Dec. 21, 2020

Postdoctoral researcher position
Adrian Moore Lab. for Neurodiversity(W20199)


Laboratory for Neurodiversity, Center for Brain Science (Laboratory head:Adrian Walton Moore)

Research area

Biology, Medical Science

Research field

Molecular Neuroscience / Cellular and Developmental Biology

Job title and description

Job title, available positions

Postdoctoral Researcher 1 position

Job description

They ultimate goal of the Laboratory for Neurodiversity is to decode the algorithms for neuron differentiation. By doing this we will understand the fundamental mechanisms that create form and function in nervous systems. Our open postdoctoral position requires candidates with a proven record of excellence in molecular biology. Projects open in the lab include development and utilization of cell profiling, including single cell profiling technologies, and in vivo imaging of cellular differentiation processes. Skills in bioinformatics, image analysis, or similar computational skills are also preferred.

Our laboratory is a diverse and multicultural environment; a good working level of English as common laboratory language is required. (Candidates with high level Japanese language skills are encouraged; nevertheless, this is not a requirement for selection.) Ability to function effectively in a team will be carefully considered in the selection process.


The candidate should possess a doctoral degree in a related field and research experience using molecular and cellular biology techniques. A preexisting publication record, and history of attaining competitive funding will be advantageous.

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 5 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). However, employees who have previously worked at RIKEN may be subject to different rules on period of fixed-term employment. Please refer “RIKEN employment duration for fixed-term employees” for more details if necessary.).

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).

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 “W20199”, 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 ( W20199).
  2. List of research achievements
  3. External funding awarded
  4. Summary of research experience to date
  5. Reason for applying for the post (personal strengths, motivation, future research plans, career aspirations, etc.)
  6. Contact information of two referees
  7. 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 GCNA-admin[at]
Note: 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

April 1st, 2021

Contact information/Send application to

RIKEN Center for Brain Science
Laboratory for Neurodiversity
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198
Email: GCNA-admin[at] (Replace [at] with @ )
For inquiries, please send an email.