Seeking a Team Leader RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences
Laboratory for Epigenome Inheritance (tentative)
RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences
Laboratory for Epigenome Inheritance aims to elucidate molecular mechanisms underlying epigenetic inheritance in mammals and how these contribute to transmit disease-related genetic traits. In particular, from a viewpoint of disease biology, it will be critically important to explore how environmental stresses given at the parental generation could be imprinted in germ cells and transmitted to the next generation to generate phenotypic changes. Concomitantly, the research will include the area how such epigenetic alterations could be retained beyond epigenetic reprograming that physiologically occur during pre- and/or peri-implantation development. In addition, the successful candidate is expected to contribute to IMS Technology Platform by developing of new technologies to explore chromatin status from low abundant materials.
Job Title and Job Description
One opening for Team Leader position (Principal Investigator position)
Team leader will oversee and smoothly manage the research team.
Team leader provide accurate instructions, guidance, and advice to researchers and technical staff, etc. and promote research by the research team at a high level.
Team leader will perform a study to explore the mechanisms underlying epigenetic inheritance in mammals.
Team leader will earn external research funding.
Team Leader will promote research to elucidate the relationship between epigenetic inheritance and disease mechanisms by analyzing the effects of disease and environmental stress on the next generation.
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 be interested in etiology and pathogenesis of human diseases.
Applicants must be familiar with mammalian reproductive engineering techniques.
Applicants must be familiar with the epigenome of mammalian germ cells, fertilized eggs, and early embryos and have the technology to analyze them with high accuracy.
*The successful applicant will be requested to work full-time in the center.
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.
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 send them to IMS-recruit [at] riken.jp
*Write “Application Documents; [IMS701-2101] Laboratory for Epigenome Inheritance Team Leader” in the subject line.
1.CV (WORD 55.4KB)The webpage will open in a new tab. or CV (EXCEL 57.6KB)The webpage will open in a new tab. with photograph and email address.
*In the top right-hand corner of the CV, please indicate open-call IMS701-2101.
*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 double-spaced 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 "Dr. Hiroshi Matsumoto, President of RIKEN" 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 person has to send the recommendation directly by email to IMS-recruit [at] riken.jp
*The signature (or seal) of the person providing the recommendation is required.
Please put "Recommendation letter for (name of applicant)" in the subject line.
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)The webpage will open in a new tab." with your signature.
*You will find detailed information about General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on the following website:
Data protection | European CommissionThe webpage will open in a new tab.
Note: Application documents will not be returned.
By noon on January 24 (Mon.), 2022 (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.
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
June 1, 2022, or the earliest date possible (negotiable)
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