Jan. 20, 2023

Seeking a Technical Staff I
Social Value Decision Making Collaboration Unit, RIKEN CBS-TOYOTA Collaboration Center (W22274)


Social Value Decision Making Collaboration Unit , RIKEN CBS-TOYOTA Collaboration Center, Center for Brain Science (Unit Leader: Rei Akaishi)

Research Area

Biology, Medical Science, Interdisciplinary, Other


Neuroscience, Wellbeing, Decision Making, Social Network

Research Field

Societies around the world are now changing rapidly and in accelerating speeds. Research disciplines for studies of human being have not caught up with the rapid changes of the societies. To address these issues, our laboratory combines the research fields of decision science such as neuroeconomics, behavioral economics, psychology. In addition to the research fields of individual decision making, we will extend and connect principles of decision making, which are found in experimental rooms, to decision making at group and society levels with the aid of analysis techniques of big data, which are developed in new fields of collective behavior such as computational social science. Our research will bring about positive impacts to people in society by humanizing practices of work environments and by creating sustainable designs of social systems. We welcome eager and ambitious participants in this exciting research endeavor to create positive values for people in our global society.

Job Title and Job Description

Job Title

Technical staff Ⅰ* (discretionary labor system): 1 person
*Technical staff I must provide technical supports independently to implement the lab missions.
*The applicant will be assigned to an appropriate position based on his/her ability, aptitude, etc.

Job Description

The Social Value Decision Making Lab at RIKEN Center for Brain Science invites applications for a full-time Technical Staff position at RIKEN’s Wako Campus. We will begin reviewing applications on 2/1/23 and continue until the position is filled. We are a lab with an international team looking for applicants interested in applying computational approaches to studying human social network (especially trust), wellbeing and decision-making and their neural bases. Our lab uses a range of methods including computational modeling, functional brain imaging, EEG, and behavioral experiments offline/online, experience sampling method, in the lab and the field.

The Research Associate will contribute to all aspects of our lab’s research. Below are details of the job responsibilities:

Core Job Responsibilities
(1) Software development and documentation for experiments related to behavioral experiments, experience sampling method, fMRI/EEG studies;
(2) Document, organize and store data using practices geared toward fully reproducible science (e.g. GitHub, OSF);
(3) Developing secure databases and maintain servers for storing behavioral data, neuroimaging data, and big datasets scraped from laboratory experiments and real world scenes
(4) Lab website development and maintenance.

Additional Possible Job Duties (Degree/Experience/Interest-Dependent)**
(1) Experimental planning and data collection
(2) Data analysis and model development
(3) Manuscript preparation as co-author if contributions meet international standards for authorship

**to be considered if core responsibilities are being satisfactorily and efficiently completed


Education: PhD or MS.
The position is an excellent opportunity to gain multidisciplinary research experience tackling some of society’s most pressing problems. The ideal candidate will be interested in psychology, neuroscience, data science, or a related field.

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 2026 (March 31,2027).
  2. 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.

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 206,900 JPY. The monthly base salary and variable salary are subject to change due to amendments to RIKEN regulations. Discretionary work, commuting and housing allowances will be provided. Social insurance will be applied.
The approximate amount of annual salary at the time of employment:
The monthly salary including discretionary work allowance at the time of employment will be 234,000 JPY or more.

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.
Smoking is not permitted on site except in designated smoking areas. Smoking will be entirely prohibited on site from April 2024.
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.

The Wako Campus has an on-site daycare, RIKEN Kids Wako. For details, please send an email to the HR at kids [at]

Application and Required Documents

  1. Complete CV ( with photo and email address)
    WORD(56KB) or EXCEL(159KB)
    (RIKEN CV) *Write the RIKEN job ad number “W22274”, indicated in the parentheses next to the job title, in the RIKEN job ad number section in the upper right corner of your CV.
    (Original CV) *Write down in the notes section of your CV the number written next to the title of the job position (e.g. W22274).
  2. List of research achievement and publications(if available)
  3. List of acquired skills
  4. Reasons for applying for the post (personal strengths, motivation, etc.)
  5. At least one letter of recommendation (including one from the current supervisor, If available)
    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:

How to apply

Please send application by email.
Email: rei.akaishi [at] (Replace [at] with @ )
Note: All the submitted documents will not be returned.

Recommendation letters must be directly submitted from the referees to the following email with the subject line "BTCC Center Technical Staff [applicant’s name] (Recommendation letter)". Please specify the applicant's name, referee's name and contact information in the recommendation letter.
For Technical Staff position, Social Value Decision Making Unit, BTCC, RIKEN.

Note: All the submitted documents will not be returned.


March 1, 2023 (application to reach RIKEN by this date)

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 interviews.

Start of Employment

As early as possible

Contact Information

RIKEN CBS-TOYOTA Collaboration Center
Social Value Decision Making Collaboration Unit,
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198
Tel: +81 (0)48 462-1111 (Ext. 7194) / FAX: +81 (0)48 -467-6859
Email: rei.akaishi[at] (Replace [at] with @ )
For inquiries, please send an email.