Sep. 17, 2021

Seeking Postdoctoral Researchers
Laboratory for Protein Conformation Diseases (W21154)


Laboratory for Protein Conformation Diseases , Center for Brain Science (Team Leader: Motomasa Tanaka)

Research Area

Biology, Medical Science, Interdisciplinary


Protein misfolding, aggregation, amyloid, mRNA translation, ribosome, neurodegenerative disease, psychiatric disease

Research Field

We aim to understand the molecular basis of neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases using both in vivo and in vitro systems via a variety of techniques including neurobiology, biophysics/structural biology, proteomics/genomics, and yeast genetics.

Job Title and Job Description

Job Title

Several Postdoctoral Researchers

Postdoctoral Researcher

Carries out research and other work in accordance with team research themes under the direction of supervisors. Basically defined as those with a doctoral degree of 5 years or less.

Job Description

Studies on protein misfolding/aggregation, amyloid formation/disaggregation, and/or aberrant mRNA translation in relation to neurodegenerative or neuropsychiatric diseases


The candidate should be highly motivated, possess a doctoral degree in the related field and sufficient research experiences of biophysics/structural biology (such as cryo-electron microscopy and various spectroscopies), cell biology analysis for protein aggregates/amyloid fibrils, or global RNA analysis such as RNA-seq. Details can be discussed upon request. Inquiries are welcome.

Work Location

Branch and address
RIKEN Center for Brain Science, 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. Discretionary work, 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.
Paid leave includes annual paid leave (up to 20 days depending on the month of employment), special paid leave (childcare, family nursing care, etc.), and work life balance holidays (up to 7 days depending on the month of employment).
There are also additional leave systems such as maternity leave, childcare leave, and family nursing care leave.
RIKEN has introduced telework as a temporary and special measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You may be asked to work from home according to the instructions of the institute. You can also choose to work from home with the permission of your supervisor.
No smoking on site (designated smoking areas available).
These and other provisions are in accordance with RIKEN regulations.
RIKEN is actively undertaking initiatives to promote gender equality and diversity, and moving forward with the establishment of a diverse and vibrant research environment. If multiple candidates are found to have the same aptitude following a fair assessment, active efforts will be made to recruit female candidates.

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

  1. Complete CV
    WORD(56KB) or EXCEL(159KB)
    (*Write down in the notes section of your CV the number written next to the title of the job position (e.g. W21154)
  2. List of research achievement (publications, conference presentations, awards)
  3. External funding awarded
  4. Summary of research experience to date
  5. Reason for applying for the post (personal strengths, techniques, motivations, future research perspectives, career aspirations)
  6. At least two letters of recommendation including the current supervisor (three recommendation letters are preferable)
    *Please specify the referee’s contact information (Name, affiliation, job title, phone number, and email address)
    (If a letter by the current supervisor is not possible, a letter by a third party)
  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

The above documents except the recommendation letters combined into a single ZIP file should be sent to the following address:
Email: motomasa.tanaka [at] *Please replace [at] with @.


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

Selection will be made based on application screening and interview.

Start of Employment

As early as possible (negotiable)

Contact Information

RIKEN Center for Brain Science
Laboratory for Protein Conformation Diseases
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198
Email: motomasa.tanaka[at]
For inquiries, please send an email.