Seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher (W21312)
Human biomimetic system RIKEN Hakubi Research Team
RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research
(Laboratory head: Masaya Hagiwara)
The overall objective of my research is the development of in-vitro experimental platform to reconstitute the biological system outside our bodies by controlling cellular micro-environments. Factors to provide cells with spatio-temporal information such as cell distribution, ECM localization, morphogen gradients will be controlled to reconstitute in vivo environments and functional organ architecture.
Job title and Job description
Job title, available positions
Postdoctoral Researcher: 1 position
Postdoctoral Researcher is defined as those with a doctoral degree of 5 years or less.
Research related to the organoid development such as lung, spinal chord, and kidney and control organoid architecture by providing spatial information to the cells. It is essential to design the suitable culture conditions based on development in vivo, reconstitute environment with engineering technologies to give orientation, and analyze the cellular composition and functions of developed organoids.
Those with a Ph.D. degree in a field broadly related to the "job description" and who can communicate smoothly and cooperatively with collaborators inside and outside the laboratory.
Branch and address
RIKEN Wako (2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198)
Salary and benefits
The following rules do not apply if the appointment is to begin on or after April 1, 2023, in accordance with the open recruitment procedure by RIKEN after October 17, 2022.
"The employee’s period of fixed-term employment cannot exceed 5/10 years from the initial date of hire (or 5/10 years from April 1, 2013 for fixed-term employees already at RIKEN prior to this date)."
- 1.A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, up to the end of March 2026 from date of hire.
- 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.The employee’s period of fixed-term employment cannot exceed 10 years from the initial date of hire (or 10 years from April 1, 2013, for fixed-term employees already at RIKEN prior to this date).
In principle, the first two months of employment is considered a trial period.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Discretionary work, 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.
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 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.
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
- 1.Complete CV or CV (with photo and email address)
- *Write the RIKEN job ad number “W21312”, indicated in the parentheses next to the job title, in the RIKEN job ad number section in the upper right corner of your CV.
- 2.List of research achievement and publications
- 3.A letter of recommendation from the current supervisor (If unavailable, a letter from a substitute reference will be acceptable.)
Please specify the referee’s contact information (Name, affiliation, job title, phone number, and email address)
- 4.Statement of purpose and brief description of the current research
- 5.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:
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How to apply
The above documents except the recommendation letters combined into a single ZIP file should be uploaded to the following website:
For Postdoctoral researhcer position, Human Biomimetic System RIKEN Hakubi Research Team, Cluster of Pioneering Research, RIKEN
The file name of the ZIP should contain your name.
After you uploaded the ZIP file, please let us (masaya.hagiwara [at] riken.jp) know the file name of the uploaded file.
Recommendation letters must be directly submitted from the referees to the following website with the file name "Human Biomimetic System RIKEN Hakubi Research Team Postdoctoral Researcher [applicant’s name] (Recommendation letter)". Please specify the applicant's name, referee's name and contact information in the recommendation letter.
Recommendation Letter upload
After the referees uploaded the recommendation letter, please let us (masaya.hagiwara [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: masaya.hagiwara [at] riken.jp
Note: All the submitted documents will not be returned.
Open until the position is filled
Handling Personal Data
Application screening, interview and oral presentation by selected applicants
Start of Employment
As soon as possible (Negotiable)
RIKEN Cluster of Pioneering Research
Human Biomimetic System RIKEN Hakubi Research Team
Email: yoshie.yamanaka [at] riken.jp
For inquiries, please send an email.
Updated as of Nov. 4, 2022: "Salary and benefits"