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Seeking a Research Scientist, Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Associate, Technical Scientist or Technical Staff[ETEU-1702]

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, epigenomes 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 Epigenome Technology Exploration Unit (ETEU) aims to understand the very complex regulations of cellular functions and regulations at the epigenetic level, with focus on histone modifications. In recent years, a lot of data on the genome-wide localisation of histone modifications (the “Epigenome”) have been obtained and analysed. There are hundreds of possible combinations of modifications and there are in fact many modifications found at any given locus, which reflects the complex regulations it may be responsible for. However, whether a different combination of these modifications means different things is still unclear, mainly due to the lack of technologies that can analyse them in such way.

One of the main focuses of our lab is to develop novel epigenomic technologies to study combinations of histone modifications that are present on each histone and nucleosome. By applying such methods to disease cells, including cancer, we aim to identify epigenomic signatures that may exist, which may lead to identification of novel diagnostic and therapeutic targets.

For more information, please refer to : Epigenome Technology Exploration Unit

Job title and description

Position available

One opening for Research Scientist, Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Associate, Technical Scientist or Technical Staff.

Job descriptions

Project Name: “Single Cell Transcriptome Analysis of Plant Tissues”
* This work is supported by “Principles of pluripotent stem cells underlying plant viability” (Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas (JSPS)).

The selected candidate will be involved in generating and analysing single cell transcriptome datasets as well as epigenomic data on tissues obtained from various plants, which will be provided by other members of the ‘Innovative Areas’ group. In particular, the focus will be on identifying stem cell populations and their markers, which will subsequently be imaged by collaborators to determine their localisation within the tissue. The candidate is also expected to contribute in novel single cell epigenomic technology development. The selected candidate will be working very closely with other members of the ‘Innovative Areas’ group.

The difference in positions is as follows:
*Research Scientist: Carries out research and other work in accordance with unit research themes.
*Postdoctoral Researcher: Carries out research and other work in accordance with unit research themes under the mentorship and training of supervisors.
*Research Associate: Carries out research and other work in accordance with unit research themes under the direction of supervisors.
*Technical Scientist: Develops and enhances the needed technologies for unit research themes under the direction of supervisors.
*Technical Staff: Provides technical support for unit research themes.

Qualifications

[Common to all positions]

  1. Should have an experience and knowledge of bioinformatics analysis, specifically on single cell analysis will be beneficial.
  2. Wet experience on generating datasets especially on next generation sequencing is beneficial.
  3. Must be a team player who has proactive and constructive attitude.
  4. Must have excellent communication skills and be able to engage in research in a coordinated manner in order to complete the assigned tasks with the members of mixed nationalities.
  5. Comfortable with English as a professional language for scientific discussion and publication (Japanese language skills are not required).

[Research Scientist, Postdoctoral Researcher]
PhD holder in fields indicated under [Job description]. Candidates with less than three years postdoctoral experience will be considered for the position of Postdoctoral Researcher.

[Research Associate]
Master’s degree holder in fields indicated under [Job description] or equivalent abilities. Should also have a strong desire to earn a PhD and motivation to advance to a higher position.

[Technical Scientist]
Holder of BA degree or above with substantial expertise and skills relevant to the fields indicated under [Job description]. Or equivalent abilities and more than five years experience in relevant fields.

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

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

Research Scientist, Technical Scientist, Technical Staff:

  1. A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, to the maximum extent of March 31, 2022, the end date of the project.
  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 the maximum extent of March 31, 2022, the end date of the project.
  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.
*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.

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; [ETEU-1702] CLST/DGT_your desired position (eg. Research Scientist)” in the subject line.

Documents to submit

Research Scientist, Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Associate:

  1. CV with photograph and e-mail address
    *Indicate the desired position (e.g. Research Scientist) and the open call ID [ETEU-1702] 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 (About two A4-size pages)
  4. Brief description of future research plans (About 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

Technical Scientist, Technical Staff:

  1. CV with photograph and e-mail address
    *Indicate the open call ID[ETEU-1702] 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 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 “[ETEU-1702] CLST/DGT Application for [desired position]” in the subject line.
*If you would like to inquire about the nature of 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.