Seeking a Team Leader(W717)


Mutation Genomics Team(tentative)
RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science

Research field and overview

RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science has been operating a world-class heavy-ion accelerator facility at the forefront of the nuclear physics as well as other interdisciplinary fields such as mutation breeding, radioisotope production, and various industrial applications. We seek to hire a bright, highly motivated and independent Team Leader investigator to serve in a leadership position in the mutation genomics field. The successful candidate will be responsible for directing research projects to pioneer the new field from a medium- to long-team perspective.

Job title, available positions and job description

Job title, available positions

One opening for a Team Leader (principle investigator) position

Job description

We are seeking a next-generation leader in radiation biology who is able to take on the challenge of new research projects by promoting integrative research based on ion-beam mutagenesis. The successful candidate is expected to open new research fields in plant science, using accelerator-based mutagenesis and genomics as the fundamental tools to further expand the current view of evolution, epigenetics, regulatory mechanism of gene expressions and rapid detection and interpretation of chromosomal recombinations and rearrangements from a large-scale genomic and cytological datasets. We welcome your proposal which meets these objectives, but furthermore, your research activity should directly or indirectly contribute to expand RIKEN’s ion-beam breeding technology.


The successful applicant should have a broad knowledge of plant biology and solid research skills in plant genomics and mutagenesis, supported by a distinguished research record and the ability to play a pivotal role in the field. Experience in biological research using heavy-ion accelerators and strong communication skills to effectively promote interdisciplinary collaborations are preferred. RIKEN welcomes applications from oversea candidates.

Work location

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

Salary and benefits

  1. A One-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable, and based on evaluation, up until March 31, 2025.
  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 including your email address)
    Write down in the notes section of your CV the number written next to the title of the job position (W717).
  2. List of research achievements and publications
  3. Electric files of up to three (3) selected publications
  4. Outlines of your research projects to date (2 pages, A4 or letter sized paper)
  5. Research proposal and your policy and plan to manage a team and mentoring young researchers (2 pages, A4 or letter sized paper)
  6. One letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, as well as letters of recommendation from two persons who work outside of RIKEN
    (a recommendation letter from a third party person will be accepted if the recommendation letter from the current supervisor is not available)

How to apply

Send the PDF formatted application by email to rnc-saiyo25 [at] (Replace [at] with @ )
Note: Application documents will not be returned.


The application must arrive no later than 5 pm, December 27, 2017 (Japan Standard Time: UTC+9).

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

The successful candidates will be asked to have an on-site interview.

Start employment

April 1, 2018 (Negotiable)

Contact information/Send application to

RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan
Email: rnc-saiyo25[at] (Replace [at] with @ )