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Seeking a Managing Director (IMS701-2302)


Office of the Center Director
RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences

Research Field

The RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences (IMS) tackles various research questions on the functions of the human genome and immune system so as to clarify the pathogenic mechanisms underlying human diseases and to translate this knowledge into novel therapies for the benefit of society. The Office of the IMS Center Director is responsible for the following matters: Securing and managing international collaborations, industry-academia collaborations, and internal RIKEN-wide collaborations; obtaining and managing research funds; public relations and outreach; sponsoring science assemblies, conferences, etc.; support for recruitment and human resource development; oversight of IMS lab assistant tasks; and other matters concerning the operation of IMS.

Job Title and Job Description

Available Positions

Managing Director, Office of the IMS Center Director: 1 position

Job Description

Work closely with the IMS Center Director to carry out the tasks outlined above, manage the office to ensure smooth operations, and create a framework to coordinate activities between the Office of the Center Director and relevant departments.

Specifically, the head of the Office of the IMS Center Director is responsible for the following:

  • Oversight and management of all Office of the Center Director activities
  • Supervision of office staff and fostering of human resources
  • Budget management

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


  • PhD (preferably in life sciences) or equivalent with sufficient knowledge related to job requirements.
  • 5 years are more experience in a management position and the leadership qualities required for the position.
  • Awareness of research ethics and compliance issues, appropriate social skills and management capabilities
  • Able to converse and exchange emails in both Japanese and English and capable of drafting scientific documents in English.
  • High level of communication skills and able to work compatibly with partners inside and outside RIKEN
  • Proactive and enthusiastic

*The successful applicant will be requested to work full-time in RIKEN.

Work Location

RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences
1-7-22 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa 230-0045 Japan

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

Terms of contract

  • 1.A fixed-term employee with a single-year contract and can re-contract up to the end of the fiscal year, which marks 7 years from the date of employment by evaluation.
  • 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.In principle, the Center's operation period will end as of March 31, 2025. If the project is discontinued after March 31, 2025, the period of your contract may be subject to change at the time of its renewal.

[Salary]・[Holidays]・[Other provisions]

In principle, the first two months of employment is considered a trial period.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Commuting and housing allowances will be provided. Social security insurance will be applied. Mandatory membership in the RIKEN Mutual Benefit Society (RIKEN Kyosaikai) is required.
Work hours: 9:00 to 17:20 (lunch break 12:00 to 12:50). However, the employee may change starting and ending times at their own discretion if it does not interfere with work performance.

The approximate amount of annual salary at the time of employment:
The annual salary at hire will be more than 8.4 million yen/year.

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.

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

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

Documents to Submit

Prepare the documents below as PDF files and follow the instructions [How to Apply] to submit them:

  • 1.CV with photograph and email address.
    • *In the top right-hand corner of the CV, please indicate open-call IMS701-2302
    • *Using the RIKEN format above is appreciated.
  • 2.Job History
    • Clearly indicate if you have any job experience or expertise in operations management, international collaborations, academic-industry collaborations, intellectual property management/utilization, acquisition and management of research funds, and/or outreach.
    • Provide a list of research achievements (include published papers and obtained patents in the past 10 years) and indicate up to five major papers (do so by circling the major papers in the research achievements.)
  • 3.A statement of work experience and future aspirations regarding the position (free format, up to two A4 pages)
    • Propose your working plan and possible achievements over the next five years.
  • 4.One letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, as well as letters of recommendation from two researchers not affiliated with RIKEN.
    • *Recommendation letter should be addressed to “President of RIKEN, Dr. Makoto Gonokami” and include the recommender’s name, affiliation, position and email address.
    • *If it is difficult to obtain a recommendation letter from your current supervisor, a recommendation from a third party will be accepted.
    • *The signature (or seal) of the person providing the recommendation is required.
    • *Recommendation letters must be directly submitted from the referees to the below website with the subject line "IMS701-2302 _[applicant’s name] (Recommendation letter)".
  • 5.Certificate of graduation or copy of diploma for the highest degree obtained (photocopy acceptable).
  • 6.Certificate of graduation or copy of diploma for the highest degree obtained (photocopy acceptable).
  • 7.Consent form for handling personal information based on GDPR

Note: Application documents will not be returned.

How to apply

The above documents except the recommendation letters should be converted to PDF and uploaded to the following link after these files are combined into a single ZIP file:
RIKEN/IMS Application Box

The file name of each PDF file : IMS701-2302_Applicant’s name_submitted document No.

  • When you upload your application documents by a ZIP file via BOX, please make sure to input your contact email address.

Recommendation letters must be directly submitted from the referees to the following link with the subject line "IMS701-2302_[applicant’s name] ". Please specify the applicant's name, referee's name and contact information in the recommendation letter. Also, the referees need to input own contact email address when they upload their recommendation letters to the below link.

RIKEN/IMS Submission Box


May 14, 2024 by noon ( Japan Standard Time)

*All required documents must be submitted by the deadline.

Handling of 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

Applicants who pass the initial document screening will be invited for an interview.
During the interview, you will be asked to give a presentation on your work plan and future aspirations.

Start of Employment

July 1, 2024, or the earliest date possible (negotiable)

Contact Information

Any questions about this position should be sent to the appropriate email address below.

For application documents and general questions

Recruiting Staff for RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences
Administrative Division, RIKEN Yokohama Branch
Email: ims-recruit [at] riken.jp

For research-related questions

Integrative Medical Sciences and Sustainable Resource Sciences Promotion Office
Email: ims-planning [at] ml.riken.jp