Seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher or Research Scientist(W18047)

Research field

We are studying intracellular membrane traffic by using super-resolution confocal live imaging microscopy (SCLIM). We have recently developed a next-generation SCLIM (SCLIM2), which achieves extraordinary spatiotemporal resolution that enables complete tracing of vesicle dynamics in a living cell. With this method we will observe dynamics of membranes and proteins in a living cell at extremely high-speed and super-resolution and aim at complete elucidation of the molecular mechanisms underlining trafficking.

Job title, available positions and job description

Job title, available positions

Postdoctoral Researcher or Research Scientist 1-2 position(s)
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

Research of membrane traffic by super-resolution live imaging microscopy


The candidate should possess a doctoral degree by a study related to membrane traffic and/or live imaging. Experiences with confocal Laser scanning microscopy and enthusiasms on thorough understanding of mechanisms of membrane trafficking are highly appreciated. Research target could be yeast, plant or animal cells.

Work location

Branch and address

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

Salary and benefits

  1. One-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, up until March 31, 2023.
  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 FY2024 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 the FY2025 year that would extend employment beyond the center's final fiscal year.

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.

*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

Required documents

  1. Complete CV WORD (56KB) or EXCEL (58KB) (with photo and email address) Write the open call ID number indicated in the parenthesis next to the job title (e.g. W18047), in the notes section of your CV.
  2. List of research achievements and publications (including PDF of five or less selected papers)
  3. Summary of past achievements and future research plans in RIKEN
  4. 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)

How to apply

Send the PDF formatted application by email to nakano [at] (Replace [at] with @ )
(Recommendation letters must be emailed directly from the reference to nakano [at]

Note: Application documents will not be returned.


Application must arrive by December 25, 2018.

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, interview and oral presentation by selected applicants

Start employment

April 1, 2019

Contact information/Send application to

Live Cell Super-Resolution Imaging Research Team
RIKEN Center for Advanced Photonics
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198
Email: nakano [at] (Replace [at] with @ )
For inquiries, please send an email.