RIKEN, interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences Program (iTHEMS)

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Position ID:RIKEN-iTHEMS-RSRASS [#27713, W24060]
Position Title: Seeking Research Scientists and concurrently appointed Research Administrative Support Staffs(W24060)
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Mathematical and Information Science
Computational Science
Appl Deadline: (posted 2024/06/11, updated 2024/06/03, listed until 2024/11/26)
Position Description:    

Seeking Research Scientists and concurrently appointed Research Administrative Support Staffs (W24060)

RIKEN Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences Program
(Program Director: Tetsuo Hatsuda) and Office of the Program Director (Director: Tomoya Nagai)

【Research Field】
The RIKEN Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences Program (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, and concurrently Research Administrative Support Staff, about a few positions

Research Scientist:
Conduct own research projects autonomously and to expand the scope of the research by initiating new collaborative projects.
Research Administrative Support Staff:
Perform work related to industry-academia collaboration, international cooperation, intellectual property management, collaboration within the institute, support and management for obtaining research funds, outreach, holding academic meetings, etc., work related to support for improving the international environment within the institute, or work related to support for operation and management related to information systems.

Job description
This call is for Research Scientists who will be affiliated with iTHEMS. Successful candidates will not only conduct top-level research in one or more of the following areas: quantum matter, quantum computation, quantum universe and quantum mathematics, but coordinates, as concurrently appointed Research Administrative Support Staff, the activities of the JST ASPIRE program
(https://www.jst.go.jp/aspire/en/) "RIKEN -Berkeley Mathematical Quantum Science Initiative" (PI: Tetsuo Hatsuda, term: 1 Feb 2024 - 31 Mar 2029, (https://www.jst.go.jp/aspire/en/assignment_e.html) for the international collaboration between RIKEN iTHEMS and UC Berkeley. The effort ratio between the research work and the coordinating work will be around 7:3. For more information on the ASPIRE project, please contact the email address indicated 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.
Those who have no difficulty in preparing documents in Japanese.

【Work location】
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 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 70 years.
3. At the time of hiring and upon renewal of the contract as a Research Scientist, a Research Administrative Support Staff will be assigned to the position.

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.

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.Curriculum Vitae (CV)*
*In the notes section of your CV, include the job position number (e.g. W24060)
next to the title of the job position. You may also include your research IDs (ORCID,
Google Scholar, etc.).
2.List of publications (including preprints)
3.Research statement (summary of current and past research relevant to this position; 2 pages max)
4.Research proposal (description of your research objectives over the time scale of the position; 3 pages max)
5. How you plan to provide administrative support on the JST ASPIRE Program at 
RIKEN iTHEMS (1 page max)
6.Two letters of recommendation (including one from the current supervisor, if available)
7.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)" with your signature.

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

[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 July 31, 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】
October 1, 2024(Negotiable)

Each Research Scientist will be allocated an annual research grant of 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 thatsuda[at] riken.jp with Subj: ASPIRE Research Scientist (W24060).

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: