RIKEN Center for Brain Science (CBS)

Faculty Positions in Neuroscience (Neuroscience in general)

RIKEN Center for Brain Science (CBS)

Wako, Japan

The RIKEN Center for Brain Science (CBS) was launched in April 2018 following the strong 20-year foundation of its predecessor, the Brain Science Institute (BSI). CBS aims to meet society’s ever-growing expectations for brain research.


Now we are newly seeking outstanding neuroscientists for Team Leader positions (equivalent to U.S. Assistant or Associate Professors). However, exceptional applications from internationally established neuroscientists may be considered for indefinite-term Team Leader positions (equivalent to U.S. Full Professors). This is our second round of faculty recruitment at CBS following the successful recruitment of last year.

At RIKEN CBS, Team Leaders have full intellectual independence, generous internal funds including a highly competitive start-up package and access to ample communal facilities in a collaborative environment. Successful candidates for the Team Leader positions must have demonstrated the ability to develop an original, independent and internationally competitive research program.


We encourage applications from all disciplines of neuroscience at the molecular, cellular, circuit, systems and/or higher cognitive levels using any model animals and/or involving human subjects. Applications from researchers in the areas of higher cognitive functions and their disorders are welcome. The successful candidates will hold a research management position, and as the head of a laboratory, s/he will provide leadership and guidance to laboratory members to conduct research.

[For details, please refer to the CBS website. ( https://cbs.riken.jp/en/careers/20190902_w19119_pi_g.html)]


The candidates for team leader in research related to computational neuroscience should apply to the separate call, which is running in parallel with this search (http://cbs.riken.jp/career-computational/).

Applications should be submitted by the end of November 2019.

Applicants should submit the electronic files of a cover letter with a brief summary of their research program and plan, curriculum vitae, list of research achievements and publications, list of acquired research funding, current research and achievements to date, future research plans, reprints of five major publications maximum, and the names and contact details (e-mail address) of three referees, through the application form below. If possible, one of the three referees should be the current supervisor, and the letters should be signed and addressed to Dr. Hiroshi Matsumoto, President of RIKEN. All files and recommendation letters should be written in English.

[Application form: https://cbs.riken.jp/career-general/form/?utm_source=display&utm_medium=nature]

RIKEN CBS is located just outside of the international metropolis of Tokyo. English is the primary language used in activities at CBS, including seminars and administration. Institutional support is available to help non-Japanese speaking scientists, whom we particularly encourage to apply. RIKEN Center for Brain Science is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

For further inquiries please contact the RIKEN CBS Search Committee.


Email: cbs-search@ml.riken.jp

Search Committee, RIKEN Center for Brain Science

2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan

Fax: +81-48-462-4914,

*Applications are not accepted from this e-mail address.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

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