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    Open Faculty Position
    (Human Cognitive Function Research)

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    Open Faculty Position
    (Human Cognitive Function Research)

  • CareersCareers

    Open Faculty Position
    (Human Cognitive Function Research)

  • CareersCareers

    Open Faculty Position
    (Human Cognitive Function Research)

  • CareersCareers

    Open Faculty Position
    (Human Cognitive Function Research)

Aug. 31, 2020

Faculty Position in Human Cognitive Function Research


The RIKEN Center for Brain Science (CBS) was launched in April 2018 following the strong 20-year foundation of its predecessor, the Brain Science Institute (BSI). CBS aims to meet society’s ever-growing expectations for brain research.

What makes us uniquely human Harnessing the universal biological principles of life Collecting and applying big data Tackling global challenges

(see more about the CBS mission at https://cbs.riken.jp/en/about/)

Now, as a part of the third round of faculty recruitment at CBS, we are seeking an outstanding scientist for a Team Leader position in the field of human cognitive function research. The successful candidate will be required to form a vibrant laboratory, maximally utilize the human 7T-MRI system, which will be installed in the CBS within the 2021 fiscal year, and conduct research to elucidate the mechanisms of advanced cognitive and affective brain functions that make up the human mind. We welcome applications from both those who have mainly engaged in technological development and those who have focused on concept driven neuroscience research. In either case, hiring emphasis will be placed on individuals with a concerted research strategy incorporating technical development, in collaboration with CBS’s fMRI Support Unit, and fundamental groundbreaking neuroscience research. Experience in research using 7T-MRI is welcomed but not required.

At RIKEN CBS, Team Leaders have full intellectual independence, generous internal funds including a highly competitive start-up package and access to ample communal facilities in a collaborative environment. Each Team Leader will hold a research management position, and as the head of a laboratory, s/he will provide leadership and guidance to laboratory members to conduct research. The successful candidate for the Team Leader position must have demonstrated the ability to develop an original, independent and internationally competitive research program.

We will prioritize the recruitment of a junior researcher in the hope of significant future development. The successful junior candidate will start in a definite-term position (equivalent to US assistant or associate professor, 10 years at maximum depending on evaluation) but have an opportunity to obtain an indefinite-term position in RIKEN after evaluation. However, we will also consider established investigators who have already made outstanding achievements.


Applications should be submitted by the end of November 2020.

Applicants should submit the electronic files of a cover letter with a brief summary of their research program and plan, curriculum vitae, list of research achievements and publications, list of acquired research funding, current research and achievements to date, future research plans, reprints of five major publications maximum, and necessary details (name, e-mail address, and relation with the applicant) about each of three referees, through the application form. One of the three referees should be the current supervisor, if available. Please ask the three referees to follow the instruction e-mail that will be automatically sent to them to provide a recommendation letter. The letters should be signed by the person writing the letter and addressed to Dr. Hiroshi Matsumoto, the President of RIKEN. All files and recommendation letters should be written in English.


Application Form



  • “I wanted to join CBS for a long time, because the Center for Brain Science is a world leader in this field. With such a concentration of enthusiastic and talented scientists, I think CBS can produce genuine breakthroughs in brain research.”

    Akiko Hayashi-Takagi, M.D., Ph.D.
    Multi-scale Biological Psychiatry



    Akiko Hayashi-Takagi, M.D., Ph.D.
  • “I chose RIKEN CBS because it is one of the best brain science institutes in the world. CBS has a stellar research environment with cutting-edge facilities, highly supportive staff, and opportunities to collaborate with great scientists from across disciplines.
    This is “the” place to be to accelerate my science.”

    Kazuhisa Shibata, Ph.D.
    Human Cognition and Learning

    Kazuhisa Shibata, Ph.D.
  • “I chose RIKEN CBS based on the strength of the multi-disciplinary neuroscience research going on at the center. The diverse, accomplished community and science-focused culture at CBS make it an ideal place to answer critical challenging questions using innovative approaches.”

    Ian Schmitt, Ph.D.
    Distributed Cognitive Processing


    Ian Schmitt, Ph.D.
  • “I think the greatest advantage of RIKEN CBS is its interdisciplinarity. The inputs from interaction with prominent scientists from different fields and the cutting-edge technologies readily available through collaborations form an environment ideal to develop a game-changing innovation in studies of brains both in health and disorder.”

    Atsushi Takata, M.D., Ph.D.
    Molecular Pathology of Psychiatric Disorders

    Atsushi Takata, M.D., Ph.D.
  • “RIKEN CBS has been my dream place to achieve an inter-disciplinary, top-quality brain science research. Generous financial and technical supports and the international collaborative community provide a freedom to pursue important directions of testing exciting hypotheses conventionally considered as challenging.”

    Jun Nagai, Ph.D.
    Glia-Neuron Circuit Dynamics

    Jun Nagai, Ph.D.
  • “At RIKEN Center for Brain Science, I feel a commitment to understand the brain through any necessary means. The Center supports an impressive array of neuroscientists who encapsulate wide scopes of knowledge and technique. I am thrilled to contribute my own expertise and join my colleagues in this pursuit.”

    Louis Kang, M.D., Ph.D.
    Neural Circuits and Computations Unit

    Louis Kang, M.D., Ph.D.
  • “I’ve desired to work at RIKEN CBS since I was a student, because I’ve always got inspired from many stellar scientists working here. Further, CBS provides a great environment to focus on my work and offers opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations. This is the best place to tackle major challenges in brain science..”

    Takuya Isomura, Ph.D.
    Brain Intelligence Theory Unit

    Takuya Isomura, Ph.D.
  • “RIKEN CBS is a pioneering institute of brain science. It has a great research environment with highly supportive staff, cutting-edge facilities, and opportunities to discuss with world-leading researchers from diverse areas of brain science. RIKEN CBS is an ideal place to deeply concentrate on challenging research.”

    Takeru Matsuda, Ph.D.
    Statistical Mathematics Unit

    Takeru Matsuda, Ph.D.



RIKEN CBS is located just outside of the international metropolis of Tokyo. English is the primary language used in activities at CBS, including seminars and administration. Institutional support is available to help non-Japanese speaking scientists, whom we particularly encourage to apply. RIKEN Center for Brain Science is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

For further inquiries please contact the RIKEN CBS Search Committee.

Email: cbs-search@ml.riken.jp
Search Committee, RIKEN Center for Brain Science
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan
*Applications are not accepted from this e-mail address.

[For details, please refer to the CBS website. (https://cbs.riken.jp/en/careers/20200831_w20062_pi_7mri.html)]