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Seeking a Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist (20T50)

Laboratory

Gene Engineering Division (RIKEN BRC Gene Bank)
RIKEN BioResource Research Center
(Laboratory head: Yoshihiro Miwa)

Research Field and Overview

Genetic materials such as full-length cDNA clone sets of Japanese origin, BAC libraries of animal genomes, expression vectors, and host bacteria are the most fundamental and essential research tools. They are used in the almost all fields of the life science, from basic researches to innovations. The Gene Engineering Division collects, conducts strict quality control of genetic materials, and provides domestic and international scientific community with the materials of ensured reproducibility of experimental results. The Division aims to promote life science researches and innovations for improvement of human welfare and for solution of environmental problems, and hopes to contribute to the sustainable development of our race. Ever since its establishment in 1992, the Division has collected 3.5 million clones and distributed over one million clones to 1,500 institutions all over the world. Since 2002, the Division has been selected as a core facility of DNA materials by National BioResource Project (NBRP) funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan for collection, preservation and distribution of genetic materials of human, animal and microbe origin.

Open Positions

Open Positions

Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist: 1 position
The position at the time of hiring will be determined through the selection process.

Job description

  • Participate in management and operation of the Division as well as in policy making of resource development. Answer to various inquiries and requests from users regarding the genetic materials.
  • Collect and analyze enormous amounts of information associated with the genetic materials on literature and databases, in order to develop methods that make it easy for users to access the information they need.
  • Troubleshoot and solve experimental problems in handling difficult-to-analyze genes by him/herself with proficient knowledge and skill in gene recombination technology, genome analysis, and preferably bioinformatics.
  • Lead development of resources of the “difficult-to-analyze gene group”. To start such a work, carryout cloning of collagen genes, construct expression system and develop imaging probes for the collagen genes.
  • Participate actively in activities of relevant academic societies in Japan and the world, and contribute to researches using the genetic materials.

The successful candidate is expected to conduct research and development on topics specified above and to contribute to the management of the laboratory. Senior Research Scientist is also expected to assist the laboratory head.

Qualification

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

Initial work location

Branch and address

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

Conditions, Salary and Benefits

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.

Work conditions

Full time

Remuneration and other provisions

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.

Other

Eligible to apply for Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi).
Eligible for an exemption from repayment for category 1 scholarship loans provided by the Japan Student Services Organization before fiscal year 2003.
RIKEN may instruct changes of workplace or assignment due to closure of the laboratory or other management decisions.

Application and required documents

Procedures

Note:
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)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)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.

Note:
All the application documents including letters of recommendation should be prepared in English or Japanese, and 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 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 kjk-desk [at] spdr-fpr.com. 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 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.

Deadline

For applicant registration:
Noon, December 1, 2020 (Japan time).

For revising or uploading application documents and letters of recommendation:
Noon, December 8, 2020 (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 June 1, 2021.

Notes

  • 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 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.

Contact Information

For inquiries concerning the research

Dr. Yoshihiro Miwa (Laboratory head)
Email: yoshihiro.miwa [at] riken.jp

For other inquiries

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

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