Postdoctoral Researcher in RIKEN Brain Science Institute

(Toru Takumi Laboratory for Mental Biology) Contact RIKEN BSI for Careers


Research Field

The goal of our laboratory is to understand the molecular pathophysiology of neuropsychiatric diseases including autism spectrum disorders (ASD). We try to find rare mutations of ASD by using human genetics, generate humanized model cells and animals and analyze their abnormality by integrative approaches from molecular to in vivo levels.

Another project is integrative analysis of circadian rhythm. You can use all levels of assay systems from molecular to behavioral rhythms in the lab.

Job title

A few: Research Scientists (Postdoctoral Researcher positions)


Applicant should have a PhD, a high level of motivation and a keen interest in neuroscience. A great achievement during a PhD course in any filed is required. An excellent background in electrophysiology and/or optogenetics to decipher neural circuits or in bioinformatics and computer science is especially desirable for this recruitment. Epigenetics and microbiota are also key words for our research interest.

As for circadian projects, the experience in the chronobiology is not necessarily required but a great publication in other fields is required.

Work location

RIKEN Brain Science Institute (2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama, Japan) is located in greater Tokyo area, close to the center of the city by train.

Salary and benefits

Full-time position with an annually renewable contract (maximum five years) based on evaluation. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Commuting and housing allowances will be provided. Social insurance will be applied. Day off includes public holidays, New Year’s holidays (Dec. 29 – Jan 3), and RIKEN Foundation Day. These and other provisions are in accordance with RIKEN regulations.

Application and required documents

1. Complete CV
2. List of publications
3. Research statement (including your research interests and future plans)
4. 3 letters of recommendation (including one from the current supervisor, If available)
Please send your application by email.

Application will be closed when the position is filled.

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Selection process

Selection will be made based on application screening and interviews.

Start of Employment


Send application to

Dr. Toru Takumi