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Oct. 1, 2018

Team Leader (Principal Investigator position)
RIKEN Center for Brain Science (W18032)

Name of center

RIKEN Center for Brain Science (CBS)

Description of center

The RIKEN Center for Brain Science (CBS) is Japan's premier neuroscience research center that builds on the twenty years of research achievements of its predecessor, the RIKEN Brain Science Institute (BSI). Taking advantage of the multidisciplinarity of the fields of medicine, biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematical sciences, and psychology, our aim is to advance basic research on the functions of the brain and the mind—from the levels of single cells and whole organisms to societal systems—and develop innovative technologies in the process. We also aim to find solutions to the issues confronting contemporary society, as we grapple with the psychological ramifications of our own inventions such as artificial intelligence (AI) and big data, and as we seek to conquer diseases such as depression and dementia.
For details, please refer to the RIKEN CBS website.

Job title, available positions

Team Leader (Principal Investigator position); several openings

Job description

The successful candidate 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. While the search is open for junior researchers, interested established scientists are also invited to apply. The research expertise of the candidate may be in any subfields of brain science, neuroscience, or related disciplines. Applications from researchers in the areas of neurological/psychiatric disorders and computational brain science are also welcome. The successful candidate's research program is expected to synergize with ongoing research in CBS, which has four major themes:

  1. Research to reveal the high-level cognitive functions of the human brain
    Our goal is to decipher how we reflect on ourselves, make inferences, and predict others' thoughts.
  2. Cross-hierarchical studies based on animal models
    By conducting research at multiple levels from molecules, cells and neural circuits to systems, we aim to understand the principles of brain functions and brain-body interactions.
  3. Data-driven research led by theoretical and technological advances
    We seek to develop new theories, for example, to improve the application and efficiency of AI systems, by harnessing ever larger and complex brain function data acquired in real-time through advanced technologies.
  4. Developing diagnostic and therapeutic methods for neurological/psychiatric disorders
    We tackle neurological/psychiatric diseases that pose serious challenges to our society today and aim to create seeds for innovations that will enhance the quality of life.

For details, please refer to the CBS website.


  • University graduates with PhD, although doctoral degrees are not a prerequisite
  • Ability to conduct world-class research by taking advantage of the excellent research environments of CBS and RIKEN
  • Possess leadership skills and management ability in the laboratory and the research community

Work location

Branch and address

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

Terms of contract

  1. A renewable one-year fixed-term employment contract to a maximum of the end of fiscal year 2024 (March 31, 2025), with annual evaluation.
  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 employment period of fixed-term employees 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).
    However, the fixed-term (tenure-track) employment contract may be changed to indefinite-term (tenured) employment by applying to an open call for an indefinite-term position within RIKEN CBS and following evaluation by a RIKEN review board.

Salary, Work conditions

There will be a 2-month trial period, in principle.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Commuting and housing allowances will be provided. Social insurance will be applied. Membership in the RIKEN Mutual Benefit Society (RIKEN Kyosaikai) is mandatory.
One working day is from 9:00 to 17:20 (lunch break: 12:00 to 12:50).
Days off are Saturday, Sunday, public holidays, New Year's holiday (Dec. 29 to Jan. 3), and RIKEN Foundation Day.
These and other provisions are in accordance with RIKEN regulations.
-RIKEN is promoting a Gender Equality 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 considered equally qualified on the basis of fair and impartial criteria, women will be given preference. See
-Eligible for an exemption from repayment for category 1 scholarship loans provided by the Japan Student Services Organization before fiscal year 2003, and eligible to apply for MEXT Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi). 

Application and required documents

Required documents (All documents including letters of recommendation should be written in English)

  1. A cover letter with a brief summary of the current research program and future plan
  2. Complete CV (with photo, home address, telephone number, email address, work history, academic degrees, current affiliation and position, certifications, etc.)
    -Please write the number (W18032) next to the title of this job posting in the upper right corner of your CV.
  3. List of research achievements and publications (separate by category: research papers, review papers, patents, etc.)
  4. Current research and achievements to date
  5. Future research plans
  6. Reprints of major research papers you authored (maximum five papers); circle these paper titles in the list of research achievement and publications above (item 3).
  7. Three letters of recommendation (including one from the current supervisor, if available.)
    Please arrange to have the recommendation letters sent directly from referees to the CBS Search Committee address (see below) as a PDF document prepared as follows:
    NB1: Letters of recommendation must be signed (or stamped) by the person writing the letter.
    NB2: Letters must be addressed to “Director Yasushi Miyashita, RIKEN Center for Brain Science”.
    NB3: If current supervisor's recommendation is not available, a recommendation letter from a third party will be accepted.
    NB4: The applicant should inform us (CBS Search Committee) of the referee's title and position, affiliation, telephone number, email address and relationship between the applicant.

In addition to the items 1 to 7 above, during the hiring procedures for successful candidates, a check sheet and a Confirmation of employment duration and duties form and documents for obtaining a work visa for non-Japanese nationals will be required.

Application Submission

Send your application as a PDF document by email to cbs-search[at] (Replace [at] with @).
Referees must directly send letters of recommendation by email (attached with a letter of recommendation with signature (or stamp) in PDF format), to the same address.
-We will not be able to return application documents to the applicant.


Open until the positions are filled.
(The first round of evaluation of applications received will take place at the end of November 2018. However, applications received after this date will also be considered.)

Handling personal data

Submitted documents are strictly protected under the RIKEN Privacy Policy and will be used only for the purpose of applicant screening. Personal information will not be disclosed, transferred or loaned to a third party under any circumstances without just cause.

Screening procedures

Short-listed candidates will be invited to RIKEN CBS for an interview, which will include a seminar, an interview with the search committee, and laboratory visits to meet with CBS faculty members.

Start of employment

April 1, 2019 or later (negotiable)

Contact information (inquiries/applications)

CBS Search Committee, Brain Science Promotion Office
Email: cbs-search [at] (Replace [at] with @)
(Please make all inquiries by email)
Address: RIKEN Center for Brain Science
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama, Japan 351-0198