Jun. 8, 2023
Seeking Technical Staff
Laboratory for Neural Circuitry of Learning & Memory (W23068)
Laboratory for Neural Circuitry of Learning & Memory, Center for Brain Science (Team Leader: Joshua Johansen)
Neuroscience, learning & memory, emotion, decision making, neural circuits
Our laboratory studies the neural basis of emotion, memory and decision making using carefully designed behavioral tasks, computational analysis of neural activity (in-vivo electrophysiology and calcium imaging) and neural circuit based perturbation approaches (optogenetics/chemogenetics).
Job Title and Job Description
Job title, available position
Technical staff Ⅰ* (discretionary labor system)
*Technical staff I must provide technical support independently to implement the lab’s mission.
IT and data management, develop and maintain experimental equipment, provide programming and analysis support, website development and maintenance
Requires Master’s degree (or higher) in computer science or related discipline and expertise in MatLab, Python and C++, database management, knowledge of neuroscience experimental approaches.
Branch and address
RIKEN Wako (2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198）
RIKEN has implemented a work-from-home system. Employees can work from home in accordance with the prescribed procedures.
Salary and Benefits
- 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.
- 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.
In principle, the first two months of employment is considered a trial period.
Salary will be a monthly 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 as of April 1st 202X. 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.
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] riken.jp.
Application and Required Documents
- Complete CV (with photo and email address)
WORD(56KB) or EXCEL(159KB)
- List of acquired skills
- Reason for applying for the post (personal strengths, motivation, etc.)
- A letter of recommendation from the current supervisor (If unavailable, a letter from a substitute reference will be acceptable.）
- 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
Send application materials by email to joshua.johansen [at]riken.jp.
Note: All the submitted documents will not be returned.
Open until the position is filled
Handling personal data
Application screening and interview for selected applicants
Start of Employment
September 1, 2023
RIKEN Center for Brain Science
Laboratory for Neural Circuitry of Learning & Memory
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198
Email: joshua.johansen[at]riken.jp (Replace [at] with @ )