RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research, Laboratory for Physical Biology

Position ID:RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research-Laboratory for Physical Biology-PDPHB [#16548]
Position Title: Research Scientist
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Kobe, Hyogo 6500047, Japan [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / Biological Physics, Biology, Biophysics, Nonlinear and Complex Systems, Soft Matter, Statistical physics, theoretical biology
Biophysics / Multicellular systems, Biological Physics, Morphogenesis
Biological Sciences
Physical Biology
Appl Deadline: finished (2020/07/15, finished 2020/11/10, listed until 2021/01/15)
Position Description:    

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Seeking a Research Scientist

(Team Leader: Tatsuo Shibata)

Research Field
The Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (BDR) views the functions of molecules, cells, and organs that support all life stages of organisms as a dynamic system, and aims to elucidate developmental, growth and aging phenomena as well as apply their findings to develop regenerative medicine and diagnostics, thereby contributing to the extension of healthy life expectancies.

The Laboratory for Physical Biology is recruiting research employees to carry out a new theme. In the laboratory, we are studying mechanisms giving rise to the emergence of order in multicellular organisms from the viewpoints of physical and mathematical sciences. In particular, we have been working on chemotaxis, cell polarity, cell motility, collective motion in tissues, and axis formation in embryos. For these problems, we develop mathematical model, perform analysis of experimental data, and compare them to extract essential aspects. We are actively conducting collaborations with other experimental groups in BDR. We are seeking highly motivated and qualified researcher who want to challenge questions in biology using integrated approaches with mathematical theory and quantitative experimental data. Our recent publications can be found from our web page (Laboratory for Physical Biology).

Job title
Research Scientist, 1 position

Job description
We are looking for researchers with a background in theory of softmatter physics, biophysics or mathematical biology. The successful candidate will conduct researches such as cell migration or collective motion of migrating cells, integrating mathematical models with experimental data.

See also RIKEN job web page.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree at the time of start with relevant expertise in statistical physics, biophysics, mathematical biology, or theory in a related area. We are looking for applicants with good communication skills to share their research with people inside and outside the laboratory.

Work location
RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (Kobe Campus-East-West)
2-2-3 Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo, 650-0047 (Developmental Biology Buildings)

Salary and benefits

1. One-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, up to the end of the fiscal year exceeding 7 years since the initial date of hire.
2. However, the contract renewable period may be changed on the basis of the employee’s abilities, work load, performance, work attitude, continuation of the center, laboratory or project in which the employee is involved, and on the basis of RIKEN’s finance situation and budget condition at the time. In principle, no contract renewal will be made for people 66 years old or older.
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.
No smoking on site (designated smoking areas available).
These and other provisions are in accordance with RIKEN regulations.

RIKEN is promoting a Gender Equality 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 the fiscal year 2003, and eligible for applying for the MEXT Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi).

Application and required documents

Required documents

1. Curriculum vitae (CV in WORD  or EXCEL)
*Email address is required.
*Application Number [PB2001] and position to apply(e.g.: Research Scientist) should be clearly written at top-right in the margin.
*Format is free. Or the format attached is available.
2.List of publications (Please categorize: Original article, Review article, Book, Conference presentation, Others)
3.Summary of past research and the result (about 2 pages of A4 paper)
4.Plans for the future research once appointed(about 1 page of A4 paper)
5.One reference letter from immediate manager or current supervisor
*If it is difficult to obtain reference letter from immediate manager or current supervisor, please obtain a letter from a third party.
*A reference letter should be addressed to [Center Director, Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research]
6.Certificate of degree awarded, Certificate of graduation from the last school, diploma(copy) or graduation certificate from the last school (copy)
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 (PDF 97KB)." with your signature.
*You will find detailed information about General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on the following website: Data protection | European Commission.
*Please understand that we will not return application documents.


We will examine application documents as they are accepted. Application will be closed as soon as 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

Selection will be made based on application screening and interview. After documents screening, only successful applicants will be invited for interview.
*We do not answer to questions regarding contents of the examination.

Start of Employment

As soon as possible (Negotiable)

Contact information and Send application to

Send application materials (PDF format) to Email: kobe-jobs [at] riken.jp
The Email title should be: “[PB2001] Application for (name of the position) of laboratory name”.

*If you have any research-related questions, please contact tatsuo.shibata [at] riken.jp (Tatsuo Shibata)

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Contact: Tatsuo Shibata
Email: email
Postal Mail:
Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, 2-2-3
Web Page: http://www.qbic.riken.jp/phb/

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