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Number of positions:
One Assistant Professor position (Division of Laboratory Animal Research, Advanced Research Support Center)

Place of work:
Shitsukawa, Toon-city, Ehime 791-0295, Japan
(Shigenobu Campus, Ehime University)
Ehime University Advanced Research Support Center was established in 2015 as a facility open for both inside and outside the university, with the aim of promoting shared use and managing equipment efficiently, as well as contributing to the progress of education and research in basic to applied science.

Applicants must be enthusiastic about research and education and meet all the following requirements:

(1) Have a Ph.D. degree;

(2) Experience of support for animal experiments;

(3) Excellent research ability;

(4) Those who have research achievements using laboratory animal, especially for mouse genetic techniques with genome editing such as CRISPR/Cas9.

(5) Those who can take on new challenges and are passionate about support/ research / education.

(6) Those who can actively carry out joint research centered on animal experiments in cooperation with the current staff after joining the position.

A full-time tenure-track position for five years with an annual salary system.

Starting date:
June 1, 2021 or later

Application materials:
(Your own style is acceptable.)

(1) Curriculum Vitae: including an education/employment/society/award record with a photo, phone number and an email address

(2) Reverse-chronological list of research achievements in 5 categories (1. Original papers, 2. Review articles, 3. Presentations at international conferences, 4. Received external funds such as Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI) and research grants, 5. Others. In addition, if there are any notable achievements such as awards or acquisition of patents, please describe them.)

(3) Reprint of major theses: up to 5 volumes, photocopies acceptable.

(4) Summary of research achievements: up to 2 pages in A4.

(5) A motivation letter in 2 parts; one is about research and education, and the other is about support work at the center. (about 1 sheet of A4 paper for each)

(6) The contact information of two persons who can be referred to (they should be contacted during the hiring process) and a recommendation letter from one of them.

Submit all printed application materials of (1)~(6) by post.
Write on the envelope with “Application Documents for Advanced Research Support Center” in red, and send by recorded delivery mail.
The application documents will not be returned. The personal information stated in the application documents will be used only for selection and recruitment purposes.

Deadline for applications: March 12, 2021
(The deadline has been extended from December 18, 2020)

Address for submission:
Research Support, Research Support Division, Medical School Management Department Ehime University
Shitsukawa, Toon, Ehime 791-0295 Japan

Where to make contact:
Yuuki Imai
Professor, Division of Laboratory Animal Research, Advanced Research Support Center,
Ehime University
Shitsukawa, Toon-city, Ehime 791-0295, Japan
Email: y-imai[at]

Selection process:

(1) Screening of the application documents

(2) Personal interview and open seminar presentation

After passing the screening of the documents, you will be requested to visit Ehime University for interview and seminar presentation.
Nationality of the applicants will not be considered.

Additional Information:

(1) Ehime University hiring is in compliance with the principles of the Basic Act for Gender Equal Society, and promotes various programs to develop diversity in the research environment.

•Career Support Program for Young Researchers:
Hiring research assistants for female or male researchers who are expecting to have babies or who are raising small children so that they can maintain and develop their research and careers.

•Research Assistance Program for Female Researchers:
Hiring research assistants for female researchers whose research activities are limited by childbirth, child-rearing, sickness or injury, care for family members, or administrative responsibilities at the university. The assistance will be provided either to the individual researchers or to the laboratory (or research group) they belong to, depending on the case.

•Dual Career Support Program:
A partial (cross) appointment system for the partners of Ehime University academic staff. Researchers who live/work separately from their partners (who are Ehime University employees) are employed on a cross-appointment basis and engage in research at Ehime University for a limited time period.

•Child Care Centers:
“Emika Kids” on Johoku Campus, and “Aiai Kids” in the University Hospital on Shigenobu Campus.
“Aiai Kids” also provides care for sick children.

•Care for School Children:
Provided during the spring, summer, and winter vacations. Also, after school programs are provided all year-round at “Aiai Kids.”

2021-01-13 2021-03-12

A postdoc opportunity is available to study hepatic fibrosis in the lab of Dr. Jennifer Chen, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at University of California, San Francisco.

The lab studies novel mechanisms of hepatic stellate cell inactivation and fibrosis regression. The lab has identified and validated several antifibrotic targets using in vitro and in vivo models of hepatic fibrosis. Our group is involved in several exciting collaborations, including with medicinal chemists, to develop novel small molecule inhibitors to target these identified pathways.

Applicants should submit a brief statement [1] explaining their interest in the position, a curriculum vita [2] and the contact information of three references [3] by email directly to Dr. Jennifer Chen at Jennifer.Chen4[at]

Recent Publications
1. Alsamman, S., Christenson, S. A., Yu, A., Ayad, N. M. E., Mooring, M. S., Segal, J. M., Hu, J. K.-H., Schaub, J. R., Ho, S. S., Rao, V., Marlow, M. M., Turner, S. M., Sedki, M., Pantano, L., Ghoshal, S., Ferreira, D. D. S., Ma, H.-Y., Duwaerts, C. C., Espanol-Suner, R., Wei, L., Newcomb, B., Mileva, I., Canals, D., Hannun, Y. A., Chung, R. T., Mattis, A. N., Fuchs, B. C., Tager, A. M., Yimlamai, D., Weaver, V. M., Mullen, A. C., Sheppard, D., Chen, J. Y. Targeting acid ceramidase inhibits YAP/TAZ signaling to reduce fibrosis in mice. Sci. Transl. Med. 2020 Aug 19; 12:557. DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aay8798
2. Chen JY, Newcomb B, Zhou C, Pondick JV, Ghoshal S, York S, Motola D, Coant N, Yi JK, Mao C, Tanabe KK, Bronova I, Berdyshev E, Fuchs B, Hannun Y, Chung RT, Mullen AC. Tricyclic Antidepressants Promote Ceramide Accumulation to Regulate Collagen Production in Human Hepatic Stellate Cells. Sci Rep. 2017;7:44867.
3. Chen JY, Ren Y, Yan P, Belina ME, Chung RT, Butt A. Tricyclic Antidepressant Use and the Risk of Fibrosis Progression in Hepatitis C-Infected Persons: Results from ERCHIVES. J Viral Hepat 2018; 25(7): 825-833.
4. Zhou C, York SR, Chen JY, Pondick JV, Motola DL, Chung RT, Mullen AC. Long noncoding RNAs expressed in human hepatic stellate cells form networks with extracellular matrix proteins. Genome Med. 2016;8(1):1-20.

DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE The ideal candidate should have a PhD or equivalent degree in molecular biology or other related fields with a strong foundation in cell biology, biochemistry and mouse models of injury and fibrosis. The candidate should have strong publication record in international journals, possess good written and verbal communication skills, and be able to work independently and collaboratively within a research team. The candidate should be proficient in experimental mouse models and standard biological techniques (protein biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, tissue culture and pathology).

2021-01-06 2021-04-06

1. Job title, available positions
Postdoctoral Researcher or Contract Researcher, one position

2. Job description
Development of a large-scale genome analysis system in model plants (rice, Lotus japonicus, etc.) and microbes (yeast and bacteria), and establish a theory that describes the mutation spectrum of heavy-ion beams in different physical and biological aspects. It is desirable to propose and conduct new projects based on the candidate’s own background and the team’s specialties. The position’s role also includes support tasks to domestic/international collaborators who utilize our genome analysis pipeline under collaborative research agreements.

3. Qualification
Ph.D. or equivalent degree in plant biology, microbiology, or other related areas, or is a prospective Ph.D. candidate who is scheduled to obtain a doctoral degree in those areas before the first day of work. The successful candidate should be a good team player with a broad perspective having an interest in other fields such as physics.

4. Start of Employment
April 1st, 2021 (Negotiable)

5. Work location

6. Deadline
January 18, 2021 (in JST)

※A letter of recommendation will be required if s/he is selected as a final candidate.

For more information and required application documents, please visit the website:

2020-12-16 2021-01-18

Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Biology (ASHBi) at Kyoto University is now looking for a Program-Specific Researcher (Postdoctoral Fellow) in Comparative Epigenomics of Bourque Group. For further details, please refer the following link of application requirements and guidelines.

Job Titles: Program-Specific Researcher (Postdoctoral Fellow)

Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Biology (ASHBi), KUIAS Kyoto University
Yoshida Konoe-cho, Sakyo, Kyoto 606-8501 Japan

Essential requirements are as follows:

1. The candidate has a Ph.D, or expected to have a Ph.D.

2. The candidate has excellent research achievements in the related fields and ability to develop and manage his/her research projects

3. He/she has communication skills in English

4. He/she has experiences of genomic experiments and next generation sequencing, or has enthusiasm to learn about these skills

Starting Date: April 1, 2021 or the earliest possible date thereafter (adjustable according to individual requirements)

Term: Max 5 years (Annual renewal).

Job Descriptions:
ASHBi will investigate the core concepts of human biology with a focus on genome regulation and disease modeling, creating a foundation of knowledge for developing innovative and unique human-centric therapies. The key goals are: 1) to achieve outstanding research in key individual themes in human biology in the area of reproduction, development, growth and aging as well as heredity and evolution; 2) to elucidate the principles for the emergence of species differences among humans, non-human primates, and rodents for proper extrapolation of the findings in model organisms to humans; 3) to generate primate models for key gene functions and intractable diseases; 4) to reconstitute key human cell lineages and tissues in vitro and validate their properties based on integrative information; and 5) to contribute to formalize an ethics for the use of human/non-human primate materials and create a philosophy to direct the values of the Institute’s research outcomes.
Comparative Epigenomics (Bourque’s Group) aims to understand human epigenome that underlies complex biological phenomena, such as cell differentiation, development, evolution and human diseases. To achieve this goal, we use cutting edge genomic technologies, such as RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, Cut&Tag, ATAC-seq and lentiMPRA, in combination with iPS cell and single-cell technologies. The candidate is expected to perform high-level research together with Dr. Fumitaka Inoue, co-PI of Bourque Group (for more detail see also;, and act as the leading researcher in human biology and the related fields.

Application Method:
Application documents must be prepared in English according to the “Application Guidelines”, and submitted as email attachments.
Submit via email to: ASHBi-recruit[at]

2020-12-16 2021-03-16

A postdoctoral position is available at the Lab of Plant Genomics and Genetics, Kazusa DNA Research Institute (KDRI), Kisarazu, Japan. The project will use NGS to carry out a large-scale genomics and/or genetics study primarily on practical plant species. We seek a scientist who has experience and knowledge in plant genomics and genetics, and who is willing to develop a novel analytical approach for plant genomics/genetics in both wet and dry approaches.

Background and setting
The lab has performed de novo whole-genome sequencing and large-scale genetic analyses of a wide range of plant species for basic and applied research fields.
Recently, we have focused on the development of novel genomic and genetic approaches for species that have complex genome structures such as polyploidy.
The institute is located in Chiba Prefecture, Japan, approximately 1 hour from Tokyo by public transportation.

Term: One year beginning in April of 2021. The contract is renewable for up to three years based on performance. If performance is distinguished during those three years, there is a possibility of appointment to a regular position.

Applicant eligibility: The applicant must hold a doctoral degree in the field of biology at the time of application submission. Wet lab experience in DNA analysis is also required.

To apply: Applications should be submitted by postal mail (in Japan) or email (outside of Japan), with a CV (with a photo of the applicant and a description of tasks you expect to perform at KDRI) and contact details for two references. After documentary elimination, interviews will be conducted at KDRI or by Zoom.
Applications must be received by January 31, 2021.

Postal mail address:
Kazusa DNA Research Institute
Kazusa-Kamatari 2-6-7, Kisarazu, Chiba, 294-0226, Japan

Sachiko ISOBE
Tel.: +81-438-52-3928; Fax: +81-438-52-3934

2020-12-07 2021-01-31

Open positions
Laboratory Head: 1 position

Applicants must have an outstanding research record and the ability to lead the above research field internationally. We welcome applicants of all nationalities.

Work location
RIKEN Kobe Campus (2-2-3 Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0047)

Research field and overview
RIKEN's research is based on synthesis 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 Laboratory Head (indefinite-term employment position) to serve in a leadership position in the following research area. The successful candidate will be responsible for directing research projects from a mid-to-long-term perspective.

Field: Adult stem cells and/or germ cells
Basic research related to adult stem cells and/or germ cells in living organisms. Topics of keen interest include studies that lead to groundbreaking findings on the life-long regulation of the maintenance, deterioration, and inheritance of biosystems throughout the life cycle from birth to death or to the next generations, by promoting and taking advantage of the interdisciplinary approaches within the RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (BDR) as well as all of RIKEN.

The RIKEN BDR aims to understand the general principles of organismal temporal dynamics throughout the lifespan from birth to death, including aging. Our interdisciplinary approaches include imaging, multi-omics, theoretical biology, molecular biology, stem cell biology, organoids, and the use of diverse animal models. BDR provides laboratory heads with an environment for their independent research, including start-up packages and annual research funds. The BDR seeks a strong leader who will play a central role in fulfilling the BDR’s missions through the studies of adult stem cells and/or germ cells.

The application must arrive no later than noon, February 4, 2021 (Japan Standard Time)

Start of employment
October 1, 2021 or the earliest possible date after this date.

For more information and required application documents, please visit the application website:

2020-11-10 2021-02-04

The laboratory of Prof. Ikawa, Department of Experimental Genome Research, Research Institute for Microbial Diseases (RIMD), Osaka University is studying mammalian reproductions through gene manipulated mice. The laboratory is now seeking a project member, who has a flexible attitude and can conduct a study using genome edited mice and contribute to develop and harness the strength of research. The successful applicant will be responsible for not only research but also administration of the animal facility and education of liberal arts, undergraduate, and graduate levels.

1. Position
Assistant Professor

2. Number of Positions
1 (One)

3. Affiliation
Research Institute of Microbial Diseases (RIMD) (Department of Experimental Genome Research)

4. Work Location
Suita Campus (3-1 Yamadaoka, Suita-City, Osaka, Japan)

5. Specialized Field
Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Molecular Biology, Experimental Animals

6. Responsibilities

-Conduct research experiments about the mammalian fertilization through gene manipulated mice.

-Educational activities for undergraduate and graduate school students

-Administration of the animal facility

7. Qualifications

Applicants must have:

(1) A doctoral degree or are expected to have one by March 2021.

(2)Excellent research achievements in the related fields.

(3) Business level or above Japanese and English language proficiency

8. Starting Date
April 1, 2021 (or as soon as possible thereafter)

9. Term of Employment
For 3 years from the starting date

*Following completion of the term, the contract may be extended subject to evaluation (the extension limit is 6 years from the starting date).

10. Probationary
Period 6 months

11. Employment Form
Based on “37. Regulations Pertaining to Working Hours, Holidays and Leave for National University Corporation Osaka University Limited Term Staff”

*The Discretionary Labor System, Special Work Type will be applied (deemed working hours: 8 hours a day)

12. Salary and Benefits
Based on “40. Salary Regulations for National University Corporation Osaka University Limited Term Staff” *Please be informed in advance of our new annual salary system. This new system defines that the new annual salary consists of basic salary and performance-based bonus, and it will also pay allowances for commuting, housing, and dependency as well as retirement allowance.
Our new annual salary system may apply if your employment period starts after 1 April 2021.

13. Insurance
Medical insurance and employee’s pension insurance of the Federation of National Public Service Personnel Mutual Aid Associations, Employment Insurance and Industrial Accident Compensation Insurance

14. Application Documents
Applications must be written in English or Japanese and include the following

1. A Curriculum Vitae

*Please use the university form for educational/research positions available at the following website.

2. A list of research achievements (original papers, review papers, books, patents, presentations in international conferences)

3. Reprints of major original papers (4 copies, photocopies acceptable)

4. A list and an outline of awards and prizes

5. An outline of researchand education achievements (up to 2 A4 pages)

6. Research plans and a statement of educational aspirations (up to 2 A4 pages)

7. Name, affiliation, and contact information of two professional references who are willing to be contacted about the applicant

8. Copies of English proficiency certificates such as TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC scores, a description of periods of residency outside of Japan that demonstrate your English ability, or English related job experiences.

*Personal information in the application documents will only be used for the purpose of screening and hiring procedures, and will not be disclosed to any third party.

*Submitted application documents will not be returned.

15. Sending Address and Contact Information

If submitted by postal service:
Professor Masahito IKAWA
Department of Experimental Genome Research, Research Institute for Microbial Diseases
Osaka University
3-1 Yamadaoka, Suita-city, Osaka 565-0871 JAPAN

* Please write “Application for faculty position” on the envelope in red ink.

* Please send application documents by registered mail or courier.

If submitted by e-mail:

* Please write “Application for faculty position“ in the subject line.

* Attach the application documents in PDF format (password protected).

* Please send the password in a separate e-mail.

Contact Person: Professor Masahito IKAWA
Tel: +81-6-6879-8375 E-mail: ikawa[at]

16. Application Deadline
February 1, 2021 (Japan Standard Time)

17. Selection Process
Document screening will be followed by interviews. Notification about the interview will be given only to the applicants who pass the document screening.

* Travel and accommodation fees necessary for interviews are to be covered by the applicant.
For applicants residing overseas, the applicant may request an online interview.

* Please note that unsuccessful applicants will not be contacted.

18. Additional Information
Concerning work conditions other than the above-mentioned, please refer to “35. Work Regulations for National University Corporation Osaka University Limited Term Staff” and/or related regulations.
Please note the above-mentioned work conditions are as of the day this employment offer is posted, and subject to change.
We welcome applications from highly motivated female candidates.
Osaka University is committed to promoting gender equality and providing various supports for female academic staff members.

* Osaka University campuses and related facilities are smoke-free, except for designated areas.

19. Recruiter
National University Corporation Osaka University

2020-10-26 2021-02-01