RIKEN, interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences Program (iTHEMS)

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Position ID:RIKEN-iTHEMS-PD [#23285]
Position Title: Seeking a few Postdoctoral Researchers (W22157)
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Particle Theory
Gravitational Theory
Appl Deadline: finished (2022/10/19, finished 2024/04/06, listed until 2023/09/30)
Position Description:    

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

Seeking a few Postdoctoral Researchers (W22157)

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

【Research Field】    
iTHEMS promotes interdisciplinary collaborations and the creation of new interdisciplinary fields through interactions among researchers in mathematics, theoretical sciences, and computational sciences. iTHEMS aims to nurture and support young scientists eager to cross disciplinary boundaries.

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

【Job title and Job description 】
Job title, available positions
Postdoctoral Researcher, a few positions

Job description
We invite applications for postdoctoral researcher positions at RIKEN iTHEMS in the field of theoretical cosmology. The successful applicants are expected not only to conduct high-quality research in their own field but also to participate in interdisciplinary collaborations among different fields including, but not limited to, mathematics, physics, chemistry, life sciences, engineering, computational sciences, information sciences, social sciences, and machine learning sciences, under the concept of iTHEMS.
We in particular encourage applications from young researchers with diverse backgrounds who are interested in pursuing novel directions of theoretical cosmology in a broad sense while the postdocs will have interactions with, among others, Dr. Ryo Namba at iTHEMS, we also expect them to develop their own research interests independently and to build synergies among the members of iTHEMS. For further details, please send an e-mail to the contact address below.

The candidate should possess or is expected to obtain a doctoral degree by the starting date.

【Work location】
Editing allowed. However, please enter the location registered as the 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 of 3 years 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.

In principle, the first two months of employment is considered a trial period.
Salary will be an annual salary based on experience, ability, and performance, and will consist of a base salary and a variable salary. The variable salary will be determined each fiscal year based on experience, ability, and performance. The monthly base salary and variable salary are subject to change due to amendments to RIKEN regulations.
Discretionary work, commuting and housing allowances will be provided. Social insurance will be applied.

The approximate amount of monthly salary at the time of employment:
The monthly salary including discretionary work allowance at the time of employment will be 400,000 JPY or more.

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.
Paid leave includes annual paid leave (up to 20 days depending on the month of employment), special paid leave (childcare, family nursing care, etc.), and work life balance holidays (up to 7 days 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. You can also choose to work from home with the permission of your supervisor.
Smoking is not permitted on site except in designated smoking areas. Smoking will be entirely prohibited on site from April 2024.
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).
The Wako Campus has an on-site daycare, RIKEN Kids Wako. For details, please send an email to the HR at kids [at] riken.jp.

【Application and required documents】
[Required documents]
1. A cover letter explaining your motivations to apply for this position. If there are special circumstances you would like the committee to consider, you may include them here.
2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)*
* In the notes section of your CV, include the job position number (e.g. W22157) next to the title of the job position. You may also include your research IDs (ORCID, Google Scholar, etc.).
3. List of publications (including pre-prints)
4. Research statement (summary of current and past research relevant to this position; 2 pages max)
5. Research proposal (describe your research objectives over the time-scale of the position [5-7 years]; 3 pages max)
6.Interdisciplinary statement (discuss your views and interest on interdisciplinarity, and how you see yourself interacting with iTHEMS members from other fields; 1 page max)
7. Contact information of two persons willing to provide a reference.
8. 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 Academic Jobs Online.
Note: All the submitted documents will not be returned.

Open until the position is filled.
We will first select the application documents that have arrived by noon, December 16, 2022 (JST).

[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 1st, 2023 (Negotiable)

【Contact Information】
RIKEN Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences Program (iTHEMS)
For inquiry, send an email to ithems_app [at] ml.riken.jp with Subj: iTHEMS postdoc (W22157).

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: