Tenure-track Assistant Professor Position in Astrobiology

Location
Misasa, Tottori
Posted
Jul 06, 2019
Closes
Aug 05, 2019
Education Level
PhD
Job Type
Tenure Track
Relocation Cost
Negotiable
Sector Type
Academia

Tenure-track Assistant Professor Position in Astrobiology

The Institute for Planetary Materials (IPM), Okayama University, Misasa, Japan, invites applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure track) position in the area of Astrobiology.

The Institute for Planetary Materials (IPM), Okayama University is a world-class institute with the aim of advancing research on the origin, evolution and dynamics of the Earth and planets through both experimental and analytical approaches. As a designated Joint-Use/Research Center in Earth and planetary materials science, IPM is supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) of Japan to promote joint-use and collaborative research on Earth and planetary materials, providing access to the analytical and experimental facilities, and associated expertise for researchers and students both in Japan and worldwide. Graduate education is also offered in an international environment via an independent five-year doctoral program in Earth and planetary materials science within the Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University.

In April 2016, the IPM was reorganized from the “Institute for Study of the Earth’s Interior (ISEI)” with the aim of expanding its research and education capacity in Earth and planetary materials science and related fields. IPM consists of three divisions, the Division for Basic Planetary Materials Science, the Division for Planetary System Science, and the Division for Astrobiology. 

Further information about the faculty, research and facilities of the Institute can be found at the IPM website (http://www.misasa.okayama-u.ac.jp).

Application is invited for a tenure-track assistant professor position in the Division for Astrobiology. We seek a candidate who will be able to develop a novel and independent research program in one of the research areas in astrobiology, such as analytical or experimental studies of prebiotic chemistry, mineral-water-organic interactions related to the origin of life, the search for signatures of primitive life on the early Earth or in the solar system, and also work within a collaborative environment with other staff to pursue joint researches on Earth and planetary materials.

The candidate is expected to demonstrate excellent ability and research achievement in analytical or experimental studies within the areas described above. Candidates with strong research ability in organic chemistry is especially desired. The Institute is actively promoting participation in JAXA’s sample return mission “Hayabusa 2” to the asteroid “Ryugu” and other international missions. Application from those who are motivated or active in related research areas are welcome.

  1. Affiliation: Division for Astrobiology
  2. Job title:Tenure-track Assistant Professor, 1 post 
  3. Tenure-track term: Five years 

Tenure review will be conducted six months or more before the end of the five-year tenure-track period, and a candidate receiving satisfactory evaluation will be promoted faculty member at the completion of the tenure-track period.

Information for the criteria for tenure evaluation is attached.

      4. Appointment date: As soon as possible

      5. Qualifications

The candidates must have a doctoral degree. Ability to teach and guide research in English is required. Any nationality is welcome.

       6. Teaching duties

The successful candidate is expected to teach courses for graduate students. He/she may also co-supervise graduate students in the five-year doctoral program in Earth and planetary materials science within the Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University.

 

        7. Documents required with application (the documents should be prepared in English, and will not be returned): 

  • Curriculum vitae(Use the attached form 1)
  • List of publications [original article (list refereed and non-refereed separately), review, book and others] and list of acquired funds
  • Reprints (or pdf) of five representative publications
  • Summary of past research 
  • Statement for research and teaching at IPM 
  • Name and contact information for two references

       8. Closing Date:

Review of Applications will begin on September 9, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.

       9. For further information, please contact:

            Professor Xianyu Xue, 

             Chair of the Selection Committee for the Faculty in the Division for Astrobiology, 

             Institute for Planetary Materials, Okayama University 827 Yamada,

             Misasa, Tottori, 682-0193,  Japan

             Phone: +81-858-43-1215

             E-mail: xianyu@okayama-u.ac.jp

          10. Application documents should be sent by post or e-mail to:

The Selection Committee for the Faculty in the Division for Astrobiology, Institute for Planetary Materials, Okayama University

827 Yamada, Misasa, Tottori, 682-0193, Japan

Phone: +81-858-43-1215

E-mail: wakusei-jinji@adm.okayama-u.ac.jp 

Please indicate “Application for tenure-track assistant professor in Astrobiology” in the subject title of the e-mail or on the envelop of the post.

        11. Selection method

The documents will be reviewed at the Selection Committee for the Faculty in the Division for Astrobiology. Those who pass the document screening will be asked for an interview (including a seminar given in English). The final candidate will be evaluated at the faculty meeting of the Institute for Planetary Materials before the final decision is made by the Okayama University President.

          12. Salary

The successful candidate will be employed under the annual salary system in accordance with established guidelines at Okayama University. The details are as follows (only in Japanese). http://www.gnst.okayama-u.ac.jp/up_load_files/koubo/nenpo.pdf

English information may be provided upon inquiry.

*Okayama University is committed to gender equality and provides support for female faculty members. Applications from female candidates are encouraged.

 

 

Attachment 

Criteria of Tenure Evaluation

At the Institute for Planetary Materials (IPM), Okayama University, Misasa, Japan

 

The tenure evaluation is regulated as below. 

In principle, it is necessary to satisfy all the requirements on research, education, and management and social activity described below, and to have outstanding achievement on research. Nevertheless, considerations may be given even if the criteria for some of the items are not met, in case special achievement is recognized.   

 

  1. Research activity

It is evaluated according to published books, papers, conference presentations, joint use/joint research activity, award and record for obtaining external funding.   

 

* A successful candidate should have demonstrated ability to advance research in Earth and planetary materials science and related fields as an IPM faculty member. 

 

* A successful candidate should have published at least one refereed publication (including co-authored papers) per year on average during the tenure-track term, and have published at least three refereed, first-authored original publications (on research mostly performed during the tenure-track term) by the time of the final evaluation (those already accepted, but not in print could be included). 

* A successful candidate should have given at least one presentation per year on his/her research at academic meetings, and have been actively presenting his/her research at international conferences during the tenure-track term.

* A successful candidate should have successfully obtained external funding (e.g., Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research from JSPS and MEXT, grants from private foundations, etc.) as the principal investigator at least once, and has been applying Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research every year except when he/she is already receiving a grant on a continued project during the tenure-track term.

* A successful candidate should have been actively participating in the management of joint-use facilities and helping host joint-use/joint-research during the tenure-track term.

 

 

  1. Educational activity

It is evaluated according to teaching, laboratory guidance (including lab assistance), student supervision, and qualification as a faculty member.

 

* A successful candidate should have been offering course(s) for the five-year Ph.D. program, and providing guidance on research and advice on the writing of academic publications and dissertations to students of the affiliated department during the tenure-track term. 

 

* A successful candidate should qualify to supervise students of the five-year Ph.D. program by the time of the tenure evaluation.    

 

 

 

  1. Management and Social activity

It is evaluated according to the contribution to management (to the university, the graduate school, the Institute and the affiliate department/division) and social contribution (international contribution, open lecture, etc.)

 

* A successful candidate should have been contributing to the development of the Institute by actively participating in activities of the Institute, such as management, committees, international cooperation, public relations, outreach activities.  

 

   

 

 

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