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RIKEN offers up to one junior Principal Investigator (PI) position, a RIKEN Hakubi Fellow position, for an exceptionally talented female researcher for a maximum of 7 years in the framework of the Sechi Kato Program. The RIKEN Hakubi Fellow is expected to engage in creative and ambitious research in natural and mathematical sciences, including research areas bordering the humanities and social sciences, by leading her independent research team. Proposals intended to resolve urgent issues that humankind faces today are also welcome (See for example, Sustainable Development Goals of United Nations).
One of the important goals of the RIKEN Hakubi Fellows Program is to foster stimulating interactions among the Fellows with diverse backgrounds and to create an intellectual hub of scientists with different disciplines within and beyond RIKEN.

Who was Sechi Kato? – Sechi Kato (1893-1989) is a pioneering female scientist who developed spectrometric analysis of organic materials in Japan, and the first female Chief Scientist of RIKEN.

What is “Hakubi”?—Hakubi is a proverb derived from classical Chinese literature. There were five siblings in ancient China, all excellent, but the most brilliant one had white (haku) eyebrows (bi).

Qualifications
Applicants should be talented female researchers who are able to engage in research at RIKEN on a full-time basis with the ability to manage their research laboratories as PIs. A doctoral degree is not necessarily required for this position.

Research environment
In addition to the salary, a successful candidate will be allocated a research budget of 10 to 40 million yen per year depending on the research plan and the progress. The Hakubi Fellow is assigned a laboratory space of about 150 square meters in total at Wako campus or, if considered necessary, at one of RIKEN’s branches in Japan. The final details will be decided through discussions with the Hakubi Fellows Program Head.

Term of employment and salary
Employment starts on April, 2021 or later and the contract period is up to a total of 5 years. Upon evaluation the period can be extended for additional 2 years, for a maximum of 7 years.

The annual salary is approximately 10 million yen per year (including tax). In addition, commuting and housing allowances are provided according to the RIKEN regulations.

Application and screening procedures
See our website for details: https://www.riken.jp/en/careers/programs/hakubi/sechikato2021/
Applicants of the Sechi Kato Program may also apply for the regular Hakubi Fellows Program.
The first stage of screening is an evaluation of submitted documents, the results of which is notified by early September. Successful applicants then proceed to the second stage, the interview, which is currently scheduled to take place in autumn.

Deadline
Online registration: 24:00 (JST), June 16, 2020
Upload of application documents: 15:00 (JST), June 30, 2020

Contact Information
RIKEN Hakubi Desk,
Research Personnel Affairs Section, RIKEN
hakubi[at]riken.jp

2020-05-01 2020-06-16

RIKEN offers junior Principal Investigator (PI) positions, the RIKEN Hakubi Fellows, for exceptionally talented researchers for a maximum of 7 years. RIKEN Hakubi Fellows are expected to engage in creative and ambitious research in natural and mathematical sciences, including research areas bordering the humanities and social sciences, by leading their independent research teams. Proposals intended to resolve urgent issues that humankind faces today are also welcome (See for example, Sustainable Development Goals of United Nations).
One of the important goals of the RIKEN Hakubi Fellows Program is to foster stimulating interactions among the Fellows with diverse backgrounds and to create an intellectual hub of scientists with different disciplines within and beyond RIKEN.
Up to two Hakubi Fellow positions are offered this year.

What is “Hakubi”?—Hakubi is a proverb derived from classical Chinese literature.
There were five siblings in ancient China, all excellent, but the most brilliant one
had white (haku) eyebrows (bi).

Qualifications
Applicants should be talented researchers who are able to engage in research at RIKEN on a full-time basis with the ability to manage their laboratories as PIs. A doctoral degree is not necessarily required for this position.

Research environment
In addition to the salary, a successful candidate will be allocated a research budget of 10 to 40 million yen per year depending on the research plan and the progress. The Hakubi Fellow is assigned a laboratory space of about 150 square meters in total at Wako campus or, if considered necessary, at one of RIKEN’s branches in Japan. The final details will be decided through discussions with the Hakubi Fellows Program Head.

Term of employment and salary
Employment starts on April, 2021 or later and the contract period is up to a total of 5 years. Upon evaluation the period can be extended for additional 2 years, for a maximum of 7 years.

The annual salary is approximately 10 million yen per year (including tax). In addition, commuting and housing allowances are provided according to the RIKEN regulations.

Application and screening procedures
See our website for details: https://www.riken.jp/en/careers/programs/hakubi/hakubi2021/
The first stage of screening is an evaluation of submitted documents, the results of which is notified by early September. Successful applicants then proceed to the second stage, the interview, which is currently scheduled to take place in autumn.

Deadline
Online registration: 24:00 (JST), June 16, 2020
Upload of application documents: 15:00 (JST), June 30, 2020

Contact Information
RIKEN Hakubi Desk,
Research Personnel Affairs Section, RIKEN
hakubi[at]riken.jp

2020-05-01 2020-06-16

Waseda Institute for Advanced Study (WIAS) was established in September 2006 to enable promising and talented researchers to focus on their research activities under fixed-term contracts in a rich research environment. At present, around 30 researchers at WIAS are performing advanced research on a wide range of themes, with no limitation regarding field of study. WIAS is currently recruiting researchers for AY 2021, as detailed below.

1. Recruitment Fields:
Fields within the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences

2. Number of Positions:
About 10

3. Appointment Position:
Assistant Professor (non -tenure-track) or Associate Professor (non -tenure-track)
Note: The appointment position will be determined based on the results of screening and interviews.

4. Application Qualifications:
Researchers who meet either of qualifications a. or b. below.

a. Persons with a doctorate, preferably granted after April 1, 2011.

b. Persons who are expected to obtain a doctorate by the time of appointment.

Note: If you are not able, no later than one month prior to the date of appointment, to provide an official letter stating that the doctorate will be granted by the time of appointment, your appointment will be revoked.

Note: Applicants are expected to be enthusiastic about conducting research, which should: contribute to the research achievements of Waseda University; establish and strengthen collaborative networks between researchers at Waseda University and those at research institutions and universities outside Waseda, including overseas. Applicants are also expected to proactively participate in research and education initiatives implemented by Waseda.

5. Research Theme:
WIAS seeks to recruit researchers who will undertake highly creative research projects that have the potential to identify issues for the future investigation, and who will carve out new fields of study within the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences.

Note: Waseda University has been selected for one of the Top Global University Projects (TGU) instituted by MEXT,* and is working on a project titled, Waseda Goes Global—A Plan to Build a Worldwide Academic Network that is Open, Dynamic and Diverse, aimed at accelerating efforts to realize the goals set forth in Waseda’s mid- to long-term strategic plan, Waseda Vision 150. Efforts are being made to enhance the model units of the TGU project and the units of life science and data science at Waseda University; these are highly evaluated internationally and will form the core of this project. For more detail, please refer to WIAS’s researcher recruitment information at https://www.waseda.jp/inst/wias/news-en/2020/03/31/6874/.

6. Duties and Working Conditions:
Please refer to WIAS’s researcher recruitment for details.

7. Period of Employment:
In principle, employment begins on April 1, 2021.
For researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences, the employment period will be three years from the starting date of employment, non-renewable (i.e. from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2024, in principle)
Exception: in the case of researchers in Natural Sciences, one-year reappointments are allowed to a maximum extension of two years, if the research activities and achievements to the end the third year have been highly evaluated and are considered sufficient. The maximum total period of employment in the WIAS, including the period of reappointment, is five years.

8. Selection Procedure and Notification of Results:
Please refer to recruitment information on WIAS website for details.

9. Application Documents and Application Procedures:
Complete the Online Registration Form on WIAS website below and submit the specified application documents via the online system. When your registration is successfully completed, a confirmation message will be sent to you at the e-mail address that you provided in the Online Registration Form. Please note that the application documents must be submitted via the Online Registration Form, and NOT by e-mail, post or any other means.
https://www.waseda.jp/inst/wias/news-en/2020/03/31/6874/

10. Deadline for Application:
June 9, 2020 (Tuesday), 5 P.M. (Japan time)

Note: Submission of application documents through the Online Registration Form must be completed by this date and time.

11. Contact:
Waseda Institute for Advanced Study (WIAS), Waseda University
E-mail: wias-recruit[at]list.waseda.jp
Inquiries by phone will not be accepted.

2020-04-28 2020-06-09

- 3 independent PI positions

- Work location: RIKEN BDR Kobe Campus (Kobe, Japan)

- Generous startup + funding

The RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (BDR) aims to understand the general principles of organismal temporal dynamics throughout the lifespan from birth to death, including aging. Our interdisciplinary approaches include imaging, multi-omics, theory, molecular biology, stem cell biology, organoids, and diverse animal models.

We are now seeking to recruit Team Leaders who aim to explore new fields of life cycle science. How organisms including humans control the transitions of life stages, and how they achieve long-term control across distinct life stages, are our keen interests. Topics include metabolic, epigenetic, and morphogenetic transitions in the life cycle, multi-organ interactions, stem cell-based tissue maintenance, transgenerational interactions (e.g. mother-to-fetal communication), aging, and any other topics that will potentially lead to conceptual advances in life cycle science. We encourage proposals using unprecedented interdisciplinary approaches, such as combinations of reconstructing organs, comparing diverse animal models and primates including human subjects, linking events at multiple scales from molecules and cells to tissues and organs, and taking advantage of any other cutting-edge technologies.

BDR provides early-career Team Leaders with an excellent environment for their independent research, including internationally competitive start-up packages and annual research funds as well as mentoring by experienced senior PIs. Team Leaders will have access to cutting-edge facilities including various animal models, mouse genome engineering, multi-scale imaging and omics, and to opportunities for active collaborations with medical institutions, industry, and affiliated graduate schools. For more information please visit the BDR website (https://www.bdr.riken.jp/en/index.html).

We are committed to promoting gender and international diversity in our Center and strongly encourage applications from female and non-Japanese scientists. The recruitment will remain open until three scientists, including one or more female scientists, are appointed. The working language for all discussions open to BDR members is English.

For more information and required application documents, please visit the application website:
https://www.riken.jp/en/careers/researchers/20200326/index.html

We will start reviewing applications received by June 30, 2020.

2020-04-02 2020-06-30

Postdoctoral positions are available with Professor Ya-Ming Hou at Thomas Jefferson University, Sidney Kimmel Medical College. We focus on tRNA epigenetic changes and explore their roles in gene expression at the codon level and in response to cellular stress, which are new concepts at the cutting edge of molecular biology and central dogma. We use a synthetic biology approach with CRISPR/Cas-edited genomes to determine how modifications in tRNA impact cell fitness at the codon level. Our lab is intellectually stimulating and encouraging global networking. Current projects are tRNA epigenetic biology:

In response to environmental stress
In discovery of new bacterial physiology and antibiotic therapeutics
In neurodegenerative diseases.

For more information, please see the following publications and our website:

Cell Systems, 8, 302-314 (2019). PMID: 30981730 (Featured in Faculty 1000 Prime)
Nucleic Acids Res. 46, e37 (2018). PMID: 29361055
Nucleic Acids Res. 45, 4081-4093 (2017). PMID: 27956502
PNAS 113, 15096-15101 (2016). PMID: 27849575 (Featured in PNAS commentary)
Nat Struct Mol Biol, 10, 941-948 (2016). PMID: 27571175. (Featured in Science)
Nature Communications, 6:7226 (2015). PMID: 26009254
Chem and Biol (Cell Press) 21, 1351-1360 (2014). PMID: 25219964
Nature 510, 507-511 (2014). PMID: 24919148 (Featured in Nature News and Views)
Nat. Communications. 2:329 (2011). PMID: 21629262

https://houlaboratory.com/research
https://www.jefferson.edu/university/research/researcher/researcher-faculty/hou-laboratory.html

Candidates with a recent Ph.D. and a passion for basic research are encouraged to apply. Experience in RNA-seq, high-throughput data analysis, fluorescence microscopy, cell culture, molecular biology, protein enzymology, nucleic acids research, and mitochondrial research is preferred.

Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information of three references to:

Ya-Ming Hou
Professor of Biochemistry and Mol Biology
Thomas Jefferson University
233 S. 10th Street, BLSB 220
Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
T: 215-503-4480

Email: ya-ming.hou[at]jefferson.edu
2020-04-01 2020-07-01