Seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher, or Research Scientist(W746)

Research field and overview

We employ various computational methods to study emergent phenomena in strongly correlated quantum systems. Our recent interests include novel electronic states in strongly correlated electrons with strong spin-orbit interaction and emergent magnetic structures in complex transition metal oxide heterostructures.

Job title, available positions and job description

Job title, available positions

One Postdoctoral Researcher, or Research Scientist

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

Conduct research on emergent phenomena in strongly correlated materials using various many-body model calculations such as quantum Monte Carlo and density matrix renormalization group methods.


The candidate should possess a doctoral degree by theoretical study in the field of condensed matter physics, or the candidate will be able to obtain a doctoral degree by theoretical study in the field of condensed matter physics before the work start date.

Work location

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

Salary and benefits

  1. Postdoctoral Researcher : A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, to a maximum 5 years from the initial date of hire.
  2. Research Scientist: A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, to a maximum 10 years from the initial date of hire.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. When the center to which the Employee is affiliated is scheduled for a final review in FY2024 and it is decided that the Employee's research will not be continued, the provision given above for projects of limited duration applies and the Employee's contract will not be renewed for the FY2025 year that would extend employment beyond the center's final fiscal year.
  6. Research Scientist: When the Employee's research is scheduled to be reviewed in his/her 5 years from the original date of hire at CEMS, and when it is concluded that there is reason* to believe it will be difficult for the research (or technology development) to be continued, the employment contract will not be renewed for the next year. (*The reason may relate to the Employee's abilities, performance and/or work attitude.)

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. Curriculum vitae/résumé (including photo and Email address) WORD EXCEL
    *Write the 4 digit number beginning with “W”, indicated in the parentheses next to the job title, in the open call ID section in the upper right corner of your CV.
  2. List of publication, invited and contributed talks, and research fund
  3. Representative publications (no more than five)
  4. Summary of research achievements and research proposal in future (4-5 pages of A4 sized paper)
  5. One or two recommendation (or reference) letters, including one from the current supervisor (if this is difficult, one from someone who knows the applicant well).
  6. List of the names and contact information of persons who write recommendation (reference) letters
  7. Contact information to which the result will be informed (address, FAX, Email, etc.)

Recommendation (or reference) letters (item (5)) should be sent via e-mail directly from the reference to yunoki[at] (please replace[at]with @.).

How to apply

Send the PDF formatted application by email to yunoki[at] (please 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)


*2017.12.7 update (Removed job title: Contract Researcher)

Contact information/Send application to

RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science
Computational Quantum Matter Research Team
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198
Seiji Yunoki
Email: yunoki[at] (Replace [at] with @ )
For inquiries, please send an email.