Seeking Research Scientists

Research Field

RIKEN Center for Computational Science (R-CCS) is operating the world's leading K computer, and also has a strong Research Division. R-CCS takes the lead in advancing the computational science and aims to be an international center of excellence for computational science in collaboration with a wide range of research organizations. R-CCS integrates the computer science and computational science to conduct most advanced research and development of a wide range of applied scientific computation, as well as of high performance computing technologies.
The main interests of our team include the development of large-scale numerical simulations for quantum many-body systems and the research of strongly correlated quantum systems mainly using large-scale numerical simulations.

Job title and Job description

Job title, available positions

Research scientists

Job description

Pioneering research in computational science, based on condensed matter physics, to meet the era of a post Moore’s law world. The interdisciplinary research is expected among quantum many-body physics, statistical physics, quantum information, and machine learning. The research is also expected in collaboration with scientists in other research fields, including computer scientists.


Applicants must have a doctor degree with research experience not shorter than 5 years after receiving the degree. The successful candidates should have strong experience and knowledge of condensed matter physics or statistical physics using quantum many-body numerical methods. Highly motivated candidates for the development of large-scale simulations are encouraged to apply. Candidates with knowledge of machine learning, quantum information, or quantum computer are also preferable.

Work location

RIKEN Center for Computational Science,
7-1-26, Minatojima-minami-machi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, 650-0047, Japan

Salary and benefits

  1. One-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, up to seven years since the initial date of hire.
  2. RIKEN will decide whether to enter into a new contract on the basis of the employee's abilities, work load, performance, work attitude, continuation of the center, laboratory or project in which the employee is involved at the time of termination of the original contract, and on the basis of RIKEN's situation and budget conditions 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 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.

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 applying for the MEXT Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi).

Application and required documents

Applications composed of the following documents must be submitted in the form of PDF to the email address given below.

  1. Curriculum vitae (with the applicant's photo and email address) WORD(56KB) or EXCEL(159KB)
  2. List of publications, presentations, and grants
  3. Copy of selected publications (no more than five)
  4. Statement of research achievement and research plan (4-5 pages)
  5. One or two recommendation letters with the signature on it, addressed to the Director of RIKEN Center for Computational Science (one recommendation letter should be from the current supervisor. If this is difficult, one from someone who knows the applicant well)
  6. Contact information (name, affiliation, job title, phone number, email address) of references, including others who do not write recommendation letters, if any.
  7. Contact information to which the result will be informed (address, FAX number, email address, etc.)


July 31, 2018(application must arrive by 5 pm Japan time)

Handling Personal Data

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

Applications will be considered immediately. Selections will be made based on application screening and interviews. Any inquiries on the selection process and results will not be accepted.

Start of Employment

At the earliest possible time after July 31, 2018


This position is listed in the Leading Initiative for Excellent Young Researchers (LEADER) program by MEXT. Applicants who apply the LEADER program and wish to be hired with this position should apply this call by the deadline. Applicants who do not apply the LEADER program may also apply this position.

For more information, please refer to LEADER program Website(In Japanese Only), Posts listed in the LEADER program Website.

Send application to

Send the PDF formatted application to kobe-jobs[at] (please replace [at] with @). Recommendation letter must be emailed directly from the reference to the same address above. Please make sure to indicate “Application for a research scientist for computational materials science research team” in email subject.

Contact Information

Address: 2-2-3 Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0047, Japan
RIKEN Kobe branch, Kobe Administrative Division
Kobe Human Resources Section
Email: kobe-jobs[at] [at] with @ )