Open Positions

The University of Tokyo Faculty Position in Earth and Planetary System Science

The Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Graduate School of Science, the University of Tokyo invites applications for a position at the level of Assistant Professor in the field of Earth and Planetary System Science. At the end of a five-year period there will be an assessment of the successful candidate’s achievements in research and education. 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 Assistant Professor level
2. Field of expertise
Dynamics of the Earth system
3. Requirements
  • Ph. D. or an equivalent qualification
  • A strong background in geological field studies.
  • The ability to conduct research and education at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the field of Earth history and dynamics of the Earth system, and related topics.
  • 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
Earth and Planetary System Science Group, The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo
9. Content of Work Duties
In addition to their own research, the successful candidate will be expected to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including laboratory work and geological field studies.
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, 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 3 significant publications
  • Outline of aspirations and plans for research and education after taking office (about 1000 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 Monday, 25 July 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 Assistant Professor in Earth and Planetary System 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. Eiichi Tajika
Department of Earth and Planetary Science
Graduate School of Science
The University of Tokyo
Tel: +81 (0)3-5841-4516
21. Others
  • Personal information received through this application process will not be used for any other purposes.
  • For details on our department, see our website ( )
  • The University of Tokyo is committed to gender equality and encourages applications from all qualified candidates without regard to their gender. ( ).
  • 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.