Feb. 20, 2020

Research Scientist/Technical Staff Position
Social Value Decision Making Unit, RIKEN CBS-TOYOTA Collaboration Center
Center for Brain Science (W19282)


Social Value Decision Making Unit, RIKEN CBS-TOYOTA Collaboration Center, Center for Brain Science (Unit leader:Rei Akaishi)

Research Area

Biology, Interdisciplinary


Trust, Decision Making, Social Network, EEG, fMRI

Research Field

Societies around the world are now changing rapidly and in accelerating speeds. Research disciplines for studies of human being have not caught up with the rapid changes of the societies. To address these issues, our laboratory combines the research fields of decision science such as neuroeconomics, behavioral economics, psychology. In addition to the research fields of individual decision making, we will extend and connect principles of decision making, which are found in experimental rooms, to decision making at group and society levels with the aid of analysis techniques of big data, which are developed in new fields of collective behavior such as computational social science. Our research will bring about positive impacts to people in society by humanizing practices of work environments and by creating sustainable designs of social systems. We welcome eager and ambitious participants in this exciting research endeavor to create positive values for people in our global society.

Job title and job description

Research Scientist 1 position
Technical staff Ⅰ* (discretionary labor system) 1 person
*Technical staff I must provide technical supports independently to implement the lab missions.

*The applicant will be assigned to an appropriate position based on his/her ability, aptitude, etc.

Job description

The Social Value Decision Making Lab at RIKEN Center for Brain Science invites applications for a full-time Research Associate (Research Technical Staff) position at RIKEN’s Wako Campus. We will begin reviewing applications on 3/1/20 and continue until the position is filled. We are a lab with an international team looking for applicants interested in applying computational approaches to studying human social network (especially trust) and decision-making and its neural basis. Our lab uses a range of methods including computational modeling, functional brain imaging, EEG, and behavioral experiments offline/online, in the lab and the field. Some of our current projects are investigating issue of trust in social network and multiscale computations in decision making at individual and group levels.

The Research Associate will contribute to all aspects of our lab’s research. Below are details of the job responsibilities:

Core Job Responsibilities

  1. Software development and documentation for experiments related to behavioral fMRI/EEG studies;
  2. Document, organize and store data using practices geared toward fully reproducible science (e.g. GitHub, OSF);
  3. Developing secure databases and maintain servers for storing behavioral data, neuroimaging data, and big datasets scraped from laboratory experiments and real world scenes
  4. Lab website development and maintenance.

Additional Possible Job Duties (Degree/Experience/Interest-Dependent)**

  1. Experimental planning and data collection
  2. Data analysis and model development
  3. Manuscript preparation as co-author if contributions meet international standards for authorship

**to be considered if core responsibilities are being satisfactorily and efficiently completed


Education: PhD or MS with some industry experience preferred. Exceptional BS candidates will be considered.

The position is an excellent opportunity to gain multidisciplinary research experience tackling some of society’s most pressing problems. The ideal candidate will be interested in psychology, neuroscience, data science, or a related field.

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*1 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).
  4. When RIKEN CBS-TOYOTA Collaboration Center is scheduled to undergo its final review
    When the center to which the Employee is affiliated is scheduled for a final review and it is decided that the Employee's research will not be continued, the provision given above for projects of limited duration applies and the Employee's contract will not be renewed for the 2022 year that would extend employment beyond the center's final fiscal year.

In principle, there will be a trial period of employment (2 months).
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).
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.
No smoking on site (designated smoking areas available)
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

Required documents

  1. Complete CV (with photo and email address)
    (RIKEN CV: WORD(56KB) or EXCEL(159KB) )
    ①(RIKEN CV)*Write the RIKEN job ad number “W19282”, indicated in the parentheses next to the job title, in the RIKEN job ad number section in the upper right corner of your CV.
    ②(Original CV)*Write down in the notes section of your CV the number written next to the title of the job position (e.g. W19282).
  2. List of research achievements
  3. External funding awarded
  4. Summary of research experience to date
  5. Reason for applying for the post
  6. A letter of recommendation including one from the current supervisor
    (If the current supervisor’s recommendation is not available, a recommendation letter from a third party will be accepted)
  7. Research Plan (Optional)
  8. Consent form for handling personal information based on GDPR
    If you are a resident of the European Economic Area (EEA), you are required to submit the document, “Consent form for handling personal information based on GDPR” with your signature.

    *You will find detailed information about General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on the following website:

How to apply

Send the PDF formatted application by email to rei.akaishi [at]riken.jp
(Recommendation letters must be emailed directly from the reference to rei.akaishi [at]riken.jp)


Application documents will not be returned.


Open until 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. Personal information will not be disclosed, transferred or loaned to a third party under any circumstances without just cause.

Selection process

Application screening and interview for selected applicants

Start of Employment

As early as possible

Contact Information / Send application to

RIKEN RIKEN CBS-TOYOTA Collaboration Center
Social Value Decision Making Unit
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198
Tel: +81 (0)48 462-1111 (Ext. 7194) / FAX: +81 (0)48 -467-6859
Email: rei.akaishi[at]riken.jp (Replace [at] with @ )
For inquiries, please send an email.