Seeking a Part-time Staff(IMS101-1801)


Laboratory for Transcriptome Technology
RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences(tentative)
(Team Leader: Piero CARNINCI)

Research field

The Laboratory for Transcriptome Technology will develop technologies to comprehensively detect non-coding RNAs and comprehensively screen their functions. Using those technologies, we will explore regulatory interactions of ncRNAs within cells, with particular emphasis on the interaction of non-coding RNA with chromatin, retrotransposition and ncRNA having a role in the regulation of protein synthesis. These technologies will be important for the development of cell conversion methods. Additional emphasis will be on standardization of transcriptome technologies like CAGE, to make a universal and finely quantitative transcriptome technology. Such standardization is essential for the identification of novel biomarkers and drug target candidates.

Job title and description

Position available

One opening for a Part-time Staff

Job description

We seek a part timer to perform various molecular biology duties potentially including cell culture work, transfection, RNA checks with qPCR and protein checks with western blotting, in addition to providing general technical support for research staff. Though previous experience in one or more of these areas is preferred, a general background in molecular biology techniques coupled with a strong work ethic and desire to learn may be sufficient. The focus of the work will be on characterization of long non-coding RNA functions, in particular for their role in iPS and stem cells.


  1. Should hold a bachelor's level or higher degree and have a background in molecular biology or cell biology.
  2. Technical skills for cell culture, transfection, qPCR, western blotting are preferably required.
  3. Experience providing other experimental support for molecular biology is preferably required.
  4. Basic computer skills (E-mail, Excel, Word, and Power Point) are required.
  5. Possesses good communication skills and engage in research in a coordinated manner.

Work location

RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences
1-7-22 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 230-0045, Japan

Salary and benefits

Hourly wage

1,100-1,300JPN (Research Part-time Worker II)
1,400-1,600JPN (Research Part-time Worker I)

The category of Part-time Staff is based on RIKEN regulations, with consideration given to the skills and experience of the candidate.

Commuting allowance

provided (within a pre-determined range)

Terms of contract

The initial contract will be until March 31, 2019.

  • A one-year employment contract, renewable based on the agreement of both parties, to a maximum of five years* from the date of hire.
  • Contract renewal is based on a) the employee's abilities, work load at the time of contract completion, performance and work attitude, and b) progress of the project, and RIKEN's management situation and budget at the time.

* However, should a current RIKEN employee apply for this position, the total period of employment, including this position, cannot exceed five years.

Working days

5 days per week

Working hours

The work hours shall be one of the following, with the total time not to exceed 35 hours/week.

  1. 9 a.m.–5:20 p.m. (four times or less per week)
  2. Set hours between 9 a.m. and 5:20 p.m., in one-hour units.

(Working days and hours are negotiable. However, daily working hours cannot be shifted for different days.)


Saturdays and Sundays, Japanese national holidays, New Year holidays (Dec.29-Jan.3), and RIKEN Foundation Day (4th Monday in October).

Other provisions

Worker's accident compensation insurance applies in all cases. For a person working at least 20 hours/week who will be employed for more than 31 days, unemployment insurance applies*.
Those who meet all of the following four criteria will be enrolled in social insurance (health insurance, employee pension program, etc.).

  1. Prescribed hours of work per week: 20 hours or more
  2. Monthly salary: 88,000 yen or more
  3. Duration of employment: one year or more
  4. Not a student

*Unemployment insurance does not apply to students.
Other provisions are in accordance with RIKEN regulations.

Required documents and deadlines

Prepare the documents indicated below as PDF files and send them to dgt-personnel[at] (Replace “[at]” with “@”.)
*Write “Application Documents; [IMS101-1801] Part-time Staff” in the subject line.

Documents to submit

  1. CV WORD(56KB) or EXCEL(159KB) with photograph and E-mail address.
  2. List of skills, job experiences and research achievements (within one A4-size page)
  3. Reason for applying and future aspirations (within one A4-size page)

Note: Application documents will not be returned.


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 those who pass the application screening will be interviewed.

Start of employment

April 1, 2018 (negotiable).

Contact information

Any questions about this position should be sent to the E-mail address given below.
Nana TAMURA, Personnel staff for the Laboratory for Transcriptome Technology, RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences
dgt-personnel[at] (Replace “[at]” with “@”.)