Seeking a Unit Leader (R-CCS-PI2304)
RIKEN Center for Computational Science (R-CCS), led by Center Director Satoshi Matsuoka, is an international hub for computational science that promotes “science of computing, by computing, and for computing.” R-CSS positions the technology in which RIKEN has strengths (R-CCS technology) and the software developed by RIKEN that contributes to science, technology, industry, and society (R-CCS software) as its “core competence in computational science driving science as a whole.” R-CCS aims to develop these technologies, disseminate them domestically and internationally, and produce results. In addition, R-CCS utilizes its expertise to operate the supercomputer Fugaku, developed as Japan’s national project, in accordance with relevant ordinances.
The Quantum-HPC Hybrid Platform Division (Quantum-HPC PF Div. ) was established on April 1, 2023. We aim to design and develop a Quantum-HPC Hybrid platform, which will serve as a new computational infrastructure to extend the computable domain by advanced integration of a Quantum Computer (QC) and a supercomputer (HPC). The mission of the Quantum-HPC PF Div. includes the development of software stacks required to realize the Quantum-HPC Hybrid platform and the improvement of the platform's usage environment.
The Quantum-HPC PF Div. has three units:
- 1)Quantum-HPC Hybrid Software Environment Unit
- 2)Quantum Computing Simulation Unit
- 3)Quantum-HPC Hybrid Platform Operations Unit
The Quantum-HPC Hybrid Software Environment Unit aims to develop software environments to realize a “Quantum-HPC hybrid platform,” including software stacks (hybrid programming systems) for advanced QC and HPC integration.
Job title and Job description
Unit Leader (full-time, fixed-term): 1 person
We research and develop software stacks such as hybrid programming development and execution environments to integrate QC and HPC tightly. Our future research items include, but are not limited to:
- Development of a hybrid execution environment for advanced QC-HPC integration
- Development of a programming framework for advanced QC-HPC integration
Applicants must have a PhD degree or equivalent and have demonstrated ability to successfully lead the Quantum HPC Software Environment Development Unit as a researcher in a management position. In addition, while actively participating in and contributing to the international and domestic community of computer science and computational science. It is desirable that applicants have past work experience pertinent to the job description. Furthermore, applicants must be able to balance cooperation with independent research and have the management and communication skills necessary to carry out the work.
Branch and address
RIKEN Center for Computational Science
7-1-26, Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, 650-0047, JAPAN
RIKEN has implemented a work-from-home system. Employees can work from home in accordance with the prescribed procedures.
Salary and benefits
- 1.One-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, up to seven years from the initial 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.
RIKEN has indefinite-term 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 Unit Leaders of RIKEN who have been hired through this open call, are eligible to apply to open calls for indefinite-term positions.
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 is 599,000 JPY. The monthly base salary and variable salary are subject to change due to amendments to RIKEN regulations. Commuting and housing allowances will be provided. Social insurance will be applied.
The approximate amount of monthly salary at the time of employment:
The monthly salary at the time of employment will start from 599,000 JPY per month, with additions based on performance and experience.
Mandatory membership in the RIKEN Mutual Benefit Society (RIKEN Kyosaikai).
Work hours: 9:00 to 17:20 (lunch break 12:00 to 12:50). However, the employee may change starting and finishing 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.
No smoking on site.
These and other provisions are in accordance with RIKEN regulations.
The Kobe Branch has an on-site daycare, Po-I Kids Kobe.
For details, please send an email to the HR at kobe-kosei [at] riken.jp.
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 to apply for the MEXT Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi).
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
Please prepare the following documents in English.
There is no format specified for the CV, but it must include the following information: name, nationality, date of birth, educational background and employment history, including current affiliation and address of affiliation, and the applicant’s email address to be used for contact information.
Research and development achievement list
Include lists of papers (divided by original papers, reviews, and others), patents, invited talks, etc. Please also include quantitative measures for evaluation, such as the Google Scholar citation index, whenever possible.
Copies of up to five major papers (Please mark the major papers in the list of research achievements.)
If the original papers are not in PDF format, scan the papers and save them as PDF documents for submission.
List of competitive funds acquired, awards received, and other achievements
Include contributions to university/institution operations, contributions to society through activities in academic societies, joint research projects, technology transfers, etc.
- 5.Description of the research conducted to date (no more than two A4 pages). It is best to attach a diagram describing your research.
- 6.Technological development plan if you are employed by R-CCS (no more than two A4 pages) Your philosophy on team management/human resources development (roughly one A4 page
Recommendation letters from two persons who can evaluate your work
- *One recommendation letter should be written by the applicant’s current supervisor. If this is difficult to provide, a recommendation letter written by a third party may be accepted.
- *If the applicant currently works for RIKEN, recommendation letters should be written by a person outside of RIKEN.
- *Both recommendation letters should not come from the same institution.
- *Recommendation letters must be sent directly by the referees.
- *The letters should be addressed to R-CCS Director. Digital signature image should be embedded in the recommendation letters within the PDF file. Or please specify the referee’s contact information (name, affiliation, job title, phone number, and email address) in the letter. Please make sure to write the date.
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
Combine the above documents except the recommendation letters into a single PDF file and upload them to the following website:
Applications for R-CCS Quantum-HPC Hybrid Software Environment Unit
The file name of the PDF should contain the job ad number “R-CCS-PI2304, Quantum-HPC Hybrid Software Environment Unit” and the applicant’s name.
After you upload the PDF file, please let us (kobe-jobs[at]riken.jp) know the name of the uploaded file. Please make the email subject line:
“Your Name_R-CCS-PI2304 Quantum-HPC Hybrid Software Environment Unit_Unit Leader application documents”
Referees should submit recommendation letters directly by sending to (kobe-jobs [at] riken.jp) as an email attachment. The email subject line should be:
"RIKEN Center for Computational Science, R-CCS-PI2304 Quantum-HPC Hybrid Software Environment Unit, Unit Leader Application (Applicant’s Name) recommendation letter.”
Specify the applicant's name, and the referee's name and contact information in the body of the email.
If a confirmation email is not received within 7 days after submission, please contact: kobe-jobs [at] riken.jp
Tuesday, October 31, 2023, 5:00 pm (Japan time)
All documents, including recommendation letters, must be received by 5:00 pm on this date.
Handling Personal Data
We will conduct the screening procedures upon receipt of the applications. Only selected candidates will move on to the interview process. Please understand that we cannot respond to inquiries about the selection results.
Start of Employment
March 1, 2024 or later, at the earliest opportunity
In principle, submitted application documents will not be returned.
For inquiries on this open position, please contact the person named below by email:
Quantum-HPC Hybrid Platform Division,
RIKEN Center for Computational Science
Email: msato [at] riken.jp