Seeking a Team Leader


The iPS Cell Advanced Characterization and Development Team (tentative)
RIKEN BioResource Center

Research Field

RIKEN BioResource Center (BRC) has been engaging in collection, preservation, and distribution of bioresources indispensable for R&D, i.e. experimental animals, experimental plants, human and animal cells, microbes and their genetic materials. In addition, it will pursue researches that make active use of its bioresources.
On April 1, 2018, RIKEN BRC will start a new team to accelerate the research field of disease-specific iPS cells. This team will conduct researches on intractable diseases using iPS cells and advanced characterization of iPS cells to promote medical innovation. RIKEN BRC seeks a Team Leader of the team.
This team will perform researches on causative or responsible genetic mutations/variants and pathogenesis of intractable diseases using disease-specific iPS cells deposited in BRC. The tasks include DNA sequence analysis of the genes associated with intractable diseases and whole genome sequence analyses. In addition, this team will generate novel cell lines with genome-editing technology such as isogenic control cells of deposited disease-specific iPS cells, artificial disease-specific iPS cells, and iPS cells expressing a marker in a tissue-specific manner.
This team is expected to collaborate with Cell Engineering Division, Drug-Discovery Cellular Basis Development Team and iPS Cell Research Unit for Drug Discovery (funded and managed by RIKEN Program for Drug Discovery and Medical Technology Platforms) of RIKEN BRC. The information and cell materials generated by this team will be distributed via Cell Engineering Division to biomedical research community.

Job title and Job description

Team Leader*, one person, full-time

Task content: managing and leading a research team in pursuit of the goals of the above research project.

*Research teams generally consist of two or three researchers and one or two technical staff members as necessary. The lab receives budgetary funds to cover all personnel costs. The laboratory is fully equipped and located at RIKEN BioResource Center, Tsukuba, Japan.


The candidate should have excellent research and development experiences and achievements in the relevant field as well as profound understanding the significance of the BRC’s resource project. In addition, the candidate is expected to be capable and lead the above research and development while closely collaborating with our resource divisions.

Work location

RIKEN BioResource Center
Add: 3-1-1 Koyadai, Tsukuba City, Ibaraki 305-0074, Japan

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 years from April 1, 2013 for fixed-term employees already at RIKEN prior to this date).

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.

*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. Complete CV
  2. List of research achievement and publications
  3. Two letters of recommendation (including one from the current supervisor, If available)


November, 17, 2017 (application to reach)

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

April 1, 2018

Send application to

Send your application to the following address (only overseas candidates may send applications by email).
Candidates in Japan should send application by postal mail with “kakitome”.
Please refer to URL below for job offering in Japanese.

Contact Information

Personnel Section, Tsukuba Administrative Division
RIKEN Tsukuba Branch
3-1-1 Koyadai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0074, Japan

Inquiry is available only by emails. We don’t accept inquiry phone calls. Your email subject should begin with “Team Leader Position - The iPS Cell Advanced Characterization and Development Team”.
Email: koubo[at] (please replace [at] with “@”)