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Seeking a Technical Staff II (W23298)


Adaptive Motor Control RIKEN Hakubi Research Team
RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research
(RIKEN Hakubi Team Leader: Terufumi Fujiwara)

Research Field

My lab studies neural mechanisms of motor control in Drosophila by combining neurophysiology, behavior, and quantitative analysis. For the detail, please refer to the following lab website:
Adaptive Motor Control RIKEN Hakubi Research Team (Fujiwara Lab)

Job title and Job description

Job title, available positions

Technical Staff II 1 position

Job description

The successful candidate will support a research project "Neurophysiological mechanisms of walking control" (expected to end in March 2029) led by a postdoctoral researcher in the lab.
The details are as follows:
Perform neurophysiological and behavioral experiments using a genetic model, the fruit fly.
Maintaining the animal stock and making food for this project.

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


The candidate should or be expected to possess a master’s degree (or equivalent research ability and background) in a related field.

Work location

Branch and address

RIKEN Wako (2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198)

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

RIKEN may order the employee to change work locations, if necessary.

Salary and benefits

  • 1.A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, to a maximum till March 31, 2029.
  • 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 70 years.

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 197,000 JPY as of April 1, 2024. The monthly base salary and variable salary are subject to change due to amendments to RIKEN regulations.

Overtime work, 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 be 200,500 JPY or more.

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

Work hours: 9:00 to 17:20 (lunch break 12:00 to 12:50). Supervisors may instruct employees to work outside of these hours.

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 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.

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

Application and required documents

Required documents

  • 1.Complete CV or CV (with photo and email address)
    • *Write the RIKEN job ad number “W23298”, indicated in the parentheses next to the job title, in the RIKEN job ad number section in the upper right corner of your CV.
  • 2.List of research achievement and publications
  • 3.A letter of recommendation from the current supervisor (If unavailable, a letter from a substitute reference will be acceptable.)
    • *Please specify the referee’s contact information (Name, affiliation, job title, phone number, and email address)
  • 4.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 letter combined into a single ZIP file should be uploaded to the following link:
RIKEN/CPR file upload box

The file name of the ZIP should contain the job ad number “W23298” and the applicant’s name. After you uploaded the ZIP file, please let us (terufumi.fujiwara [at] riken.jp) know the file name of the uploaded file.

The recommendation letter must be directly submitted from the referee to the URL above with the subject line "RIKEN CPR_W23298 [applicant’s name] (Recommendation letter)". Please specify the applicant's name, referee's name and contact information in the recommendation letter.
After the referee uploaded the recommendation letter, please let us (terufumi.fujiwara [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: terufumi.fujiwara [at] riken.jp

Note: All the submitted documents will not be returned.


Open until 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. 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 interviews.

Start of Employment

After April 1, 2024, at the earliest convenience

Contact Information

Adaptive Motor Control RIKEN Hakubi Research Team, RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research
(RIKEN Hakubi Team Leader:Terufumi Fujiwara)
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198
Email: terufumi.fujiwara [at] riken.jp
For inquiries, please send an email.