Careers

Seeking Research Scientist, Postdoctoral Researcher, Technical Scientist, Technical Staff I (W18001)

Laboratory

RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project
(Director: Masashi Sugiyama)

Research Field

The Center for Advanced Intelligence Project has been launched with subsidy from Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology-Japan for “Advanced Integrated Intelligence Platform Project (AIP) -Artificial Intelligence/ Big Data/ Internet of Things/ Cybersecurity-”.
The Center conducts fundamental theoretical research and develops an innovative technology, with aiming to advance science and contribute to society or humanity. In detail, the missions of Center are 1) to promote cutting-edge Research and Development in the field of informatics with new AI technology at its core, 2) to establish next-generation fundamental technology for various applications that are useful to society, 3) to contribute to providing value to the economy and society through innovative application of the technology, 4) to contribute to creating a social environment to provide ethical and social support for a world in which AI technologies are becoming pervasive, 5) to develop human resources needed for AI technologies and their applications.

Job title and Job description

Job title, available positions

Openings for Research Scientists or Postdoctoral Researchers
Openings for Technical Scientist or Technical Staff I

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

Technical Scientist: Development of technology and sophistication required for research
Technical Staff I:Technical support with independent initiative

Job description

Carry out research and development in the following research category(ies) under the supervision of Team/Unit Leader.
Some domestic and/or international travel may be required.

Research Category

  1. Development of fundamental informatics technology for making a revolutionary impact on science and technology and for contributing to realizing practical use
  2. Creation of knowledge with integrating scientific/technological datasets for providing value to the economy and society through innovative application of the technology
  3. Identification of ethical, legal, social issues emerging from a social environment in which AI technologies are becoming pervasive, and Proposal for creating a social system that is adaptable to technological advances by incorporating humanities and social sciences

Note:
For names of teams and units in the RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project,see: RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project Website

Qualification

Research Scientists or Postdoctoral Researchers

Research Category 1 and 2: Applicants must already possess, or are scheduled to receive, a doctoral degree in information science technology or related areas by the time of appointment.
Research Category 3: Applicants must already possess, or are scheduled to receive a doctoral degree by the time of appointment, or equivalent experience.

Technical Scientist:

Applicants must possess a bachelor degree or higher with the related knowledge, technics, skills, or equivalent experience. Graduate school alumni are preferable.

Technical Staff I:

Applicants must have graduated from a university, junior college, or vocational college and possess related knowledge, techniques, skills, or equivalent experience.

Work location

Branch and address

RIKEN Tokyo Area (1-4-1, Nihonbashi, Chuo, Tokyo) or other area depending on the team/unit

Salary and benefits

For Research Scientists

  1. Applicants must be fixed-term employees who are able to accept multiple-year employment contracts (maximum 3 years), extended to maximum number of fiscal years ending 7 years from appointment, depending on RIKEN performance review.
  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).

For Postdoctoral Researchers

  1. Applicants must be fixed-term employees who are able to accept multiple-year employment contracts (maximum 3 years), extended to maximum number of fiscal years ending 5 years from appointment, depending on RIKEN performance review.
  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).

For Technical Scientist

  1. Applicants must be fixed-term employees who are able to accept multiple year employment contracts (maximum 3 years), extended to maximum number of fiscal years ending 7 years from appointment, depending on RIKEN performance review.
  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).

For Technical Staff I

  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, depending on RIKEN performance review.
  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).

In principle, there will be a trial period of employment (2 months).
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).
This position falls under the specialized duties discretionary work system; one working day will be calculated as 7 hours and 30 minutes.
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.

( For Research Scientists or Postdoctoral Researchers )
*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

Research Scientists or Postdoctoral Researchers

  1. Complete CV (with photo and email address) WORD (56KB) or EXCEL (58KB)
    *Write the 5 digit number beginning with “W”, indicated in the parentheses next to the job title, in open call ID section in the upper right corner of your CV.
  2. List of publications: Circle titles of five major papers in the list.
  3. Photocopies of three major research papers.
  4. Two different letters of recommendation including one by your supervisor

    Note:

    • If you cannot obtain a letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, the same document issued by a third party is acceptable.
    • Letters of recommendation must be addressed to:
      Director of RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project
      Stamp or signature by referee is necessary.
    • Referees must directly send letters of recommendation 1) by postal mail to the address below after sealing, or 2) by email attached with a letter of recommendation with stamp or signature in PDF format, to the address below.
  5. Research in the past and research plan (3 pages in A4 size)
    *Your research plan must include outcome expected within a few years from your appointment (maximum 5 years).

Note:
Clearly write team name or unit name you wish to join, referring to the Center’s website below.

Technical Scientist

  1. Complete CV (with photo and email address) WORD (56KB) or EXCEL (58KB)
    *Write the 5 digit number beginning with “W”, indicated in the parentheses next to the job title, in open call ID section in the upper right corner of your CV.
  2. Research record list
  3. Photocopies of research papers, if possible (Maximum 3 papers)
  4. A letter of recommendation by your current supervisor

    Note:

    • If you cannot obtain a letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, the same document issued by a third party is acceptable.
    • Letter of recommendation must be addressed to:
      Director of RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project
      Stamp or signature by referee is necessary.
    • Referees must directly send letters of recommendation 1) by postal mail to the address below after sealing, or 2) by email attached with a letter of recommendation with stamp or signature in PDF format, to the address below.
  5. Achievement and experience in the past and your aspiration for this position (1-2 pages in A4 size)

Note:
Clearly write team name or unit name you wish to join, referring to the Center’s website below.

Technical Staff I

  1. Complete CV (with photo and email address) WORD (56KB) or EXCEL (58KB)
    *Write the 5 digit number beginning with “W”, indicated in the parentheses next to the job title, in open call ID section in the upper right corner of your CV.
  2. Photocopies of research papers, if possible (Maximum 3 papers)
  3. A letter of recommendation by your current supervisor

    Note:

    • If you cannot obtain a letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, the same document issued by a third party is acceptable.
    • Letter of recommendation must be addressed to:
      Director of RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project
      Stamp or signature by referee is necessary.
    • Referees must directly send a letter of recommendation 1) by postal mail to the address below after sealing, or 2) by email attached with a letter of recommendation with stamp or signature in PDF format, to the address below.
  4. Achievement and experience in the past and your aspiration for this position (1-2 pages in A4 size)

Note:
Clearly write team name or unit name you wish to join, referring to the Center’s website below.

Note:
For names of teams and units in the RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project,see: RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project Website

For non-Japanese candidates, visa related documents will also be required.

Deadline

Open until the position is filled

Handling 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

Selection will be made based on application screening and interviews.
Only persons who pass the application screening will be interviewed.

Start of Employment

Nov. 1st, 2018 (Negotiable)

Send application to

Please make inquiries to the contact address listed below, then send the PDF formatted application by
email at the same contact address.

The e-mail subject must be "W18XXX_(full name)_(application job title)." (e.g., W18XXX_John Smith_Postdoctoral researcher)

Also, when you request a letter of recommendation, please ask your referee to use the e-mail subject as "Recommendation_(applicant name)." (e.g., Recommendation_John Smith)

Contact Information

RIKEN
Center for Advanced Intelligence Project
Nihonbashi 1-chome Mitsui Building, 15th floor,
1-4-1 Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0027, Japan
Email: aip-hr [at]ml.riken.jp (Replace [at] with @)
For inquiries, please send an email.