Positions for Research Scientists in Epithelial Morphogenesis Team (Team Leader: Dr. Yu-Chiun Wang)

Feb 10, 2016 update

Research Field

Our laboratory in interested in the molecular and mechanical mechanisms that underlie the formation of epithelial folds. We aim at understanding how the interplay between cell polarity, adhesion and cytoskeleton within and between cells sculpts tissue structures. The ongoing projects include 1) the elucidation of mechanisms controlling a novel mode of epithelial folding process (Nature 484, 390; Developmental Cell 25, 299), and 2) a newly launched project concerning the function and evolution of a transitory epithelial fold structure. We use Drosophila as the model organism and integrate a variety of methodologies, including genetics, live imaging, transcriptomics, optogenetics, and computational image processing. More details can be found on our homepage.

Job title, Job description, Qualification

Research scientist (postdoctoral fellow)
We seek to identify individuals who share a passion for scientific discovery to join our interactive, interdisciplinary and international team. Candidates must possess a Ph.D. degree at the time of start with relevant expertise, such as the traditional disciplines of cell and developmental biology or cross-disciplinary fields of systems, biophysics and computational biology. Strong prior publications, self-motivation, creativity and independence are key traits for a successful candidate.

Work location and environment

Address: Minatojima-minamimachi 2-2-3, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo, 650-0047, Japan
Our lab  is an English-speaking lab that is ideal for Japanese scientists seeking training that is on a par with international standard and non-Japanese scientists who wish to pursue a postdoctoral experience that is both intellectually stimulating and culturally enriching. We value scientific audacity and creativity. We also place strong emphasis on rigorous training to nurture future independent careers. Join us if you are looking for a fun, friendly, young and exciting lab that does quality science!

Salary and benefits

Full-time position with an annually renewable contract up to 5 years based on the evaluation. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Commuting and housing allowances will be provided. Social insurance will be applied. Mandatory membership in the RIKEN Mutual Benefit Society (RIKEN Kyosaikai). Days off include weekends, public holidays, New Year’s holidays (Dec. 29 – Jan 3), and RIKEN Foundation Day.
These and other provisions are in accordance with RIKEN regulations.

* RIKEN promotes a Gender Equity Program by taking various measures to create an equitable workplace where both men and women are able to give full rein to their talents and abilities.

Application and required documents

1. The application package should include
 1) A cover letter that states:
  – reasons for applying
  – general scientific interests
  – visions related to projects in our lab
  – prior research accomplishments
  – future career and scientific objectives
2) The curriculum vitae that contains a list of publications.

2. Three letters of recommendation to be sent directly and separately from the referees. Please do not include these letters in the application package.

All documents should be prepared in English. Application package is not returnable.

Handling Personal Data

Handling of Personal Data: All private data sent to RIKEN in application for employment is handled in strict confidentiality, and such data is not utilized for any other purpose or disclosed to any third party. Application documents will not be returned.

Start of Employment

Starting date is negotiable.

Send application to

Application package and recommendation letters should be sent to:
Kobe Human Resources Section
RIKEN Kobe branch, Kobe Administrative Division
2-2-3 Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0047, Japan
Email: kobe-jobs[at]
Please make sure to indicate “Application for Research Scientist of Epithelial Morphogenesis Team“ in red on the envelope.

Contact Information

Please direct further inquiries to :
Yu-Chiun Wang, Ph.D.
Email: ycwang[at]