Seeking a Team Leader (IMS701-1805)

Research Field

The Laboratory for Statistical Analysis aims to contribute to precision medicine based on large-scale genomic data. The laboratory conducts large-scale statistical analysis of genomic data to identify disease-associated genes or genes related to drug response, and generates mechanistic models of disease onset.

Job Title and Job Description

Available Positions

One opening for Team Leader position (Principal Investigator Position)

Job descriptions

  • The Team Leader will lead an independent Research Team and manage overall research activities in the laboratory.
  • The Team Leader will be responsible for statistical genome analysis in genome-wide analysis projects conducted in the Center.


  • Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. or equivalent degree and have substantial postdoctoral training with a record of excellent research accomplishments suitable to conduct the projects explained above.
  • Applicants must have substantial knowledge and experience to conduct human genome-wide association studies (GWAS) using SNP array data and whole genome analysis of human diseases using next-generation sequencers.
  • Applicants must have substantial medical knowledge to properly handle clinical data and conduct human disease analysis.
  • Applicants must have substantial programing ability to conduct genetic statistical analysis.
  • Applicants must have leadership and management abilities to run a research laboratory and direct laboratory staff.

*The successful applicant will be requested to work full-time in the Center.

Work Location

RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences
1-7-22 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa 230-0045 Japan

Salary and Benefits

Terms of contract

  1. A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, to a maximum of March 31, 2025.
  2. RIKEN may adjust the above maximum period of renewability based on a) the employee’s abilities, workload 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).

Salary・Holidays・Other provisions

There will be a trial period of employment (in principle, 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).
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).

Documents to Submit

Prepare the documents below as PDF files and send them to IMS-recruit[at] (replace “[at]” with “@”).

*Write “Application Documents; [IMS701-1805] Laboratory for Statistical Analysis_Team Leader” in the subject line.

  1. CV WORD (56KB) or EXCEL (58KB) with photograph and email address.
    • In the top right-hand corner of the CV, please indicate open-call No.IMS701-1805.
    • Using the RIKEN format above is appreciated.
  2. List of publications (primary publications, reviews and books), presentations, etc. in the past ten years.
  3. Major publications. [Up to five. Indicate the papers that will be submitted on the list of publications (#2).]
  4. Future research plans and research philosophy/vision (Up to five double spaced A4-size pages) including;
    • Abstract of your research plans and vision.
    • Specific description of your near term (5 year) research plans - their significance, originality, novelty, and expected impact. Include a brief description of previous research and achievements that form the basis of your plans.
    • List of competitive external funding awarded currently and in the last 5 years as well as currently submitted/under review proposals (e.g. Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research [KAKENHI]; indicate whether you are the primary investigator or a collaborator)
  5. One letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, as well as letters of recommendation from two researchers not affiliated with RIKEN.
    • Recommendation letter should be addressed to “Dr. Hiroshi Matsumoto, President of RIKEN” and include the recommender’s name, affiliation, position and Email address.
    • If it is difficult to obtain a recommendation letter from the current supervisor, a recommendation from a third party will be accepted.
    • If the person providing the recommendation will send the letter directly, please send it to IMS-recruit[at] (replace “[at]” with ”@”).
    • The signature (or seal) of the person providing the recommendation is required.
      Please put “Recommendation letter for (name of applicant)” in the subject line.
  6. Certificate of graduation or copy of diploma for the highest degree obtained (photocopy acceptable). (This document can be sent anytime up until the day of the interview.)

Note: Application documents will not be returned.


noon on January 28 (Mon.), 2019 (Japan Standard Time)

*All required documents must be submitted by the deadline except for [Documents to submit] #6. Certificate of graduation.

Handling of 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

Applicants who pass the initial document screening will be invited for an interview. During the interview, you will be asked to give a presentation on your work plan and future aspirations.

Start of Employment

April 1, 2019 or the earliest date possible (negotiable)

Contact Information

Any questions about this position should be sent to the appropriate email address below.

For application documents and general questions

Recruiting Staff for RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences
Administrative Division, RIKEN Yokohama Branch
Email: IMS-recruit[at] (replace [at] with @)

For research-related questions

Integrative Medical Sciences and Sustainable Resource Sciences Promotion Office
Email: ims-planning[at] (replace [at] with @)