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Job Description
We are soliciting applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher who will work on the KAKENHI project, Grant-in-Aid for Transformative Research Areas (A) "Development of Molecular Memory/Molecular Learning Circuits for Minimal Artificial Brain (FY2020-2024, Co-Investigator: Ken Komiya)" in the project area of "Molecular Cybernetics," and JST-RISTEX RInCA program "Development of an RRI Practice Model for Molecular Robotics Premised on Researchers Autonomy (FY2021-2024, PI: Ken Komiya)". The successful applicant will engage in the following research and development plans.

[Research Description]
The SUGAR Program of X-star in JAMSTEC conducts research to explore microorganisms in extreme environments and create artificial life functions by elucidating the functions of various microorganisms. As part of this effort, we are developing biomolecular systems that express advanced functions beyond living organisms.

We invite applicants for the position of Postdoctoral Researcher who will work in life science research, including the creation of artificial cells and elucidation of the origin of life. In our project, a synthetic approach is encouraged, such as integrating reactions of biomolecules and enzymes to realize highly sensitive molecular detection and precise molecular manipulation, or the construction of functional molecular systems that can perform efficient information processing and molecular production in a manner similar to living organisms. The successful candidate will be expected to engage in the following works through active collaboration with researchers in JAMSTEC and other domestic and foreign institutes. The research target and approach will be flexibly determined by taking into account the applicant’s area of expertise and experience.

1) Construction of molecular circuits using DNA and enzymes, and their application to the measurement and control of cellular processes.

2) In vitro construction of artificial metabolic systems to investigate biological functions and produce useful molecules

3) Presenting the results of the research and development at academic conferences, publishing them as peer-reviewed papers, and implementing these advances in society.

[Relevant Research Fields]
Biomolecular Chemistry, Synthetic Biology, Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Evolutionary Molecular Engineering, µ-TAS, DNA Nanotechnology

Job Type
Postdoctoral Researcher: To contribute to the projects, a Postdoctoral Researcher should be able to independently conduct the research subjects which are authorized by the Projects under direction of a leader, and to be appointed to improve their research qualities.
*There may be a change in affiliation in the case of reorganization of the Agency.

Requirements
Applicants are required to have been awarded or expect to have obtained a Ph.D. in a related field by the effective date of employment. In addition, no more than 5 years can have passed between the last day of the fiscal year in which the applicants obtained a Ph.D. and the effective date of employment. (i.e., applicants who earned a Ph.D. after April 2017 are eligible.)

Work Place
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
Yokosuka Headquarters, 2-15 Natsushima-cho, Yokosuka city, Kanagawa, 237-0061, JAPAN
*Measures to prevent passive smoking: No smoking on the premises (smoking areas are available outside), no work in areas where smoking allowed.

Working Conditions & Contract Period
(1) Number of positions:
1 position for a Postdoctoral Researcher

(2) Type of contract:
Fixed-term employee

(3) Working Hours:
Discretionary labor system

(4) Contract Period:
Total period will be terminated on March 31, 2025 after two contract renewals.
*First contract period is from October 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023.
*It is possible to start earlier than the effective date mentioned above.
*Effective date of employment is negotiable. However it might be changed due to the influence of COVID-19 expansion.
*Contract period can be renewed depending on the performance and working attitude of the successful applicant.
*Contract period might change due to budget constraints of the projects.
*In accordance with JAMSTEC bylaws, on reaching the age of 65 during an employed fiscal year, the contract period will expire at the end of the same fiscal year. This bylaw may change.
*This position is a non-tenure-track, fixed-term employee position.

Salary
Annual salary (paid in 1/12 equal monthly payments)
JPY 5,250,000
*There is no raise.
*Bonus and retirement allowance are included in the annual salary.

Application Procedure
See our website for details:
https://www.jamstec.go.jp/e/work_with_us/jobs/details/sugar20220620/

Closing Date
July 21, 2022 at 13:00 in Japan time
*Depending on the situation of applications, the closing date may be extended.

Contact
Human Resources Section, Human Resources Dept., JAMSTEC
TEL: +81-45-778-5811
(Email: recruit-app[at]jamstec.go.jp)
*Please replace [at] with @ when addressing Emails.
*For inquiries by Email, please include "SUGAR EGP22-003" in the subject line.

2022-06-23 2022-07-21

■ URL:https://www.riken.jp/en/careers/researchers/20220616_1/index.html

RIKEN's research is based on synthesis and interdisciplinarity, and with free thinking as its basic philosophy, RIKEN promotes research that goes beyond the boundaries of conventional research fields while at the same time responding to the needs of society from a strategic perspective.

RIKEN invites applications for the position of Unit Leader (indefinite-term employment position) to serve in a leadership position in the following research field. The successful candidate will be responsible for directing research and development projects from a medium-to-long-term perspective.

【Open Positions】
Unit Leader: 1 position
【Research Field and Overview】
Field: Biotechnology support for brain science research
The RIKEN Center for Brain Science (CBS) performs basic research and develops innovative technologies that contribute to our understanding of the brain and mind, by focusing on the following four areas: research on high-level cognitive functions of the human brain, multi-layered studies based on animal models, data-driven research led by theoretical and technological advances, and development of diagnostic and therapeutic methods for neuropsychiatric disorders. In order to efficiently carry out these activities, CBS operates general-purpose and/or state-of-the-art equipment that meets the needs of individual laboratories. These facilities are managed by the Support Unit for Bio-Material Analysis (BMA), Research Resources Division. CBS provides a wide range of technical support using these research instruments, as well as centralized maintenance and management of shared equipment for efficient operation.

BMA, which has 14 full-time technical staff and 3 part-time staff as of June 16, 2022, is primarily responsible for providing technical support related to molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, and analytical/synthetic chemistry. In addition to technical support, this unit also provides the following services:

• BMA has more than 150 pieces of equipment ranging from general-purpose instruments essential for life science experiments to state-of-the-art instruments such as super-resolution microscopes, arranged in 14 rooms (including radiation controlled areas) according to their intended use. BMA manages these shared experimental facilities and explains their operation to users.

• BMA has established a Technical Personnel Support Section to provide customized support for specialized or routine experiments, e.g. virus vector production, histology, bio-imaging, molecular biology, for which not all laboratories are prepared with the technology.

• BMA is responsible for hosting educational seminars for technology dissemination and in-house exhibitions of new research equipment, as well as maintaining freezer space and ice machines as part of its administrative duties.

BMA aims to realize cutting-edge support services in line with advances in life science through the development of new technical support and the reorganization of support systems.

This position is for an individual who will supervise the aforementioned duties centering on technical support to laboratories within and outside of CBS, and who will head BMA under the supervision of the Director of the CBS Research Resources Division.

【Qualifications】

• Candidates must have Ph.D. or a record of achievements equivalent to a Ph.D.

• Knowledge and skills in a wide range of technology in life sciences, as well as outstanding achievements in research and development (Experience in neuroscience research is a plus.)

• Enthusiasm for technical support activities

• Leadership, management skills, and the ability to lead the aforementioned activities

• Any nationality, but must be able to smoothly perform the above duties and communicate with administrative departments in writing and orally in both English and Japanese

【Work Location】
RIKEN Wako Campus (2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198)
【Start of Employment】
RIKEN expects that the successful candidate will be able to take up this position at the earliest opportunity on or after April 1, 2023.
【Application and Required Documents】
Please check the URL above.
【How to apply】
Please check the URL above.
【Deadline】
All the required documents must arrive no later than noon, September 15, 2022 (Japan Standard Time)

【Contact Information】
For research-related inquiries:
Email: m23w03[at] ml.riken.jp
Dr. Hiroyuki Kamiguchi, Chair of the Selection Committee
Deputy Director, RIKEN Center for Brain Science
Email: m23w03[at] ml.riken.jp

For other inquiries:
Email: kjk-desk[at]riken.jp
Research Personnel Affairs Section, Human Resources Division, RIKEN
Contact by phone will not be accepted.

2022-06-21 2022-09-15

Dr. Kenneth E. Bernstein has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow to study the role of Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) in the immune function of myeloid cells (reviewed in PMID: 35182689). Increased ACE expression in myeloid cells (macrophages and neutrophils) significantly increases myeloid cell metabolism (oxidative metabolism) and immune function. This position is to help identify the ACE peptide product that causes the ACE mediated effects on myeloid cells. This should identify a new means of stimulating myeloid cell function. The successful candidate will have either a Ph.D. or M.D. degree and will have some experience working with peptides and peptide biochemistry. Some experience with HPLC is also requested. The state of California has set minimum salary requirements that apply to postdoctoral fellows beginning each January 1. These are: $62,400 in 2022 and $66,560 in 2023.

Please respond to Ken Bernstein by email at: kbernst[at]cshs.org
*Please replace [at] with @ when addressing Emails

2022-06-17 2022-09-17

RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences
https://www.riken.jp/en/research/labs/ims/

Research Field
The laboratory for Inter-organ Crosstalk aims to understand the basic molecular mechanisms of organ/tissue interactions, the importance of which has come to be widely recognized in recent years. The laboratory also aims to elucidate and understand the molecular basis for the onset of diseases related to multiple organs, the knowledge of which will lead to the development of novel diagnostic, therapeutic and/or preventive strategies. The successful candidate will also be expected to conduct research related to the life stages of higher organisms, such as development and aging. In addition, the laboratory is expected to contribute to the IMS Technology Platform by developing new organ-related research methodologies necessary for the execution of this research.

Job Title and Job Description
Available Positions
One opening for Team Leader position (Principal Investigator position)

Job Description

• The Team Leader will oversee and smoothly manage the research team.

• The Team Leader will provide accurate instructions, guidance, and advice to researchers and technical staff, etc. and promote research by the research team at a high level.

• The Team Leader will earn external research funding.

• The Team Leader is expected to contribute to progress in this rapidly growing research field by elucidating the molecular mechanisms of inter-organ / tissue crosstalk underlying the physiological functions of higher-order organisms which are greatly involved in the onset of diseases.

Qualifications

• Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. or equivalent degree and have substantial postdoctoral training with a record of excellent research accomplishments suitable to conduct the projects explained above.

• Applicants must have research achievements in the relevant field.

• Applicants must be those who operate a research team consisting of researchers, etc., and have the ability to lead and promote research.

• Applicants are expected to have expertise in molecular and cellular biology, anatomy, histology, medicine, and so on, and have expertise in technologies such as integrated omics, single-cell analysis, and real-time bioimaging.

*The successful applicant will be expected to work full-time in RIKEN.

Work Location
RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences
1-7-22 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa 230-0045 Japan

Salary and Benefits
Terms of contract

1.A fixed-term employee with a single-year contract and can re-contract up to the end of the fiscal year, which marks 7 years from the date of employment by evaluation.

2.RIKEN may adjust the above maximum period of renewability based on a) the employee’s abilities, workload 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 65 years.

3.The employee’s period of fixed-term employment cannot exceed 10 years from the initial date of hire (or 10 years from April 1, 2013 for fixed-term employees already at RIKEN prior to this date).

RIKEN has indefinite-term Team Leader positions, which are subject to the mandatory retirement age of 60. There is a subsequent re-employment program allowing hiring until age of 65. Any scientists, including fixed-term Team Leaders of RIKEN, are eligible to apply to open calls for indefinite-term positions.

Salary, Holidays, Other provisions
There will be a trial period of employment (in principle, 2 months).
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Commuting and housing allowances will be provided. Social security insurance will be applied.
Mandatory membership in the RIKEN Mutual Benefit Society (RIKEN Kyosaikai) is required.
Work hours: 9:00 to 17:20 (lunch break 12:00 to 12:50). However, the employee may change starting and ending times at their own discretion if it does not interfere with work performance.

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 per year depending on the month of employment), special paid leave (childcare, family nursing care, etc.), and work-life balance holidays (up to 7 days per year depending on the month of employment).
There are also additional leave systems such as maternity leave, childcare leave, and family nursing care leave.

RIKEN has introduced telework as a temporary and special measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You may be asked to work from home according to the instructions of the institute.

Smoking is prohibited on the premises except in smoking areas.
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.
https://www.riken.jp/en/careers/diversity/

Also, the employee is eligible for an exemption from repayment for category 1 scholarship loans provided by the Japan Student Services Organization before fiscal year 2003 and is eligible to apply for MEXT Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi).

Documents to Submit
Prepare the documents below as PDF files and follow the instructions [How to Apply] to submit them.

1.CV (WORD or EXCEL)
https://www.riken.jp/en/careers/researchers/20220607_1/index.html

*In the top right-hand corner of the CV, please indicate open-call IMS701-2203

*Using the RIKEN format above is appreciated.

2.List of publications (primary publications, reviews, and books), presentations, etc. in the past ten years.

3.Major publications. [Up to five. Indicate the papers that will be submitted on the list of publications (#2).]

4.Future research plans and research philosophy/vision (Up to five A4-size pages) including;

• Abstract of your research plans and vision.

• Specific description of your near-term (5-year) research plans - their significance, originality, novelty, and expected impact. Include a brief description of previous research and achievements that form the basis of your plans.

• List of competitive external funding awarded currently and in the last 5 years as well as currently-submitted / under-review proposals (e.g. Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research [KAKENHI]; indicate whether you are the primary investigator or a collaborator)

5.One letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, as well as letters of recommendation from two researchers not affiliated with RIKEN.

*Recommendation letter should be addressed to “President of RIKEN, Dr. Makoto Gonokami” and include the recommender’s name, affiliation, position and email address.

*If it is difficult to obtain a recommendation letter from your current supervisor, a recommendation from a third party will be accepted.

*The signature (or seal) of the person providing the recommendation is required.

6.Certificate of graduation or copy of diploma for the highest degree obtained (photocopy acceptable).

7.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 (PDF 97KB) with your signature.
https://www.riken.jp/medialibrary/riken/careers/form/gdpr_e.pdf

*You will find detailed information about General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on the following website:
Data protection | European Commission
https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/data-protection_en

Note: Application documents will not be returned.

How to apply
The above documents except the recommendation letters should be converted to PDF and uploaded to the following website after these files are combined into a single ZIP file:

RIKEN/IMS Application Box
https://riken-share.ent.box.com/f/c9344831637a4a3484aea8cf9c68adf5

The file name of each PDF file: IM701-2203_TL_Applicant’s name_submitted document No.

Notes:
When you upload your application documents by a ZIP file via BOX, please make sure to input your contact email address.

Recommendation letters must be directly submitted from the referees to the following website with the subject line "IMS701-2203_[applicant’s name] ". Please specify the applicant's name, referee's name and contact information in the recommendation letter. Also, the referees need to input own contact email address when they upload their recommendation letters to the below website.

RIKEN/IMS Submission Box
https://riken-share.ent.box.com/f/ea5c1950e0df48fc9a459f7bc34ea3da

Deadline
August 8 2022 (Mon) by noon. (Japan Standard Time)

*All required documents must be submitted by the deadline.

Handling of Personal Data
All private data sent to RIKEN in the application for employment is handled in strict confidentiality, and such data is not utilized for any other purpose or disclosed to any third party.

Selection Process
Applicants who pass the initial document screening will be invited for an interview.
During the interview, you will be asked to give a presentation on your work plan and future aspirations.

Start of Employment
December 1, 2022, or the earliest date possible (negotiable)

Contact Information
Any questions about this position should be sent to the appropriate email address below.

For application documents and general questions:
Recruiting Staff for RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences
Administrative Division, RIKEN Yokohama Branch
Email: IMS-recruit [at] riken.jp

For research-related questions:
Integrative Medical Sciences and Sustainable Resource Sciences Promotion Office
Email: ims-planning [at] ml.riken.jp

2022-06-10 2022-08-08

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University currently has an outstanding job opportunity for a full-time postdoctoral fellow or research scientist in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI). Dr. Bo Yu’s lab is investigating reproductive physiology and pathology using cellular and molecular technologies. The clinical applications of our research spans from ovarian cancer etiology to preimplantation genetic testing. We use human samples collected from patients, mouse models, and cultured cells. Our group collaborates with multiple departments at Stanford. Please see our lab website for more information: https://med.stanford.edu/bo-yu.html.

A candidate is sought who is excellent with hands-on work, self-motivated, and collaborative. The individual will contribute to all aspects of ongoing research projects including collecting samples, conducting experiments, reviewing literature, preparing interpretation and summaries of results, participating in conferences, and lab management duties.

Position Responsibilities

• Human and/or mouse sample collection

• Organoid and cell culture

• Sequencing library preparation, DNA and RNA extraction and quantification, Quantitative PCR

• Gene editing

• Immunohistochemistry, cell imaging

• Other Cellular and molecular biology techniques

• Lab management: biosafety, ordering and maintenance of laboratory supplies and equipment, training incoming students and other trainees

Qualifications

• PhD in biological science or technology and a minimum of three years of research laboratory experience.

• Prior experience with organoid culture, cellular and molecular biology, and mouse handling is required.

• Ability to work independently and as part of a research team effort.
If interested, please send CV, cover letter, and the contact information of three references to Dr. Bo Yu, byu1[at]stanford.edu *Please replace [at] with @ when addressing Emails

2022-05-30 2022-08-30

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 up to 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, 2023 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/sechikato2023/
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), July 7, 2022
Upload of application documents: 15:00 (JST), July 14, 2022

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

2022-05-26 2022-07-14

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 up to 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, 2023 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/hakubi2023/
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), July 7, 2022
Upload of application documents: 15:00 (JST), July 14, 2022

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

2022-05-26 2022-07-14

The Kim Orth Lab in the Department of Molecular Biology at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, Tx USA has openings for new postdoctoral fellows.

Our lab focusses on two programs:
1- Molecular mechanisms involved in host/pathogen interactions with a focus on Gram-negative bacteria.
2- Using metazoan mouse and fly models to elucidate the posttranslational modification called AMPylation and its impact on the integrated stress response.

Email:
Kim.Orth[at]UTSouthwestern.edu *Please replace [at] with @ when addressing Emails
https://utsouthwestern.edu/labs/orth/
http://www.hhmi.org/scientists/kim-orth
1. Peng, et al., Nat Struct Mol Biol (2020)
2. Chimalapati, et al., eLife, (2020)
3. Moehlman, et al., eLife (2018)
4. Casey, et al., J Biol Chem. (2017)
5. Li, et al., eLife (2016)

2022-03-30 2022-09-30