Seeking a translator – as an Administrative Temporary Employee position in RIKEN

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Job Overview

  • Employer Type Direct Hire
  • Industry Public Utilities / Security / Fire, Research / Survey, Translation / Interpretation
  • Salary In accordance with RIKEN regulations JPY / Month
  • English Level Native level
  • Japanese Level Business Level
  • Restricted to Domestic Applicants? Japan only
  • Visa Sponsorship Future possibility / Renewal


International Affairs Section (IAS), International Affairs Division (IAD), RIKEN Headquarters

About IAS

IAS is responsible for RIKEN’s international relations and English-language translation support for the administrative divisions of RIKEN headquarters as well as the RIKEN research centers and institutes. IAS is currently seeking an administrative employee to join its translation team as a Japanese-to-English translator and an English editor.

Position, number of openings, and job description


Administrative Temporary Employee* (part-time)

Number of openings: 1

Job description

    • Translating documents from all RIKEN administrative divisions from Japanese to English and editing documents in English.
    • Providing English-language support as necessary for International Affairs Division business.
    • Support for advisory council meetings.
    • Writing for the RIKEN in-house newsletter.

* Administrative Temporary Employees are employed directly by RIKEN to perform RIKEN-specific technological development or administrative duties and have special knowledge, skills, qualifications, and experience necessary to do so. The title of this position does not impact the total potential employment duration specified in “Conditions” below.


    • University graduate
    • Native English speaker
    • Capable of understanding Japanese documents and translating them into English
    • Must be able to communicate in English and Japanese (meetings, conversations, emails, etc.)
    • At least 3 years’ experience as a professional translator from Japanese-to-English in a private corporation, university, research institution, or the like is desirable
    • Capable of using email, Word, Excel, PowerPoint
    • Proactive and diligent worker
    • Capable of creating effective relationships with co-workers and researchers
    • Cooperative, responsible, and able to work independently as well as in a team
    • Willing to promote the internationalization of RIKEN’s work environment

Work location

RIKEN Headquarters 2-1 Hirosawa, Wako
Saitama, Japan


Annual contract renewable upon mutual agreement. Total duration may not exceed 5 years, in principle. For persons applying from within RIKEN, total years of employment at RIKEN may not exceed 5 years in total, counting from April 1, 2013. However, employees who have previously worked at RIKEN may be subject to different rules on the period of fixed-term employment. Please refer to the “RIKEN employment duration for fixed-term employees” document for more details if necessary.

    • Hours and days: four days per week/7.5 hours per day, or five days per week/6 hours per day.
      (Hours will be set flexibly between 9:00 and 17:20. Break: 12:00 to 12:50)
    • Days off: National holidays, Saturdays and Sundays, year-end holidays, RIKEN Foundation Day.
    • Paid leave: Annual paid leave (Provisions are in accordance with RIKEN regulations), and other kinds.
    • Salary: In accordance with RIKEN regulations.
    • Allowances: Commuting allowance, overtime pay.
    • Compulsory welfare programs: Health insurance, nursing-care insurance, employee pension, employment insurance, workers’ accident compensation insurance, mandatory membership in the RIKEN Kyosaikai (Mutual Benefit Society).
    • Others: No smoking on site (designated smoking areas available). These and other provisions are in accordance with RIKEN regulations.

Application procedures and deadline

Application must be made using the forms provided on our website ( May be handwritten or typed.

1.Curriculum vitae (Japanese and English)

2.Employment record (English)

3.Reason for application (English)

4.Example of a translation you have done with the original Japanese document. This should be a translation that has not been edited by anyone else. (Free format. One-half to one page.)

5.List of major translations you have done

6.Consent form for handling personal information based on GDPR
If you are a resident of the European Economic Area (EEA), you are required to submit the document, “Consent form for handling personal information based on GDPR” with your signature.
*You will find detailed information about General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on the following website:

Data protection | European Commission

    • Send the completed documents by post to the address given below. Write in red on the envelope: “Application for Shokutaku employee position”
    • Use an A4-size envelope. Do not fold the documents.
    • IMPORTANT: Only the prescribed forms will be accepted. Incomplete applications and applications made by email or in a format other than the forms provided above will not be accepted.
    • Application documents cannot be returned.


Must arrive by 13:00, February 6, 2020

Personal Information

Any documents provided will be kept strictly confidential under RIKEN’s Privacy Policy and will be used for applicant screening purposes only. Personal information will not be disclosed, transferred or loaned to third parties without justifiable cause.

Selection method and notice of results

Application document screening: Only successful candidates will be notified by email
Interview: Held at RIKEN Headquarters in Wako, Saitama on February 18 or 19, 2020, and only for candidates who pass document screening.

    • We cannot respond to questions about the interviews.
    • Travel and lodging expenses must be paid by the applicant.

Work start date

As soon as possible on or after April 1, 2020

Contact information


Shokutaku employees desk
Human Resources Strategies Section, Human Resources Division
Tel.: 048-467-8179
Email: shokutakusaiyou[at]

Submit documents to

Attn: Shokutaku employees desk
Human Resources Strategies Section, Human Resources Division
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako
Saitama 351-0198 Japan

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