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Seeking a Team Leader (IMS701-2204)


Laboratory for Genetic Diseases and Immunometabolism (tentative)
RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences

Research Field

The central theme of this laboratory will be immune-metabolism of innate and adaptive immune cells, specifically in the context of studying genetic diseases of the immune system. It is expected that as-yet uncharacterized or novel metabolites regulate the innate and adaptive immune system and drive negative or positive clinical outcomes in immune diseases. However, much remains to be discovered as to which novel metabolites are associated with immune diseases, and how they are controlled.
The Team will be expected to apply cutting-edge technologies such as mass spectrometry metabolomics to reliably detect and quantify lipids, polar and non-polar metabolites, multi-color flow cytometry, CYTOF and others to analyze novel metabolites in the context of humanized models of immune diseases.

Job Title and Job Description

Available Positions

One opening for Team Leader position (Principal Investigator position)

Job Description

  • The Team Leader will oversee and smoothly manage the research team.
  • The Team Leader will provide accurate instructions, guidance, and advice to researchers and technical staff, etc. and promote research by the research team at a high level.
  • The Team Leader will earn external research funding.
  • Taking advantage of the characteristics of IMS, the Team Leader is expected to develop new research that spans the complex fields of immunity, genetics, and metabolism.


  • Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. or equivalent degree and have substantial postdoctoral training with a record of excellent research accomplishments suitable to conduct the projects explained above.
  • Applicants must have research achievements in the relevant field.
  • Applicants must be those who operate a research team consisting of researchers, etc., and have the ability to lead and promote research.
  • Applicants must be highly knowledgeable and skilled in technologies for analyzing and characterizing novel metabolites in humanized mouse models of immune diseases.

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.

The approximate amount of annual salary at the time of employment:
The annual salary at hire will be more than 8.4 million yen/year.

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.

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 (change [at] to @).

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.

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 IMS701-2204
    • *Using the RIKEN format above is appreciated.
  • 2.List of publications (primary publications, reviews, and books), patent, etc. in the past ten years.
  • 3.Major publications. [Up to five. Indicate the papers that will be submitted on the list of publications (#2).]
  • 4.Future research plans and research philosophy/vision (Up to five A4-size pages) including;
    • Abstract of your research plans and vision.
    • Specific description of your near-term (5-year) research plans - their significance, originality, novelty, and expected impact. Include a brief description of previous research and achievements that form the basis of your plans.
    • List of competitive external funding awarded currently and in the last 5 years as well as currently-submitted / under-review proposals (e.g. Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research [KAKENHI]; indicate
      whether you are the primary investigator or a collaborator)
  • 5.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" and include the recommender’s name, affiliation, position and email address.
    • *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.
  • 6.Certificate of graduation or copy of diploma for the highest degree obtained (photocopy acceptable).
  • 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

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: IM701-2204_TL_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 "IMS701-2204_[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 website. Please request your referees to confirm their recommendation letters are addressed to “President of RIKEN, Dr. Makoto Gonokami” before uploading.

RIKEN/IMS Submission Box


September 15, 2022 (Thu.) 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

January 1, 2023, or the earliest date possible (negotiable)

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