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Faculty Search for an Assistant Professor (tenured), Organic Chemistry Division, Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo

1 Job title
Assistant Professor (tenured)
2 Field of expertise
This appointment is in the Biomolecular Chemistry laboratory in the Organic Chemistry division. Research is in the general area of Chemical Biology, with a specialized focus on the development of photoactive molecules, protein engineering, biosensing, organic synthesis, biocompatible chemistry, fluorescence spectroscopy, and cell imaging. The hired Assistant Professor will conduct research and education activities in close collaboration with Prof. Robert E. Campbell.
3 Required Qualifications
The selection will be done by evaluation of submitted documents and a subsequent interview of top candidates. The main criteria for selection is a record of original research in the area of chemical biology, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, or bioimaging, with demonstrated excellence in one or more of the specialized focus areas listed above. The successful candidate will also demonstrate strong potential for teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates require a Ph.D. or an equivalent qualification and achievements in scientific research. Postdoctoral experience is preferred but not required.
4 Date of Commencement of Employment
No earlier than October 1st, 2024
5 Term of Employment & Renewal of Contract
Not applicable (Tenured Position)
6 Probation Period
Six (6) months from the start date of employment
7 Place of Work
The Biomolecular Chemistry laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo (7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo). 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).
8 Affiliation
Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo.
9 Work Duties
The successful candidate will be expected to undertake world-class research in their area of expertise and undertake teaching and mentoring at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 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).
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, Monday to Friday.
11 Days off
Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays and end-of-year holidays (December 29 to January 3)
12 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
13 Wages, etc.
Salary will be decided after taking into account the successful candidate’s academic and professional background, etc. An annual wage increase system is available.
14 Allowances
Bonus and diligence allowance (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. This includes health insurance and pension.
16 Application materials required
(1) Curriculum vitae
(2) List of achievements (publications, invited lectures, research grants, awards, etc.)
(3) Reprints of 5 selected original publications
(4) Statement of previous research (A4 or US letter, two pages maximum)
(5) Statement of future research and teaching aspirations (A4 or US letter, two pages maximum)
(6) The names and contact information of references (minimum 2 references)
17 Application Deadline
All documents must arrive on or before August 1st, 2024.
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 20 MB. Applications should be sent to and the subject should be Assistant Professor (tenured) position in the Biomolecular Chemistry Laboratory. 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
Professor Robert E. Campbell
Department of Chemistry, School of Science
The University of Tokyo
7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
113-0033 JAPAN
Phone: +81-3-5841-6528
21 Measures for preventing passive smoking
Smoking is prohibited inside the buildings of our university. There are a limited number of smoking areas outdoors in the university grounds.
22 Other
  • Personal information received through this application process will not be used for any other purposes.
  • The Graduate School of Science is committed to gender equality and promoting diversity and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates without regard to their gender identity, minority status, disability status, or citizenship. For more details, please refer to the Graduate School of Science Gender Equality Plan at the following URL:
  • According to the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act (FEFTA) and other regulations, if, at the time of employment, you hold a concurrent position overseas or have a substantial income from a foreign government or other source, you may be in conflict of interest and you may be subject to restrictions in terms of access to research results. These restrictions may make it difficult for you to fulfil your duties as a member of the University's teaching staff. All potential conflicts of interest, direct or indirect, real or perceived, involving yourself or immediate family members, must be declared.