RIKEN, interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences Program (iTHEMS)

2847 18410
Position ID:RIKEN-iTHEMS-PDPHYS2 [#18410, W21003]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Researcher or Research Scientist
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Mathematics / Mathematical Sciences
Physics / Physics
Biology / Biology
Appl Deadline: finished (2021/04/08, finished 2022/04/30)
Position Description:    

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

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Seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher or Research Scientist (W21003)

RIKEN Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences Program (iTHEMS) (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
Postdoctoral Researcher or Research Scientist, a few positions

Postdoctoral Researcher is defined as those with a doctoral degree of 5 years or less.
Research Scientist is defined as those with a doctoral degree more than 5 years.

Job description
iTHEMS is seeking Postdoctoral Researcher(s)/Research Scientist(s) to pursue top-level research in computational physics in collaboration with an interdisciplinary group of researchers across fields such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, life sciences, engineering, computational sciences, information sciences, and social sciences, under the concept of iTHEMS. In particular, the applicant(s) are expected to spend at least 50% of their time carrying out original research developing numerical models to describe biological systems, such as the spread of virus in a cell culture, in collaboration with Dr. Catherine Beauchemin. For further details, send an e-mail to the contact address below. If you have questions about the nature of the research, contact Catherine Beauchemin (cbeau[at]riken.jp). 
See also https://www.riken.jp/en/careers/researchers/20210406_1/index.html

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)

【Salary and benefits】
1 A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, to a maximum of 3 years(Postdoctoral Researcher) or 5 years(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.
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 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】
[Required documents]
1. Complete CV (with e-mail address and ORCID iD)
 * Write down in the notes section of your CV the number written next to the title of the job position (e.g.W21003).
2. List of publications (including preprints) each with DOI
3. Research statement (summary of current and past research; no more than 2 pages)
4. Research proposal (describe your own research objectives and how you plan to apply your skills and experience to collaborate with Dr. Beauchemin; no more than 3 pages)
5. Your interest and views on interdisciplinary theoretical and mathematical sciences (no more than 1 page)
6. Contact information of two persons 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:

[How to apply]
Application documents should be uploaded through Academic Jobs Online.
Note: Application documents will not be returned.

Open until the position is filled.

[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】

【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 PD/RS (CompPhys, W21003).

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:
email address
RIKEN Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences Program (iTHEMS)
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198