Seeking a Head of Office of the Center Director(IMS701-1804)


Office of the Center Director
RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences(tentative)

Research Field

RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences is a new center scheduled to be launched on April 1. The center is focused on research for understanding genomic functions and disease through genome analysis; elucidating the processes of immune-related homeostatic regulation and breakdown in humans; and investigating disease systems through the data collection, measurement and modelling of environmental responses. The center also carries out basic cancer immunology research that integrates all these fields with the aim of applying them to personalized cancer treatments and the like. These efforts will help to promote the establishment of a research system to bridge the path to societal implementation of breakthrough treatments.

The Office of the Center Director carries out international collaboration, academic-industry collaborations, internal collaborations, management and utilization of intellectual property, acquisition and management of research funds, outreach work, holding of academic conferences, support for improving internationalization of the center’s work environment, and the necessary administrative and management work of the center.

Job Title and Job Description

Head of the Office of the Center Director (one position, full-time)
This management position requires working in close communication with the center director to facilitate the tasks required for the center’s work as stated above and to build a system for working in collaboration with other administrative sections at RIKEN.

Specifically, the person in this position will be responsible for:

  • Supervising, managing and promoting the work of the center
  • Managing and fostering affiliated staff
  • Managing budget


  • PhD degree holder (life sciences field preferred), or equivalent, with sufficient knowledge of the work described under “Job Description.”
  • Five years or more experience in the areas described under “Job Description.”
  • Experience working with computers (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email, etc.)
  • Ability to communicate in Japanese and English (conversations and emails) and create scientific documents in Japanese and English.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work in a coordinated manner with the center staff and other collaborators.
  • Highly motivated.

Work Location

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

Salary and Benefits

  1. A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, to a maximum of the end of the fiscal year (March 31) in which the employee completes 7 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 (or 10 years from April 1, 2013 for fixed-term employees already at RIKEN prior to this date).

[Salary]・[Holidays]・[Other provisions]

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Commuting and housing allowances will be provided. Social insurance will be applied. Mandatory membership in the RIKEN Mutual Benefit Society (RIKEN Kyosaikai). 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 is promoting a Gender Equity Program by taking various measures to create a workplace where both men and women are able to 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.

Documents to submit

Please provide the documents indicated below as PDF files and send them to the email address indicated in“Contact Information”below.
* Please write“Application Documents; (IMS701-1804) IMS - Head of Office of the Center Director“ in the subject line.

  1. CV with photograph and email address. WORD(56KB) or EXCEL(159KB)
    (Please indicate “Head of Office of the Center Director” and open call ID [IMS701-1804] on the upper right corner of your CV.)
  2. Job History
    • Clearly indicate if you have any job experience or expertise in operations management, international collaborations, academic-industry collaborations, intellectual property management/utilization, acquisition and management of research funds, and/or outreach.
    • Provide a list of research achievements (include published papers and obtained patents in the past 10 years) and indicate up to five major papers (do so by circling the major papers in the research achievements.)
  3. A statement of work experience and future aspirations regarding the position (free format, up to two A4 pages)
    • Propose your working plan and possible achievements over the next five years.
  4. Recommendation Letters: One letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, as well as letters of recommendation from two persons who work outside of RIKEN
    • Recommendation letters should be addressed to “Dr. Hiroshi Matsumoto, President of RIKEN.”
    • If it is not possible to obtain a recommendation letter from your current supervisor, a letter from a third party will be accepted.
    • If the person providing the recommendation prefers to send the recommendation letter directly, it can be sent to RIKEN, by email at IMS-recruit[at] (please replace [at] with “@”).
    • The signature (or seal) of the person providing the recommendation is required.
  5. Certificate of graduation or photocopy of diploma for highest awarded degree.

Note: Application documents will not be returned.


Until the position is filled.
All required documents must be submitted by the deadline. However, item 5 (certificate of graduation, etc.) can be submitted up until the interview if the applicant’s circumstances require it.

Handling of Personal Data

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. Application documents will not be returned.

Selection Process

Applicants who pass the initial document screening will be invited for an interview.
During the interview, you will be asked to give a presentation on your work plan and future aspirations.

Start of Employment

June 1, 2018 or later date (negotiable)

Send application to

Send your application to the following address.

Contact Information

Any questions about this position should be sent to the appropriate email address below.
Please write “Head of Office of the Center Director, IMS” in the subject line.

For application documents and general questions

Recruiting Staff for RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences
Administrative Division, RIKEN Yokohama Branch
IMS-recruit[at] (replace [at] with @)

For research-related questions

Preparatory Office for RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences
ims-planning[at] (replace [at] with @)