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Seeking a Technical Staff I (W23332)


Superconducting Quantum Electronics Research Team
RIKEN Center for Quantum Computing
(Team Leader: Yasunobu Nakamura)

Research Field

RIKEN Center for Quantum Computing (RQC) aims to study quantum information theory, develop techniques for quantum control and measurement, build quantum computing hardware and software, and explore novel quantum technologies. We promote the progress of quantum information science and contribute to society through the application of quantum technologies.

We develop superconducting quantum circuits for quantum information processing. Thus, we are hiring a technical staff who has experience and expertise in nanotechnology and device fabrication in a clean room.

Please refer to the website for details.
Superconducting Quantum Electronics Research Team

Job title and Job description

Job title, available positions

Technical staff I: a few positions available.

Job description

The successful applicant will work on photolithography, electron-beam lithography, dry etching, e-gun evaporation, dicing, etc., mainly in the clean room. Sample inspections using an SEM, an AFM, and an optical microscope, device characterizations using a prober, and maintenance of the clean room and the instruments, are also a part of the job.

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


  • Have work experience of semiconductor-related manufacturing in clean rooms.
  • Familiar with at least one of vacuum processes such as dry etching, E-gun evaporation, and sputter deposition.
  • Have experiences of using SEM.
  • (favorably) Have experiences of using electron beam lithography systems.
  • Have an ability to use PC for working.
  • (favorably) Have experiences of computer programming and network management.
  • Have knowledge of scientific field equivalent to graduation from science university.

Work location

Superconducting Quantum Electronics Research Team, RIKEN Center for Quantum Computing
(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 7 years of employment.
  • 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 70 years.
  • 3.When the Employee's research is scheduled to be reviewed in employee’s 4 year at RIKEN, and when it is concluded that there is reason* to believe it will be difficult for the research (or technology development) to be continued, the employment contract will not be renewed for 6 year. (*The reason may relate to the Employee's abilities, performance and/or work attitude.)

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 212,000 JPY to 300,000 JPY as of April 1, 2024. The monthly base salary and variable salary are subject to change due to amendments to RIKEN regulations.

Discretionary work, commuting and housing allowances will be provided. Social insurance will be applied.

The approximate amount of annual salary at the time of employment:

The monthly salary including discretionary work allowance at the time of employment will be 364,170 JPY or more.

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

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

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 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

How to apply

The above documents except the recommendation letters combined into a single ZIP file should be uploaded to the following website:

For Technical Staff position, Superconducting Quantum Electronics Research Team, RQC

The file name of the ZIP should contain your contact email address.
After you uploaded the ZIP file, please let us (yasunobu.nakamura [at] riken.jp) know the file name of the uploaded file.

Recommendation letters must be directly submitted from the referees to the following website with the file name " For Technical Staff position, Superconducting Quantum Electronics Research Team, RQC [applicant’s name] (Recommendation letter)". Please specify the applicant's name, referee's name and contact information in the recommendation letter.

For Technical Staff position, Superconducting Quantum Electronics Research Team, RQC

After the referees uploaded the recommendation letter, please let us (yasunobu.nakamura [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: yasunobu.nakamura [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 at RIKEN. Personal information will not be disclosed, transferred or loaned to a third party under any circumstances without just cause.

Selection process

Application screening and interview for selected applicants

Start of Employment

As early as possible

Contact Information

RIKEN Center for Quantum Computing
Superconducting Quantum Electronics Research Team
Email: yasunobu.nakamura [at] riken.jp
For inquiries, please send an email.