Apr. 15, 2024

Seeking a Technical Staff
Laboratory for Neurodiversity (W24010)


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

Research Field

Biology, Medical Science

Research Area

Molecular Neuroscience / Cellular and Developmental Biology

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

Job Description

In our laboratory, we study the regulatory control of neuron differentiation.
We are looking for a technical staff to support projects in one or both of two model systems:
1) Using the development of Drosophila neurons as a model.
2) Using human cortical neural precursor and neuron culture as models.

In addition, the technical staff will take on laboratory management roles including but not limited to reagent and animal management, documentation, liaising with external vendors, and working with RIKEN administrative officers to achieve the safe and smooth running of the laboratory.

We will carefully consider applications from an experienced researcher with a strong molecular biology, animal handling, and genetics background and effective working practices or from a recent graduate with great promise.

Our laboratory is diverse and multicultural. We value open communication, collaboration, teamwork, and efficient productivity. The scientific language of our laboratory is English. Additionally, our staff speaking Japanese as a primary language are comfortable with Japanese conversations happening at various levels. Fluent Japanese proficiency is required for this position, as much work will be in Japanese.

The job description may be changed during the contract period or upon contract renewal to the extent described above.


  • The candidates should possess a degree in a related field and relevant research experience.
  • The candidates should have good communication skills (both in English and Japanese),and be able to cooperate with the relevant personnel to fulfill the tasks.

Work Location

RIKEN Center for Brain Science (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.

RIKEN may order the employee to change work locations, if necessary.

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 (March 31) in which the employee completes 7 years of employment.
  2. 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 70 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 215,600 JPY as of April 1st 2024. 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 244,800 JPY or more for Technical staff I.
The monthly salary at the time of employment will be 217,800 JPY or more for Technical staff II.

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

Technical staff I & technical staff II

Technical staffⅠposition falls under the specialized duties discretionary work system; one working day will be calculated as 7 hours and 30 minutes.
Technical staffⅡfalls 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. 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.

RIKEN has a work-from-home system, but this position requires attendance at the work location. Therefore, the work-from-home system is not available for this position.

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 “W24010”, 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 research achievement and publications (if available)
  3. List of acquired skills
  4. Reason for applying for the post (personal strengths, motivation, future research plans, career aspirations, etc.)
  5. A letter of recommendation from the current supervisor (If unavailable, a letter from a substitute reference will be acceptable.)
    *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)or UK, you are required to submit the document, “Consent form for handling personal information based on GDPR and Regulation of the European Parliament and of the council of on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (UK General Data Protection Regulation)” with your signature.

    *You will find detailed information about General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on the following website:
    *You will find detailed information about Regulation of the European Parliament and of the council of on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (UK GDPR) on the following website:

How to apply

Please email your documents as a PDF file to[at]
(1) All the submitted documents will not be returned.
(2) Only candidates who pass document screening will be contacted via email.


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

Application screening and interview for selected applicants

Start of Employment

As early as possible

Contact Information

RIKEN Center for Brain Science Laboratory for Neurodiversity
For inquiries, please send an email.