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Seeking a Research Scientist (Indefinite-term) (23T25)


Integrated Bioresource Information Division
RIKEN BioResource Research Center
(Director: Hiroshi Masuya)

Research Field and Overview

Information is an essential element of bioresources as the basic infrastructure for promotion of the life science. Integrated Bioresource Information Division in the RIKEN BioResource Research Center (BRC) aims to develop novel utilities of bioresources and create their new “values” by analyses of bioresource-related big data, and facilitate wide, effective, and efficient use of bioresources for R&D in science and industry. As one of the BioResouce Infrastructure Divisions, Integrated Bioresource Information Division has three pillar activities; 1) Integration of metadata, international standardization of bioresource-related data and development of cross-resource search, 2) Improvement of the contents in the BRC website, and 3) Big data analysis and its visualization.

For more information, please refer to the following link:
Integrated Bioresource Information Division website.

Open Positions and Job description

Open positions

Research Scientist 1 position

Job description

The successful candidate of this position is expected to work on mainly 3) Development of large-scale data analysis and data visualization technologies, among the three activities of the Integrated Information Development Division. In cooperation with the Director of the Division, the candidate will be involved in formulating R&D plans to contribute not only to the BRC but also to the whole RIKEN, executing the plans, supervising staff in the Division, and conducting joint research with other parties within and outside RIKEN, which are necessary for the implementation of the projects. Specifically, he/she will develop large-scale data analysis and data visualization technologies, etc. that will lead to more efficient operations in the bioresource project, and develop and operate an AI analysis platform for new knowledge discovery from life science data. Furthermore, the candidate will carry out research and development on prediction science and control of complex systems, such as ecosystems, Omics and research trends, dealing with large-scale data relating to time-series multifactorial interactions.

The successful candidate is expected to conduct research and development on topics specified above and to contribute to the management of the laboratory.


Doctoral degree (or equivalent research ability and background) in the relevant research field

Initial work location

Branch and address

RIKEN Tsukuba Campus (3-1-1 Koyadai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0074, Japan)

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

Conditions, Salary and Benefits

Type of employment

The post is an indefinite-term employment position, subject to RIKEN's mandatory retirement age of 60*. There is a Special Temporary Employment program to hire individuals from age 60* to age 65. This position does NOT offer a retirement allowance.
As an exception, depending on screening results, the successful candidate may be initially employed on a fixed-term employment contract up to a maximum of 5 years with the possibility of being promoted to indefinite-term employment after a separate review process that will take place, as a general rule, at the end of the first 3 years of employment. Remuneration and work conditions for fixed-term employment are based on the same conditions as those for indefinite-term employment.

*In accordance with the increase in the retirement age for government workers, the retirement age for RIKEN is also scheduled to be raised in steps of one year every two years starting FY 2023.

Work conditions

Full time. This position falls under the specialized duties discretionary work system; one working day will be calculated as 7 hours and 30 minutes.

Remuneration and other provisions

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 421,900 JPY (based on FY 2023 actuals). The monthly base salary is subject to change due to amendments to RIKEN regulations. Discretionary work, commuting and housing allowances will be provided. Social insurance will be applied. Bonuses or retirement benefits will not be paid.
(Approximate annual salary at the time of employment)
The monthly salary at the time of employment, in the case that the employee has experience, ability, and achievement of approximately 5 years after completion of his/her doctoral degree, will be approximately 560,000 JPY.

Mandatory membership in the RIKEN Mutual Benefit Society (RIKEN Kyosaikai).

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.

Smoking will be entirely prohibited on site from April 2024.

These and other provisions are in accordance with RIKEN regulations.

RIKEN may require changes of responsibilities, job category, and work place based on RIKEN regulations due to management decisions, budgetary situation, and organizational restructuring.


Eligible to apply for Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi).
Eligible for an exemption from repayment for category 1 scholarship loans provided by the Japan Student Services Organization before fiscal year 2003.

Application and required documents


  • A)Applicant registration
    To register, access the website noted below, and enter the required basic information.
    Integrated Bioresource Information Division, BRC Research Scientist
  • B)After you have registered online you will automatically be sent an email from kjk-desk [at] spdr-fpr.com with your user ID, registration number, and password. Go to the website indicated in the email and upload your application documents (1) ー (6).

You may revise your basic information and upload revised documents later if necessary. Please double check, however, that you have successfully uploaded your final application documents by the deadline.
All files must first be converted to PDF format before you can upload them. Word files cannot be uploaded.

Application documents

  • (1)Research and development achievements (list of publications, list of patents, list of presentations etc.)
  • (2)Lists of external funds received, awards received, and other achievements including contribution to society through activities in scientific societies, joint research projects, technology transfers, and the like.
  • (3)Outlines of your research and development projects to date (3 pages, A4 size)
  • (4)Your future research and development plans and perspectives if you are accepted for the position (3 pages in A4 size in total)
  • (5)One set of copies of your major papers (maximum number: 5)
  • (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

  • (7)Letters of recommendation from two persons who can evaluate your work
    • One letter must be from your current supervisor or academic advisor.
    • Another letter must be from a person who is not affiliated with RIKEN.

All the application documents including letters of recommendation should be prepared in English or Japanese, and uploaded in PDF format. Documents may be in black and white or color.

About letters of recommendation

Letters of recommendation should be directly sent to RIKEN by the referee. A request for a letter of recommendation will be automatically sent to the email addresses for references that you list when you register to apply. Please check if your referees have received the email request automatically sent from kjk-desk [at] spdr-fpr.com. You can also check on the status of your letters of recommendation through the online application system.
If none of your current supervisors or academic advisors are able to prepare a letter of recommendation, a letter from a third person will be accepted.
There is no set format for the letters of recommendation, but they must meet the following conditions: they must be addressed to the President of RIKEN, Makoto Gonokami, and include the date of issue. Please specify the referee’s contact information (Name, affiliation, job title, phone number, and email address).


For applicant registration:

Noon, December 8, 2023 (Japan time).

For revising or uploading application documents and letters of recommendation:

Noon, December 15, 2023 (Japan time).

Handling of personal information

All private data sent to RIKEN in applications for employment are handled in strict confidentiality and will not be used for any other purpose or disclosed to any third party.

Selection process

After application documents are screened, only the successful candidates will be asked to have an interview. There will be final interviews with RIKEN executive directors as part of the hiring process.

Start of Employment

RIKEN expects that the successful applicant will be able to take up this position at the earliest opportunity after July 1, 2024


  • No information can be released regarding application status or evaluation details prior to, during, or after the evaluation process.
  • Application documents will not be returned.
  • For further details on application or research activities at RIKEN, see the RIKEN website.
  • 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.

Contact Information

For inquiries concerning the research

Integrated Bioresource Information Division, RIKEN BioResource Research Center
Dr. Hiroshi Masuya (Director)
Email: hiroshi.masuya [at] riken.jp

For other inquiries

Research Personnel Affairs Section
Human Resources Division, RIKEN
Email: kjk-desk [at] ml.riken.jp
Contact by phone is not available.