Seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher(W800)

Research field and overview

Our research focuses on describing details of the energy transport and conversion at the solid surfaces and interfaces in the nanoscale regime. In order to understand their basic mechanism, we carry out combined study of scanning probe microscopy/spectroscopy and density functional theory calculation on the well-defined systems.
More details appear in Surface and Interface Science Laboratory HP.

Job title, available positions and job description

Job title, available positions

Postdoctoral Researcher

Job description

Scanning tunneling microscopic investigation of redox reaction on electrode surface in the electrochemical system. Successful candidates should have strong experiences of electrochemical scanning probe microscopy/spectroscopy.


This position requires doctoral degree and excellent research background in both scanning probe microscopy and electrochemistry. The research environment in the laboratory is international and English will be used for official research activities.

Work location

Branch and address

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

Salary and benefits

  1. A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, to a maximum of 5 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 10 years from the initial date of hire.

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.

Application and required documents

Required documents

  1. Complete CV (with photo and email address) WORD(56KB) or EXCEL(159KB)
    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 research achievements and publications
  3. A letter of recommendation including one from the current supervisor
    (If the current supervisor’s recommendation is not available, a recommendation letter from a third party will be accepted)

How to apply

Send the PDF formatted application by email to ykim[at]
(Replace [at] with @ )

Note:Application documents will not be returned.


Application must arrive by February 28, 2018

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

May 1st, 2018 (Negotiable)

Contact information/Send application to

Surface and Interface Science Laboratory
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198
Email: ykim[at] (Replace [at] with @)
For inquiries, please send an email.