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Seeking a Head of a New Laboratory (indefinite-term employment position) (M21K06)


RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research

Research field and overview

RIKEN's research is based on synthesis and interdisciplinarity, and with free thinking as its basic philosophy, RIKEN promotes research that goes beyond the boundaries of conventional research fields, while at the same time responding to the needs of society from a strategic perspective.

RIKEN invites applications for the position of Laboratory Head (indefinite-term employment position) to serve in a leadership position in the following research area. The successful candidate will be responsible for directing research projects from a mid-to-long-term perspective.

Field: Adult stem cells and/or germ cells
Basic research related to adult stem cells and/or germ cells in living organisms. Topics of keen interest include studies that lead to groundbreaking findings on the life-long regulation of the maintenance, deterioration, and inheritance of biosystems throughout the life cycle from birth to death or to the next generations, by promoting and taking advantage of the interdisciplinary approaches within the RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (BDR) as well as all of RIKEN.

The RIKEN BDR aims to understand the general principles of organismal temporal dynamics throughout the lifespan from birth to death, including aging. Our interdisciplinary approaches include imaging, multi-omics, theoretical biology, molecular biology, stem cell biology, organoids, and the use of diverse animal models. BDR provides laboratory heads with an environment for their independent research, including start-up packages and annual research funds. The BDR seeks a strong leader who will play a central role in fulfilling the BDR’s missions through the studies of adult stem cells and/or germ cells.

Open positions

Laboratory Head: 1 position


Applicants must have an outstanding research record and the ability to lead the above research field internationally. We welcome applicants of all nationalities.

Work location

Branch and address

RIKEN Kobe Campus (2-2-3 Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0047)

Salary and benefits

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. After evaluation, it is possible to keep the laboratory head position until age 65. This position does NOT offer retirement benefits.

In principle, the first two months of employment are considered a trial period.
Salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience. Commuting and housing allowances will be provided. Social insurance will be applied. Membership in the RIKEN Mutual Benefit Society (RIKEN Kyosaikai) is mandatory.
Work hours: 9:00 to 17:20 (lunch break 12:00 to 12:50). Supervisors may instruct employees to work outside of these hours.
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 may require changes of responsibilities, job category, and work place based on RIKEN regulations due to management decisions, budgetary situation, and organizational restructuring.

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, female applicants will be given preference.
Staff are also eligible for an exemption from repayment for category 1 scholarship loans provided by the Japan Student Services Organization before fiscal year 2003 and are also eligible to apply for the MEXT Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi).

Rights and responsibilities

  • Required to participate in RIKEN management activities in addition to conducting research in the area described above as a laboratory head.
  • Eligible to apply for competitive funding from within and outside RIKEN.
  • Eligible to host indefinite-term staffs, fixed-term staffs, Special Postdoctoral Researchers and Junior Research Associates.
  • Eligible to apply for the purchase of commodities, research funds, and laboratory space.
  • Responsible for overseeing laboratory members, managing the laboratory budget and handling the maintenance and use of all laboratory equipment and instruments.

Application and required documents

Required documents

All of the application documents should be prepared in English.

  • 1.CV (include your contact email address)
  • 2.List of your research and technical developments (i.e. lists of publications, patents, invited presentations, etc.)
  • 3.List of external funds acquired, awards received, and other achievements including contributions to university/institution operations, contribution to society through activities in academic societies, joint research projects, technology transfers, etc.
  • 4.Outline of your research and/or technical developments to date (Approx. two pages, A4 size)
  • 5.Your future plan for research and technical developments if you are appointed for the position (Approx. five pages, A4 size)
  • 6.Your ideas on how you expect to manage your laboratory and mentor young researchers if you are appointed for the position (Approx. one page, A4 size)
  • 7.One set of copies of your major publications (maximum number: 5)
  • 8.Full names and contact information including email addresses of three individuals who are able to evaluate your research
  • 9.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

How to apply

The application documents (items 1 to 9) should be merged into a single PDF file and uploaded to the following Web site:
RIKEN Upload Folder
The file name of the PDF should contain your contact email address.
After you upload the PDF, please send an email to kjk-desk [at] riken.jp with information on the name of the uploaded file.
If you do not receive a confirmation email within 7 days after submission, please contact: kjk-desk [at] riken.jp.

Note: Application documents will not be returned.


The application must arrive no later than noon, February 4, 2021 (Japan Standard Time)

Handling of 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

Only candidates who pass the initial document screening will be invited for an interview. The interview will be held on April 5 or 8, 2021.
As part of the hiring process, there will also be a final interview with RIKEN executive directors.

Start of employment

October 1, 2021 or the earliest possible date after this date.


  • No information can be released regarding application status or evaluation details prior to, during, or after the evaluation process.
  • For further details on application or research activities at RIKEN, see the RIKEN website:

*Updated as of Dec 4, 2020: "For research-related inquiries:"

Contact information

For research-related inquiries:
Selection Committee for Adult stem cells and/or germ cells field
Email: m21k06 [at] ml.riken.jp

For other inquiries:
Email: kjk-desk [at] riken.jp
Inquiries by phone will not be accepted.