RIKEN, interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences Program (iTHEMS)

2847 14529
Position ID:RIKEN-iTHEMS-RSAI [#14529, W19129]
Position Title: Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan [map]
Subject Areas: Information Science
Machine Learning
Appl Deadline:2019/12/06 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2019/09/16, finished 2020/02/05)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***


Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences (iTHEMS) program (Program Director: Tetsuo Hatsuda)

Research Field

“Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences (iTHEMS) program” (program director: T. Hatsuda) promotes interdisciplinary collaborations and creation of new interdisciplinary fields through the interactions among researchers in mathematics, theoretical sciences, and computational sciences. Also, iTHEMS aims at nurturing young scientists who cross the boundaries between different disciplines.

For more information, please refer to the following website:
RIKEN Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences Program (iTHEMS)

Job title and Job description

Job title, available positions

Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist, one position

Job description

iTHEMS is seeking a research scientist in machine learning. Successful applicant is expected not only to pursue top-level researches in machine learning but also to lead interdisciplinary collaborations among different fields such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, life sciences, engineering, computational sciences, information sciences, and social sciences, under the concept of iTHEMS. This time, we encourage junior applicants who have strong research experience and motivation in deep learning, artificial intelligence etc.  For more details, send an e-mail to the contact person below.


The candidate should possess a doctoral degree.

Work location

Branch and address
(2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198

Salary and benefits

1  A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on the evaluation, within a maximum 5 years (Research Scientist) and 7 years (Senior Research Scientist) from the initial date of hire.

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).

In principle, there will be a trial period of employment (2 months). 

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Commuting and housing allowances will be provided. Social insurance will be applied. Mandatory membership in the RIKEN Mutual Benefit Society (RIKEN Kyosaikai). 

This position falls under the specialized duties discretionary work system; one working day will be calculated as 7 hours and 30 minutes. 

Days off include public holidays, New Year's holidays (Dec. 29 - Jan 3), and RIKEN Foundation Day. 

These and other provisions are in accordance with RIKEN regulations.

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. When applicants are judged to be equally qualified on the basis of fair and impartial criteria, women applicants will be given preference.


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

Application and required documents

[Required documents] 

(1) Complete CV (with photo and email address)

*Write the RIKEN job ad number “W19129” in the RIKEN job ad number section in the upper right corner of your CV.

(2) list of publications, 

(3) Research statement (summary of research and research plan), 

(4)  your view of interdisciplinary theoretical and mathematical sciences, 

(5) contact address of more than two reference persons. 

(6) 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” with your signature. 

 *You will find detailed information about General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on the following website: 


[How to apply] 

Application documents should be updated through 

AcademicJobsOnline, https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/14529

Note: Application documents will not be returned. 


The application must arrive by December 6, 2019.

[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.

Selection process

Application screening, interview and oral presentation by selected applicants

Start of Employment

April 1, 2020 (Negotiable)

Contact Information / Send application to

RIKEN Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences Program (iTHEMS)

2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198
For inquiry, send an e-mail to ithems_app[at]ml.riken.jp (Replace [at] with @)

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
RIKEN Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences Program (iTHEMS)
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan

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