Seeking Postdoctoral Researcher or Research Scientist(W701)

Research field and overview

In Condensed Molecular Materials Laboratory, synthesis, characterization, and design of molecular materials, especially molecular conductors, have been undertaken.
Condensed Molecular Materials Laboratory Website

Job title, available positions and job description

Job title, available positions

Postdoctoral Researcher or Research Scientist, Up to two positions
Postdoctoral Researcher is defined as those with a doctoral degree of 5 years or less.
Research Scientist is defined as those with a doctoral degree more than 5 years.

Job description

Synthesis or Characterization of conducting/magnetic molecular solids


The candidate should have a doctoral degree or is expected to obtain a doctoral degree before the work start date. The candidate should have a high level of motivation and a keen interest in solid state science of the molecular system.

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, and based on evaluation, up until March 31, 2021.
  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).

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 (with 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. W701).
  2. List of publications and oral presentations
  3. Summary of major achievements to date (Two or les pages A4 sized paper in total)
  4. A letter of recommendation from the current supervisor
    (If the current supervisor's recommendation is not available, a recommendation letter from a third party will be accepted)

How to apply

Send a PDF formatted file containing (1), (2) and (3) by email to reizo[at]
(Recommendation letters must be emailed directly from the reference to reizo[at]
(Replace [at] with @)
Note: Application documents will not be returned.


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 and interview for selected applicants

Start employment

April 1st, 2018 (Negotiable)

Contact information/Send application to

Dr. Reizo Kato
RIKEN Condensed Molecular Materials Laboratory
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198
Email: reizo[at] (Replace [at] with @ )
For inquiries, please send an email.