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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 inviting applications for the position of Junior Principal Investigator (Project Associate Professor or Assistant Professor) 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 Junior Principal Investigator (Project Associate Professor or Assistant Professor) 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. The official language of the center is English.
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.
Research Fields
Mathematical Sciences (pure mathematics, applied mathematics, computer science, information science, artificial intelligence, etc.), Biology (cell biology, developmental biology, structural biology, microbiology, imaging, measuring, etc.), Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences (neural science, immunology, oncology, genome science, etc.) that relate to research being conducted at Bio2Q.
The research fields of Bio2Q are available here:
Number of Openings
Applicants must fulfill all three of the following conditions:
  1. Applicants must be prepared to independently pursue a research topic within the context of Bio2Q.
  2. Applicants must have been awarded a Ph.D.
  3. Applicants must be able to start work between March 1, 2024, and March 31, 2025. * Dates negotiable
Applicants will work at laboratories within the Bio2Q research center. The main campus is the Keio University School of Medicine (Shinanomachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo), but locations may differ depending on the research project.
Duration of Contract
The contract is a three-year fixed-term employment contract and is subject to review each fiscal year. The contract is eligible for renewal based on performance and mutual agreement between employer and employee. The start date should be as early as possible after March
1, 2024. and is negotiable depending on the circumstances of the applicant.
Compensation & Benefits
  • The annual salary will correspond to years of experience, ability, and performance.
    Model annual salary: 10,000,000 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.
  • A relocation allowance will be provided.
  • Keio University promotes gender equality.
Application Deadline
Friday, December 29, 2023
  • We plan to continue accepting applications on an ongoing basis from January 2024 onward.
Application procedures
  1. Please submit the following documents via the Keio Web Entry System:
    Applications are only accepted through this system. All applications must be submitted in English.
  • When entering the "Full name (furigana)" field, if you do not know the furigana of your name, please copy and paste the following text into both the First name and Family name input fields.
  1. Required application documents:
  1. CV
  2. List of research activities, including publications, achievements, etc.
  3. Research proposal (maximum three pages, including a description of how you plan to contribute to Bio2Q)
  4. 3 letters of recommendation
  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, Keio University, at: bio2q_recruiting@info.keio.ac.jp
The personal information provided by applicants will be kept confidential and will not be used for any other purpose.