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Seeking Research Scientists or Postdoctoral Researchers or Research Associates (K24017)

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Laboratory for Homeodynamics
RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research
(Team Leader: Sa Kan Yoo)

Research Field

The Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (BDR) views the functions of molecules, cells, and organs that support all life stages of organisms as a dynamic system, and aims to elucidate developmental, growth and aging phenomena as well as apply their findings to develop regenerative medicine and diagnostics, thereby contributing to the extension of healthy life expectancies.

The Laboratory for Homeodynamics is recruiting research/technical employees to carry out a new theme. The research overview of the laboratory is shown below.

In our laboratory, we study how tissue homeostasis is regulated mainly using Drosophila. Recently we discovered how stem cells become dysregulated during aging (Sasaki et al. Nature Metabolism 2021). We also discovered how oncogenes simultaneously stimulate both cell death and cell proliferation (Nishida et al. eLife 2021). Most recently, we discovered a new cell death, which we named erebosis, in the fly gut (Ciesielski et al. Plos Biology 2022). We are looking for research scientists or postdoctoral researchers or research associates who are interested in pursuing this line of research.

RIKEN BDR is an international, interdisciplinary and collaborative institution with state-of-the-art research core facilities, including microscopy, genomics, proteomics and transgenic animal facilities.

For more details, please contact Sa Kan Yoo directly.

Job title and Job description

Job title

Research Scientists or Postdoctoral researchers or Research Associates: 1-3 position(s)

Position-specific tasks are as follows:

Research Scientist
Carry out research and other work in accordance with research themes of the team.
Postdoctoral Researcher
Carry out research and other work in accordance with laboratory research themes under the mentorship and training of supervisors.
Research Associate
Carry out research in the laboratory under the direction of their supervisor.

Job description

To conduct research of tissue homeostasis using Drosophila and tissue culture. A candidate will work together with other lab members and publish findings.

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

Qualification

A person who is able to dedicate themselves to the job by communicating, coordinating and collaborating smoothly with people in and out of the laboratory.

Research Scientist
A PhD holder in the area related to the Job description.
Postdoctoral Researcher
A PhD holder who earned a doctorate within the past 5 years in the area related to the Job description.
Research Associate
A master’s degree holder in the area related to the Job description or a person recognized as having equal ability. A person who also actively pursues PhD in his/her future, with clear intention and determination for advancing to a higher position, such as Research Scientist.

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

Salary and benefits

Research Scientist:

  • 1.A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, to a maximum the end of the fiscal year (March 31) in which the employee completes 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.

Postdoctoral Researcher:

  • 1.A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, to a maximum the end of the fiscal year (March 31) in which the employee completes 5 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.

Research Associate:

  • 1.A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, to a maximum the end of the fiscal year (March 31) in which the employee completes 5 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.Upon evaluation, whether or not the employee actively pursues PhD in his/her future, with clear intention and determination for advancing to a higher position, such as Research Scientist, will be judged.

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. As of April 1, 2024, the monthly base salary is 361,000 JPY for Research Scientist, 305,100 JPY for Postdoctoral Researcher, 248,700 JPY for Research Associate. 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 more than 406,000 JPY for Research Scientist, and 343,000 JPY for Postdoctoral Researcher, 280,000 JPY for Research Associate.

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. 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.

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

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.

*RIKEN has a work-from-home system, but this position requires attendance at the work location. Therefore, the work-from-home system is not available for this position. For more information, please get in touch with the hiring staff at kobe-jobs [at] riken.jp.

Application and required documents

Required documents

How to apply

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

(K24017) Application for Research Scientist/Postdoctoral Researcher/Research Associate of laboratory for Homeodynamics

  • The uploaded file name should contain the job ad number “K24017” 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.

Recommendation letters must be directly submitted from the referees to the following website with the file name "Laboratory for Homeodynamics [applicant’s name] (Recommendation letter)". Please specify the applicant's name, referee's name and contact information in the recommendation letter.

(K24017) Application for Research Scientist/Postdoctoral Researcher/Research Associate of laboratory for Homeodynamics

  • After the referees uploaded the recommendation letter, 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.

Deadline

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 sakan.yoo [at] riken.jp (Laboratory for Homeodynamics, Dr. Sa Kan Yoo)

Note

Updated as of Jun 24, 2024: "Job title"

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