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Seeking a Research Scientist, a Postdoctoral Researcher, a Technical Scientist, or a Technical Staff I (IMS104-2001)
RIKEN(The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research)
Center for Integrative Medical Sciences
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National research institute / Independent administrative institute
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Laboratory for Applied Computational Genomics
RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences
(Team Leader: Michiel De Hoon)

[Research Field]
Cells in multicellular organisms contain largely the same genomic information, but can have vastly different functions, morphologies, and behaviors depending on cell type. This feat is accomplished by regulating the expression of each gene in a cell type specific manner. The 3D conformation of chromatin in the cell nucleus is of central importance in this regulatory system, allowing distal regulatory genomic elements such as promoters and enhancers to come into close spatial proximity and thus to exert their regulatory role. The Laboratory for Applied Computational Genomics analyzes genome-wide sequencing data to understand gene regulation in health and disease. Additionally, by taking advantage of the opportunities for collaboration and the experimental facilities available at the RIKEN Yokohama campus, we use cross-disciplinary approaches to create data sets that can help to understand the biophysical basis underlying gene regulation.

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Laboratory for Applied Computational Genomics

[Job title and Job description]
Position available:
One opening for either a Research Scientist, a Postdoctoral Researcher, a Technical Scientist or a Technical Staff I.

Job description:
The candidate will engage in genomics projects to generate and analyze data sets to understand gene regulation in the context of the 3D organization of chromatin in the nucleus. The successful candidate will generate or analyze Hi-C chromatin interaction data, but may also engage in developing novel technologies that make use of electron microscopy to visualize chromatin and RNA in the nucleus. As experimental work will be performed in collaboration with other laboratories at RIKEN Yokohama, strong collaborative skills and a willingness to work in a cross-disciplinary setting are essential.

The difference in positions is as follows:

*Research Scientist: Carries out research and other work in accordance with lab's research themes.
*Postdoctoral Researcher: Carries out research and other work in accordance with lab's research themes under the mentorship and training of supervisors.
*Technical Scientist: Develops and enhances the needed technologies for laboratory research themes under the direction of supervisors.
*Technical Staff I: Provides technical support for laboratory research themes.

[Work location]
RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences
1-7-22 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa 230-0045 Japan

[Start of Employment]
Earliest date possible (negotiable)

Genomics, imaging, chromatin, gene regulation, genetics, biophysics, bioinformatics, microscopy

Research field
All Biology
Job type
Researcher/Postdoc level
Employment status
Work location
Kanto district - Kanagawa 

Common to all positions:
The selected candidate must fulfill the following criteria:

1. Should have a deep understanding of the genome, transcriptome, and regulatory genomic elements, and associated analysis techniques.
2.Extensive experience in experimental technologies in molecular biology, biophysics, and/or genomics is essential, with a broad understanding of the biochemical basis behind experiments.
3.Experience in bioinformatics analysis of genomics data is considered a plus.
4.Must be ambitious while being a strong team player with a proactive and constructive attitude.
5.Must have excellent communication skills and be able to engage in research in a coordinated manner in order to complete the assigned tasks with the colleagues in a multicultural and multinational environment.
6.Comfortable with English as a professional language for scientific discussion and publication (Japanese language skills are not required).

[Research Scientist &Postdoctoral Researcher]
PhD holder in molecular biology, biophysics, or related fields. Candidates with less than three years postdoctoral experience will be considered for the position of Postdoctoral Researcher.

[Technical Scientist & Technical Staff I]
Graduate of a professional training school, junior college, university or graduate school with expertise and skills relevant to fields indicated under [Job description]. Or equivalent abilities and more than two years of experience in relevant fields.


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Application period
2021/10/14 Deadline for receipt
Until the position is filled
/notification of result
/contact details

[Application and required documents]
Prepare the documents below as PDF files and send them to IMS-recruit [at]
* Write “Application Documents; [IMS104-2001] Laboratory for Applied Computational Genomics with your desired position (e.g. Research Scientist)" in the subject line.

Documents to submit:
Please refer to the above "Job posting URL" regarding the "Documents to submit".

*Note: Application documents will not be returned.

Until the position is filled

[Selection process]
Only persons who pass the application screening will be interviewed. (face-to-face or remote).

[Contact Information / Send application to]
Any questions about this position should be sent to the email address given below.
Please write "Open call (IMS104-2001) Laboratory for Applied Computational Genomics" in the subject line.

For application documents and general questions:
Recruiting staff for RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences
Administrative Division, RIKEN Yokohama Branch
IMS-recruit [at]

For research-related questions:
RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences
Laboratory for Applied Computational Genomics
Team Leader: Dr. Michiel De Hoon
michiel.dehoon [at]

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Updated as of Mar 29, 2021: "Position available"

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