Apr. 22, 2024

Seeking an Administrative Part-time Worker II
Laboratory for Circuit and Behavioral Physiology(W24018)


Laboratory for Circuit and Behavioral Physiology, Center for Brain Science (Team Leader: Thomas McHugh)

Research Area

The Laboratory for Circuit and Behavioral Physiology (McHugh lab) at RIKEN is looking for a Part-time worker to help and support research activities. He/She will be responsible for aspects of lab organization such as mouse handling, breeding, equipment maintenance, experimental preparation, and assist ongoing projects.

Job Title and Job Description

Job Title

Administrative Part-time Worker II
Available positions: 2 positions

Job Description

Join our team and contribute to cutting-edge research by assisting in ongoing experiments, integrating in-vivo techniques, and conducting behavioral analyses. Utilize expertise in data mining to dissect complex neural data and uncover valuable insights. Additionally, document imaging data using microscopy techniques.

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


Bachelor’s degree in biology or related fields
Good verbal and written English and Japanese communication skills. Data mining experience is desired.

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.
Work location will not be changed during the term of this employment contract or upon renewal.

Salary and Benefits

Hourly wages

1,150-1300 JPY (Administrative Part-time Worker II )
(Hourly salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.)

Commuting allowance

provided (within a pre-determined range.)

Terms of contract

The initial contract will be until March 31, 2025.
A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on the agreement of both parties, to a maximum of 5 years from the date of hire.
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.

Working days

2-3 days per week(weekdays only)

Working hours

The work hours shall be one of the following, with the total time not to exceed 35 hours/week.
(Working days and hours are negotiable. However, daily working hours cannot be shifted for different days.)


Saturdays and Sundays, Japanese national holidays, New Year holidays (Dec.29-Jan.3), and RIKEN Foundation Day (4th Monday in October).

Other provisions

  • Worker’s accident compensation insurance applies. Social insurance will be applied depending on the working conditions.
  • Paid leave includes annual paid leave (up to 20 days depending on the number of days and hours worked per week and 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.

Application and Required Documents

  1. Complete CV (with photo and email address)
    WORD(56KB) or EXCEL(159KB)
  2. Reason for applying for the post (personal strength, motivation, etc)

How to apply

The above documents combined into a single ZIP file should be emailed to thomas.mchugh[at] If a confirmation email is not received within 7 days after submission, please contact: thomas.mchugh[at]
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 at RIKEN. 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 soon as possible (negotiable)

Contact Information

RIKEN Center for Brain Science
Laboratory for Circuit and Behavioral Physiology
Email: thomas.mchugh[at]
For inquiries, please send an email.