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Seeking a Principal Investigator of a New Laboratory (indefinite-term employment position, tenured full professor level) (M22Y07)


RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research

Research Field and Overview

RIKEN's research is based on synthesis and interdisciplinarity. 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 Principal Investigator (PI, 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: in situ Structural Biology
RIKEN has introduced cryo-electron microscopes (Tecnai Arctica, Krios G4) and cryo-FIB/SEM (Aquilos2) to establish the research infrastructure for single particle analysis and cryo-electron tomography. In this call for applications, we are looking for a PIwho will play a central role in promoting research on "in situ structural biology," i.e., "in situ analysis of complex structures of biological macromolecules functioning in cells," by making full use of these research facilities, especially cryo-EMs.

Since this field is still in its infancy, we welcome not only candidates with experience and achievements in cryo-EM tomography, but also ambitious candidates who will pioneer the field of in situ structural biology research based on their past research experiences, such as single-particle analysis of reconstituted functional complexes in vitro. We are looking for a candidate who is willing to explore the field of in situ structural biology based on his or her previous research experience.

The Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (BDR) aims to understand the general principles of organismal temporal dynamics throughout the lifespan from birth to death, including aging. We have more than 70 laboratories working on various approaches including imaging, multi-omics, theoretical biology, molecular biology, structural biology, stem cell biology, organoids, and various animal models. Each PI will be provided with a research environment including start-up and research funding for independent research. In addition, PIs are encouraged to carry out research projects in collaboration with other laboratories to achieve the Center's goals, for which additional funding will be provided. The laboratory head may employ researchers, technicians, and assistants with these research funds and any external funding obtained. Support is provided for the maintenance and management of laboratory animals, genetically modified animal production, optical imaging, electron microscopy (TEM, SEM), and omics analysis. The Center also provides opportunities for joint research through its network of medical institutions and companies and can accept graduate students through its affiliated graduate school system. For more information, please visit the BDR website.

We are looking for a person who will lead the next generation of structural biology at the Center and RIKEN, and who will be a core member of the international leadership in this research field. Since the above facilities are part of the project to promote the sharing of advanced research facilities, this laboratory is also expected to actively contribute to the shared service of cryo-electron microscopy.

Open Positions

Principal Investigator: 1 position (tenured 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 Yokohama Campus (1-7-22 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 230-0045)

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 principal investigator 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 15 years after completion of their doctoral degree, will be approximately 10.5 million JPY.

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

Work hours: Employees 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.
Paid leave includes annual paid leave (up to 20 days depending on the month of employment), special paid leave (childcare, family nursing care, etc.), and work-life balance holidays (up to 7 days depending on the month of employment).
There are also additional leave systems such as maternity leave, childcare leave, and family nursing care leave.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 (designated smoking areas available)

These and other provisions are in accordance with RIKEN regulations.

RIKEN may require changes of responsibilities, job category, and workplace based on RIKEN regulations due to management decisions, budgetary situation, and organizational restructuring.

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 the 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, etc.
  • 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 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 received, awards received, and other achievements including, contributions to university/institution operations, contribution to society through activities in scientific 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 to the position (Approx. one A4-size page). Please also include a one-page graphical abstract of your plan.
  • 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 (items 1 to 9) combined into a single PDF file should be uploaded to the following Web site:
For PI position, RIKEN BDR (M22Y07)
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 to kjk-desk [at] riken.jp.

Note: Application documents will not be returned.


The application must arrive no later than noon, January 7, 2022 (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 March 16 or 17, 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.


  • 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.

Contact Information

For research-related inquiries,
Dr. Yasushi Okada, Chair of the Selection Committee
Team Leader, RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research
Email: y.okada [at] riken.jp

For inquiries: kjk-desk [at] riken.jp
Contact by phone is not available.