RIKEN, interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences Program (iTHEMS)

2847 16976
Position ID:RIKEN-iTHEMS-RSEXTUNIV [#16976, W20095]
Position Title: Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / Physics
Computer Science / Computational Science
Mathematics / Mathematical Sciences
Appl Deadline: filled (offers accepted posted 2020/10/01, updated 2020/09/24, listed until 2021/03/31)
Position Description:    

*** the list date or deadline for this position has passed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***

 【Title】Seeking a Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist (W20095)

【Laboratory】 RIKEN Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences Program (Program Director: Tetsuo Hatsuda)

【Research Field】
“Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences program (iTHEMS)” (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, a few positions

Position-specific task is as follows:
[Research Scientist]

Conduct research projects under the program.

[Senior Research Scientist]

Assist the Program Director or the Deputy Program Director, lead and supervise researchers affiliated with the program, and carry out research projects under the program autonomously.

Job description
iTHEMS is seeking theorist(s) working on extreme universe including high-energy astrophysics, supernovae, neutron stars, black holes, and early universe. Successful applicant(s) are expected not only to pursue top-level researches in astrophysics 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. Also successful applicant(s) are expected to participate in the international collaboration on astrophysics between iTHEMS and the NSF Physics Frontier Center in UC Berkeley established on Sept. 2020. For more details, send an e-mail to the contact person below.
See also https://www.riken.jp/en/careers/researchers/20200930_2/index.html

【Qualification】 The candidate should possess a doctoral degree.

【Work location】
Branch and address
RIKEN Wako (2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198)

【Salary and benefits】
1 A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, to a maximum  5 years(Research Scientist)or 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, work load 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, the first two months of employment is considered a trial period.
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.
No smoking on site (designated smoking areas available)
 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】
(1)    Complete CV (with e-mail address)
*Write down in the notes section of your CV the number written next to the title of the job position (e.g. W20095).
(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 uploaded through

Note: Application documents will not be returned.

Open until the position is filled. First, we will select the application documents that arrived by December 14, 2020

[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, 2021 (Negotiable)

【Contact Information】
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 with Subj: iTHEMS Research Scientist(Inquiry: Extreme Universe).

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

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