Aug. 22, 2023

Seeking Technical Staff I/ Technical Staff II
Laboratory for Consciousness
RIKEN Center for Brain Science (W23118)


Laboratory for Consciousness, Center for Brain Science (Team Leader: Hakwan Lau)

Research Field

Mathematical and Information Science, Computer Science, Biology, Interdisciplinary, Other


Psychology,Human Neuroscience,Conscious perception,Working memory,Mental imagery,Attention, Metacognition,Brain stimulation,Layer-specific fMRI

Research Field

Our lab studies the neural mechanisms for conscious perception, as well as related phenomena such as metacognition, attention, working memory, mental imagery etc. We use a variety of tools including high field neuroimaging (at 7T) and transcranial brain stimulation. Our research focuses on human subjects, although in collaboration with others we are also broadly interested in computational and animal models. If you are interested in joining us, please visit our lab webpage (

Job Title and Job Description

Job title, available positions

Technical staff Ⅰ* (discretionary labor system) or technical staff Ⅱ** (non discretionary labor system) 1 position

*Technical staff I must provide technical support independently to implement the lab missions.
**Technical staff II must provide technical support under the direction of the supervisor.
*The applicant will be assigned to an appropriate position based on his/her ability, aptitude, etc.

Job description

The main duty of the job is to help with data collection in experiments involving human subjects. This involves interacting with the participants, providing instructions, ensuring safety in operating the experimental equipment, as well as assisting in administrative duties such as preparing documents for obtaining ethical approval for studies.


Basic familiarity with common computer software applications, such as spreadsheet programs, is required. Some experience with data analysis and computer programming are desirable. Because of the nature of the work, communication skills are highly important, in both spoken Japanese and English.

Work Location

Branch and address
RIKEN Wako (2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198)
RIKEN has implemented a work-from-home system. With permission from the team leader, 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, to a maximum of June 30, 2030.
  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 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 will be 206,900 JPY as of April 1st, 2023. The monthly base salary and variable salary are subject to change due to amendments to RIKEN regulations.
Discretionary work (Technical staff I), 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 for Technical staff I.
The monthly salary at the time of employment will be 209,000 JPY or more for Technical staff II.
Mandatory membership in the RIKEN Mutual Benefit Society (RIKEN Kyosaikai).
Technical staffⅠposition falls under the specialized duties discretionary work system; one working day will be calculated as 7 hours and 30 minutes.

Technical staff Ⅱ falls under the non-discretionary work system; Work hours: 9:00 to 17:20 (lunch break 12:00 to 12:50). Supervisors may instruct employees to work outside of these hours.
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.

Mandatory membership in the RIKEN Mutual Benefit Society (RIKEN Kyosaikai).

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)
    *Write the RIKEN job ad number “W23118”, 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 achievement (if available) and/or summary of research experience to date
  3. List of acquired skills
  4. Cover letter (Reason for applying for the post (personal strengths, motivation, future research plans, career aspirations, etc.)
  5. Contact information (i.e., Name, affiliation, job title, phone number, and email address) of two referees who can be contacted to provide information about the candidate’s past work experience (ideally including current supervisor)
  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

The above documents should be combined into a single ZIP file and uploaded to the following website: The name of the ZIP file should contain your contact email address.
For Technical Staff I/II position, Laboratory for Consciousness, Center for Brain Science, RIKEN

Important: After you uploaded the ZIP file, please let us (ishiki_lab_recruit[at] know the file name of the uploaded file.

If a confirmation email is not received within 7 days after submission, please contact us again.
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 first based on application documents screening, if passed, then interviews, and/or oral presentation.

Start of Employment

Nov. 2023 onwards (Negotiable)

Contact Information

Laboratory for Consciousness
RIKEN Center for Brain Science
Email: ishiki_lab_recruit[at] (Replace [at] with @ )
For inquiries, please send an email.