RIKEN, interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences Program (iTHEMS)

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Position ID:RIKEN-iTHEMS-MATH1 [#27276]
Position Title: Seeking a few Research Scientists or Senior Research Scientists (W23336)
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Mathematical and Information Science
Appl Deadline: (accepting applications posted 2024/03/17, updated 2024/03/03, listed until 2024/09/03)
Position Description:    

Seeking a few Research Scientists or Senior Research Scientists (W23336) 

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 (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 and direct their own research project(s), and expand their research focus beyond their discipline through new research collaborations.

Senior Research Scientist 
Same as Research Scientist, but additionally assist the Program Director and Deputy Program Directors, and lead, supervise and support researchers affiliated with iTHEMS. 

[Job description] 
iTHEMS is seeking research scientist(s) or senior research scientist(s) in mathematical sciences including pure mathematics, applied and industrial mathematics. The successful applicants are expected not only to pursue top-level research in their own research focus but also to lead interdisciplinary collaborations among different fields such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, information sciences, computational sciences, and social sciences, under the concept of iTHEMS. We encourage junior applicants who have high ability in mathematical sciences. For more details, send an e-mail to the contact address below. The job description may be changed during the contract period or upon contract renewal to the extent described above. 


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

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

RIKEN has implemented a work-from-home system. Employees can work from home in accordance with the prescribed procedures. RIKEN may order the employee to change work locations, if necessary. 

【Salary and benefits】 

1. A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, to a maximum of 5 years (Research Scientist) or 7 years (Senior Research Scientist) from the 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 70 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 annual salary at the time of employment: The monthly salary including discretionary work allowance at the time of employment will be 500,000 JPY or more for Research Scientist, and 550,000 JPY or more for Senior Research Scientist. 

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. 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. W23336) next to the title of the job position. You may also include your research IDs (ORCID, Google Scholar, etc.). 
3. List of publications (including preprints) 
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 in 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) or UK, you are required to submit the document, "Consent form for handling personal information based on GDPR and Regulation of the European Parliament and of the council of on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (UK General Data Protection Regulation) (PDF 182.7KB) " with your signature. 
*You will find detailed information about General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on the following website:
Data protection | European Commission
*You will find detailed information about Regulation of the European Parliament and of the council of on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (UK GDPR) on the following website: 
Data Protection and the EU | Information Commissioner’s Office 

[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 May 30, 2024 (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 at RIKEN. 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】 

August 1, 2024 (Negotiable) 


Each Research Scientist and Senior Research Scientist will be allocated an annual research grant up to 1.5 million yen.

【Contact Information】 

RIKEN Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences Program (iTHEMS) 
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198 
For inquiry, send an email to ithems_app [at] ml.riken.jp with Subj: iTHEMS RS/SRS (W23336)

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, Hirosawa 2-1, Wako
Saitama 351-0198, Japan