Postdoctoral Fellow at Hokkaido University: bridging reinforcement learning and computational chemistry

The Institute for Chemical Reaction Design and Discovery (ICReDD), Hokkaido University, as a global research center based on the «World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI),»constructs an international research environment which gathers world-leading researchers and establishes a research environment that integrates computational, information and experimental sciences, in order to establish a new academic field «Chemical Reaction Design and Discovery», to provide substantial knowledge on chemical reactions that efficiently develop chemical reactions and materials for the future necessity, and to sustainably cultivate human resources engaged in the field of «Chemical Reaction Design and Discovery». We are inviting applications for the position of Postdoctoral Fellow (Komatsuzaki group), Institute for Chemical Reaction Design and Discovery, Hokkaido University as follows.

1. Name of Recruiting Institution
National University Corporation Hokkaido University

2. Position
Postdoctoral Fellow, one opening

3. Employment Term
1 year from the starting date (Renewal of appointment may be offered up to 3 years from the starting

4. Department
Institute for Chemical Reaction Design and Discovery

5. Location
Sapporo, Hokkaido (Hokkaido University)

6. Research Field
Physical chemistry / Information science

7. Job description
In the ICReDD Komatsuzaki group, the following research will be carried out mainly by collaboration with computational, information and experimental scientist.
(1) Development of reinforcement learning algorithm for accelerated exploration of reaction catalyst to yield high enantioselectivity and its fusion with computational and
experimental chemistry
(2) Acceleration of finding transition states and reaction network by reinforcement learning algorithm

8. Qualifications
(1) PhD degree(s) at the time of appointment
(2) Outstanding achievements and publications in the research field
(3) Efficient communication skills in English for research activities
(4) Strong motivation to actively engage in new integrations with
different fields

9. Desired Starting Date
April 1st, 2022, or as early as possible after acceptance is notified
(yet, still negotiable)

10. Probation Period
The probation period is one month.

11. Salary
Annual Salary System
*The salary will be determined in accordance with the regulations of Hokkaido University.

12. Working Form
Discretionary labor system for professional work
*The standard working hours for a day is deemed as 7 hours and 45 minutes.

13. Health Insurance and Pension
Health Insurance, Employee Pension, Workers’ Accident Compensation Insurance and Employment Insurance

14. Measures to Prevent Second-hand Smoke Smoking in designated areas

15. Application Materials
(1) Curriculum Vitae
*Free format with an attached profile photo of the applicant, the following information should be included: Name, current address, telephone number and Email address, Date of Birth, academic history, degree(s),license, career history, awards, membership of organizations etc.
*Applicant who has been employed by Hokkaido University from April 1, 2013 (any position, including Part-time Lecturer, Teaching Assistant, Teaching Fellow, Research Assistant and Short-term Support Assistant, etc.) should provide full details of your employment history.
(2) List of research activities, including original scientific papers, book chapters, other publications, presentations in scientific meetings, awards, and other relevant activities.
* the following information should be included: «Referred» or «non-referred», «invited», «non-invited», «oral»,and «poster», all coauthors list with the first and the last pages.
(3) List of major publications (at most five)
* the following information should be included: summary, role, number of citations
(4) Summary of past and current research (about 1 page of A4 or Letter size)
(5) Prospects and aspirations for future education and research at ICReDD (about of A4 or Letter size)
(6) A list of two references (including the names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses)

16. Application Deadline
Monday, January 31st, 2022 (JST)
*The deadline must be strictly observed.

17. Application Submission
Files including the documents above should be sent to the following e-mail address:
E-mail: recruit AT
*Change AT into @ when sending an e-mail.
*Please put «Application for Postdoctoral Fellow in ICReDD (Komatsuzaki group)» in the subject box.
*Personal information will be exclusively used for the screening.

18. Inquiries
Prof. Tamiki Komatsuzaki
Institute for Chemical Reaction Design and Discovery (ICReDD) and
Research Institute for Electronic Science, Hokkaido University
Kita 20 Nishi 10, Kita-ku, Sapporo Hokkaido 001-0020 Japan
Phone: +81-11-706-9434
E-mail: tamiki AT
*Change AT into @ when sending an e-mail.

19. Others
1) At Hokkaido University, we actively promote both education and research while fostering diverse human resources and gender-equality. Therefore, we explicitly invite women qualified in this research field to apply.
2) As a measure to increase the percentage of female researchers at the University in accordance with Article 8 of the Act on Securing, Etc. of Equal Opportunity and Treatment between Men and Women in Employment, priority will be given to women if they are recognized as having the same competence required for the job based on a fair
3) The Promotion office of Research environment for Diversity of Hokkaido University is working to promote a research environment in which diverse human resources can play an active role, focusing on human resource development for female researchers and support for balancing research activities and family life. For more information, please visit the Promotion office of Research environment for Diversity website at
the following URL.

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