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Seeking Technical Scientist or Technical Staff I (IMS106-2202)


Laboratory for Large-Scale Biomedical Data Technology
RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences
(Team leader: Takeya Kasukawa)

Research Field

Today, life scientists need to find and investigate various achievements and findings from published journals and databases, and they collect and annotate additional information for their further studies each by each. This requires additional data management tasks in their research activities. Our mission is developing technologies for achieving efficient genomics data management as follows.

  • (1)Research and development of element technologies for systems to manage large-scale genomics data in proper, efficient, and sustainable manners.
  • (2)Constructing reference data set to compare various large-scale genomics data.
    Along with these developments, we are going to set up computational infrastructure that is adequate. These activities could contribute to address increasingly larger amount of next generation sequencing data produced inside and outside the division, in order to utilize such knowledge to further applied researches including drug discoveries and medical practices.

See the details on following Web page: Laboratory for Large-Scale Biomedical data Technology

Job title and Job description

Position available

Few openings for Technical Scientist or Technical Staff I

Job description

The successful candidate will engage in the research project “Construction of an integrative data platform for transcriptional regulations” funded by “Database Integration Coordination Program” in JST-NBDC.

R&D subject
Construction of an Integrative data platform for transcriptional regulation. The period of the project starts from April 2022 to March 2027 (at longest).
We will develop a new database (fanta.bio) about cis-regulatory elements (CREs), which are the genomic regions contributing to transcriptional regulations, in human, mouse, and non-human primates. We also develop a new data platform (INtegrated TRAnscriptional REgulation Data platform, INTRARED) by integrating fanta.bio with other databases related to transcriptional regulations. The fanta.bio is a web-based database consisting of comprehensively collected CREs including enhancers and promoters with their activity information in various cell types and conditions. For bridging CREs and medical applications, we associate CREs with neighboring genomic variations and alterations around CREs. INTRARED is a data platform integrating CREs, trans factors and epigenomic information to provide useful information about transcription regulation. INTRARED will be constructed in cooperation with the fanta.bio database and ChIP-Atlas database teams. This open call is for seeking candidates who can commit to the project and work for data production, database development and website operation in collaboration with other research and technical staffs in the project team.

The difference in positions is as follows:

Technical Scientist
Develops and enhances the needed technologies for laboratory research themes under the direction of supervisors.
Technical Staff I
Provides technical support for team research themes.


Common to all positions

  • (1)It is required that the person can smoothly communicate and cooperate with other collaborators in and out of our laboratory.
  • (2)The person should have experiences and knowledge of transcriptional regulation studies or businesses or have strong motivation to work for it.
  • (3)The person should have experiences and knowledge of data processing of life science data, especially omics sequence data or have strong motivation to achieve them.
  • (4)The person should be able to summarize information about samples and experiments by computers utilizing the knowledge in life science or have strong motivation to achieve them.
  • (5)It is better to have knowledge and experiences of data engineering, database technologies and data sharing for life science data.

Technical Scientist

Holder of BA degree or above with substantial expertise and skills relevant to the fields indicated under [Job description]. Or equivalent abilities and more than five years experience in relevant fields.

Technical Staff

Graduate of a professional training school, junior college, university or graduate school with expertise and skills relevant to a field indicated under [Job description]. Or equivalent abilities and more than two years experiences in relevant fields.

Work location

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

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

Salary and benefits

  • 1.A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, to a maximum of March 31, 2027, the end date of the project..
  • 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.In principle, the Center's operation period will end as of March 31, 2025. If the project is discontinued after March 31, 2025, the period of your contract may be subject to change at the time of its renewal.

In principle, the first two months of employment is considered a trial period.
Salary will be an annual salary based on experience, ability, and performance, and will consist of a base salary and a variable salary. The variable salary will be determined each fiscal year based on experience, ability, and performance. The monthly base salary and variable salary are subject to change due to amendments to RIKEN regulations. Discretionary work, commuting and housing allowances will be provided. Social insurance will be applied.
The approximate amount of annual salary at the time of employment:

Technical Scientist
For a candidate who joins RIKEN immediately after finishing their master’s degree, the annual pay at hire will be approximately 4.8 million yen/year.
Technical Staff I
For a candidate who joins RIKEN immediately after finishing their undergraduate degree, the annual pay at hire (including the Discretionary Work Allowance) will be 2.7 million yen/year.

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.


Saturdays and Sundays, Japanese national holidays, New Year holidays (Dec.29-Jan.3), and RIKEN Foundation Day (4th Monday in October).
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.

Other provisions

Smoking is not permitted on site except in designated smoking areas. Smoking will be entirely prohibited on site from April 2024.
These and other provisions are in accordance with RIKEN regulations.

The Yokohama Campus has an on-site daycare, RIKEN Kids Yokohama. For details, please send an email to the HR at kids-yk-hr [at] ml.riken.jp

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.

Application and required documents

Prepare the documents below as PDF files and follow the instructions [How to Apply] to submit them :
Note: Incomplete application will not be considered.

Documents to submit

  • 1.CV or CV with photograph and e-mail address (Please indicate the desired position (e.g. Technical Scientist) and the open call ID [IMS106-2202] in the upper right corner of the CV.)
    • *Using the RIKEN format above is appreciated.
  • 2.Statement of Purpose and brief description of future aspirations (within one A4-size page)
  • 3.List of skills and experience (within one A4-size page).
  • 4.Recommendation Letter (1)
    • - The letter of recommendation should be addressed to the "Director of the Center for Integrative Medical Sciences".
    • - The signature (or seal) of the person providing the recommendation is required. In the case of scanned or digital signature or an email letter of recommendation, please be sure to include contact information.
    • - If it is difficult to obtain a recommendation letter from the current supervisor, a recommendation from a third party will be accepted. The letter of recommendation should be addressed to the "Director of the Center for Integrative Medical Sciences."
  • 5.Diploma
  • 6.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 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 : IMS106-2202_(position)_Applicant's name_submitted document No.

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 "IMS106-2202_[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.

Please request your referees to confirm their recommendation letters are addressed to “Director of the Center for Integrative Medical Sciences” before uploading.

RIKEN/IMS Submission Box


Until the position is filled

  • *Note: Application documents will not be returned.
  • *Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted via email after document screening.

Handling of personal data

Submitted documents are strictly protected under the RIKEN Privacy Policy and used only for the purpose of applicant screening and hiring. Personal information will not be disclosed, transferred or loaned to a third party under any circumstances.

Selection process

Only persons who pass the application screening will be interviewed. (face-to-face or remote interview)
Note: RIKEN will not cover interview travel expenses.

Start of Employment

Earliest date possible (negotiable)

Contact Information

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

Any questions about this position and research contents:

RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences
Laboratory for Large-Scale Biomedical Data Technology,
Team Leader: Dr. Takeya Kasukawa
Email: takeya.kasukawa [at] riken.jp

  • *Please sent the questions by E-mail to either of above
  • *Please write "Open call (IMS106-2202) Laboratory for Large-Scale Biomedical Data Technology, IMS" in the subject line.


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