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Call for Postdoctoral Fellows
Keio University WPI Human Biology-Microbiome-Quantum Research Center (Bio2Q)

Position Summary
The World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI) Bio2Q Center at Keio University (hereafter referred to as "Bio2Q") is recruiting postdoctoral researchers for FY2023. We look forward to receiving applications from creative, highly motivated scientists who will dynamically engage in Bio2Q research activities.
The WPI program promotes the establishment of research centers that attract world-class researchers, implement changes in the existing academic system, and forge new academic fields.
Bio2Q will address the question of how human homeostasis is regulated by the epithelial, immune, neural, and metabolic systems, with an emphasis on microbiome analysis. The center will thereby establish a new form of life science aimed at understanding human multiorgan homeodynamics at resolutions higher than those achieved so far. Bio2Q will implement quantum computing together with artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze multiomics data and elucidate the multiorgan interaction pathways underlying human disease. Furthermore, we will also establish a reverse-translation workflow to decipher the causal relationships within the newly uncovered pathways.
Bio2Q Postdoctoral Fellowships aim to foster globally active researchers and will provide creative, independent scientists with a place where they can autonomously conduct research on a topic within the Bio2Q scope.
Bio2Q Website
Bio2Q Outline (Japanese)
Bio2Q Concept (Japanese)
In line with the WPI missions of globalization and diversity, when applicants are judged to be equally qualified based on fair and impartial criteria, international and female applicants will be given preference. The official language of the center is English.
Research Fields & Host Laboratories
We are seeking those with relevancy to the research areas of the Bio2Q in the fields of science and technology such as Mathematical Sciences (pure mathematics, applied mathematics, computer science, information science, artificial intelligence, etc.), Biology (cell biology, developmental biology, structural biology, microbiology, imaging and measuring, etc.), and Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences (neural science, immunology, oncology, genome science, etc.).
Number of Openings
Applicants must fulfill all three of the following conditions:
  1. Applicants must be prepared to proactively pursue a research topic within the context of Bio2Q
  2. Applicants must have been awarded a Ph.D. or expect to be awarded a Ph.D. by the time of their appointment.
  3. Applicants must be able to start work in FY2023 (as soon as possible after December 1, 2023, to March 31, 2024). *Dates negotiable
Applicants will work at host laboratories within the Bio2Q research center. The main campus is Keio University School of Medicine (Shinanomachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo), but locations may differ depending on the host laboratory.
Duration of Contract
  1. Three years from the start date (The start date should be as early as possible after December 1, 2023, and is negotiable depending on the circumstances of the applicant.
  2. The contract is a one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable every fiscal year subject to review through March 31, 2032.
Compensation & Benefits
  • The annual salary will correspond to years of experience, ability, and performance.
    Model annual salary: 6,000,000 - 7,000,000 JPY
  • Work hours: 40 weekly work hours (negotiable)
  • Days off include Sundays, national holidays, year-end/New Year holidays, and Keio University holidays (January 10, etc.). Working on Sundays and holidays may sometimes be required.
  • Social insurance and transportation allowance are also provided.
  • Overtime allowance, bonuses, and retirement allowance are not provided.
  • Relocation allowance provided (includes a one-time payment for relocation preparation covering travel expenses, shipping expenses, and accommodation costs).
  • Keio University promotes gender equality.
Application Deadline
The posting remains open until the positions are filled.
Application procedures
  1. Interested applicants should contact the Bio2Q laboratory they wish to apply with the following application documents and inquire about openings and application procedures for FY2023 postdoctoral fellowships. The research fields and host laboratories are available here:
  2. Required application documents.
    *All applications must be submitted in English.
  1. CV
  2. List of research activities, including full list of publications, achievements, etc.
  3. Motivation letter including a description of how you plan to contribute to Bio2Q.
  4. Recommendation letter(s)
  1. Please answer the questions at the following URL:
Selection Process
Applicants who pass the initial application-based screening will be interviewed in English and will need to pass an additional screening where they give a public seminar (in English). For those unable to come in person, interviews may be conducted online.
For additional inquiries, please contact the Personnel and Public Relations Team, the Office of Research Development and Sponsored Projects, WPI (Bio2Q), Shinanomachi Campus,
The personal information provided by applicants will be kept confidential and will not be used for any other purpose.