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Seeking a Senior Scientist, Research Scientist, Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Associate, Senior Technical Scientist, Technical Scientist and/or Technical Staff[TTT-1703]

Research field

The RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies has two core purposes. One is to develop key technologies for breakthroughs in the medical and pharmaceutical applications of life science. The other is to conduct groundbreaking research and development for the next-generation life sciences.

The Division of Genomic Technologies plans to develop methods for screening of key regulatory factors, with selection based on transcriptional networks, epigenome and ncRNAs, in order to establish a pipeline to accomplish complete cell conversion methods, including differentiation of stem cells safely and terminally. We also develop methods for diagnosis of human biomarkers for human health and diseases.

The Transcriptome Technology Team develops technologies to comprehensively detect non-coding RNAs and comprehensively screen their functions. Using those technologies, we will explore regulatory interactions of ncRNAs within cells, with particular emphasis on the interaction of non-coding RNA with chromatin, retrotransposition and ncRNAs having a role in the regulation of protein synthesis. These technologies will be important for the development of cell conversion methods. Additional emphasis will be on standardization of transcriptome technologies like CAGE, to make a universal and finely quantitative transcriptome technology. Such standardization is essential for the identification of novel biomarkers and drug target candidates.

Job title and description

Position available

Few openings for a Senior Scientist, Research Scientist, Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Associate, Senior Technical Scientist, Technical Scientist and/or Technical Staff.

Job description

The candidate is expected to develop technologies to comprehensively isolate and study non-coding RNA to ultimately screen their functions. Using those technologies, we will explore regulatory interactions of ncRNAs within cells, the interaction with chromatin and the biological role of these RNAs to control cell differentiation. Additional emphasis will be on standardization of transcriptome technologies.

The difference in positions is as follows:
*Senior Scientist: Assists the Team Leader, supervises and instructs other researchers on the team, and carries out research and other work in accordance with team research themes.
*Research Scientist: Carries out research and other work in accordance with team research themes.
*Postdoctoral Researcher: Carries out research and other work in accordance with team research themes under the mentorship and training of supervisors.
*Research Associate: Carries out research and other work in accordance with team research themes under the direction of supervisors.
*Senior Technical Scientist: Assists the Team Leader, supervises and instructs other technicians on the team, and develops and enhances needed technologies for team research themes.
*Technical Scientist: Develops and enhances the needed technologies for team research themes under the direction of supervisors.
*Technical Staff: Provides technical support for team research themes.

Qualifications

[Common to all positions]

  1. Possesses excellent communication skills and engages in the research in a coordinated manner (needed to complete the assigned tasks with members of various nationalities).
  2. Basic computer skills (e-mail, Excel, Word, and Power Point)

[Senior Scientist]

  1. PhD holders in a field of molecular biology with more than five years postdoctoral experience. Able to supervise and instruct team members.
  2. The ideal candidate should possess:
    • an excellent publication track record in relation to his/her experience.
    • a broad understanding of the bioinformatics tools used for the analysis of high-throughput next generation sequencing data and the genome viewers.
    • a good bioinformatics background and excellent understanding of analysis of high-throughput sequencing, expression and other genomics data.

[Research Scientist and Postdoctoral Researcher]

  1. PhD holders in a field of molecular biology. Candidate with less than three years of postdoctoral experience will be considered for the position of Postdoctoral Researcher.
  2. The ideal candidate should possess:
    • an excellent publication track record in relation to his/her experience.
    • a broad understanding of the bioinformatics tools used for the analysis of high-throughput next generation sequencing data and the genome viewers.
    • a good bioinformatics background and excellent understanding of analysis of high-throughput sequencing, expression and other genomics data.

[Research Associate]

  1. Master's degree holder in a field of molecular biology or equivalent abilities. Should also have a strong desire to earn a PhD and motivation to advance to a higher position.
  2. The ideal candidate should possess:
    • an excellent publication track record in relation to his/her experience.
    • a broad understanding of the bioinformatics tools used for the analysis of high-throughput next generation sequencing data and the genome viewers.
    • a good bioinformatics background and excellent understanding of analysis of high-throughput sequencing, expression and other genomics data.

[Senior Technical Scientist]
Holder of BA degree or above with solid expertise and skills relevant to a field of molecular biology. Or equivalent abilities and more than five years experience in a relevant field. Must be able to supervise and instruct team members.

[Technical Scientist]
Holder of BA degree or above with substantial expertise and skills relevant to a field of molecular biology. Or equivalent abilities and more than five years experience in a relevant field.

[Technical Staff]
Graduate of a professional training school, junior college, university or graduate school with expertise and skills relevant to a field of molecular biology. Or equivalent abilities and more than two years experience in a relevant field.

Work location

RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies (Yokohama Campus)
1-7-22 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 230-0045, Japan

Salary and benefits

Terms of contract

Senior Scientist, Research Scientist, Senior Technical Scientist, Technical Scientist, Technical Staff:

  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 seven 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 ten years from the initial date of hire (or ten years from April 1, 2013 for fixed-term employees already at RIKEN prior to this date).

Postdoctoral Researcher:

  1. A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, to a maximum of three years from the date of hire. In addition to an annual evaluation, an additional evaluation will be conducted in the third year. Additional employment for a higher position will be determined through established procedures.
  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 ten years from the initial date of hire (or ten years from April 1, 2013 for fixed-term employees already at RIKEN prior to this date).

Research Associate:

  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 seven 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 ten years from the initial date of hire (or ten years from April 1, 2013 for fixed-term employees already at RIKEN prior to this date).
  4. In evaluation, the employee will be asked whether or not there is a strong desire to earn a PhD degree and motivation to advance to a higher position.

Salary

Salary is determined annually on the basis of the employee's experience, abilities and performance. Commuting and housing allowances will be provided in accordance with RIKEN regulations and social insurance applies (health insurance, pension insurance, worker's accident compensation insurance, unemployment insurance, etc.).
Mandatory membership in the RIKEN Mutual Benefit Society (RIKEN Kyosaikai).

Holidays

Saturdays and Sundays, Japanese national holidays, New Year holidays (Dec.29-Jan.3), and RIKEN Foundation Day (4th Monday in October).

Other provisions

*Other provisions are in accordance with RIKEN regulations.
*RIKEN's gender equity program promotes various measures to create a workplace where both men and women can 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.
*Senior Scientist, Research Scientist, Postdoctoral Researcher and Research Associate are eligible for an exemption from repayment of category 1 JASSO scholarship loans if they were enrolled in the program before fiscal year 2003 and also will be eligible to apply for MEXT Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi) and other external funds.

Required documents and deadlines

Prepare the documents below as PDF files and send them to CLST-recruit[at]riken.jp (replace “[at]” with “@”).
*Write “Application Documents; [TTT-1703] CLST/DGT_your desired position (e.g. Research Scientist)" in the subject line.

Documents to submit

Senior Scientist, Research Scientist, Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Associate:

  1. CV with photograph and e-mail address
    *Indicate the open call ID [TTT-1703] and the desired position (e.g. Research Scientist) in the upper right corner of the CV.
    *Using the RIKEN format above is appreciated.
  2. List of publications (articles, reviews and books), presentations and others
  3. Brief description of previous research and achievements (Within two A4-size pages)
  4. Brief description of future research plans (Within one A4-size page)
  5. List of competitive external funds obtained (e.g. Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research [Kakenhi]; indicate whether you are the representative researcher or the collaborator)
  6. One letter of recommendation from your current supervisor
    *If it is not possible to obtain a recommendation letter from your current supervisor, a third-party recommendation is acceptable.
    *A recommendation letter should be addressed to “Director of the Center for Life Science Technologies” and include the recommender’s name, affiliation, position, telephone number and e-mail address.
    *If a recommender will send the letter by e-mail directly to RIKEN, (s)he should write “Recommendation letter for [name of applicant]” in the subject line and send it to CLST-recruit[at]riken.jp (replace “[at]” with “@”).
  7. PhD/Master degree diploma

Senior Technical Scientist, Technical Scientist, Technical Staff:

  1. CV with photograph and e-mail address
    *Indicate the open call ID [TTT-1703] and the desired position (e.g. Technical Scientist) in the upper right corner of the CV.
    *Using the RIKEN format above is appreciated.
  2. List of skills, job experiences and research achievements (About one A4-size page)
  3. Reason for applying and future aspirations(About one A4-size page)
  4. One letter of recommendation from your current supervisor
    *If it is not possible to obtain a recommendation letter from your current supervisor, a third-party recommendation is acceptable.
    *A recommendation letter should be addressed to “Director of the Center for Life Science Technologies” and include the recommender’s name, affiliation, position, telephone number and e-mail address.
    *If a recommender will send the letter by e-mail directly to RIKEN, (s)he should write “Recommendation letter for [name of applicant]” in the subject line and send it to CLST-recruit[at]riken.jp (replace "[at]" with "@").
  5. Diploma

*Note: Application documents will not be returned.

Deadline

Until the position is filled

Handling of personal data

Submitted documents are strictly protected under the RIKEN Privacy Policy and used only for the purpose of applicant screening and hiring. Personal information will not be disclosed, transferred or loaned to a third party under any circumstances.

Selection process

Only persons who pass the application screening will be interviewed.

Start of employment

Earliest date as possible (negotiable)

Contact information

Recruiting staff for RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies
Administrative Division, RIKEN Yokohama Branch
CLST-recruit[at]riken.jp (Replace “[at]” with “@”.)

*Any questions about this position should be sent to the e-mail address above. Write “[TTT-1703] CLST/DGT Application for [desired position]” in the subject line.
*If you would like to inquire about the nature of the lab’s research, please send your inquiry to clst-jobs[at]riken.jp (replace “[at]” with “@”). Do not send application documents to the clst-jobs address.