May. 23, 2024

Research Part-time Worker Position
Laboratory for Neural Circuitry of Learning and Memory(W24050)


Laboratory for Neural Circuitry of Learning and Memory (Laboratory Head: Joshua Johansen)

Research Area

Computational Science

Research field

fMRI studies to address neural mechanisms for affective and cognitive decision makings. Studies may involve behavioral tasks as well as 3T-fMRI, 7T-fMRI, or both.

Job title and description

Job title

Research Part-time Worker II 1 position

Job description

Support and conduct behavioral and fMRI experiments which involve some physiological measures such as skin conductance responses. May assist some project-related administrative works such as handling subject fee payments.

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


A person who is engaged in assisting research activities in order to effectively advance research projects, and who meets either of the following criteria:
A. Enrolled in a master’s program and if a non-Japanese citizen, fulfills all of the following conditions:
1.Can verify having Permission to Engage in Activity other than that Permitted under the Status of Residence Previously Granted
2.Does not have a concurrent position outside of RIKEN
3.Works no more than 28 hours per week
B. Has a high level of specialized knowledge or skills

Work location

Branch and address
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

1,150JPY (Research Part-time Worker II )

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 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.
  • No smoking on site.
  • 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 Word (55.4KB) or Excel(57.6KB)
  2. Reason for applying for the post

How to apply

Send application materials by email to joshua.johansen [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. 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

August 1st, 2024

Contact information

RIKEN Center for Brain Science
Laboratory for Neural Circuitry of Learning and Memory
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198
Email: joshua.johansen [at] (Replace [at] with @ )
For inquiries, please send an email.