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Seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher or Researcher (W21074)


Spin Physics Theory Research Team
RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science
(Team Leader: Gen Tatara)

Research Field

The team carries out theoretical study of condensed matter physics. Keywords of interest are spintronics, material design, hydrodynamic theory, surface physics, non-equilibrium phenomena, electromagnetic metamaterial, surface plasmon, metal catalysts, photovoltaics, artificial photosynthesis, active biological material.

For more information, please refer to the following webpage:
Spin Physics Theory Research Team | RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science

Job title and Job description

Job title

Postdoctoral Researcher or Researcher 1 or 2 positions.
(Postdoctoral Researcher is defined as those with a doctoral degree of 5 years or less.)

Job description

Theoretical studies using analytical and/or numerical methods.


Applicants should have a PhD in either physics, engineering and chemistry before the employment.

Work location

Branch and address

RIKEN Wako (2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198)

RIKEN has implemented a work-from-home system. Employees can work from home in accordance with the prescribed procedures.

Salary and benefits

  • 1.A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, to a maximum 3 (Postdoctoral Researcher) and 10 (Researcher) years of employment.
  • 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.When the center to which the Employee is affiliated is scheduled for a final review in FY2024 and it is decided that the Employee's research will not be continued, the provision given above for projects of limited duration applies and the Employee's contract will not be renewed for the FY2025 year that would extend employment beyond the center's final fiscal year.

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

Required documents

  • 1.Complete CV (with photograph and email address)
    *Write down in the notes section of your CV the number written next to the title of the job position (e.g. W21074).
  • 2.List of publications
  • 3.Statement of research experience and plans (up to 4 pages)
  • 4.A letter of recommendation from the current supervisor
    (If unavailable, a letter from a substitute reference will be acceptable.)
  • 5.Copies of up to three your selected publications
  • 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

How to apply

Send the PDF formatted application by email to gen.tatara [at] riken.jp
(Recommendation letters must be emailed directly from the reference to gen.tatara [at] riken.jp)

Note: Application documents will not be returned.


Open until the position is 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

Application screening and interview for selected applicants

Start of Employment

The earliest is Sept. 1, 2021. Negotiable, open until the position is filled.

Contact Information / Send application to

Spin Physics Theory Research Team, RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198
Email: gen.tatara [at] riken.jp
For inquiries, please send an email.


  • Updated as of Nov. 9, 2022: "Salary and benefits"
  • Updated as of June. 12, 2023: "Work location", "Salary and benefits"