date of hire).

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. In principle, employment contracts will not be renewed for individuals older than 65 years.
  3. The employee's period of fixed-term employment cannot exceed 10 years from the initial date of hire (or 10 yearsfrom 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 females.
*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. Complete CV (including photo and Email address) Write down in the notes section of your CV the number written next to the title of the job position (e.g. W668)
  2. Publication list
  3. Summary of research achievements and research proposal in future
  4. Recommendation letter from current supervisor (The letter should be in pdf format and include the recommender's name, affiliation, title, phone number, and Email address. If it is difficult to obtain a letter from the current supervisor, one from a person who knows well the research activity of the applicant is possible.)
  5. List of the names and contact information of two people who can evaluate your work
  6. Copy of the certificate on doctoral degree

How to apply

Send the PDF formatted application by email to houz[at]
(Recommendation letters must be emailed directly from the reference to houz[at]


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

Application screening, interview and oral presentation by selected applicants

Start employment

As early as possible

Contact information/Send application to

2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198
Dr. Zhaomin Hou, Chief Scientist
Organometallic Chemistry Laboratory
Email: houz[at] (Replace [at] with @ )
For inquiries, please send an email.