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Recruitment Information for Professor or Associate Professor Position [Female Only] in Department of Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo

1 Job title and number of positions available
One position at the Professor or Associate Professor level [female only]
2 Date of Commencement of Employment
As early as possible after April 1st, 2025
3 Term of Employment of Contract
Non-fixed term
4 Probation Period
6 months from the date of employment
5 Place of Work
Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo (7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo).
The University will assign the faculty member to a designated location. In principle, the University could change the designated place of work, but no reassignment or secondment will be against one's will. (In accordance with Article 4 of the Regulations on the Employment of University of Tokyo Faculty Members).
6 Affiliation
The Division of Biology, Department of Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo.
7 Required Qualification and Field of Expertise
A Ph.D. or an equivalent qualification. We are seeking individuals with distinguished research achievements in the field of plant science, as well as a strong passion for both research and education at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
8 Work Duties
Education and research guidance in biology focusing on plants in Department of Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Science (graduate course) and Faculty of Science (undergraduate course). It is possible to hire one assistant professor with no fixed term.
(In principle, the University could change or reassign work duties, but not against one’s will. (In accordance with Article 4 of the Regulations on the Employment of University of Tokyo Faculty Members).
9 Working Hours
Based on the discretionary work system for professional work, working hours are deemed to be 7 hours and 45 minutes per day.
10 Days off
Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays and end-of-year holidays (December 29 to January 3)
11 Paid Leave
Paid leave is available for a variety of reasons (e.g., annual leave, sick leave, special leave, etc.) as described in The University of Tokyo Rules on Working Hours and Leave for Academic and Administrative Staff
12 Wages, Allowances, etc.
Salary will be decided after taking into account the successful candidate’s academic and professional background, etc. Wage raise system applies. Commuting allowance (up to JPY 55,000 a month), bonus (twice a year), and other allowances decided by the University of Tokyo.
13 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. This includes health insurance and pension.
14 Application materials required
  • Curriculum vitae. During the application stage, the format is free. We may reach out via email to confirm necessary information. If you have been conducting research as part of a research group, please provide the name of the group leader.
  • List of publications and related scientific output, which should be divided into Original Papers, Review Articles, and Books & Others. Mark 5 significant Original Papers.
  • PDF files of the marked 5 significant Original Papers.
  • A summary of research activities of the applicant (A4 size, 1000 words or less)
  • Outline of plans and aspirations for research and education after taking the position (A4 size, 1000 words or less)
  • List of competitive research funds obtained as principal investigator since 2014
  • Names and contact information of 2 referees who can provide an independent assessment of the applicant.
These document files should be compiled in a folder and uploaded to the link provided in 15 by the application deadline.
15 Document submission
Upload the documents to the following link and contact the e-mail address listed in 17 to let us know that you have submitted the application.
Link: Recruitment 2024 Dept Biol Sci Univ Tokyo
An acknowledgement will be sent within 2 working days of receipt of the e-mail.
16 Application Deadline
All documents must arrive no later than noon (12:00 PM) on June 21st, 2024, in Japanese Standard Time.
17 Enquiries
Prof. Tetsuya Higashiyama
Department of Biological Sciences
Graduate School of Science
The University of Tokyo
18 Name of Recruiter
The University of Tokyo
19 Measures to avoid passive smoking
Smoking is prohibited inside the buildings of our university. There are a limited number of smoking areas outdoors in the university grounds.
20 Others
  • Personal information received through this application process will not be used for any other purposes.
  • The University of Tokyo is committed to gender equality in hiring. More details of School of Science Master Plan for Gender Equality are available on the website
  • During the period of employment, sharing controlled technology with you may be prohibited by FEFTA and it may become difficult to execute your job as a faculty or a staff member of the University if you are under the control of a foreign government, corporation or university by contract, or under the control of a foreign government by economic interests. In such a case, you need to keep the contract or interests within the range that does not incur such restrictions.