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Team Leader (W20068)

Wako-shi, Saitama


Data Science and Design Team, Advanced Data Science Project, Information R&D and Strategy Headquarters (tentative)
Scheduled to be launched on April 1, 2021.

Research Field

With the realization of digital transformation and open innovation through the rapid progress of ICT in recent years, as well as the transition of research equipment to IoT and smart labs, cross-sectional information science using the data generated in research has become important. In addition, open science needs to be promoted as an open innovation initiative for researchers to gain global competitiveness and to incorporate knowledge and technologies from outside the laboratory into their research.

RIKEN's goal is to become a research organization with a wide range of research fields centered on information research. We plan to build a network of information researchers across all fields within RIKEN, and to act as a hub for information research, including advanced data science, and to pursue research and development that can support and collaborate with other research projects through information technology.

The team will promote cross-disciplinary open science, mainly by using data from RIKEN. The team will proceed with the integration of field science and data science, with an emphasis on the field, and promote research related to data utilization, including data processing, analysis and prediction.

Job Title and Job Description

Job title, available positions

Team Leader

Job Description

  • Lead the team and ensure it operates smoothly
  • Promote high quality research by providing precise instructions, guidance and advice to researchers and technical staff in the team
  • Research data-driven design methodologies for problem identification to solution.
  • Conduct research that integrates field science and data science, with an emphasis on the field.
  • Conduct research using open science data promoted by RIKEN
  • Promote data-driven research in collaboration with RIKEN researchers


A Ph.D. with the knowledge, experience, and accomplishments appropriate for managing and promoting this research.
Experience in data science research.
Experience in solving social problems in the workplace
Have a wide range of academic interests and are willing to take on any challenge.

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 the end of fiscal year 2024 (March 31, 2025).
  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).

Work hours: 9:00 to 17:20 (lunch break 12:00 to 12:50).

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 fiscal year 2003, and eligible to apply for the MEXT Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi).

Application and required documents

Required documents

Please send the following documents in PDF format by email to the address mentioned in the “Contact Information / Send application to” section below.
Please write "Application form: Data Science Driven Design Team" in the subject line of the email.

1. Complete CV (WORD 55.4KB)The webpage will open in a new tab. or CV (EXCEL 57.6KB)The webpage will open in a new tab. (with a photo and email address where you can be reached)
When using the RIKEN CV form, write the RIKEN job ad number “W20068”, indicated in the parentheses next to the job title, in the RIKEN job ad number section in the upper right corner of your CV. (Regardless of whether you use the RIKEN CV form or not, you need to clearly indicate the job number that you are applying for on your CV.)
2. List of research achievements and publications
3. A summary of past research and development, reasons for application, and future research and development aspirations (A4, about 2 pages)
4. Copies of major papers, etc. Up to three papers.
5. Three letters of recommendation (including one from the current supervisor, two from persons outside of RIKEN)

  • Each letter of recommendation must have a signature or seal of the recommender
  • Letters must be addressed to Hiroshi Matsumoto, President, RIKEN
  • When it is difficult to obtain a letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, a letter of recommendation from another person may be accepted.
  • If the recommenders need to send letters of recommendation directly to RIKEN, they may send the letters by email to the address shown in the “Contact Information / Send application to” section.

6. 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)The webpage will open in a new tab." with your signature.

*You will find detailed information about General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on the following website:
Data protection | European CommissionThe webpage will open in a new tab.


Application must arrive by Monday, Nov. 2, 5 p.m., 2020.

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 and interview for selected applicants

Start of Employment

April 1, 2021 (Negotiable)

Contact Information / Send application to

RIKEN Head Office for Information Systems and Cybersecurity
Information Systems Research Promotion Office
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198
Email: isr_core [at] ml.riken.jp
For inquiries, please send an email.

Please visit the following URL: https://www.riken.jp/en/careers/researchers/20200831_1/index.html


Posted: 2020-09-14 Expires: 2020-11-14

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