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Associate Professor in Solid Earth Science_The University of Tokyo

Department of Earth and Planetary Science, The University of Tokyo
Downtown Tokyo
Closing date
Jun 17, 2022

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Geochemistry, Mineral and Rock Physics, Tectonophysics, Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology
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The University of Tokyo, Faculty Position in Solid Earth Science

The Department of Earth and Planetary Science of the University of Tokyo is seeking to fill a vacancy in the solid earth science group at the level of Associate Professor. Fields of expertise we are interested in strengthening are igneous petrology, volcanology and magma processes; solid earth geochemistry; mineralogy and crystallography; and neotectonics and fault mechanics. The ideal candidate should be able to incorporate observations of natural systems in their research either as part of their own activities or in collaboration with other workers. Strong preference will be given for candidates with a nationality other than Japanese although relevant experience in non-Japanese environments will also be taken into consideration for candidates of Japanese nationality. At the start of his or her employment the successful candidate will be expected to take a three-month course of intensive Japanese language training organized by the department unless he or she already possesses good Japanese communication skills. The University of Tokyo is committed to gender equality in hiring. More details of the Department are available on the website


1.  Job title and number of positions available

One position at the Associate Professor level


2.  Field of expertise

Broad fields of petrology, mineralogy and structural geology with preference for expertise in one or more of the following: igneous petrology, volcanology and magma processes; solid earth geochemistry; mineralogy and crystallography; and neotectonics and fault mechanics.


3.  Requirements

  • Ph.D. or an equivalent qualification
  • Track record of internationally recognized research results and proven ability to develop research and educational programs in the fields mentioned above.
  • Sufficient Japanese ability for instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels (where this is not possible at the time of appointment, this level of language proficiency is desired within five years).


4.  Date of commencement of employment

As early as possible after decision is made


5.  Term of employment

Non fixed-term (tenured)


6.  Probation period

6 months from the date of employment


7.  Place of work

Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo (7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo)


8.  Affiliation

Solid Earth Science Group, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo


9.  Content of work duties

In addition to their own research, the successful candidate will teach at both undergraduate and graduate levels and also contribute to administration of the department.


10.  Working hours

Based on the discretionary work system for professional work, working hours are deemed to be 7 hours and 45 minutes per day.


11.  Days off

Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays and end-of-year holidays (December 29 to January 3)


12.  Paid leave

Annual leave, summer leave, bereavement leave etc.


13.  Wages, etc.

Basic Salary will be decided after taking into account the successful candidate’s academic and professional background, etc. There is a system for regular wage raises


14.  Allowances

Bonus (twice a year), commuting allowance (up to JPY 55,000 per month), and other allowances decided by the University of Tokyo


15.  Insurance

The successful candidate will be automatically enrolled in the insurance scheme provided by the Mutual Aid Association of MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) and employment insurance.


16.  Application materials required

  • Curriculum vitae (this should include age, email address and other contact details, and a summary of academic and professional career from high school including the date of university graduation)
  • A summary of the main research and teaching activities of the applicant (about 1000 words)
  • List of publications and related scientific output, which should be divided into the following 4 types
    • Refereed papers and review articles
    • Non-refereed papers and review articles
    • Books
    • Other relevant material
  • PDF files of up to 5 significant publications
  • Outline of aspirations and plans for research and education after taking office (about 1500 words)
  • Names and contact information for 2 referees who can provide an independent assessment of the candidate.


17.  Application deadline

All documents must arrive on or before Wednesday, 15 June 2022.


18.  Document submission

All documents should be submitted as email attachments in pdf format. The documents can be separated into several separate emails but the total size of each individual mail should not exceed 10 MB. Applications should be sent to and the subject should be Associate Professor in Solid Earth Science. An acknowledgement will be sent within 2 working days of receipt of the application documents.


19.  Name of recruiter

The University of Tokyo


20.  Enquiries

Prof. Kei Hirose


Department of Earth and Planetary Science

Graduate School of Science

The University of Tokyo


Tel: +81 (0)3-5841-4574


21.  Others

Personal information received through this application process will not be used for any other purposes.

From 1 May 2022, in accordance with the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act and other regulations, if, at the time of employment, the successful applicant holds a concurrent position overseas or has significant income from a foreign government or other source, there may be restrictions on research-related technology that can be shared with them, which may make it difficult for them to fulfil their duties as a member of the University's teaching staff. Any such arrangements should be limited to the extent that they do not interfere with the necessary sharing of technology.


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