Aug. 1, 2023

Seeking Postdoctoral Researcher
Laboratory for Neurodiversity(W23108)
Center for Brain Science


Laboratory for Neurodiversity, Center for Brain Science (Team Leader: Adrian Walton Moore)

Research Area

Biology, Medical Science

Research Field

Molecular Neuroscience / Cellular and Developmental Biology

Job Title and Job Description

Job Title

Postdoctoral Researcher 2 positions

Job Description

They ultimate goal of the Laboratory for Neurodiversity is to decode the algorithms for neuron differentiation. By doing this we will understand the fundamental mechanisms that create form and function in nervous systems. Our open postdoctoral position requires candidates with a proven record of excellence in molecular biology. Projects open in the lab include development and utilization of cell profiling, including single cell profiling technologies, and in vivo imaging of cellular differentiation processes. Skills in bioinformatics, image analysis, or similar computational skills are also preferred.

Our laboratory is a diverse and multicultural environment; a good working level of English as common laboratory language is required. (Candidates with high level Japanese language skills are encouraged; nevertheless, this is not a requirement for selection.) Ability to function effectively in a team will be carefully considered in the selection process.


The candidate should possess a doctoral degree in a related field and research experience using molecular and cellular biology techniques. A preexisting publication record, and history of attaining competitive funding will be advantageous.

Work Location

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

  1. A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, up until March 31 2025.
  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 295,100 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 more than 335,000 JPY.
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.

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 ( with photo and email address)
    WORD(56KB) or EXCEL(159KB)
    (RIKEN CV) *Write the RIKEN job ad number “W23108”, indicated in the parentheses next to the job title, in the RIKEN job ad number section in the upper right corner of your CV.
  2. List of achievements
  3. External funding awarded
  4. Summary of research experience to date
  5. Reason for applying for the post (Personal strengths, motivation, future research plans, career aspirations, etc.)
  6. A letter of recommendation by current supervisor (If it 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 uploaded to the following website:

For Research Scientist position, Neurodiversity Team, Center for Brain Science, RIKEN
The file name of the ZIP should contain your contact email address.
After you uploaded the ZIP file, please let us ([at] know the file name of the uploaded file.

Recommendation letters must be directly submitted from the referees to the following website with the subject line " Center for Brain Science Postdoctoral Researcher [applicant’s name] (Recommendation letter)". Please specify the applicant's name, referee's name and contact information in the recommendation letter.
For Research Scientist position, NeurodiversityTeam, Center for Brain Science, RIKEN
After the referees uploaded the recommendation letter, please let us ([at] admin) know the file name of the uploaded file.
If a confirmation email is not received within 7 days after submission, please contact:[at] admin.
Note: All the submitted documents will not be returned.


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 interviews.

Start of Employment

October 1, 2023 or later (As early as possible)

Contact Information

RIKEN Center for Brain Science
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako-shi, Saitama
351-0198, JAPAN
+81 (48) 462-1111 ext 7792
Email:[at] For inquiries, please send an email.