Seeking a Group Director(Indefinite-term position)(Synchrotron Radiation Instrumentation for Physics and Chemistry Applications)


Physical and Chemical Research Infrastructure Group
Advanced Photon Technology Division
RIKEN SPring-8 Center

Research field and overview

RIKEN invites applications for the position of group director (indefinite-term researcher in management position) to serve in a leadership position in the following research area. The successful candidate will be responsible for directing research projects from a medium- to long-term perspective.

Research area: Synchrotron Radiation Instrumentation for Physics and Chemistry Applications

We are seeking qualified applicants for overseeing and developing synchrotron radiation instrumentation for physics and chemistry research using SPring-8 facilities. The applicant should take the initiative in managing the existing infrastructure and in upgrading it to newer-generation infrastructure according to users'requests. The applicant should also contribute to the upgrade of all beamlines of SPring-8. The instrumentation is not limited to end-stations, but also includes beamline optics and control systems. The applicant's instrumentation experience should be applicable to diffraction-limited synchrotron sources to appear in the 2020s, or even to the storage-ring-based coherence sources to appear in the 2040s or later.
The successful applicant is expected to be a leader in these fields in Japan and also have the vision and skills to lead plans for the physics and chemistry instrumentation for the next upgrade of SPring-8 of which mission in the Japanese light source portfolio shifts from an all-round source to a dedicated one covering X- to hard X-rays after construction of a new 3 GeV SR source.

Available position and number of openings


Group Director (Indefinite-term position)

Number of openings



Applicants should have appropriate research experience supported by a distinguished research record and the ability to play a pivotal role in the research area. RIKEN welcomes applications from overseas candidates.

Work location

Sayo-cho, Sayo-gun, Hyogo, JAPAN

Rights and responsibilities

  • Required to participate in RIKEN management activities in addition to conducting research in the area described above as a laboratory head.
  • Eligible to apply for competitive funding from within and outside RIKEN.
  • Eligible to request allocation of indefinite-term researchers.
  • Eligible to hire fixed-term researchers as well as to host Special Postdoctoral Researchers and Junior Research Associates.
  • Eligible to apply for the purchase of commodities, research funds, and laboratory space.
  • Responsible for overseeing laboratory members, managing the laboratory budget and handling the maintenance and use of all laboratory equipment and instruments.


Type of employment

The post is an indefinite-term employment position, subject to RIKEN's mandatory retirement age of 60. There is a re-employment program to hire individuals as fixed-term employees from age 60 to age 65 in accordance with the Act on Stabilization of Employment of Elderly Persons. Depending on evaluation results, it is possible to continue research in a management position until age 65 as a fixed-term employee.

Work conditions

Full time

Remuneration and other provisions

Monthly salary will be paid based on an annual salary. Social health insurance, commuting and housing allowances will be provided. Mandatory membership in the RIKEN Mutual Benefit Society (RIKEN Kyosaikai). Days off are weekends, 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 may require changes of responsibilities, job category, and work place based on RIKEN regulations due to management decisions, budgetary situation, and organizational restructuring.

Application Documents and submission deadline

Documents to be submitted

Single sided printing. Documents must not be stapled.

  • CV (photo attached)
  • Research achievements (list of publications, list of patents, etc.)
  • One set of copies of your main papers (maximum number: 5)
  • Lists of external funds received, awards received, and other achievements including contributions to University/Institution operations, contribution to society through activities in scientific societies, joint research projects, technology transfers, and the like
  • Outlines of your research projects to date (2 pages, A4 size)
  • Your future research plans and ideas on how you expect to manage your group and mentor young researchers if you are accepted for the position(2 pages in A4 size in total)
  • Full names and contact information of three individuals who are able to evaluate your research

How to submit

  • Submit application documents by post mail (ordinary registered mail or simplified registration) to the address given below.
  • In red ink, write on the envelope “Application for SPring-8 GD”
  • Submission by email will not be accepted.


The application must arrive no later than 5pm, January 31, 2018 (Japan Standard Time).

Handling of personal information

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.

Selection process

After application documents are screened, only the successful candidates will be asked to have an interview.
There will be final interviews with RIKEN executive directors as part of the hiring process.

Start of Employment

RIKEN expects that the successful applicant will be able to take up this position at the earliest opportunity on or after October 1, 2018.


  • No information can be released regarding application status or evaluation details before, during, or after the evaluation process.
  • Application documents will not be returned.
  • For further details on application or research activities at RIKEN, see RIKEN website.
  • RIKEN promotes a Gender Equality Program to create a workplace where both men and women are fully able to apply 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.

Contact Information and Submission Address

Application documents should be submitted to:
Research Personnel Affairs Section
Human Resources Division
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198 Japan

Note: Please send application documents by postal mail.

For other inquiries:
Contact by phone is not available.