Aug. 16, 2022
Faculty Position in research of brain science
Center for Brain Science (W22047)
RIKEN Center for Brain Science (CBS)
Biology, Medical Science, Mathematical Science, Interdisciplinary
The RIKEN Center for Brain Science (CBS) is Japan’s premier neuroscience research center. Taking advantage of the multidisciplinarity of the fields of medicine, biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematical sciences, and psychology, our aim is to advance basic research and develop innovative technologies for elucidating the functions of the brain and the mind at multiple levels from genes, molecules, cells and whole organisms to societal systems. We also aim at finding solutions to the issues which contemporary society confronts, e.g. how we grapple with the psychological ramifications of our own inventions such as artificial intelligence (AI) and big data, and how we seek solutions to conquer diseases such as depression and dementia.
For details, please refer to the RIKEN CBS website. https://cbs.riken.jp/en/
Job title and job description
Job title, available positions
Team Leader (Principal Investigator position); Approximately 3 persons (half or more will be women)
Since its foundation in April 2018 following the strong 20-year foundation of its predecessor, the Brain Science Institute (BSI), to achieve the main research goals as described below, CBS has continuously endeavored for setting up the state-of-art research environments such as by installation of 7T fMRI for the study of human brain. This year, we are looking for researchers as Team Leaders (principal investigators) who can make the best of this excellent research environment by collaborating closely with researchers inside and outside CBS with diverse expertise to comprehensively promote research on brain and mind across multiple levels. The new team leader will supervise the laboratory and work as a "research manager" to train and guide researchers and other staffs. We are seeking a broad range of applicants in the fields of brain science and related fields. In order to further promote the diversity of researchers, which is one of CBS's strengths, we will ensure that at least half of the new hires will be women.
Four major themes of CBS:
- Research to reveal the high-level cognitive functions of the human brain
Our goal is to decipher how we reflect on ourselves, make inferences, and predict what others are thinking.
- Multi-layered studies based on animal models
By conducting research at all levels, we aim to understand the principles of brain functions and brain-body interactions.
- Data-driven research led by theoretical and technological advances
Ever larger and complex data acquired with advanced technologies can be harnessed to develop new theories and more universal and efficient AI systems.
- Developing diagnostic and therapeutic methods for neuropsychiatric disorders
We aim to address the social challenges of brain diseases and to create seeds for innovations that will enhance the quality of life.
- 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
Branch and address
RIKEN Wako (2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198)
Salary and benefits
- A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on annual evaluation, up to 9 years since the initial date of hire.
- RIKEN may adjust the above maximum period of renewability based on a) the employee’s abilities, workload 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.
- 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).
- RIKEN has indefinite-term Team Leader 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 Team Leaders 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 an annual salary based on experience, ability, and performance, and will consist of a base salary and a variable salary. The variable salary will be determined each fiscal year based on experience, ability, and performance. The monthly base salary is 708,000 JPY as of April 1st, 2022. The monthly base salary and variable salary are subject to change due to amendments to RIKEN regulations. Although we will prioritize the recruitment of junior researchers in the hope of significant future development, we will also consider established investigators who have already made outstanding achievements. A model case of the annual salary for the junior principal investigator will be approximately 10,000,000 JPY at the employment which is a sum of the base salary and variable salary. The variable salary will be increased depending on experience and/or ability.
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) in principle. However, employee may change starting and ending times at their own discretion if it does not interfere with work performance.
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. In compliance with Article 8 of the Equal Employment Opportunity Law (Special Provisions of Measures Pertaining to Women Workers), this type of recruitment is carried out as a measure to attain adequate levels of female representation.
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
(All documents, including letters of recommendation, should be written in English)
- A cover letter with a brief summary of the current research program and future plans.
- Complete CV (with photo, home and office address, telephone number, email address, work history, academic degrees, current affiliation and position, certifications, etc.) *Please write the RIKEN job ad number “W22047”, indicated in the parentheses next to the job title, in the upper right corner of your CV.
- List of research achievements and publications (separate by category: research papers, review papers, patents, etc.)
- List of acquired research funding
- Current research and achievements to date
- Future research plans
- Reprints of major research papers you authored (maximum five papers); highlight the titles of these papers in the list of research achievements and publications above (item3).
- 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 a 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:
- Letters must be addressed to “Dr. Makoto Gonokami, the President of RIKEN”.
- Please specify the referee’s contact information (Name, affiliation, job title, phone number, and email address)
- 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 https://cbs.riken.jp/career-brain-science/ (application form URL: https://riken-cbs.form.kintoneapp.com/public/1b38e6e6e3464f0d92740fab1a1b2a138f1d4f22f2e0df5f62fee3957546414b). 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.
Note: All the submitted documents will not be returned.
Applications and letters of recommendation must arrive by 5 pm on November 15, 2022 (Japan time).
Handling personal data
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 1st, 2023 or later (negotiable)
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]ml.riken.jp (Replace [at] with @)
*Applications are not accepted from this email. Please refer to “Application and Required Documents”.