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for Tenure Track Researcher for 2013

August 2012

Tokai University, hereinafter referred to as “Our University”, is currently recruiting a tenure track researcher for 2013 at the TOKAI UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE OF INNOVATIVE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (IIST) for a mentor researchers’ development program that cultivates researchers who can conduct research of international stature. This recruitment is being carried out under the “Improvement of Research Environment for Young Researchers Program” (from FY2010 through FY2014) supported by the Special Coordination Funds for Promoting Science and Technology, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. For application, please read and follow the information below.

Available Position

One tenure track researcher
* Academic rank (Assistant Professor or Associate Professor) will be determined upon impartial judges by the University panels.

Research Field

Areas related to any science and engineering fields (Life Science/ Biochemistry, Applied Chemistry, High-precision Mechanical Systems/ Nano-micro Fabrication, Electronics, Energy, Nano-micro Technology, etc.)

Qualification Requirements

  • As of April 1, 2013, applicants are required to have:
    • a doctoral degree (obtained preferably within 10 years),
    • more than 3 years of work experience as an assistant professor, a postdoctoral fellow or an equivalent position,
    • and significant accomplishments in research.
  • Preferably to be under 45 years old at the time of application (considering the purpose of young researcher cultivation).
  • Japanese language ability is not required, but most communication while on the tenure-track is in Japanese or English.
  • Applicants should not fall within any of the categories of ineligibility set out in the Article 9 of the School Education Law, JAPAN.

Term of Employment

From April 1, 2013 through March 31, 2018 on an annual contract basis.
Researchers who are recognized as having made exceptional research accomplishments by the midterm evaluation in 2015 can be promoted, or may be assigned to a tenure position if they receive a superior evaluation as mentioned below.

Application Documents

  1. Prescribed application form (Download from the Institute’s website.)

    Application Documents
    a) Include in your summary of research achievements a list of books, peer-reviewed papers, articles presented at international conferences, commentaries, review papers and h-index. Please also specify keynote speeches and invited guest lectures in the list if any.
    b) A list of activities in academic conferences and societies, contributions to education, and acquired patents.
    c) A summary of past research activities. (Approx. two pages. Diagrams may be included.)
    d) A research plan. (Approx. three pages, with a separate page of plan timetable. Diagrams may be included.)
    e) Comments regarding the future potential of your research plan, including policies regarding education. (One page. Diagrams may be included.)
    f) A list of external research funding obtained to date. (Specify any representative or partners in the funding if any, and the funding allocated to the applicant.)
    g) A list of the three referees with their addresses and contact information.
  2. Five representative papers.
  3. Three letters of recommendation or reference from the referees listed in “g)” (to be sent directly by the referees to us).
  4. Additional documents may be requested during the selection process if necessary.

* All documents must be written in English. However, if some presentation or publication contents are in Japanese, those portions can be documented in Japanese. (e.g., for presentations made to a Japanese academic society or patents acquired in Japan.)
* Documents shall be submitted in A4 or letter sized paper with your name written on each document.
* The documents submitted shall not be returned.


October 1, 2012 (Monday), 5:00PM at Japan Standard Time (UTC/GMT+9:00)

Submission of Application Documents

  1. Send your application documents (1. and 2. listed above) by the above deadline to the Institute via e-mail. The size per e-mail is restricted to 20MB at a maximum.
  2. Post the hardcopies of your documents (1. and 2. listed above) by mail with delivery confirmation (registered mail, etc.) to the below-mentioned address by October 1, 2012.
  3. Please request your referees to post their letters of recommendation or reference directly to the Institute from the referees themselves by a separate mail. Do not include these letters in your submission.

Document Submission

Tokai University Institute of Innovative Science and Technology
4-1-1 Kitakaname, Hiratsuka City, Kanagawa 259-1292 JAPAN
E-mail: iist-office@tsc.u-tokai.ac.jp


  1. 1st screening: application documents review (The results will be informed to applicants by mid November 2012.)
  2. 2nd screening (for qualifiers only): Interviews and presentations in English to be conducted from mid November 2012.
    1. Applicants who have obtained significant research funding for their research activities, or who are currently applying or are planning to do so should make reference to those research plans for the presentations.
    2. Candidates will be notified of further details of interviews and presentations at a later date.



Assigned Courses

Courses at the Undergraduate and/ or Graduate levels that are related to your research area.


  1. Research activities based on the research plan submitted at the time of application.
  2. Teach some undergraduate and/ or graduate school classes related to your research areas. (Includes classes in English).
  3. Provide guidance on research activities and writing thesis for graduate school students including overseas students.
  4. Write and publish research papers.
  5. Presentations at academic meetings, including international conferences.
  6. Work actively to obtain external research funding. (Tenure track researchers are allowed to engage in research for competitive research funding during the term of their employment.)
  7. Contribution to the activities of the Institute.
  8. Research results presentation at symposiums sponsored or co-hosted by the Institute.
  9. Other duties considered necessary by the Director of the Institute.

Working Conditions

  1. Work location is the Shonan campus of Tokai University.
  2. Overseas resident applicants will receive support in securing accommodation as required.
  3. The employment conditions and regulations of the Tokai University educational system shall apply as deemed appropriate.
  4. Intellectual property rights for inventions made during the period of employment shall belong to the Tokai University Educational System in accordance with the University’s regulations on the handling of intellectual property rights.


Payment will be made in accordance with the University’s rules and regulations.

Research Support and Others

  1. 5,000,000 yen as a start-up fund and a research fund will respectively be provided in the first fiscal year, and 2,500,000 yen of research fund will be given in the second year. During the tenure track period, researchers will be fully supported by the Institute to obtain external research funding.
  2. Individual laboratory space and office space of approximately 18m2 each will be provided for each researcher.
  3. A research assistant can be hired.
  4. A common research facility in the University.
  5. Researchers can receive support from mentor staff (full-time teaching staff) or support staff.
  6. We are fully set up to accept female researchers.
  7. Technical and clerical assistance is available.

Requirement to Full-time University Staff

If you, recruited at this time, are deemed sufficiently competent after your midterm evaluation in the third year and final evaluation in the fifth year, you will be hired as a full-time assistant professor or associate professor (or professor if having outstanding performance) from April 2018. You will be assigned to schools and departments of our University where your expertise can be fully executed. In case you are recognized as having made exceptional research accomplishments and receive a superior evaluation at the midterm evaluation in the third year, you may be assigned to a tenure position even if in less than five years.

* Mandatory retirement age in Japan will also be applicable to university tenured staff in accordance with the employment conditions and regulations of the Tokai University.


Should you have any questions, please e-mail the Institute atiist-office@tsc.u-tokai.ac.jp.


Tokai University Institute of Innovative Science and Technology
4-1-1 Kitakaname, Hiratsuka City, Kanagawa 259-1292 JAPAN
Phone: +81-463-50-2532
Facsimile: +81-463-50-2478
E-mail: iist-office@tsc.u-tokai.ac.jp