Seeking a Team Leader (Principal Investigator), RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research

2023 August 09 JOBS

Open positions
Team Leader

Number of positions
1 position

・A holder of Ph.D. or equivalent degree.
・Have the appropriate knowledge and experience to supervise and carry out the research projects described in Research Field.

Work location
RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (Yokohama Campus)
1-7-22 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, 230-0045, Japan

Research field
The RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (BDR) aims to understand the general principles of the temporal dynamics unfolding within living organisms throughout their lifespan, from development and birth to aging and death. Our interdisciplinary approaches to address this overarching theme include cell biology, molecular biology, structural biology, computational science, imaging, multi-omics, theory, stem cell biology, organoids, and the use of diverse animal models.

We are seeking to recruit a Team Leader (principal investigator) to conduct advanced research to elucidate the fundamental principles of biological phenomena at molecular scales. In recent years, life science research fields exploring molecular and cellular scales have reached a major crossroads, with increasing importance being placed on research efforts bridging molecules and cells while taking into account their hierarchical and dynamic nature. There is a demand for researchers who can lead research that aims to unveil and understand fundamental cellular phenomena and architecture at the molecular and atomic levels. We encourage proposals that include advanced research and technological developments in structural biology, particularly using cryo-electron microscopy.

- Opportunities provided by BDR -
BDR provides early-career Principal Investigators (PIs) with an excellent environment for their
independent research, including internationally competitive start-up packages (approximately 20
million JPY; negotiable as needed) and annual research funds (more than 25 million JPY per year) as well as mentoring by experienced senior BDR PIs. New PIs will be provided with approximately 150 m2 of dedicated space for their laboratory and will also have the use of common equipment areas for sample preparation and protein analysis. All BDR researchers have access to cutting-edge large-scale instruments such as cryo-electron microscopy, cryo-FIB/SEM, NMR spectroscopy, supercomputers such as Fugaku and MDGRAPE-4A. There are also facilities for omics, multi-scale imaging, mouse genome engineering and access to diverse animal models. PIs will also have opportunities for active collaborations with medical institutions and industry, and for mentoring graduate students through several joint graduate school programs with affiliated graduate schools. For more information, please visit the BDR website / PI recruitment introduction.

RIKEN is actively undertaking initiatives to promote gender equality and diversity and moving forward to establish a more diverse and vibrant research environment.
The working language for all discussions open to BDR members is English.

Applications must arrive no later than noon, November 30, 2023 (Japan Standard Time)

Start of employment
Negotiable (After July 1, 2024)

For more information and required application documents, please visit the application website:

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