Seeking Technical Staff II (W18002)


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

Technical Staff Ⅱ: Technical support based on supervisor’s instruction

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

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


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

  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).
Work hours: 9:00 to 17:20 (lunch break 12:00 to 12:50). Supervisors may instruct employees to work outside of these hours.
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

  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


    • 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)

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

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.


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_TechnicalStaff_II)

Contact Information

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] (Replace [at] with @)
For inquiries, please send an email.