Seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher or Research Scientist(W868)


RIKEN Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences Program
(Program Director: Tetsuo Hatsuda)

Research field and overview

“Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences (iTHEMS) program” (program director: T. Hatsuda) promotes interdisciplinary collaborations and creation of new interdisciplinary fields through the interactions among researchers in mathematics, theoretical sciences, and computational sciences. Also, iTHEMS aims at nurturing young scientists who cross the boundaries between different disciplines.
For more information, please refer to RIKEN Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences Program (iTHEMS) Website.

Job title, available positions and job description

Job title, available positions

Postdoctoral Researcher or Research Scientist, one person.
Postdoctoral Researcher is defined as those with a doctoral degree of 5 years or less. Research Scientist is defined as those with a doctoral degree more than 5 years.

Job description

iTHEMS is seeking a research scientist in life sciences. Successful applicant is expected not only to pursue his/her own top-level researches in life sciences but also to lead interdisciplinary collaborations among different fields such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, life sciences, engineering, computational sciences, information sciences, and social sciences, under the concept of iTHEMS. This time, we encourage junior applicants who have research experiences in mathematical biology, bioinformatics, systems biology, evolutionary biology, genome biology etc. and can collaborate with iTHEMS Senior Research Scientists, Dr. Jeffrey Fawcett and Dr. Takashi Okada. For more details, send an e-mail to the contact person below.


Applicants must have Ph.D. or expect to receive Ph.D. before the date of the appointment.

Work location

Branch and address

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

Salary and benefits

One-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable, and based on evaluation, within a period of three years from date of hire.
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.
For contracts entered into on or after April 1, 2013, RIKEN will not enter into a new fixed-term employment contract that extends the employee’s total years of employment at RIKEN to more than 10 years.

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.

*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

Application documents

  1. CV WORD(56KB) or EXCEL(159KB) (with photo and email address)
    *Write the 4 digit number beginning with “W868”, 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 publications
  3. summary of research and research plan, including view of interdisciplinary theoretical and mathematical sciences
  4. contact addresses of two reference persons.

(1.-4.) in a single pdf file should be sent via e-mail to ithems_app[at] with Subj: iTHEMS Researcher (application: Life Sciences).

Application deadline

30 June, 2018.

Note: Submitted documents will not be returned.

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

After first screening, successful applicants will be interviewed.

Start employment

1 September, 2018 or earliest possible date after it.

Contact information/Send application to

e-mail to ithems_app[@] with Subj: iTHEMS Researcher (inquiry: Life Sciences).