Careers

Mar. 4, 2022

Technical Scientist or Technical Staff I Position
Support Unit for functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Center for Brain Science(W21323)

Laboratory

Support Unit for functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Center for Brain Science (Unit Leader: Hiroyuki Kamiguchi)

Research Area

Physics, Engineering, Mathematical Science, Medical Science, Interdisciplinary

Keyword

MRI,fMRI,DTI,image processing

Research field

MRI is a primary tool used in the study of brain anatomy and function in living humans. The Support Unit manages and maintains the 3T and 7T MRI systems. This includes supporting and advising neuroscientists in their MRI studies as well as developing and implementing improvements to MRI methods.

Job title and description

Job title

Technical Scientist or Technical Staff I, 1 position

Technical Scientist must develop new technologies and provide technical support to researchers independently.

Technical staff I must implement the missions of the support unit independently.

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

Job description

The person will be mainly responsible for the operation of human MRI systems (3T system and 7T system). She/he will also participate in the system maintenance and the development and improvement of imaging methods and image processing methods. As the person will work closely with engineers and researchers both within and outside the unit on a number of projects, she/he should be highly collaborative and able to work with the aim of maximizing overall research output. Experience in the field of functional brain imaging using MRI, experience or training on the operation of Siemens and/or GE MRI scanners is a plus.

Qualifications

The concerned person should have at least an MS degree (PhD is preferred) or equivalent experience and ability in this field, programming skills and a desire to contribute to the future of brain science from a technical perspective. English proficiency would be a plus.

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 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 for the period of fixed-term employment. Please refer to “RIKEN employment duration for fixed-term employees” for more details if necessary.).
  4. RIKEN has indefinite-term positions, which are subject to RIKEN’s mandatory retirement age of 60 followed by reemployment program until age of 65. Any scientists, including fixed-term Technical Scientist and Technical Staff I of RIKEN, are eligible to apply for open calls for indefinite-term positions.

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).

These positions fall 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 applying for the MEXT Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi).

Application and required documents

Technical Scientist

  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. W21323).
  2. List of research achievement
  3. External funding awarded
  4. Summary of research experience to date
  5. Reason for applying for the post (personal strengths, motivation, career aspirations, etc.)
  6. A letter of recommendation from the current supervisor (If unavailable, a letter from a substitute reference will be acceptable.)
    *Please specify the referee’s contact information (Name, affiliation, job title, phone number, and email address)
  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: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/data-protection_en

Technical Staff I

  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. W21323).
  2. List of research achievement
  3. List of skills
  4. Reason for applying for the post (personal strengths, motivation, career aspirations, etc.)
  5. A letter of recommendation from the current supervisor (If unavailable, a letter from a substitute reference will be acceptable.)
    *Please specify the referee’s contact information (Name, affiliation, job title, phone number, and email address)
  6. 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: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/data-protection_en

How to apply

The above documents except the recommendation letter combined into a single ZIP file should be sent to the following address:
Email: tomomi.yagi [at] riken.jp *Please replace [at] with @.
(Recommendation letter must be directly submitted from the referee to tomomi.yagi [at] riken.jp.)

Note: All the submitted documents will not be returned.

Deadline

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

The interview process will include questions regarding fMRI basics at the level covered in these textbooks.

  • Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 3rd Edition
    By, Scot Heuttel, Allen Song, Gregory McCarthy
  • fMRI 原理と実践
    By, 福山秀直
  • Introduction to Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Principles and Techniques, 2nd Edition
    By, Richard Buxton
  • Start of employment

    As soon as possible (negotiable)

    Contact information

    RIKEN Center for Brain Science
    Support Unit for functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
    Email: tomomi.yagi [at] riken.jp (Replace [at] with @ )
    For inquiries, please send an email.