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Seeking a few Research Scientists, Postdoctoral Researchers or Research Associates (H2201)

Laboratory

Laboratory for Homeodynamics
RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research
(Team Leader: Sa Kan Yoo)

Research Field

The Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (BDR) views the functions of molecules, cells, and organs that support all life stages of organisms as a dynamic system, and aims to elucidate developmental, growth and aging phenomena as well as apply their findings to develop regenerative medicine and diagnostics, thereby contributing to the extension of healthy life expectancies

The Laboratory for Homeodynamics is recruiting a few Research Scientists, Postdoctoral researchers or Research Associates. The research overview of the laboratory is shown below.

In our laboratory, we study how tissue homeostasis is regulated mainly using Drosophila. Recently we discovered how stem cells become dysregulated during aging (Sasaki et al. Nature Metabolism 2021). We also discovered how oncogenes simultaneously stimulate both cell death and cell proliferation (Nishida et al. eLife 2021). Most recently, we discovered a new cell death, which we named erebosis, in the fly gut (Ciesielski et al. Plos Biology 2022). We are looking for a few Research Scientists, Postdoctoral Researchers or Research Associates who are interested in pursuing this line of research.

RIKEN BDR is an international, interdisciplinary and collaborative institution with state-of-the-art research core facilities, including microscopy, genomics, proteomics and transgenic animal facilities.

For more details, please contact Sa Kan Yoo directly.

Job title and Job description

Positions available

Research Scientist, Postdoctoral Researcher or Research Associate

Position-specific tasks are as follows:

Research Scientist
Carry out research and other work in accordance with research themes of the team.
Postdoctoral Researcher
Carries out research and other work in accordance with laboratory research themes under the mentorship and training of supervisors.
Research Associate
Carry out the research in the team/unit under the direction of their supervisor.

Number of positions

a few positions

Job description

To conduct research related to tissue homeostasis. A candidate and Dr Yoo will discuss and determine a direction of research together.

Qualification

A person who is able to dedicate themselves to the job by communicating, coordinating and collaborating smoothly with people in and out of the laboratory.

Research Scientist
A PhD holder in the area related to the Job description.
Postdoctoral Researcher
A PhD holder who earned a doctorate within the past 5 years in the area related to the Job description.
Research Associate
A master’s degree holder in the area related to the Job description or a person recognized as having equal ability. A person who also actively pursues PhD in his/her future, with clear intention and determination for advancing to a higher position, such as Research Scientist.

Work location

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

RIKEN has implemented a work-from-home system. Employees can work from home in accordance with the prescribed procedures.

Salary and benefits

Research Scientist

  • 1.One-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, up to the end of the fiscal year exceeding 7 years since the initial date of hire.
  • 2.However, the contract renewable period may be changed on the basis of the employee’s abilities, work load, 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. In principle, no contract renewal will be made for people 66 years old or older.

Postdoctoral Researcher

  • 1.One-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, up to 5 years since the initial date of hire.
  • 2.However, the contract renewable period may be changed on the basis of the employee’s abilities, work load, 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. In principle, no contract renewal will be made for people 66 years old or older.

Research Associate

  • 1.One-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, up to 5 years since the initial date of hire.
  • 2.However, the contract renewable period may be changed on the basis of the employee’s abilities, work load, 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. In principle, no contract renewal will be made for people 66 years old or older.
  • 3.Upon evaluation, whether or not the employee actively pursues PhD in his/her future, with clear intention and determination for advancing to a higher position, such as Research Scientist, will be judged.

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.
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.

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 or Curriculum vitae
    • * Email address is required.
    • * Application Number [H2201] and position to apply(e.g.: Research Scientist) should be clearly written at top-right in the margin.
    • *Format is free. Or the format attached is available.
  • 2. List of publications (Please categorize : Original article, Review article, Book, Conference presentation, Others)
  • 3. Summary of past research and the result (about 1 page of A4 paper)
  • 4. One reference letter from immediate manager or current supervisor
    • *If it is difficult to obtain reference letter from immediate manager or current supervisor, please obtain a letter from a third party.
    • *A reference letter should be addressed to “Center Director, Center for Biosystems Dynamics 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:
    Data protection | European Commission

How to apply

The above documents except the recommendation letters combined into a single ZIP file should be uploaded to the following website:

(H2201) Application for Research Scientist/Postdoctoral Researcher/Research Associates of laboratory for Homeodynamics

  • The file name of the ZIP should contain your contact email address.
  • After you uploaded the ZIP file, please let us (kobe-jobs [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 "Laboratory for Homeodynamics [applicant’s name] (Recommendation letter)". Please specify the applicant's name, referee's name and contact information in the recommendation letter.

(H2201) Application for Research Scientist/Postdoctoral Researcher/Research Associates of laboratory for Homeodynamics

  • After the referees uploaded the recommendation letter, please let us (kobe-jobs [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: kobe-jobs [at] riken.jp.

*Please understand that we will not return application documents.

Deadline

We will examine application documents as they are accepted. Application will be closed as soon as the position is filled.

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 documents screening, only successful applicants will be invited for interview.

*We do not answer to questions regarding contents of the examination.

Start of Employment

As soon as possible (Negotiable)

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 sakan.yoo [at] riken.jp (Laboratory for Homeodynamics, Dr. Sa Kan Yoo)

Note

  • Updated as of Jun 28, 2022: "Qualification"
  • Updated as of Nov. 3, 2022: "Salary and benefits"
  • Updated as of May. 22, 2023: "Work location" and "Salary and benefits"

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