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Aug. 31, 2020

Faculty Position in research of neurological/psychiatric disorders
Center for Brain Science(W20064)


RIKEN Center for Brain Science (CBS)

Research Area

Biology, Medical Sciences, Interdisciplinary


Psychiatric disease, Neurological disease, Diagnosis, Therapy, Etiology

Research field

The RIKEN Center for Brain Science (CBS) is Japan’s premier neuroscience research center. It has built 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 and description

Job title, available positions

Team Leader (Principal Investigator position); one person

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 aiming at elucidating basic mechanisms and/or developing diagnosis, prevention and therapy for neurological/psychiatric disorders that pose serious challenges to our society today and to create seeds for innovations that will enhance the quality of life. Candidates with limited experience in disease research, but with a concrete plan to bring about revolutionary progress to this field by applying his/her own cutting-edge technology are also welcome to apply. Since researchers from various fields in neuroscience are collaborating at CBS, cross-disciplinary joint research is also encouraged after employment. We will prioritize the applications from a junior researcher with the hope of significant future development, but we will also consider established investigators who have already made outstanding achievements.


  • University graduates with a 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)

Salary and benefits

  1. A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on annual evaluation, to a maximum of the end of fiscal year 2024 (March 31, 2025).
  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. Fixed-term Team Leaders are eligible to apply for an open call for indefinite-term Team Leader positions (equivalent to tenured positions) at RIKEN, and following evaluation by a RIKEN review board the contract may be changed to indefinite-term employment.

In principle, the first two months of employment is considered a trial period.
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).
Work hours: 9:00 to 17:20 (lunch break 12:00 to 12:50). Supervisors may instruct employees to work outside of these hours.
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.
*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 plans.
  2. Complete CV (with photo, home and office address, telephone number, email address, work history, academic degrees, current affiliation and position, certifications, etc.) *Write down in the notes section of your CV the number written next to the title of the job position (W20064).
  3. List of research achievements and publications (separate by category: research papers, review papers, patents, etc., and circle the titles of the major research papers in the list that you submit under item 7.)
  4. List of acquired research funding
  5. Current research and achievements to date
  6. Future research plans
  7. Reprints of major research papers you authored (maximum five papers); circle the titles of these papers in the list of research achievements and publications above (item3).
  8. Three letters of recommendation (including one from the current supervisor, if available.)
    The applicant fills in necessary details (name, e-mail address, and the relationship with the applicant) about each referee, and an automatic request will be sent. Please ask each referee to follow the instruction e-mail that will be automatically sent to provide the recommendation letter.
    If current supervisor’s recommendation is not available, a recommendation letter from a third party will be accepted.
    The letter should be prepared as a PDF document as follows:
    NB1: Letters of recommendation must be signed (or stamped) by the person writing the letter.
    NB2: Letters must be addressed to “Dr. Hiroshi Matsumoto, the President of RIKEN”.
  9. 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:

In addition to items 1 to 9 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.

How to apply

Please submit the required documents in a PDF file by registering at (application form URL). Please provide email addresses to contact the referees in the designated line in the application form. An automatic request to provide a recommendation letter will be sent to the referees.


Application documents will not be returned.


Application must arrive by the end of November 2020

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

Short-listed candidates will be invited to RIKEN CBS for an in-person interview, which will include a seminar, an interview with the search committee, and laboratory visits to meet with CBS faculty members. However, depending on the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the seminar and interview may be conducted on-line.

Start of employment

April 1, 2021 or later (negotiable)

Contact information/Send application to

CBS Search Committee Administrative Office, RIKEN Center for Brain Science (CBS)
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198
Inquiries will be accepted by the following e-mail.
E-mail: cbs-search[at] (Replace [at] with @)
*Applications are not accepted from this email. Please refer to【Application and required documents