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Seeking a Research Part-time Woker (BDR-23-072)


Laboratory for Developmental Dynamics
RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research
(Laboratory head: Shuichi Onami)

Research Field

Toward a predictive understanding of the development of multicellular organisms, the Laboratory for Developmental Dynamics is developing mathematical models of developmental systems and technologies for quantitative developmental biology, by combining molecular cell biology, biophysics, genome sciences, computational sciences, information sciences, mathematical sciences, etc.

For more details about the laboratory, please visit our website:
Laboratory for Developmental Dynamics | RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics

Job title and Job description

Job title

Research Part-time Worker I: 1 position

The Laboratory for Developmental Dynamics also seeks a Technical Staff to engage in the same role. The total number of successful candidates is one in both positions.

Seeking a Technical Staff (BDR-23-002)

Job description

SSBD is an open public database for storing and sharing bioimage data and quantitative data of biosystems dynamics. We are now recruiting an individual who will work for the research and development of the SSBD as a data annotator.

Your roles are:

  • 1.Select research data to store in the SSBD database from English papers.
  • 2.Extract metadata (experimental conditions, materials, etc.) from the selected research data.
  • 3.Request for research data to be provided to laboratories by email, etc.
  • 4.Organize received research data.
  • 5.Convert research data and its metadata into a specified data format.
  • 6.Register the converted data in the database.

The job description may be changed during the contract period or upon contract renewal to the extent described above.


A person:

  • graduated from graduate school and received a doctor’s degree in life sciences field or has knowledge or experience equivalent to that of a person with a doctoral degree.
  • who has the ability to read and comprehend English academic papers in life sciences.
  • who is able to dedicate themselves to the job by communicating, coordinating and collaborating smoothly with people in and out of the laboratory.

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.
Work location will not be changed during the term of this employment contract or upon renewal.

Salary and benefits

Hourly wages

1,450-2,000JPY (Research Part-time Worker I)
(Hourly salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.)

Commuting allowance

provided (within a pre-determined range.)

Terms of contract

The initial contract will be until March 31, 2025.
A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on the agreement of both parties, to a maximum of 5 years from the date of hire.
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.

Working days

3-5 days per week (weekdays only)

Working hours

The work hours shall be in stipulated one-hour units between 9:00 am and 5:20 pm with the total time not to exceed 35 hours/week.
(Working days and hours are negotiable. However, daily working hours cannot be shifted for different days.)


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

Other provisions

  • Worker’s accident compensation insurance applies. Social insurance will be applied depending on the working conditions.
  • Paid leave includes annual paid leave (up to 20 days depending on the number of days and hours worked per week and 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.
  • The Kobe Branch has an on-site daycare, Po-I Kids Kobe. For details, please send an email to the HR at kids [at] riken.jp.

*Our laboratory actively utilizes a telecommuting system. The post currently being offered may be carried out through telecommuting (full-remote work) within Japan for the entire specified work period, provided that the required procedures are completed and approval is obtained from RIKEN. For more information, please get in touch with the hiring at kobe-jobs [at] riken.jp.

Application and required documents

Required documents

How to apply

The above documents combined into a single PDF or ZIP file should be uploaded to the following website:

(BDR-23-072) Application for Research Part-time Woker of Laboratory for Developmental Dynamics

  • The uploaded file name should contain the job ad number “BDR-23-072” and the applicant’s name.
  • When you upload the file, your contact email address is required.
  • After you uploaded the file, 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.

Note: All the submitted documents will not be returned.


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 at RIKEN. 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. No inquiries on the selection process and results will be answered.

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 contact sonami [at] riken.jp (Laboratory for Developmental Dynamics, Team Leader Shuichi ONAMI)