RIKEN Center for Computational Science (R-CCS), led by Center Director Satoshi Matsuoka, is an international research center in high performance computing and computational science in Japan. Our objectives are to investigate "the Science of (high performance) computing, by computing, and for computing", to research and develop our technologies (R-CCS technology) and software (R-CCS software), which we consider our core competence, in order to produce world-leading scientific and engineering results for use in Japan as well as globally.
Also, R-CCS started operating Japan's national flagship supercomputer, the K computer, as a shared national facility to support a wide range of research activities in 2011. Following K's success, development work on its successor, Supercomputer Fugaku, was launched in April 2014.
The objective of the Computational Structural Biology Research Team is to advance our understanding of biological processes through the study of structures and dynamics of biological molecules. More particularly, the team aims to develop computational tools that can be used to interpret low-resolution structural data as obtained from cryo electron microscopy and x-ray free electron laser experiments.
Job title and Job description
Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Researcher
We are seeking persons who can engage in research and development in the area of structural analysis of biological complexes using XFEL and/or cryo-EM data. More specifically the applicant is expected to help in the developments of new methods to infer structural information from low-resolution data ranging from the molecular level (building atomic models) to cell level (coarse-grained modeling) as well as algorithms to analyze the data from time-resolved experiments to obtain molecular-level descriptions of protein functional dynamics, which are then applied to experimental data to obtain a better understanding of biological processes.
The position requires a Ph.D. (including those who will take a degree before arriving at the post. If it has been 5 years or less since your acquisition of Ph.D. degree, you will be employed as a Postdoctoral Fellow), or equivalent/higher abilities. The candidate should have good experience with low-resolution structural data of biological systems, molecular dynamics simulations and computer programming. Communication in English is required.
The Computational Structural Biology Research Team is located at the following address:
RIKEN Center for Computational Science,
6-7-1, Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, 650-0047, JAPAN
Salary and benefits
- 1.One-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, but not beyond the end of September, 2022.
- 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, the first two months of employment is considered a trial period.
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).
These positions fall under the specialized duties discretionary work system; one working day will be calculated as 7 hours and 30 minutes.
No smoking on site (designated smoking areas available).
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 Equality 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.
Also, you will be eligible for an exemption from repayment for category 1 scholarship loans provided by the Japan Student Services Organization before fiscal year 2003, and eligible for applying for the Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi) of Japan.
Application and Required documents
Applications are accepted by email only. However, when the application documents are too large to submit by email, it is recommended to employ file transfer services on the internet. Before submitting the applications, make sure the documents are encrypted and send us the password information separately. Upon receipt, we will check whether all the required documents are included and send an acknowledgement of receipt. If you do not receive the acknowledgement email, please contact us at the email address in “Contact information” below.
Salary and benefits
Please prepare the following documents in English.
No format specified. Please make sure to include applicant’s name, nationality, academic background, work history including the applicant’s current affiliation, and email address. Other information that is not necessary for selection, such as the applicant’s current address, the date of birth, age, sex and marital status, is not required.
- 2.List of research achievements
Include not only peer-reviewed papers but also awards and competitive funds received, achievements in research while working in the private sectors. Also include quantitative evaluation indexes such as the Google Scholar citation index as much as possible.
- 3.Copies of up to five most important publications (Please mark the papers on the list of publications.)
When the original publications are not in PDF format, scan the papers and save them as PDF documents prior to submission.
- 4.Description of previous research, future research plans, and career goals: No format specified, approximately three to four A4 pages in total. It is desirable that a diagram describing the research is provided.
- 5.Recommendation letter(s) (in English) from one or two individual(s) with their signatures
One recommendation letter should be written by the applicant’s current supervisor. When it is difficult to do so, a recommendation letter written by a third party may be accepted. The letter should be addressed to RIKEN R-CCS Director. Digital signature image should be embedded in the recommendation letters within the PDF file.
- 6.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
Until the final candidate is found.
Handling of personal data
All private data sent to RIKEN in application for employment will be handled in strict confidentiality, and such data will not be utilized for any other purpose or disclosed to any third party. Application documents will not be returned.
Those who pass the selection on the basis of the candidate's documents will be interviewed at R-CCS
(twice for Research Scientist, once for Postdoctoral Researcher).
Start of employment
As early as possible (negotiable)
Contact information and Send application to
Combine all the application documents into a single PDF document and submit to the email address below.
Email: kobe-jobs [at] riken.jp
Please use the subject line “R-CCS Computational Structural Biology Research Team - Research Scientist” or “R-CCS Computational Structural Biology Research Team - Postdoctoral Researcher” when applying.
For inquiries on research conducted by the team, please contact the Team Leader by email:
Dr. Florence Tama
Computational Structural Biology Research Team RIKEN Center for Computational Science
Email: florence.tama [at] riken.jp
Updated as of Mar 27, 2019: "Required documents"
Updated as of Sep 10, 2019: "Research Field", "Available positions" and "Job Description"
Updated as of Nov 16, 2020: "Salary and benefits", "Required documents", "Selection process" and "Contact information and Send application to"