Seeking an Indefinite-term Research Scientist (19T18)

RIKEN invites applications for an indefinite-term Research Scientist to work at Microbe Division, RIKEN BioResource Research Center.

Laboratory to be assigned to

Name of laboratory

Microbe Division, RIKEN BioResource Research Center

Principle Investigator

Moriya Ohkuma (Ph.D.)

Outline of research

Microbe Division, as one of the world-leading culture collections, has been conducting collection, preservation, quality control, and distribution of various microbes useful for wide ranges of research fields such as environmental and health sciences. We are also conducting R&D on novel microbial resources and relevant techniques for studying yet-uncultured microorganisms, symbionts, and microbial communities.

Research topics to be assigned to

The successful candidate is expected to be an expert leading the world-wide researches on yeasts and will engage the following topics:

  • Collection, preservation, quality control, and distribution of yeast strains by comprehending research trends and needs.
  • Analysis of the characteristics and genome sequence of yeast strains to improve their values for the use.
  • Development of technologies for the quality control and handling of the yeast resources.
  • Participation in national and international research communities, giving them advice based on the expertized knowledge, and promotion of dissemination of yeast resources.

Furthermore, the candidate will play a central role in the planning and operation of the Division.

For details, see the following website
Microbe Division (JCM)

Available position and number of openings


Research Scientist

Number of openings



The successful candidate is expected to conduct research and development on topics specific to the laboratory and to contribute to the management of the laboratory.


Doctoral degree (or equivalent research ability and background) in the relevant research field.

Initial work location

RIKEN Tsukuba Campus
3-1-1 Koyadai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0074, Japan


Type of employment

The post is an indefinite-term employment position, subject to RIKEN's mandatory retirement age of 60. There is a re-employment program to hire individuals as fixed-term employees from age 60 to age 65. This position does NOT offer a retirement allowance.
As an exception, depending on screening results, the successful candidate may be initially employed on a fixed-term employment contract up to a maximum of 5 years with the possibility of being promoted to indefinite-term employment after a separate review process that will take place, as a general rule, at the end of the first 3 years of employment. Remuneration and work conditions for fixed-term employment are based on the same conditions as those for indefinite-term employment.

Job title

Research Scientist. Promotion to Senior Research Scientist is possible based on a separate review process.

Work conditions

Full time

Remuneration and other provisions

In principle, there will be a trial period of employment (2 months).
The salary system is annual and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Commuting and housing allowances will be provided.
Social insurance will apply.
Membership in the RIKEN Mutual Benefit Society (RIKEN Kyosaikai) is mandatory.
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.


Eligible to apply for Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research.
Eligible for exemption from repayment of scholarship loan program funds provided by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) if they were qualified for a tier-one scholarship for graduate school by FY 2003.
RIKEN may instruct changes of work place or assignment due to closure of the laboratory or other management decisions.

Application procedures and deadline


  1. Applicant registration
    To register, access the website noted below, and enter the required basic information.
  2. After you have registered online you will automatically be sent an email with your user ID, registration number, and password. Go to the website indicated in the email and upload your application documents [1.- 5.].
    • You may revise your basic information and upload revised documents later if necessary. Please double check, however, that you have successfully uploaded your final application documents by the deadline.
    • All files must first be converted to PDF format before you can upload them. Word files cannot be uploaded.

Application documents

  1. Research and development achievements (list of publications, list of patents, list of presentations etc.)
  2. Lists of external funds received, awards received, and other achievements including contribution to society through activities in scientific societies, joint research projects, technology transfers, and the like.
  3. Outlines of your research and development projects to date (3 pages, A4 size)
  4. Your future research and development plans and perspectives if you are accepted for the position (3 pages in A4 size in total)
  5. One set of copies of your major papers (maximum number: 5)
  6. Letters of recommendation from two persons who can evaluate your work
    • One letter must be from your current supervisor or academic advisor.
    • Another letter must be from a person who is not affiliated with RIKEN.


  • Documents 1.- 4.should be prepared in English or Japanese.
  • Documents 1.- 6.should be uploaded in PDF format. Documents may be in black and white or color.

About letters of recommendation

  • Letters of recommendation should be directly sent to RIKEN by the referee. A request for a letter of recommendation will be automatically sent in English to the email addresses for references that you list when you register to apply. Please check if your referees have received the email request automatically sent from RIKEN. You can also check on the status of your letters of recommendation through the online application system.
  • If none of your current supervisors or academic advisors are able to prepare a letter of recommendation, a letter from a third person will be accepted.
  • There is no set format for the letters of recommendation but they must meet the following conditions:
    • They must be uploaded as PDF files and must be addressed to the President of RIKEN, Hiroshi Matsumoto, and include the date of issue.
    • The letters of recommendation must bear the signature and/or seal of the person writing the letter.


For applicant registration:

5pm, March 11, 2019 (Japan time).

For revising or uploading application documents and letters of recommendation:

5pm, March 13, 2019 (Japan time).

Handling of personal information

All private data sent to RIKEN in applications for employment are handled in strict confidentiality, and will not be used for any other purpose or disclosed to any third party.

Selection process

After application documents are screened, only the successful candidates will be asked to have an interview. There will be final interviews with RIKEN executive directors as part of the hiring process.

Start of employment

RIKEN expects that the successful applicant will be able to take up this position at the earliest opportunity after October 1, 2019.


  • No information can be released regarding application status or evaluation details prior to, during, or after the evaluation process.
  • Application documents will not be returned.
  • For further details on application or research activities at RIKEN, see the RIKEN website.
  • RIKEN promotes a Gender Equality Program to create a workplace where both men and women are fully able to apply 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.

Contact information and submission address

For inquiries concerning the research

Dr. Moriya Ohkuma (Head of Division)
Email:mohkuma[at] (Replace [at] with @ )

For other inquiries

Research Personnel Affairs Section
Human Resources Division, RIKEN
Email: kjk-desk[at] [at] with @ )
Contact by phone is not available.