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Seeking Research Scientists and concurrently appointed Research Administrative Support Staffs (W24060)


RIKEN Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences Program (iTHEMS)
(Program Director: Tetsuo Hatsuda) and Office of the Program Director (Director: Tomoya Nagai)

Research Field

The RIKEN Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences Program (iTHEMS) promotes interdisciplinary collaborations and the creation of new interdisciplinary fields through interactions among researchers in mathematics, theoretical sciences, and computational sciences. iTHEMS aims to nurture and support young scientists eager to cross disciplinary boundaries.

For more information, please refer to the following website:
RIKEN Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences Program (iTHEMS)

Job title and Job description

Job title, available positions

Research Scientist, and concurrently Research Administrative Support Staff, about a few positions

Research Scientist
Conduct own research projects autonomously and to expand the scope of the research by initiating new collaborative projects.
Research Administrative Support Staff
Perform work related to industry-academia collaboration, international cooperation, intellectual property management, collaboration within the institute, support and management for obtaining research funds, outreach, holding academic meetings, etc., work related to support for improving the international environment within the institute, or work related to support for operation and management related to information systems.

Job description

This call is for Research Scientists who will be affiliated with iTHEMS. Successful candidates will not only conduct top-level research in one or more of the following areas: quantum matter, quantum computation, quantum universe and quantum mathematics, but coordinates, as concurrently appointed Research Administrative Support Staff, the activities of the JST ASPIRE program ;"RIKEN -Berkeley Mathematical Quantum Science Initiative" (PI: Tetsuo Hatsuda, term: 1 Feb 2024 - 31 Mar 2029,(Projects | Adopting Sustainable Partnerships for Innovative Research Ecosystem (ASPIRE) | Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)) for the international collaboration between RIKEN iTHEMS and UC Berkeley. The effort ratio between the research work and the coordinating work will be around 7:3. For more information on the ASPIRE project, please contact the email address indicated below.

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


The candidate should possess or is expected to obtain a doctoral degree by the starting date.
Those who have no difficulty in preparing documents in Japanese.

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. A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, to a maximum of 5 years from the initial date of hire.
  • 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.
  • 3.At the time of hiring and upon renewal of the contract as a Research Scientist, a Research Administrative Support Staff will be assigned to the position.

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 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 500,000 JPY or more for Research Scientist.

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

Application documents should be uploaded through Academic Jobs Online

Note: All the submitted documents will not be returned.


Open until the position is filled.
We will first select the application documents that have arrived by July 31, 2024(JST).

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, interview and oral presentation by selected applicants.

Start of Employment

October 1, 2024(Negotiable)


Each Research Scientist will be allocated an annual research grant of up to 1.5 million yen.

Contact Information

RIKEN Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences Program (iTHEMS)
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198
For inquiry, send an email to thatsuda [at] riken.jp with Subj: ASPIRE Research Scientist (W24060).