Careers

Seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher or Research Scientist(W846)

Research field and overview

Our team aims at the development of “next generation synthesis” and its utilization for the creation of functional organic molecules. Our vision of “next generation synthesis” is inspired by the highly efficient reactions the Nature uses: direct and highly selective coupling of organic molecules without prefunctionalization with reactive groups. We are also interested in the development of sustainable catalysis based on Earth-abundant metals such as manganese, iron, cobalt, copper, etc. Please contact the team leader for details.

Job title, available positions and job description

Job title, available positions

Postdoctoral Researcher or Research Scientist, 1-2 positions

The positions are differentiated as follows:
Postdoctoral Researcher: Carries out research and other work in accordance with team research themes under the direction of supervisors.
Research Scientist: Carries out research and other work in accordance with team research themes.

Job description

Contribute to the research described at the research field.

Qualifications

The candidate should possess a doctoral degree in organic chemistry field, 5 yields or less for postdoctoral researcher, and more that 5 years for research scientist. The candidate should have a strong background and experimental skills in synthetic organic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, and catalysis, and should be strongly motivated and creative. Experience with synthesis of conjugated functional molecules is a plus. English will be used for research discussions.

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 the end of the fiscal year (March 31) in which the employee completes 7 years (5 years for postdoctoral researcher) 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).
  4. When the center to which the Employee is affiliated is scheduled for a final review in FY 2022 to decide its operations from FY 2022 and beyond, 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 FY 2023 year that would extend employment beyond the center's final fiscal year.

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

For a postdoctoral researcher

  1. Complete CV 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. Research statement (3 pages)
  4. Certificate of graduation for the highest level of education achieved or a copy of said diploma
  5. A letter of recommendation from the current supervisor
    (If the current supervisor’s recommendation is not available, a recommendation letter from a third party will be accepted)*The letter should be addressed to Center for Sustainable Resource Science, Director.
  6. Contact details of one reference.

For a research scientist

  1. Complete CV 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. Research statement (3 pages)
  4. Certificate of graduation for the highest level of education achieved or a copy of said diploma
  5. Two letters 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)*These letters should be addressed to Center for Sustainable Resource Science, Director.

How to apply

Please make inquiries to the contact address listed below, then send the PDF formatted application by
email at the same contact address.
Note: Application documents will not be returned.

Deadline

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

Application screening and interview for selected applicants

As early as possible

Contact information/Send application to

RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science Research Center
Advanced Organic Synthesis Research Team
Dr. Laurean Ilies
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198
Email: csrs-ilies-recruit[at]ml.riken.jp (Replace [at] with @ )
For inquiries, please send an email.