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Seeking a Head of a New Laboratory (indefinite-term employment position) (M22K05)


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 dynamic homeostasis
Basic research related to adult dynamic homeostasis. Topics of keen interest include studies that lead to ground breaking findings on the life-long regulation of the maintenance, aging, deterioration, and inheritance of biosystems throughout the life cycle from the birth to death or to the next generations. We encourage proposals that include focuses on undifferentiated or multipotent stem cells in adults, or any pioneering researches that aim to contribute to the understanding of biological processes in the adult stages of the life cycle. Successful proposals are expected to promote and take 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, theory, molecular biology, structural biology, stem cell biology, organoids, and diverse animal models. BDR provides Laboratory heads with an excellent environment for their independent research, including internationally competitive start-up packages and annual research funds. Laboratory heads will have access to cutting-edge facilities including various animal models, mouse genome engineering, omics, and multi-scale imaging including light microscopy and cryoEM, and to opportunities for active collaborations with medical institutions, industry, and affiliated graduate schools. For more information, please visit the BDR website.
This call seeks a scientist from outside RIKEN who will lead the field of adult dynamic homeostasis internationally and play a central role in fulfilling the BDR’s missions, while being committed to tasks as a laboratory head at RIKEN.

Open Positions

Laboratory Head: 1 position (full professor level)


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.

In principle, the first two months of employment are considered a trial period.

Salary will be an annual salary based on experience, ability, and performance, and will consist of a base salary of 708,000 JPY (paid monthly) and a variable salary. The monthly base salary is subject to change due to amendments to RIKEN regulations. The variable salary will be determined each fiscal year based on experience, ability, and performance. Commuting and housing allowances will be provided. Social insurance will be applied. Bonuses or retirement benefits will not be paid.(Approximate annual salary at the time of employment)
The annual salary at the time of employment, in the case that the employee has experience, ability, and achievement of approximately 20 years after completion of their doctoral degree, will be approximately 11.4 million JPY.

Membership in the RIKEN Mutual Benefit Society (RIKEN Kyosaikai) is mandatory.

Work hours: Employee may change starting and ending times at their own discretion if it does not interfere with work performance. Regular work hours are 9:00 to 17:20 (lunch break 12:00 to 12:50) in principle.

Days off include public holidays, New Year's holidays (Dec. 29 - Jan 3), and RIKEN Foundation Day.
RIKEN has introduced telework as a temporary and special measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You may be asked to work from home according to the instructions of the institute. You can also choose to work from home with the permission of your supervisor.

No smoking on site

These and other provisions are in accordance with RIKEN regulations.

RIKEN is actively undertaking initiatives to promote gender equality and diversity, and moving forward with the establishment of a diverse and vibrant research environment. If multiple candidates are found to have the same aptitude following a fair assessment, active efforts will be made to recruit female candidates.

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 researchers, fixed-term researchers, Special Postdoctoral Researchers and Junior Research Associates.
  • Eligible to apply for the purchase of commodities 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 the application documents should be prepared in English.

  • 1.CV (include your contact email address)
  • 2.List of your research and technical development (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 development 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 main 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 combined into a single PDF file should be uploaded to the following website:
File upload

The file name of the PDF should contain your contact email address.
After you uploaded the PDF, please let us (kjk-desk [at] riken.jp) know the file name of the uploaded file.
If a confirmation email is not received 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, December 10, 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 February 21 or 22, 2022.
As part of the hiring process, there will also be a final interview with RIKEN executive directors.

Start of Employment

October 1, 2022 or earliest possible date after this date.

Contact Information

For research-related inquiries

Dr. Tomoya Kitajima, Chair of the Selection Committee
Deputy Director, RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research
Email: tomoya.kitajima[at]riken.jp

For other inquiries

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