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Nov. 17, 2017

Research Scientist in RIKEN Center for Brain Science
Laboratory for Neurodiversity, Adrian Moore(W491)


Laboratory for Neurodiversity, Center for Brain Science
(Team Leader: Adrian Moore)

Research Field

We investigate how the balance between neural stem cell self-renewal and neuron-fate choice is maintained; and how subsequent neuron differentiation pathways are controlled in order to create diversity in neuron form and function. Please see recent publications (e.g. Endo et al., Nat. Neurosci., 2012; Hohenauer and Moore, Development, 2012; Karim and Moore, J. Neurosci., 2011; Jinushi-Nakao et al., 2007, Neuron) and our website ( for further details.

Job title and Job description

Research scientist positions

We seek 1-2 candidates interested in the following project areas:
1) How is the neurogenetic program modified during the differentiation of different neuron classes to produce a wide variety of dendrite arbor shapes?
2) What features of the neuro-differentiation program are reactivated during neuron regeneration after injury?
3) How do epigenetic mechanisms shape the output of the neurogenetic programs that control stem cell identity and neuron differentiation?

Techniques we use include: genetics, molecular biology, bioinformatics, and live-in vivo imaging, using Drosophila and mouse.


Applications from highly motivated candidates with backgrounds in genetics, molecular biology, developmental biology, and/or neuroscience are invited. In addition, high quality and enthusiastic applicants from related fields in natural science may be considered.

Work location

Branch and address
RIKEN Wako (2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198)

Salary and benefits

  1. A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, to a maximum of 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, 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 65 years.
  3. The employee’s period of fixed-term employment cannot exceed 10 years from the initial date of hire (or 10 years from April 1, 2013 for fixed-term employees already at RIKEN prior to this date).

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Commuting and housing allowances will be provided. Social insurance will be applied. Mandatory membership in the RIKEN Mutual Benefit Society (RIKEN Kyosaikai). Days off include public holidays, New Year's holidays (Dec. 29 - Jan 3), and RIKEN Foundation Day.
These and other provisions are in accordance with RIKEN regulations.
RIKEN is promoting a Gender Equity Program by taking various measures to create a workplace where both men and women are able to give full rein to their talents and abilities. When applicants are judged to be equally qualified on the basis of fair and impartial criteria, women applicants will be given preference.

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).

Application and required documents

Applicants should send 1) CV WORD(56KB) or EXCEL(159KB) (with photo and email address), 2) a short (approximately 500 words) description of skills and experience and 3) contact details (including telephone and email) of three references.

[Deadline] Application will be closed when the positions are filled.

[Handling Personal Data]
Handling of Personal Data: All private data sent to RIKEN in application for employment is handled in strict confidentiality, and such data is not utilized for any other purpose or disclosed to any third party. Application documents will not be returned.

Selection process

Selection will be made based on application screening and interviews.

Start of Employment


Send application to

Please send your application to the following address (only overseas candidates may forward applications by email).
Dr. Adrian Moore
Lab. for Neurodiversity
Center for Brain Science, RIKEN
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako-shi, Saitama
JAPAN 351-0198
Email: adrian.moore [at]
Candidates in Japan should send application by postal mail with "kakitome".

Send application to

Dr. Adrian Moore
Lab. for Neurodiversity
Center for Brain Science, RIKEN
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako-shi, Saitama
JAPAN 351-0198
Email: adrian.moore [at]