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A safe, easy, and affordable way to store and retrieve hydrogen

August 3, 2023

Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science (CEMS) in Japan have discovered a compound that uses a chemical reaction to store ammonia, potentially offering a safer and easier way to store this important chemical.

>> Read more at https://www.riken.jp/en/news_pubs/research_news/pr/2023/20230710_3/index.html

Magazine: RIKEN Research (Summer 2023 issue)

“RIKEN Research” is a quarterly English-language publication, highlighting the latest research at RIKEN labs and centers. You can download the PDF of the latest and the past printed issues at RIKEN Research archives.

To search RIKEN’s latest and past research news by year/research fields, please visit at Research News.

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Fugaku continues to achieve top rankings (May 2023)

June 13, 2023

Japan’s supercomputer Fugaku took top place in two rankings—HPCG and Graph 500 —as well as the number two spot on the Top500 ranking and third place on the HPL-MxP benchmarks.

These rankings, announced at ISC2023 in Hamburg, Germany, show that Fugaku continues to maintain its place at the top of the supercomputing world.

>> Read more at https://www.r-ccs.riken.jp/en/outreach/topics/20230522-2/

>> About RIKEN Center for Computational Science: https://www.r-ccs.riken.jp/en/

Call for RIKEN Early Career Leaders Program (FY2024)

Applications for FY2024 have been closed; applications for FY2025 will be announced as soon as they are finalized.

May 23, 2023

RIKEN offers early career researchers an excellent opportunity to qualify to further their career at a higher level. The RIKEN Hakubi Fellows Program established in 2018 supports junior Principal Investigators (PIs) and has played an important role in fostering talented researchers from around the world. We are now expanding the RIKEN Hakubi Fellows Program and starting a new program, the RIKEN Early Career Leaders (ECL) Program, to provide further support to junior PIs.

1.  RIKEN ECL Team Leader 

2.  RIKEN ECL Unit Leader

3.  Sechi Kato Program for RIKEN ECL Program (Female Junior PI Program)

[Start of employment]

April 2024 or later, but no later than January 1, 2025


TL: For applicant registration: June 19, 2023 (midnight, Japan time).

UL: The application must arrive no later than June 26, 2023 (3:00 p.m., Japan Time).

[More information]

ECL program FY2024 website : https://www.riken.jp/en/careers/programs/riken_ecl/call2024/index.html

More programs for young scientists at RIKEN

RIKEN strives to provide the best and most exciting opportunities for young scientists in the crucially important early stages of their career.


RIKEN Alumni Meeting in Singapore was held at New RIKEN Singapore Representative Office

April 18, 2023

The 14th RIKEN Alumni Meeting in Singapore was held at newly relocated RIKEN Singapore Representative Office on 10 April 2023. This meeting was hosted by Prof Makiko NAKA, RIKEN Executive Director in charge of International Relations, and organized by RIKEN Singapore Representative Office.

In the seminar session of the meeting, several research topics and key updates were presented by some Alumni members and RIKEN HQ staffs. Then all participants enjoyed free discussion in an open and friendly atmosphere. We look forward to the next get together opportunity!

The seminar session of the meeting
Group photo of the meeting participants

We have moved!

April 7, 2023

RIKEN Singapore Representative Office has moved to the Proteos building from the Helios building at Biopolis.

Our new location is here.

8th USM-RIKEN Collaboration (URICAS) Symposium was held at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang, Malaysia on March 7-8, 2023

March 16, 2023

USM-RIKEN Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Advanced Sciences (URICAS) was established as a collaborative program by Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and RIKEN in February 2015 to undertake interdisciplinary research as well as to promote further exchange of young researchers. The fruitful collaboration between RIKEN and USM, which was started in 1993, is one of the successful models of the collaboration between RIKEN and the research institutions in the Southeast Asia.

During this 2-day symposium, 14 researchers from RIKEN and USM presented their collaborative research works. In addition, RIKEN Singapore Director Dr Kawabe and other research support staffs from RIKEN introduced RIKEN’s activity and collaboration in the Southeast Asia. There were also impressive presentations by 13 USM students in the conference. Through RIKEN’s International Program Associate (IPA)  program, RIKEN has hosted more than 50 USM PhD students over the past 20 years, and nurtured the talents under RIKEN scientists’ guidance.

Through both research collaborations and exchange program of young researchers, the partnership between RIKEN and USM will continue to grow stronger and more flourishing.       

The conference was held at Auditorium
at Institute for Research in Molecular
Medicine (INFORMM ), USM.
Active discussion between USM students and RIKEN researchers at the poster presentation session
Group photo of the conference participants

Call for applications for the position of Special Postdoctoral Researcher (SPDR) for FY 2024

Applications for FY2024 have been closed; applications for FY2025 will be announced as soon as they are finalized.

RIKEN is currently accepting applications for the FY 2024 Special Postdoctoral Researcher (SPDR) Program, from young, creative, independent researchers who will be a powerful force in furthering RIKEN’s research activities.

・Duration of contract: Three years from date of hire (in principle, April 1, 2024) (Actual starting date to be decided upon consultation)

・Place of work: RIKEN laboratories in Japan ( Location of RIKEN host laboratory)

・Application deadline:  5 pm April 6 Thursday, 2023 (Japan Time) for registering basic information

**For more information, please visit SPDR program website at https://www.riken.jp/en/careers/programs/spdr/career2024/index.html

RIKEN strives to provide the best and most exciting opportunities for young scientists in the crucially important early stages of their career.

To find out more programs for Junior Scientists, please visit at https://www.riken.jp/en/careers/programs/