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Seeking a few Unit Leaders (IMS701-2202)

Laboratory

Young Chief Investigator Program
RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences
(Program Director: Kazuhiko Yamamoto)

Research Field

The purpose of the Young Chief Investigator (YCI) Program is to provide a career path for young investigators conducting multidisciplinary research transcending the conventional boundaries of such fields as medicine, immunology, genomics, informatics, and physics. Young Chief Investigators are expected to become leaders of independent research in new areas.

Job Title and Job Description

Available Positions

a few positions for Unit Leader position (Principal Investigator position)

Job Description

Young Chief Investigators will be independent in terms of funding and research, but will share laboratory space, equipment, and facilities with a host laboratory in IMS. Young Chief Investigators will be classified within RIKEN’s HR ranking as Unit Leaders, and will be supported by 3 to 4 PI Advisors in related fields who will give advice and guidance on research, preparation of papers and presentations, and securing research funding. Young Chief Investigators are expected to be pioneers in new research fields and, if successful, they will be candidates for future TL positions to establish a new research field as one of the core research programs at RIKEN IMS.

YCI Program | RIKEN IMS Center for Integrative Medical Sciences

Qualifications

  • Potential candidates must be young postdocs.
  • They must be able to work full-time and fulfill the aim of this program to create a new research area or interdisciplinary research area.
  • The YCI are expected to make a breakthrough in biology or medical sciences and become a leader in his/her research area.
  • Potential candidates must have the necessary qualities to ensure research compliance and ethics as a laboratory head. The YCI must have laboratory management skills and the ability to foster acceptable social interactions.

Work Location

RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences
1-7-22 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa 230-0045 Japan

Salary and Benefits

Terms of contract

  • 1.A fixed-term employee with a single-year contract and can re-contract up to the end of the fiscal year, which marks 7 years from the date of employment by evaluation.
  • 2.RIKEN may adjust the above maximum period of renewability based on a) the employee’s abilities, workload 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).

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.

[Salary]・[Holidays]・[Other provisions]

There will be a trial period of employment (in principle, 2 months).
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Commuting and housing allowances will be provided. Social security insurance will be applied. Mandatory membership in the RIKEN Mutual Benefit Society (RIKEN Kyosaikai) is required.
Work hours: 9:00 to 17:20 (lunch break 12:00 to 12:50). However, the employee may change starting and ending times at their own discretion if it does not interfere with work performance.

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 per year depending on the month of employment), special paid leave (childcare, family nursing care, etc.), and work-life balance holidays (up to 7 days per year 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.

Smoking is prohibited on the premises except in smoking areas.
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, the employee is eligible for an exemption from repayment for category 1 scholarship loans provided by the Japan Student Services Organization before fiscal year 2003 and is eligible to apply for MEXT Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi).

Documents to Submit

Prepare the documents below as PDF files and follow the instructions [How to Apply] to submit them:

  • 1.CV or CV with photograph and email address.
    • *In the top right-hand corner of the CV, please indicate open-call IMS701-2202
    • *Using the RIKEN CV format is appreciated.
  • 2.Research plan
    Research plan should contain the project title, background, overall project description and its relation to the investigator's previous research. (Maximum of 10 A4 pages).
  • 3.Annual plans
    Briefly (Maximum of 4 A4 pages) describe the annual plans for the first two years. Include for each year a research plan, research goals, employment plan and budget plan. Indicate expected major milestones for years 3, 4, and 5. If there are any outside funds available to support the research, they should be itemized.
  • 4.Host lab and Advisor
    Nominate or specify the names of the preferred host lab(s) and Team Leader(s) in IMS.
    Indicate or specify the names of the preferred Advisors in IMS, in RIKEN or in Japan.
    Describe the reason why you would nominate such host lab(s) and Advisors in relation to the future development of research plan with a concrete vision.
    IMS will coordinate a host lab and mentors, taking into consideration the YCI’s desired laboratory and advisors.
  • 5.Provide a critical self-evaluation to demonstrate your ability to complete the research project.
  • 6.One letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, as well as letters of recommendation from two researchers not affiliated with RIKEN.
    • *Recommendation letter should be addressed to “President of RIKEN, Dr. Makoto Gonokami”.
    • *If it is difficult to obtain a recommendation letter from your current supervisor, a recommendation from a third party will be accepted.
    • *The signature (or seal) of the person providing the recommendation is required.
  • 7.List of publications (primary publications, reviews and books), patent list, etc.
  • 8.Major publications [Up to five. Indicate the papers that will be submitted on the list of publications.]
  • 9.Certificate of graduation or copy of diploma for the highest degree obtained (photocopy acceptable).
  • 10.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

Note: Application documents will not be returned.

How to apply

The above documents except the recommendation letters should be converted to PDF and uploaded to the following website after these files are combined into a single ZIP file:

RIKEN/IMS Application Box

The file name of each PDF file : IMS701-2202_UL_Applicant’s name_submitted document No.
Notes:

  • When you upload your application documents by a ZIP file via BOX, please make sure to input your contact email address.

Recommendation letters must be directly submitted from the referees to the following website with the subject line "IMS701-2202_[applicant’s name] ". Please specify the applicant's name, referee's name and contact information in the recommendation letter. Also, the referees need to input own contact email address when they upload their recommendation letters to the below link.

RIKEN/IMS Submission Box

Deadline

July 19, 2022 by noon (Japan Standard Time)

*All required documents must be submitted by the deadline.

Handling of Personal Data

All private data sent to RIKEN in the application for employment is handled in strict confidentiality, and such data is not utilized for any other purpose or disclosed to any third party.

Selection Process

Applicants who pass the initial document screening will be invited for an interview.
During the interview, you will be asked to give a presentation on your work plan and future aspirations.

Start of Employment

November 1, 2022, or the earliest date possible (negotiable)

Others

Outline of YCI Program

Purpose

The purpose of the Young Chief Investigator (YCI) Program is to provide a career path for young investigators conducting multidisciplinary research transcending the conventional boundaries of such fields as medicine, immunology, genomics, informatics, and physics. Young Chief Investigators are expected to become leaders of independent research in new areas.

Term

The YCI program term is seven years at the maximum. By the end of the 5th year, the YCI will receive a final evaluation review. Extra two years will be given to either prepare for the promotion or to find another position outside of IMS.

Research Structure

Young Chief Investigators will be independent in terms of funding and research, but will share laboratory space, equipment, and facilities with a host laboratory in IMS. Young Chief Investigators will be classified within RIKEN’s HR ranking as Unit Leaders, and will be supported by 3 to 4 PI Advisors in related fields who will give advice and guidance on research, preparation of papers and presentations, and securing research funding.

Advisors

Advisors will provide guidance for experiment design, preparation of papers and presentations, and obtaining research funding.
The YCI will meet regularly with the Advisors to discuss their work (including online). The YCI program is intended to implement a high level of science in diverse life sciences that will lead to integrated research in collaboration with other researchers. Advisors are expected to show interest in the YCI’s research in other fields and be prepared to give constructive advice and guidance.

Host Laboratory

The host laboratory will provide research space and equipment to the YCI and cooperate with the YCI’s research.
There will necessarily be limits on the host laboratory’s available space and equipment. Because of this, the YCI, host laboratory, and the program director will need to consult and confirm beforehand measures related to the YCI program, budget, space, availability of equipment, and other concerns.
When the host laboratory space or equipment is insufficient for the YCI’s research needs, the YCI may, in consultation with the program director and the host laboratory, make use of other resources, if available.

Program Director

The program director will deliberate in consultation with the YCI, Advisors, host laboratory, and the members of the YCI Program Committee on measures for IMS to support the YCI’s needs (budget, equipment, personnel, space, etc.).

YCI Program Committee

The YCI Program Committee will be convened once a year by the IMS Director. The members of the committee will be the Program Director, Advisors, the PI of the host laboratory, members from inside and outside RIKEN appointed by the IMS Director, and a Coordinator. The committee will deliberate and give advice on project policies and required support based on the YCI’s research presentations and progress reports and comments by the Advisors and the host laboratory PI. The committee will also deliberate, and outline, items related to promoting YCI research as a core IMS project.

YCI Reports

  • 1.Advisor Meeting
    The YCI will meet regularly with the Advisors to discuss their work. The YCI is responsible for setting the dates and times for these discussions.
  • 2.Progress Reports
    Once a year, the YCI will submit a progress report to the Advisors, host laboratory, and the YCI Program Committee.
  • 3.Presentations to the YCI Program Committee
    Once a year, the YCI will make an oral presentation to the YCI Program Committee and solicit comments and advice from the committee.
  • 4.Evaluation
    By the 5th year, the YCI must submit a research report written in English to the YCI Program Committee and undergo a final evaluation review by the committee in accordance with Article 10 of the Regulations for the Establishment of the RIKEN IMS Young Chief Investigator Program. The IMS Director has the flexibility, however, in consideration of research progress and the securing of external funding, to hold the review earlier (such as in the 3rd year), or hold the review later, due to individual circumstances such as maternity or childcare leave. Depending on the evaluation outcome, another review may be required during the YCI program period.

Contact Information

Any questions about this position should be sent to the appropriate email address below.

For application documents and general questions:

Recruiting Staff for RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences
Administrative Division, RIKEN Yokohama Branch
Email: IMS-recruit [at] riken.jp

For research-related questions:

Integrative Medical Sciences and Sustainable Resource Sciences Promotion Office
Email: ims-planning [at] ml.riken.jp

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