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Seeking a few Postdoctoral Researchers (W24048)


Superconducting Quantum Simulation Research Team
RIKEN Center for Quantum Computing
(Team Leader: Jaw-Shen Tsai)

Research Field

The missions of RIKEN Center for Quantum Computing (RQC) are to deepen our understandings of quantum mechanics and quantum information, develop techniques for quantum control and measurement, build quantum computing hardware and software, and explore novel applications. Superconducting qubit possesses high degree of freedoms in the circuit design and ability to local control as well as readout quantum states. Utilizing these properties, the development of small scale quantum analog simulator that aiming for the simulations of macroscopic material properties is targeted. Study of non-equilibrium quantum dynamics in these circuits is also planned.

For more information, please refer to the following link:
Superconducting Quantum Simulation Research Team

Job title and Job description

Job title

Postdoctoral Researcher: a few positions available
Postdoctoral Researcher is defined as those with a doctoral degree of 5 years or less.

Job description

Quantum simulation with superconducting circuits

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


Applicants who have expertise and experience in the abovementioned research topic, or those who are expected to be capable of producing prominent achievements in the research topic are strongly welcome. All nationalities will be considered. Applicants must have a doctor degree (or must be expected to receive a doctor degree until the employment).

Work location

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.One-year fixed-term employment contract. Renewable upon evaluation, up to March 31, 2026.
  • 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 305,100 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 monthly salary including discretionary work allowance at the time of employment for a candidate with 3 years of experience, ability, and achievement after completion of the doctoral course will be approximately 400,000 JPY.
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.
  • *Also, eligible for an exemption from repayment for category 1 scholarship loans provided by the Japan Student Services Organization before fiscal year 2003, and eligible applying for the MEXT Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi).
  • *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 link:

Application for Postdoctoral Researchers (W24048)

The file name of the ZIP should contain your contact email address.
After you uploaded the ZIP file, please let us (tsai [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 subject line "RQC Postdoctoral Researcher [applicant’s name] (Recommendation letter)". Please specify the applicant's name, referee's name and contact information in the recommendation letter.
For Research Scientist position, Superconducting Quantum Simulation Research Team, RIKEN Center for Quantum Computing

Application for Postdoctoral Researchers (W24048)

After the referees uploaded the recommendation letter, please let us (tsai [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: tsai [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

September 1, 2024 (Negotiable)

Contact Information

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