Researcher, indefinite-term employment, RIKEN (20W51)

Wako, Saitama
Salary shall be determined in accordance with RIKEN regulations.
October 12 2020
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Call for applications for Researcher (indefinite-term employment) position, in RIKEN, Japan

RIKEN invites applications for the position of Researcher (indefinite -term employment position) in the following research area.

Star formation is one of the most fundamental structure-formation processes in the universe. By use of the state-of-the-art radio telescopes including ALMA, we are investigating chemical evolution along star and planet formation.  At the same time, we are also revealing its formation mechanism by full use of physicochemical tools.  When and how is a disk structure formed around a protostar, how is it evolved into a protoplanetary disk and eventually to a planetary system, and how does chemical composition change along them? Those are essential questions deeply related to the origin of the Solar system and even the life. Toward full understanding of the chemical evolution, we are also conducting related laboratory experiments; spectroscopy of molecules in astronomical interests in the millimeter and submillimeter regimes.

Job Description
The successful candidate is expected to lead observational researches on chemical evolution in the Universe.   Chemical diversity, which appears in star and planet formation, and its origin will especially be focused on.  Depending on necessity, the successful candidate may also start any other study related to the theme.  Successful candidate is also expected to be involved in the group management to help the PI and to take charge of various tasks in the group.

1) Applicants must have strong interests in the theme.*
2) Applicants must be comfortable with English professionally for scientific discussion (Japanese language skills are welcome but not mandatory). Applicants must have good communication skills and be able to engage in the research in a coordinated manner (should be a good team player).

*Publications particularly on the above theme are not mandatory.  On the other hand, applicants must have a wide scope (not only limited to astronomy), fundamental knowledge of the research themes or relevant research fields, and most importantly a strong interest to pursue researches on the chemical diversity.   

Since it is interdisciplinary field, researchers, who are courageous enough to jump into new fields, are welcome.

Application deadline
For applicant registration: 
Noon, December 1, 2020 (Japan time). 
For revising or uploading application documents and letters of recommendation:
Noon, December 8, 2020 (Japan time).

Start of employment
RIKEN expects that the successful applicant will be able to take up this position at the earliest opportunity after June 1, 2021.

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