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Tenured Associate Professor Position at Institute for Planetary Materials, Misasa, Japan

Institute for Planetary Materials, Okayama University
Misasa, Tottori
Closing date
Jul 1, 2022

Tenured Associate Professor Position in Institute for Planetary Materials

The Institute for Planetary Materials (IPM), Okayama University, Misasa, Japan, invites applications for an Associate Professor (tenured) position in the areas of experimental planetary physics.
The Institute for Planetary Materials (IPM), Okayama University is a world-class research institute with the aim of advancing our understanding of 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.
Further information about the faculty, research and facilities of the Institute can be found at the IPM website (
This position is open to anyone who will contribute to experimental geo-materials science, which is necessary for the comprehensive understanding of the deep interior of the Earth and planets that this institute aims to achieve, and who will lead this field in the future. Applicants should have an excellent record of research using the large volume multi-anvil press, which are one of the unique features of this institute, and have the ability and desire to develop advanced experimental techniques.

1. Affiliation: Division for Basic Planetary Materials Science
2. Job title: Tenured associate professor (Term of contract: contractual term is not defined)
3. Number of openings: 1 post
4. Appointment Date: As soon as possible after October 1, 2022
5. Qualifications: Applicants must have a doctoral degree. Any nationality is welcome.
Ability to teach and guide research in English is required.
6. Educational Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will be in charge of courses in the doctoral program of the Graduate School of Okayama University and may also supervise graduate students as a primary supervisor.

7. Documents required with application:
1) Curriculum vitae (Form 1)
2) Educational career (Form 2)
3) Summary of past research (Form3)
4) List of publications (Form4)
5) Plan for activities in research and teaching at IPM (Form 5)
6) PDF files of five representative publications
7) Contact information for two references (Form 6)
8) Certificate of completion of the last school attended (a copy of the degree certificate is acceptable)

Forms can be downloaded from this site.
※Documents must be written in English. ※Please use the attached documents for Forms 1-6. ※Please convert the above documents into pdf files and send them by e-mail to the address below
with the subject title "Application for Associate Professor, Institute for Planetary Materials ".
※If you do not receive a confirmation email within 4 days of submitting your application, please
contact us.

8. Closing date:
July 1, 2022, 5:00 p.m. (Japan Standard Time)
9. For further information, please contact:
Professor Takashi Yoshino, Director
Institute for Planetary Materials, Okayama University
Phone: +81-858-43-3737
Documents should be sent by e-mail to:
Professor Takashi Yoshino, Director
Institute for Planetary Materials, Okayama University
827 Yamada, Misasa, Tottori, 682-0193, Japan

10. Documentary screening and interview:
Preliminary screening based on the submitted documents. 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.
※Applicants who pass the document screening will be contacted separately for an interview.
※If the Interview costs money, it will be borne by the applicant.
※Depending on circumstances, interviews may be conducted online.
1) Salary: The salary system of the University should be determined in consideration of the general
social situation, with reference to the salary system of national government officials, so basic wages
and benefits will be revised (increase, decrease, new establishment, abolition) there is.
2) Working hours: Discretionary labor system for specialized work. No overtime working rule. Holiday
work may be applicable (See the employment rules, Article 41 and 42)
3) Holidays: Every Saturday and Sunday, national public holidays, December 29- January 3 of the
Following year (See the employment rules, 2 in Article 42)
4) Insurance, etc.: National public employee mutual aid insurance, employment insurance,
workers' compensation insurance.
Okayama University's official website for rules and regulations:

12. Others:
1) Please note that application documents will not be returned. Personal information will not be used
for any purpose other than the selection process. After the screening process is complete, we will
take full responsibility for the handling of personal information.
2) Additional documents may be requested depending on the progress of the selection process.
3) Okayama University is committed to gender equality and provides support for female faculty
members. Applications from female candidates are encouraged.


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