Careers

Seeking Research scientists and/or Postdoctoral researchers(W18059)

Research field and overview

Our team studies the static and dynamic magnetic and atomic structure of strongly correlated electron systems using various neutron scattering techniques. We are working to verify the relevance of physical characteristics in controlling and enhancing the behavior of these systems. Research topics include; (1) Elucidation of the role of spin-orbit interactions in quantum states of newly discovered exotic superconductors, (2) Verification of FFLO phase and/or helical vortex phase, and (3) Study of the dynamics of skyrmions in topological magnetic materials.
For more information about our team, please refer to the following webpage:
Strongly Correlated Spin Research Team | RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science

Job title, available positions and job description

Job title, available positions

Research scientists* and/or postdoctoral researchers**
*Applicants who received doctoral degree 5 or more years ago
**Applicants who received doctoral degree within last 5 years

Job description

We are seeking highly motivated condensed-matter scientists in the field of strongly correlated electron systems. The successful candidates will carry out original research relating to one or more of the following research topics by utilizing neutron scattering techniques.

  1. Elucidation of the role of spin-orbit interactions in quantum states of newly discovered exotic superconductors.
  2. Verification of FFLO phase and/or helical vortex phase.
  3. Study of the dynamics of skyrmions in topological magnetic materials.

Qualifications

Applicants must have a doctor degree (or are expected to have until the employment). Applicants with less than 5 years postdoctoral research are expected to apply to the position of postdoctoral researcher and those with more than 5 years postdoctoral research are expected to apply to the research scientist position. Previous experience with (i) research of emergent phenomena in strongly correlated electron systems and (ii) neutron scattering experiments is expected for research scientist but only (i) is required for postdoctoral candidates.

Work location

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

Salary and benefits

  1. (Research scientists) A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, to a maximum 10 years of employment.
  2. (Postdoctoral researchers) A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, to a maximum 5 year of employment.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. (Research scientists) When the Employee’s research is scheduled to be reviewed in his/her 5years from the original date of hire at CEMS, and when it is concluded that there is reason* to believe it will be difficult for the research (or technology development) to be continued, the employment contract will not be renewed for the next year. (*The reason may relate to the Employee's abilities, performance and/or work attitude.)

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 or CV
    *Write the open call ID “W18059”, indicated in the parentheses next to the job title, in open call ID section in the upper right corner of your CV.
  2. Publication list
  3. Representative publications (no more than five)
  4. Summary of major achievements to date and research proposal in future (three pages of A4 sized paper in total)
  5. List of the names and contact information of two people who can evaluate your work.
  6. Contact information to which the result will be informed (address, FAX, Email, etc.)
  7. CV declaration form
  8. Recommendation letter from the current supervisor (if this is difficult, one from someone who knows the applicant well. The letter should include the recommender's name, affiliation, title, phone number, E-mail address).
  9. Consent form for handling personal information based on GDPR
    If you are a resident of the European Economic Area (EEA), you are required to submit the document, “Consent form for handling personal information based on GDPR” with your signature.
    *You will find detailed information about General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on the following website:
    Data protection | European Commission

How to apply

  1. For those who are currently living in Japan,
    Send the application documents by registered postal mail indicating “Enclosed application documents”on the envelope to the designated address below.
    (Recommendation letters must be emailed directly from the reference to hazuki.furukawa[at]riken.jp)
  2. For those who are currently living in abroad,
     Send the PDF formatted application by email to hazuki.furukawa [at]riken.jp
    (Recommendation letters must be emailed directly from the reference to hazuki.furukawa[at]riken.jp)

Note: Application documents will not be returned.

Deadline

Open until the position is filled

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

Selections will be made based on application screening and interviews. A candidate must speak, read, and write English and/or Japanese.

Start employment

As early as possible

Contact information/Send application to

RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science
Strongly Correlated Spin Research Team,
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198
Email: hazuki.furukawa[at]riken.jp (Replace [at] with @ )
For inquiries, please send an email.

Note

Updated as of Mar 27, 2019: "Required documents"