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Post-doctoral Fellow (Full-time Fixed-term Project Researcher)
at Department of Earth and Planetary Science, The University of Tokyo

The Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Graduate School of Science, the University of Tokyo invites applications for a post-doctoral researcher position in the field of Earthquake Seismology.

1. Job Title and Number of Persons:
Postdoctoral Fellow (Full-time Fixed-term Project Researcher), 1 person.
2. Term of Employment:
Starting Date: as soon as possible after April. 1, 2022
The contact will be ended on March 31, 2023 (due to Japanese fiscal year).
3. Renewal of Contract:
Employment may be renewed annually (up to March 31, 2026). Renewal of the employment will be determined by taking into account budget status, assigned work progress, achievement at the end of work period, as well as attitudes in research activities.
4. Probationary Period:
6 months from the date of appointment
5. Work Location:
Graduate School of Science
7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan.
6. Affiliation:
Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Graduate School of Science.
7. Job description:
The successful candidate will work to understand dynamic rupture process in earthquake source as a probabilistic phenomenon, using observational and theoretical studies, such as seismic/geodetic data analysis of fast and slow earthquakes, numerical modeling to simulate various type of fault slip, and statistical analysis of seismicity.
* This research will be carried out under the JSPS KAKENHI project 21H04505 "Probabilistic Earthquake Seismology for Broadband and Hierarchical Seismic Source"
8. Work Hours:
The UTokyo will adopt the Discretionary Labor System for this position. Appointee will be paid according to the pre-determined number of hours, i.e., 7 hours 45 minutes per day, or 38 hours 45 minutes per week, instead of actual work hours.
9. Holidays and Leaves:
Saturdays, Sundays, Public holidays of Japan, Year-end and New Year holidays (December 29 through January 3).
Appointee will be able to use Annual paid leave, Special paid leave, etc.
10. Salary and Benefits:
Postdoctoral fellows as defined in the "Regulations Concerning Employment of Specified Fixed-term Faculty Members" of the University of Tokyo. Annual salary system is adopted, and appointee will be paid 360,000 JPY per month.
Appointee may be able to have commuting allowance (up to 55,000 JPY per month) if the payment conditions are satisfied.
11. Insurance:
Enrolled in an employment and health insurance provided by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Mutual Aid Association, as required by law.
12. Eligibility:
Persons with Ph. D or equivalent degree are considered to be eligible. Those who are expected to obtain Ph. D by the time of appointment are also considered.
13. Application Documents:
1) Curriculum Vitae.
The standard CV format of the UTokyo can be downloaded ( https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/about/jobs.html ) and used if needed.
2) Research experience.
3) Publication list (indicate up to 3 most significant publications and specify their URL or DOI information accessible over the Internet).
4) Research plan.
5) A recommendation or reference letter.
14. Application Submission:
Applicants should send the above application documents (1–5 in PDF format) as E-mail attachments to with the subject "Application for Postdoctoral fellow". The recommendation or reference letters should be sent directly by those who write the letters to the same E-mail address. (If you do not receive a reply within a few days, please be sure to contact us to confirm.)
15. Application Deadline:
Feb. 28, 2022 (or until the position is filled)
16. Selection:
Successful candidates will be selected by an interview after passing a pre-screening based on the application documents. It is possible to have the interview remotely.
17. Inquiries:
Satoshi Ide, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo.
Telephone : +81-3-5841-4653
E-mail :
18. Job Posting:
The University of Tokyo
19. Others:
Personal information received through this application process will not be used for any other purposes.
Applications from women, as well as from those who have foreign nationality, are strongly encouraged for this position as per "Declaration of Gender Equality Acceleration" of The University of Tokyo (March 3, 2009). Special considerations will be given to those who have specific conditions on the work environment.