As an institution at the forefront of research in science and technology, RIKEN is always on the lookout for talented young scientists, skilled technicians and experienced researchers to join existing projects and laboratories, or form their own. Scientists from nearly any field will find a place for themselves given RIKEN's broad research scope and large number of centers and labs, which offer a rich environment for conducting cutting-edge scientific and technological research.
If you are a researcher with an interest in joining RIKEN, or an interest in learning more about possibilities for research at RIKEN, then there are a number of options to consider depending on your goals and what stage you are at in your career. Programs specifically oriented toward non-Japanese scientists interested in pursuing research at RIKEN can be divided into three categories:
In addition to the programs outlined above, individual laboratories and centers also frequently post job positions for researchers and technicians. For an overview of such positions, see the Career opportunities page of the main RIKEN website. Positions offered by individual laboratories may overlap with the general programs mentioned above, and include calls for postdoctoral researchers, research scientists, senior scientists, technicians and research laboratory heads.
In addition to positions posted at the main RIKEN website, two institutes (BSI and the CDB) post their own job listings and offer programs other than the ones listed above:
In addition to programs and positions within RIKEN, another option is to apply for funding from organizations external to RIKEN and then arrange for a RIKEN lab to be your host. The JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) offers a Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers with conditions similar to those of the FPR and SPDR programs outlined above, but with a period of 12 to 24 months. For more information on the JSPS program, see the Postdoctoral Fellowships for Foreign Researchers page at the JSPS website.
As a general rule, the best strategy in pursuing research opportunities at RIKEN is to contact the laboratory head whose group you would like to join, or if you are aiming to start your own independent laboratory, contact scientists in your research area. Just as it has since its founding, RIKEN grants a great deal of autonomy to its laboratory heads and center directors, and thus in most cases career opportunities start from the level of the individual laboratory or research team.
The following is a brief list of links to laboratories within RIKEN: