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RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research

Research Field

The RIKEN 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. Our interdisciplinary approaches include imaging, multi-omics, theory, molecular biology, stem cell biology, organoids, and diverse animal models.

We are now seeking to recruit Team Leaders who conduct challenging and innovative research to pioneer new fields of life cycle science. How organisms including humans control the transitions of life stages, and how they achieve long-term control across distinct life stages, are our keen interests. Topics include metabolic, epigenetic, and morphogenetic transitions in the life cycle, multi-organ interactions, stem cell-based tissue maintenance, transgenerational interactions (e.g. mother-to-fetal communication), aging, and any other topics that will potentially lead to conceptual advances in life cycle science. We encourage proposals using unprecedented interdisciplinary approaches, such as combinations of reconstructing organs, comparing diverse animal models and primates including human subjects, linking events at multiple scales from molecules and cells to tissues and organs, and taking advantage of any other cutting-edge technologies.

BDR provides early-career Team Leaders with an excellent environment for their independent research, including internationally competitive start-up packages and annual research funds as well as mentoring by experienced senior PIs. The Team Leader will have access to cutting-edge facilities including for various animal models, mouse genome engineering, multi-scale imaging and omics, and structural biology, and have opportunities for active collaborations with medical institutions, industry, and affiliated graduate schools. For more information, please visit the BDR website

We welcome applications from candidates of any gender or nationality, and encourage applications from those who will broaden RIKEN's diversity. The working language for all discussions open to BDR members is English.

Job title and Job description

Positions available

Team Leader

Number of positions

A few positions

Job description

  • 1.Manage, conduct and promote research activities as a principal investigator.
  • 2.Tasks related to operation of the Center (contribute to committees, events, and outreach activities)


A holder of Ph.D. or equivalent degree.

Work location

RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (Kobe Campus-East-West)
2-2-3 Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo, 650-0047, Japan

*Information on life at BDR is available at Diversity | RIKEN BDR. The main campus of RIKEN BDR is located in Kobe, Japan. The City of Kobe is situated in the western part of Japan in a unique setting between the Rokko Mountains and the Inland Sea. The city's port has historically played an important role in opening Japan up to international influence and the city retains a cosmopolitan and sophisticated air to this day. In addition to a bustling Chinatown and the more relaxed historical foreign settlement area, there are a number of international restaurants, jazz bars, and hot springs. Japan's renowned public transport system also means that Kobe is within easy reach of the ancient capitals of Kyoto and Nara, which boast over 1,000 historical temples and shrines.

Salary and benefits

One-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable up to 7 years since the initial date of hire. Based on the performance review results, the fixed-term contract can be renewed for additional 3 years (in total 10 years at maximum).

  • *The contract renewable period may be changed on the basis of the employee’s abilities, workload, performance, work attitude, continuation of the center, laboratory or project in which the employee is involved, and on the basis of RIKEN’s finance situation and budget condition at the time. Renewal of annual contract is based on evaluation. In principle, no contract renewal will be made for people 66 years old or older.
  • *Information for current RIKEN employees - For contracts entered into on or after April 1, 2013, RIKEN will not enter into a new fixed-term employment contract that extends the employee’s total years of employment at RIKEN to more than 10 years.
  • *In principle, the first two months of employment is considered a trial period.
  • *RIKEN has indefinite-term Team Leader positions, which are subject to the mandatory retirement age of 60. There is a subsequent re-employment program allowing hiring until age of 65. Any scientists, including fixed-term Team Leaders of RIKEN, are eligible to apply to open calls for indefinite-term positions. RIKEN aims to increase the percentage of indefinite-term employees to around 40%. For details about indefinite-term positions, please contact kobe-jobs [at] riken.jp.

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).

A wide range of measures to promote diversity, including support for non-Japanese nationals and childcare programs, are available. For example, we offer English assistance for appointed non-Japanese speaking PIs and their family members by dedicated staff, which includes matters associated with relocation to Kobe from abroad and free Japanese lessons after arrival. For further information on support systems to promote diversity, please visit the following website:
Diversity | RIKEN BDR

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.

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.
The number of hours worked per month must not be less than the "prescribed monthly work hours".
For details about work hours, please contact kobe-jobs [at] riken.jp.
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.
No smoking on site.
These and other provisions are in accordance with RIKEN regulations.

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 eligible for applying for the MEXT Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi).

Application and required documents

Required documents

  • 1.Curriculum vitae
    • *Please include the following information: your email and mailing address, current position, degree, education history, job history, and other relevant information helpful for evaluation.
    • *Application Number [BDR2101] should be clearly written at top-right in the margin.
  • 2.List of publications (categorized to original articles, review articles, books, conference presentations, other)
  • 3.Copies of three papers selected from your achievements based on relevance to your proposal (in PDF format).
  • 4.Summary of past researches (approximately two A4-size pages)
  • 5.Research plan for the first 5 years and expected outcomes (approximately five A4-size pages)
  • 6.Name and contact information of three references.
  • 7.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

Combine the above documents into a single PDF file and upload them to the following website:
(BDR2101) Application documents for RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research.

  • *The file name of the PDF should be “[BDR2101] Application for BDR TL_ your name”.
  • *After you uploaded the PDF file, please let us (kobe-jobs [at] riken.jp) know the file name of the uploaded file. When you send us an email, please write your name and Job Ad number that you apply for.
  • *If a confirmation email is not received within 7 days after submission, please contact: kobe-jobs [at] riken.jp.

*Please understand that we will not return application documents.


Applications must arrive no later than noon, February 28, 2022 (Japan Standard Time)

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

Selection will be made based on application screening and interview. After the initial document screening, only selected applicants will be invited for an interview.
Interview date : Around April 2022 (at RIKEN Kobe Campus)

  • *Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the schedule and the format of the interview may change. We will seek the best possible solution at the time.
  • *We will not answer any questions regarding contents of the evaluation.

Start of Employment

Negotiable (After October 1, 2022)

Contact information

For inquiries on this open position, please contact below by email:
Human Resources Section, Kobe Administrative Division, Kobe Branch, RIKEN
Email: kobe-jobs [at] riken.jp

*If you have any research-related questions, please contact bdr-suishin-jinji [at] ml.riken.jp.


Updated as of Dec 27, 2021: "Salary and benefits"