Open Positions

The University of Tokyo Faculty Position in Geosphere and Biosphere 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 Geosphere and Biosphere 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
Field-based sedimentology relevant to human-environmental changes and evolution of the Earth
3. Requirements
  • Ph.D. or an equivalent qualification at the date of employment
  • A strong background in field-based sedimentology
  • The ability to conduct research and education in field-based sedimentology related to geosphere and biosphere science
  • 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
April 1st, 2025 or as soon as possible thereafter
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)
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
Geosphere and Biosphere Science Group, The Department of Earth and Planetary Science, 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 practicals and laboratory work.
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.
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. Salary, 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 salary 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 details for two referees who can provide independent assessments of the candidate.
17. Application Deadline
All documents must arrive on or before Wednesday, 31st July 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 10 MB. Applications should be sent to and the subject should be Assistant Professor in Geosphere and Biosphere Science. An acknowledgement will be sent within 2 working days of receipt of the application documents. Please note that the department will be closed over the New Year season.
19. Name of Recruiter
The University of Tokyo
20. Enquiries
Prof. Kazuhisa Goto
Department of Earth and Planetary Science
Graduate School of Science
The University of Tokyo
Tel: +81 (0)3-5841-4563
21. State of working measures to avoid passive smoking
Smoking is prohibited inside the grounds of our university. We have smoking areas outdoors.
22. Others
  • During the period of employment, sharing controlled technology to 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.
  • Personal information received through this application process will not be used for any other purposes.
23. Additional notes
The University of Tokyo is now seeking candidates for “The University of Tokyo Excellent Young Researcher (UTEYR, )” program and you can apply to this program in addition to this faculty position. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this program.