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RIKEN is currently accepting applications for the FY 2019 Special Postdoctoral Researcher (SPDR) Program, from young, creative, independent researchers who will be a powerful force in furthering RIKEN’s research activities.

Number of openings: Around 60

Research fields:
Mathematical Sciences (Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Information Science, Artificial Intelligence), Physics (Physics I: particle, nuclear, astrophysics, etc., and Physics II: condensed matter), Chemistry, Biology (cell biology, developmental biology, plant biology, structural biology, microbiology, imaging, measuring, etc.), Medical science (brain science, psychology, immunology, oncology, genome science, etc.) and engineering that relate to research being conducted at RIKEN.

Capable of independent and responsible pursuit of a research topic. See SPDR website for details.

Salary and benefits (FY 2017 figures):
Annual salary paid in monthly installments of 487,000 yen (gross amount).
Commuting allowance (actual cost up to maximum of 55,000 yen per month)
Housing allowance (partial payment of rent)
Research budget: 1,000,000 yen per year
Fixed-term contract employee (3 years)

Applications will be accepted from February 1, Thursday, to April 19, Thursday, 2018.

SPDR Desk, Research Personnel Affairs Section, RIKEN
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198 Japan

Note: The provisions for this position are premised on RIKEN’s current budget and are subject to change with any change in the budget. Please check the website for details.

2018-03-07 2018-04-19

The Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) seeks highly motivated individuals who wish to pursue original research and also actively engage in cross-disciplinary discussions and synergistic research projects on the origins and evolution of planets and life.

Below you find the summary of our offer. For more details of the position and application materials and procedure, please refer to our website (

1. Position: ELSI Research Scientist

2. Number of Openings: Up to five positions are offered in the present recruitment.

3. Period of Employment: Three years, with a possible extension until March 31, 2022 based on the successful applicant's performance and the direction and situation of ELSI

4. Starting Date: August 1, 2018 or earliest possible date thereafter

5. Salary: JPY 4,800,000 to JPY 7,000,000 per year depending on experience, including social insurance, taxes, and all allowances (commuting, housing, etc.)

6. Place of Work:
Earth-Life Science Institute, Tokyo Institute of Technology
2-12-1 Ookayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-8550, Japan

7. Application closing date: April 14, 2018

We welcome all qualified candidates, regardless of nationality or gender. We encourage and support our candidates' close collaborations with overseas research institutes. Our institutional language is English; Japanese language skills are not required.

2018-02-13 2018-04-14

The Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences (FBS), Osaka University, invites applications for a faculty position at the rank of Full Professor.

The FBS aims at performing interdisciplinary studies to elucidate mechanisms underlying biological processes and tries to foster scientists capable of such studies. We are seeking a qualified candidate investigating regulatory mechanisms in biological systems at various levels in molecular, cellular and organismal contexts, which includes molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, structural biology, bio-imaging, and brain science etc., primarily using animals, plants, their cells or microorganisms. The successful candidate is expected to be a cutting-edge scientist in his/her research field and should contribute to the promotion of interdisciplinary research and education at the FBS.

The professorship position will be open later than 2018. The nominee who takes this position will head a research/education group and is expected to recruit two additional faculty members in his/her group at the associate and assistant professor level. The associates/assistant professor positions are not tenured.

Salary shall be based on the ‘Salary Regulations for National University Corporation Osaka University Staff. ’ or ‘Salary Regulations for National University Corporation Osaka University Academic Staff Subject to Annual Salary System. ’

Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a list of publications distinguishing original papers and review articles, the record of funding in the past, PDF files of your 6 most important papers, a detailed statement of your research in the past correlating with published papers (within 1000 words), and a research plan and your teaching interests (within 1000 words). Please also provide the list of three referees with their contact addresses. All application materials should be supplied both in a printed form and an electronic form recorded on CD-ROM as PDF files.

The application materials should be received by February 28, 2018. The applicants may be interviewed during the selection procedure.

The application materials shall be sent to the address below via a registered mail or an equivalent courier service using an envelope with indication of “Application Documents”. Submitted application documents will not be returned.

The General Affaires Section
Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences,
Osaka University,
1-3 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan

Inquiries may be addressed to Prof. Tatsuo Fukagawa using the following contact methods:
Telephone +81-6-6879-4428; Fax+81-6-6879-4427; E-mail: tfukagawa[at]

2017-11-01 2018-02-28