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Apply now! RIKEN CBS Summer Program 2024

November 17, 2023

The RIKEN Center for Brain Science (RIKEN CBS), located just outside Tokyo, Japan, offers a summer program to train advanced students interested in brain function.

Plan A: Internship Course (2 months, June 20–August 20) Summer interns will work in a CBS Lab for 2 months and participate in the research activities of the host laboratory.

Plan B: Lecture Course (5 days, July 8–12) The lecture course is set up to present both basic concepts as well as cutting-edge research that will aid in understanding the selected theme. The intensive course is a coherent platform from where a wide variety of important new research and techniques will be revealed.

Application deadline: Monday, January 15, 2024, 9:00, JST

For more information, please visit https://cbs.riken.jp/en/summer/

Our latest English pamphlet is now online.

November 10, 2023

Learn about RIKEN’s national of research centers and facilities, its overseas offices, its history, as well as facts and figures on its budget, personnel and research output in this short pamphlet. For a more detailed overview of RIKEN’s yearly activities.

Please visit https://www.riken.jp/en/news_pubs/pubs/pamphlets/index.html .

Call for Proposals for Fugaku Projects via National Supercomputing Centre Singapore

November 9, 2023

The National Supercomputing Centre Singapore (NSCC) is opening a call for proposals to access Japan’s flagship supercomputer, Fugaku, to Singapore researchers with Singapore residency status under an agreement between NSCC and the Research Organization for Information Science and Technology of Japan (RIST).


Magazine: RIKEN Research (Fall 2023 issue)

October 3, 2023

“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.

***To subscribe weekly e-newsletter and receive RIKEN’s latest research achievements and exciting events to your e-mail address, please register here.

Japan’s first homemade quantum computer goes online

October 2, 2023

RIKEN, in collaboration with Fujitsu and a number of Japanese research institute, has made a Japanese built quantum computer available through the cloud for researchers doing work on both basic research and applications for quantum computers. The system, which went online at the end of March, is based on superconducting semiconductor qubits.

>> Read more at https://www.riken.jp/en/news_pubs/news/2023/20230921_3/index.html

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

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/

Call for new RIKEN Network members!

Call for new RIKEN Network members!

We are expanding RIKEN Alumni network from Singapore to Southeast Asia and South Asia. We are also calling for non-Alumni network membership application for those who are not RIKEN Alumni but are interested in RIKEN’s activities/news and research collaborations with RIKEN in the region.

>> Read more at https://www.sg.riken.jp/riken_network_membership

Fugaku continues to achieve top rankings

November 17, 2022

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-AI benchmarks. These rankings, announced at SC22 in Dallas, Texas, show that Fugaku continues to maintain its place at the top of the supercomputing world.

Fugaku is being used in projects aimed at overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as in work aimed at the development of Society 5.0, and research aimed at the further development of high-performance computing, such as the fusion of classical and quantum computation, is also expected.

>> Read more at https://www.riken.jp/en/news_pubs/news/2022/20220530_3/index.html

In research collaboration with NTU Singapore, RIKEN developed Robobug: a rechargeable, remote-controllable cyborg cockroach

September 08, 2022

In collaboration with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore and Waseda University in Japan, RIKEN has developed a technology that allows thin, soft solar cells and electronic components to be placed on the backs of insects for recharging and wireless communication. This technology allows cyborg insects with sensors to detect people without worrying about running out of battery power, such as when searching for victims in inaccessible areas.

>>Read more at https://www.riken.jp/en/news_pubs/research_news/pr/2022/20220905_2/index.html

>> RIKEN press release in Japanese: 再充電可能なサイボーグ昆虫



>>Supplementary movies are provided in the article:

Integration of body-mounted ultrasoft organic solar cell on cyborg insects with intact mobility https://www.nature.com/articles/s41528-022-00207-2

Celebrating the mutual research collaborations between RIKEN and NTU

RIKEN – NTU Neuroscience Workshop held in Singapore

September 08, 2022

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the mutual research collaboration agreement and showcasing of the research works by the members of the RIKEN – NTU Joint Research Centres, RIKEN – NTU Neuroscience Workshop was held by hybrid form at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Lee Kong Chang School of Medicine (LKCMedicine) in Singapore on September 05, 2022. At the on-site workshop, which was co-organised by RIKEN and NTU LKCMedicine, having Mr Yoshiaki TAKAHASHI, Minister, Embassy of Japan in Singapore as a guest of honour, five RIKEN scientists presented their research works together with their research collaborators in Singapore. The workshop spanned a wide range of disciplines, not only in medicine and biology, but also in chemistry and engineering. At the end of the lively and successful workshop, the RIKEN – NTU Joint Research Centre co-Directors Prof Atsushi IRIKI from RIKEN and Prof Kah Leong LIM from NTU promised to further deepen their cooperation, both in terms of research and the exchange of young researchers between the two research institutions.

>>Read more at https://www.sg.riken.jp/category/2022 .

Above left : RIKEN – NTU Neuroscience Workshop onsite

Above right : Workshop participants group photo taken at the workshop venue at LKCMedicine

President Gonokami issues “RIKEN’s Vision on the 2030 Horizon”

August 24, 2022

Makoto Gonokami
President, RIKEN

“RIKEN’s Vision on the 2030 Horizon”.

RIKEN, Japan’s premier scientific research institute, seeks to be a place where scientists conduct the research that they themselves wish to pursue, research that coincides with the creation of knowledge needed to secure humanity’s future, a place where science and society converge and deepen mutual trust.

>>Read more at https://www.riken.jp/en/about/president/index.html

Greetings from the President : https://www.riken.jp/en/about/president/index.html