Dec. 22, 2023

Seeking a Technical Staff II
Laboratory for Circuit and Behavioral Physiology
RIKEN Center for Brain Science (W23275)


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

Research Field


Research Field

Systems neuroscience

Job Title and Job Description

Job title, available positions

Technical Staff Ⅱ: 1 position

Job description

The technician will support the lab in daily research. He/She will be responsible for aspects of lab organization such as lab equipment maintenance, experimental preparation, and overseeing biosafety requirements. The candidate will be trained to assist ongoing projects.


  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or related fields.
  • The successful candidate must be meticulous, self-motivated, and able to troubleshoot and interact well with other members of a diverse research team.
  • Is flexible and willing to obtain new expertise and experiences.
  • Good verbal and written English and Japanese communication skills.

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, 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 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 is 212,000 JPY as of April 1st 2024. The monthly base salary and variable salary are subject to change due to amendments to RIKEN regulations.

Overtime work, commuting and housing allowances will be provided. Social insurance will be applied.

The approximate amount of monthly salary at the time of employment:
The monthly salary at the time of employment will be more than 214,100 JPY.

Mandatory membership in the RIKEN Mutual Benefit Society (RIKEN Kyosaikai).
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 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 down in the notes section of your CV the number written next to the title of the job position (e.g. W23275).
  2. List of research achievement and publications (if available)
  3. Reason for applying for the post (personal strengths, motivation, etc.)
  4. 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)
  5. 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 Technical Staff II position, Lab for Circuit & Behavioral Physiology, CBS, RIKEN

The file name of the ZIP should contain your contact email address. After you uploaded the ZIP file, please let us (thomas.mchugh[at] know the file name of the uploaded file.

Recommendation letters must be directly submitted from the referees to the above website with the file name "Technical Staff II, RIKEN CBS [applicant’s name] (Recommendation letter)". Please specify the applicant's name, referee's name and contact information in the recommendation letter.

After the referees uploaded the recommendation letter, please let us (thomas.mchugh [at] know the file name of the uploaded file.
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.


Application must arrive by January 15, 2024

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

April 1st, 2024

Contact Information

RIKEN Center for Brain Science
Laboratory for Circuit and Behavioral Physiology
Email: thomas.mchugh [at] or For Technical Staff II position, Lab for Circuit & Behavioral Physiology, CBS, RIKEN
For inquiries, please send an email.