RIKEN, interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences Program (iTHEMS)

2847 19831
Position ID:RIKEN-iTHEMS-PDBIO [#19831, W21158]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Researcher
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan [map]
Subject Areas: Biology
Mathematical Science
Physics / Engineering
Appl Deadline: finished (2021/10/07, finished 2022/10/01)
Position Description:    

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

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Seeking a few Postdoctoral Researchers (W21158)

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 details about iTHEMS, see https://ithems.riken.jp/en

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

Job description
iTHEMS is seeking Postdoctoral Researcher(s) to pursue top-level research in mathematical, computational, and theoretical biology 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 successful applicant(s) are expected to spend at least 50% of their time working with Dr. Ryosuke Iritani carrying out interdisciplinary research addressing fundamental questions in population genetics, phylogenetics, and bioinformatics, by using mathematical and theoretical approach in dynamical systems, stochastic process, statistical physics, and/or information theory. Applicants are expected to  have a considerable expertise in those theories. For further details, send an email to the contact address below. If you have questions about the nature of the research, contact R. Iritani (ryosuke.iritani [at] riken.jp).
See also https://www.riken.jp/en/careers/researchers/20211006_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 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. 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.
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.
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]
All the documents must be composed in English.
1. Complete CV (Free format)
- Please provide email address and ORCID iD.
- Please indicate the job reference W21158.
- English version of Researchmap portal site is acceptable as an alternative to CV. If you adopt this format, your CV should contain at least: (i) your name, (ii) email address, (iii) ORCID iD, (iv) job reference W21158, and (v) URL to Researchmap.
2. List of peer-reviewed articles.
- Please provide full URL via doi for each article to facilitate the review.
- Preprints may be included if relevant.
3. Research statement
- Concisely describe the summary of past research relevant to this position with reference to your publication.
- Using figures and key formula might be of help (reviewers may be nonexperts of the field).
- No more than 2 pages.
4. Research proposal
- Concisely describe your own research objectives and how you plan to apply your skills to collaborate with Dr. Iritani on the discipline (see Job description).
- Using figures and key formula might be of help (reviewers may be nonexperts of the field)
- No more than 2 pages.
5. Your views on interdisciplinary theoretical and mathematical sciences
- Describe your ambition for interdisciplinary collaboration in iTHEMS.
- 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 may 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]
Application documents should be uploaded through Academic Jobs Online
Note: Application documents will not be returned.

Open until the position is filled.
We will first select the application documents that have arrived by December 10, 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, interview and online presentation by selected applicants.

【Start of Employment】
April 1st, 2022 (Negotiable)

【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 PD (iTHEMSBiology21, W21158). Please cc to ryosuke.iritani [at] riken.jp if necessary.

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