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Research scientist (Fixed-term) for Laboratory of Cytogenetics, Department of Molecular Biosciences
Radiation Effects Research Foundation
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Laboratory of Cytogenetics, Department of Molecular Biosciences
Institution type
Public corporation
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[Explanation of institution (recruitment background, institution details, explanation of project, etc.)]
The Radiation Effects Research Foundation in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, is a binational foundation supported by the Japanese and U.S. governments and is recognized throughout the world as a leader in the study of radiation health effects. It studies the health of Japanese atomic-bomb survivors in several large cohorts, including a cohort whose members have participated in biennial health examinations over a period of decades, and conducts fundamental research on the health effects of ionizing radiation and its interactions with genes, lifestyle, and environment. Historically, the Department of Molecular Biosciences has been focusing on studies of radiation carcinogenesis and genetic effects by using biosamples from the survivors and those from the offspring born to exposed parents. Also the department has a mission to explore the molecular mechanisms of radiation effects. For hereditary effects of radiation exposure, germ cell mutation is an area of major interest. Recent progress in stem cell biology has enabled the in vitro culture of mouse spermatogonia cells. This advance makes it possible to analyze radiation-induced spermatogonial stem cell mutations, and their transmission to next generation. We are searching for a young, active scientist to undertake such studies.

[Job details (duties, subject responsible for, etc.)]
Activities include the experimental design of molecular mechanistic studies of radiation-induced mouse germline mutations by using in vitro germ cell culture and transplantation of the germ cells to testes of male mice to study mutations transmitted to the next generation. Such studies include the conduct of mouse whole genome analysis and gene manipulation in germline stem cells.

[Address of work location and other information]
5-2 Hijiyama Park, Minami-ku, Hiroshima
732-0815 Japan

[Available positions (Job title, number of positions, etc.)]
1 positon

[Starting date]
At the earliest opportunity

Research field
Medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy
Basic medicine
Biological Sciences
Genome science
Biological Sciences
Laboratory animal science
Job type
Associate Professor/Lecturer (full-time) level
Assistant Professor level
Employment status
Conversion of Fixed-term Research Scientist to Permanent Research Scientist is possible.
Work location
Chugoku district - Hiroshima 

[Details of required special expertise, qualification of the specific fields or degrees, etc.]
a. A Ph.D. or equivalent experience in molecular and cellular biology.
b. Experience in one or more of the following areas: molecular biology, radiation biology, stem cell biology, animal studies including mouse embryo manipulation.
c. Good communication skills with some English-speaking ability.


[Details of salary, working hours, holiday, period of employment and insurance, accommodation, etc.]
We have adopted a salary system generally based on the salary scales for the Japanese government's fixed-term researchers.
Research budget provided, but one may also apply for external grants; access to NGS systems; unity to work in a collaborative, international, multi-disciplinary setting with biostatisticians, epidemiologists, clinicians; potential for international collaboration in molecular genetics; support for travel to international conferences; support for continuing education and training, in collaboration with Japanese and international research institutions (e.g.,Hiroshima University, Nagasaki University, U.S. National Cancer Institute).
RERF supports a harmonious work-life balance through set working hours and annual leave.

Application period
2018/10/20 -  2022/03/31 Deadline for receipt
Review of applications will continue until the position has been filled.
/notification of result
/contact details

[Application materials]
1) Curriculum vitae (including e-mail address)
2) Papers, as appropriate, certifying the degree or license
3) List of published papers and list of research achievements
4) Electronic reprints of up to five major papers (copies are acceptable)
5) Research achievements and future research plans [1 A4 page] (If the applicant has ever mentored junior investigators, what s/he did to mentor should also be described.)
Note: All documents listed as 1), 3), and 5) above should be prepared in the A4-size. For final selections, medical certificate, proof of previous employment, and two letters of
recommendation must be submitted.

[Selection process (selection method and hiring decision), notification of result]
After viewing the application materials, the selected candidates are interviewed.

[Handling of personal information]
Application materials will be used for recruitment reviews only. We will not provide the personal information collected from applicants to third parties without reasonable justification.

[Return to the application documents]

[Contact details (department, official position, name, e-mail address, and phone number of the responsible person)] * Important

Send application materials to
Yuriko Ohno
Personnel Section, Secretariat,
Radiation Effects Research Foundation
5-2 Hijiyama Park, Minami-ku, Hiroshima
732-0815 Japan
Tel: +81-82-262-1569

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Further information

Asao Noda
Chief, Department of Molecular Biosciences,
Radiation Effects Research Foundation
5-2 Hijiyama Park, Minami-ku, Hiroshima
732-0815 Japan
Tel: +81-82-261-3131(Ext.300)
Fax: +81-82-263-7279

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