RIKEN, Nonequilibrium Quantum Statistical Mechanics RIKEN Hakubi Research Team

Position ID:RIKEN-Nonequilibrium Quantum Statistical Mechanics RIKEN Hakubi Research Team-PR [#19490, W21145]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Researchers
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan [map]
Subject Areas: Statistical Physics
Physics / Quantum Science + Quantum Information Science + Quantum Optics + Theoretical Physics
Appl Deadline:2021/11/12 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/09/12, updated 2021/09/09, listed until 2021/11/13)
Position Description:    


Seeking Postdoctoral Researchers (W21145)

See also https://www.riken.jp/en/careers/researchers/20210913_2/index.html


Nonequilibrium Quantum Statistical Mechanics RIKEN Hakubi Research Team, RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research (Laboratory head:Ryusuke Hamazaki)

【Research Field】

The main goal of our research team is to understand macroscopic nonequilibrium phenomena from the microscopic theory of quantum mechanics. One of the specific goals is to explore basic theories for understanding and controlling abundant nonequilibrium phenomena that can appear in isolated and open quantum many-body systems, realized in artificial quantum systems such as ultracold atoms. We also aim to understand the fundamental theory of non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, in light of its relation to information theory and statistics. Furthermore, We also attempt to contribute to the interdisciplinary field such as condensed matter physics and biology through non-equilibrium science.

【Job title and Job description 】

Job title, available positions

Postdoctoral Researchers: a few position(s) Postdoctoral Researcher is defined as those with a doctoral degree of 5 years or less.

Job description

Theoretical studies on nonequilibrium physics. Research on nonequilibrium dynamics in isolated and open quantum many-body systems, and research on the fundamental theory of nonequilibrium statistical mechanics. 


Candidates should possess a doctoral degree in a field that is related to either statistical mechanics or quantum information in a broad sense. If candidates are willing to engage in research, they do not need experience in the field of the job description.

【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, within a period of 5 years from 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). However, employees who have previously worked at RIKEN may be subject to different rules for the period of fixed-term employment. Please refer to “RIKEN employment duration for fixed-term employees” for more details if necessary.).

In principle, the first two months of employment is considered a trial period.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Discretionary work, 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.

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. You can also choose to work from home with the permission of your supervisor. No smoking on site (designated smoking areas available). 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, 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 “W21145”, indicated in the parentheses next to the job title, in the RIKEN job ad number section in the upper right corner of your CV.

2. List of research achievement and publications

3. Copies of up to three major papers

4. Brief description of previous research and future research proposals (approximately three A4-size pages)

5. A letter of recommendation from the current supervisor (if unavailable, a letter from a substitute reference will be acceptable)

6. Contact information of a person willing to provide a reference

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” with your signature. *You will find detailed information about General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on the following website: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/data-protection_en

[How to apply]

Please upload the above documents through Academic Jobs Online.

For "5" in the required documents, it is also possible to send the letter of recommendation directly from the recommender to ryusuke.hamazaki [at] riken.jp by e-mail.

Note: All the submitted documents will not be returned.


Application must arrive by Nov. 12, 2021.

[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 and interview for selected applicants

【Start of Employment】

April 1st, 2022 (Negotiable)

【Contact Information】


Nonequilibrium Quantum Statistical Mechanics RIKEN Hakubi Research Team, RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research

2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198

Email: ryusuke.hamazaki[at]riken.jp

For inquiries, please send an email.

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Further Info:
RIKEN Main Research Building 623
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan

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