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Seeking a Research Scientist (Indefinite-term) (23W21), RIKEN CPR

Saitama (JP)
Commensurate with experience, ability and performance
Closing date
8 Dec 2023

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Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time

Research Field and Overview
Understanding "evolution of matter in the Universe" is a fundamental and important theme that should be investigated alongside the physical evolution, which explores how stars and planets are formed from the parent clouds.  It involves investigating how matter is involved and evolves along the star formation and how it is delivered to planets.  By use of the state-of-the-art radio telescopes such as ALMA and JWST, we therefore are investigating such chemical evolution and star and planet formation. Toward full understanding of the evolution and the origin of our Solar-system environment, we are also conducting related laboratory experiment; spectroscopy of molecules in astronomical interests in the millimeter and submillimeter regimes.


Star and Planet Formation Laboratory, RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research
(Chief Scientist:Nami Sakai)

Open positions
Research Scientist: 1 position
NOTE: We are seeking individuals at the level of full-time university Assistant Professor to Associate Professor or Full-Time Lecturer for this open position.

Job description
The successful candidate will lead research to understand the molecular evolution in the universe based on computational approach. It is desired that candidate actively contribute to research on the chemical evolution along star and planet formation.  Specifically, the successful candidate constructs models* by integrating insights from interstellar chemistry obtained through radio and infrared observations, knowledge on molecular science obtained from experiments and/or quantum chemical calculations, and models of physical evolution processes such as star formation.

The successful candidate will be involved in the management of the group in collaboration with the PI of the group and will also be responsible for various tasks within the assigned research group.  The successful candidate is expected to maintain effective communication and engage in research in collaboration and coordination with not only the PI but also researchers within and outside the group, including foreign researchers.

*Applicants with a broad perspective, a strong commitment to advancing the research themes mentioned above, and the courage to transcend disciplinary boundaries when necessary are encouraged to apply, regardless of whether they have experience in the research described here (combining astrochemistry and astrophysics or constructing their own models). However, it is desirable to have experience in ONE of the computational astronomical research areas, such as chemical network calculations, excitation calculations, radiative-transfer calculations of molecular/atomic lines, or disk evolution model calculations.


For applicant registration:
Noon, December 8, 2023 (Japan time).

For revising or uploading application documents and letters of recommendation:
Noon, December 15, 2023 (Japan time).

For more information and to apply, visit at the website below:


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