RIKEN's research is based on comprehensiveness and interdisciplinarity, and with free thinking as its basic philosophy, RIKEN promotes research that goes beyond the boundaries of conventional research fields, while at the same time responding to the needs of society from a strategic perspective.
RIKEN invites applications for the position of Chief Scientist (Principal Investigator) to serve in a leadership position in the following research area. The successful candidate will be responsible for directing research projects from a medium-to-long-term perspective.
Field: Science of Active matter
Physics has traditionally focused on studying thermal equilibrium systems, characterized by the absence of energy flow to and from the external environment. In contrast, many natural phenomena occur in systems that are out of equilibrium (nonequilibrium open systems), where there is a continuous exchange of energy and information with the external world. Notably, within the realm of research on non-equilibrium open systems, significant advancement has taken place in the field of active matter, an out-of-equilibrium condensed system composed of particles that move autonomously.
Recent progress in this field has unveiled various phenomena associated with the emergence of unconventional order. These phenomena have been documented and phenomenologically described through experiments and simulation studies involving diverse systems such as animal herds, microtubules, molecular motor systems, bacteria, cultured cells, and artificial colloidal particles.
This call for applications is open to next-generation leaders who, through experimental and/or theoretical studies, will not only establish the fundamental physical principles governing active matter but also contribute to understanding life phenomena, elucidating the physical properties and functions of soft matter, and/or advancing engineering applications in this domain.
The application must arrive no later than noon, January 18, 2024 (Japan Standard Time)
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As a Chief Scientist at RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research, the successful candidate will be free to promote their own research based on a long-term vision and aim to create new science beyond the boundaries of research fields and organizations.