Laboratory Head (indefinite-term employment position) (M21W08)

Wako, Saitama
Salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience.
November 20 2020
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Seeking a Laboratory Head (indefinite-term employment position) (M21W08)



RIKEN Center for Advanced Photonics

Research field and overview

RIKEN's research is based on synthesis and interdisciplinarity, and with free thinking as its basic philosophy, RIKEN promotes research that goes beyond the boundaries of conventional research fields, while at the same time responding to the needs of society from a strategic perspective.

RIKEN invites applications for the position of Laboratory Head (indefinite-term employment position) to serve in a leadership position in the following research area. The successful candidate will be responsible for directing research projects from a medium-to-long-term perspective.

Field: Ultrashort High Intense Laser Science
The driving force behind the development of optical science and technology is new light sources, and they are extremely important not only in basic science but also in the industrial fields. From this viewpoint, we are looking for a new laboratory head who leads research on the development of next-generation ultrashort high-intensity lasers as well as the generation, measurement, and application of ultrafast quantum beams using them, by making full use of cutting-edge laser technology, for exploring new laser science.
The person who is hired is expected to work on the development of cutting-edge light sources as the core of RIKEN Center for Advance Photonics, and to promote collaboration with laboratories not only in physics and engineering fields but also in other fields by utilizing the characteristics of RIKEN.

Open positions

Laboratory Head: 1 position


Applicants must have an outstanding research record and the ability to lead the above research field internationally. We welcome applicants of all nationalities.

Work location Branch and address

RIKEN Wako Campus (2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198)

Salary and benefits

The post is an indefinite-term employment position, subject to RIKEN's mandatory retirement age of 60. There is a re-employment program to hire individuals as fixed-term employees from age 60 to age 65. After evaluation, it is possible to keep the laboratory head position until age 65. This position does NOT offer a retirement benefits.

In principle, the first two months of employment are considered a trial period.
Salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience. Commuting and housing allowances will be provided. Social insurance will be applied. Membership in the RIKEN Mutual Benefit Society (RIKEN Kyosaikai) is mandatory.
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 may require changes of responsibilities, job category, and work place based on RIKEN regulations due to management decisions, budgetary situation, and organizational restructuring.

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, female applicants will be given preference.
Staff are also eligible for an exemption from repayment for category 1 scholarship loans provided by the Japan Student Services Organization before fiscal year 2003 and are also eligible to apply for the MEXT Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi).

Rights and responsibilities

  • Required to participate in RIKEN management activities in addition to conducting research in the area described above as a laboratory head.
  • Eligible to apply for competitive funding from within and outside RIKEN.
  • Eligible to host indefinite-term staffs, fixed-term staffs, Special Postdoctoral Researchers and Junior Research Associates.
  • Eligible to apply for the purchase of commodities, research funds, and laboratory space.
  • Responsible for overseeing laboratory members, managing the laboratory budget and handling the maintenance and use of all laboratory equipment and instruments.
  • Application and required documents Required documents

    All of the application documents should be prepared in Japanese or English.

  • 1.CV (include your contact email address)
  • 2.List of your research and technical developments (i.e. lists of publications, patents, presentations, etc.)
  • 3.List of external funds acquired, awards received, and other achievements including, contributions to university/institution operations, contribution to society through activities in academic societies, joint research projects, technology transfers, etc.
  • 4.Outline of your research and technical developments to date (Approx. two pages, A4 size)
  • 5.Your future plan for research and technical developments if you are appointed for the position (Approx. 2two pages, A4 size)
  • 6.Your ideas on how you expect to manage your laboratory and mentor and support the professional development of young researchers if you are appointed for the position (Approx. one page, A4 size)
  • 7.One set of copies of your major publications (maximum number: 5)
  • 8.Letters of recommendation from two persons who can evaluate your work.
    At least, one letter must be from a person who is not affiliated with RIKEN.
    There is no set format for the letters of recommendation, but they must meet the following conditions: they must be submitted as PDF files and must be addressed to “Dr. Hiroshi Matsumoto President of RIKEN” and include the date of issue. The letters of recommendation must bear the signature and/or seal of the person writing the letter.
  • 9.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.


  • How to apply

    The application documents (items 1 to 9) should be merged into a single PDF file and uploaded to the following Web site:
    RIKEN Upload FolderThe webpage will open in a new tab.
    The file name of the PDF should contain your contact email address.
    After you upload the PDF, please send an email to kjk-desk [at] with information on the name of the uploaded file.
    If you do not receive a confirmation email within 7 days after submission, please contact: kjk-desk [at]

    Note: Application documents will not be returned.


    The application must arrive no later than noon, February 2, 2021 (Japan Standard Time)

    Handling of 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

    Only the candidates who pass the initial document screening will be invited to an interview. The interview will be held on March 29, 2021.
    As part of the hiring process, there will also be a final interviews with RIKEN executive directors.

    Start of employment

    October 1, 2021 or the earliest possible date after this date.

    Contact information

    For research-related inquiries:
    Email: tahei [at]
    Dr. Tahei Tahara, Chair of the Selection Committee
    Chief scientist, RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research

    For other inquiries:
    Email: kjk-desk [at]
    Inquiries by phone will not be accepted.