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Seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher (R-CCS2002)

Laboratory

Field Theory Research Team
RIKEN Center for Computational Science
(Team Leader: Yasumichi Aoki)

Research field

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.

Field Theory Research Team performs research and development to utilize state-of-the-art computational resources including supercomputer Fugaku and to perform large scale numerical simulations aiming to solve microscopic physical phenomena through field theory simulations. In particular, the team conducts the following research agenda in the elementary particle and nuclear physics and related fields:

  • Research and development of simulation methods and codes for field theories
  • Solving physical phenomena by numerical computation on supercomputers
  • Publishing and promoting the developed codes and numerical methods

Job title and job descriptions

Job title

Postdoctoral Researcher: 1 position

Job description

The successful researcher will perform researches sponsored by the JSPS Kakenhi grant entitled as “QCD phase diagram explored by chiral fermions” (PI: Yasumichi Aoki) as the main tasks and other research and development in the team. The Kahenhi project will study the QCD phase diagram starting from the three-flavor degenerate quark mass using domain wall fermions, using supercomputers inside and outside of RIKEN. Complementary research and development on algorithms and codes for QCD and field theory will be performed in parallel.

Qualifications

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or expect to receive a Ph.D. before the date of appointment. This opening is for those who earned a doctorate within the past 5 years.
Experience in numerical simulation of lattice QCD and analysis on the simulation results is not mandatory, but, desired. The candidate should have balanced skills of collaborative and independent works as well as communication skills in English or Japanese.

Work location

Branch and address

RIKEN Center for Computational Science
7-1-26, Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, 650-0047, JAPAN

Salary and benefits

  • 1.One-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, but not after three years from the employment and not beyond the end of October, 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).

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).
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.
No smoking on site (designated smoking areas available)
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. 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

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.

Required documents

Please prepare the following documents in English.

  • 1.CV
    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 iNSPIRE-hep citation index as much as possible.
  • 3.Copies of up to three 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.
  • 5.Recommendation letter(s) (in English or Japane) 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 the 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
  • 7.Possible starting date.

Deadline

Applications will be accepted until the positions are 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

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, and interviews will be conducted for selected applicants (one interview). No inquiries on the selection process and results will be answered.

Start of employment

September 1, 2020 or later, at the earliest opportunity

Notes

Application files will not be returned.

Updated as of Jul 5, 2020: "Deadline"

Contact Information / 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-CCS2002] FTRT #2– Postdoctoral Researcher” when applying.

For inquiries on research conducted by the team, please contact the Team Leader by email:

Yasumichi Aoki
Field Theory Research Team
RIKEN Center for Computational Science
Email: yasumichi.aoki [at] riken.jp

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