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Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Researcher for Disease Systems Modeling open

RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences
(Group Director: Hiroaki Kitano)

Research Field

The general goal of this laboratory is to carry out research on disease system modeling, a range of multi-omics analysis, computational modeling, artificial intelligence research for scientific discovery in biomedical sciences, and to develop computational platform for such studies. We are involved in broad range of research from basic biology to drug discovery in collaboration with other research groups within and outside of RIKEN.

Job Title and Description

Available Positions

Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Researcher
*Candidates with less than five years of postdoctoral experience will be considered for the position of Postdoctoral Researcher.

Job Descriptions

Candidates will be engaged in computational analysis of several diseases based on multi-omics data, develop computational models for understanding of mechanism of action, predicting possible biomarkers and drug targets, as well as developing artificial intelligence and bioinformatics systems for biomedical research. Our current disease areas are atopic dermatitis and immune-related diseases but expansion into other disease areas are also expected in future.

*Research Scientist: Carries out research in accordance with the themes of the laboratory, etc. and provides guidance to postdoctoral researchers and research associates as necessary.
*Postdoctoral Researcher: Carries out research in accordance with the themes of the laboratory, etc., under the mentorship and training of supervisors. Lay the foundations to independently advance their research in the future.


  1. Ph.D. holders (those about to finish a Ph.D. may also apply) in fields related to those stated in the job description above. Applicants with a Ph.D. in other fields with at least some biology and computer science experience and deep interest in the themes of the laboratory are also welcome to apply.
  2. Must have knowledge and experience of the research themes shown in the Job Descriptions section or relevant research fields and a strong interest to pursue the lab's research themes.
  3. Good communication skills and the ability to engage in research in a coordinated manner. Fluency in English is required.
  4. Willingness to take on the challenge of developing new computational methods and technologies and a strong desire to contribute to world-class science.

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

Full-time position with an annually renewable contract.
The initial term of the contract shall be until March 31, 2016.
Thereafter, RIKEN may renew the contract annually based on necessity and a performance evaluation and when both parties agree to the conditions.
RIKEN will decide whether to enter into a new contract on the basis of the Employee's abilities, work load, work record, work attitude, progress of the project or projects in which the Employee is involved at the time of termination of the original contract, and on the basis of RIKEN's situation at the time.
A new contract will not be entered into after March 31, 2018.


Salary is determined annually on the basis of employee experience, abilities and research results. Commuting and housing allowances will be provided and social insurance applies (health insurance, pension insurance, worker's accident compensation insurance, unemployment insurance, etc.).


Saturdays and Sundays, Japanese National Holidays, year-end and New Year (Dec.29-Jan.3), summer holidays and RIKEN Foundation Day (4th Monday in October).


Other provisions are in accordance with RIKEN regulations.
*Mandatory membership in the RIKEN Mutual Benefit Society (RIKEN Kyosaikai).
*Eligible for an exemption from repayment of category 1 scholarship loans provided by the Japan Student Services Organization before fiscal year 2003, and will be eligible to apply for MEXT Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi) and other external funds.

RIKEN is promoting a Gender Equity Program by taking various measures to create a workplace where both men and women are able to give full rein to their talents and abilities.

Application and Required Documents; Deadline

Please provide the documents indicated below as PDF files and send them to the email address indicated in [Inquiries / Contact Information].
*Please write "Application Documents; IMS - Disease Systems Modeling - (your desired position)" in the subject line.

Documents to submit

  1. CV, which includes a photograph, current affiliation, job title, date of birth, academic credentials, current address and contact information (telephone number and email address).
    *In the top right-hand corner of the CV, please indicate your desired position (Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Researcher).
  2. List of publications (original papers, reviews, etc.), presentations, etc.
  3. Brief description of previous research and achievements, and future research plans (within two A4-size pages).
  4. Reasons why you apply and your strong points which contribute to research in the lab (within two A4-size pages).
  5. Copies of major publications (up to two; indicate these publications in the publication list).
  6. Recommendation Letter (1): (The desired laboratory, position title and contact information for the recommending person must be included. If it is difficult to obtain a recommendation letter from the current supervisor, a recommendation from a third party will be accepted.) The letter of recommendation should be addressed to the "Director of the Center for Integrative Medical Sciences." If the person providing the recommendation will send the letter directly, please send it to the address indicated in Inquiries and Mailing Address for Documents below.
  7. Other than the recommenders above, the name and contact information for one additional reference (name, affiliation, telephone number, email address)
  8. Certificate of graduation, copy of diploma for highest degree (photocopy acceptable) or official letter of impending graduation. (This document can be sent anytime up until the day of final interview.)


Application documents will not be returned.


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.

Screening Process

Selection will be made based on an application screening and interviews.

Start of Employment

Earliest date possible (negotiable).

Inquiries / Contact Information

Any questions about this position should be sent to the email address given below.
Please write "Laboratory for Disease Systems Modeling, IMS" in the subject line.

For application documents and general questions:
Recruiting staff for RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences
Administrative Division, RIKEN Yokohama Branch

For research contents:
Laboratory for Disease Systems Modeling, RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences
Hiroaki Kitano, Ph.D.

posted 2015.10.08