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for Tenure Track Researcher for 2016

May 2016

Under the tenure track program supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan, Tokai University, hereinafter referred to as “Our University”, are currently recruiting a tenure track researcher position at the TOKAI UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE OF INNOVATIVE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (IIST) that will be employed in 2016.

Our university is seeking personnel who make a study of a high impact research theme, primarily related to Intellectual Property, during tenure track position. The tenure track researcher must contribute to establish the virtuous cycle as creation, protection, and utilization of intellectual property with a broad outlook on his or her original studies, which are based on close coordination between practice courses and law courses of Intellectual Property Law either in the graduate school or in the research institute of our university. The research accomplishment should make breakthrough and significant impact on creating innovative industries of our country, looking beyond the reality of today and focusing on the potentiality of the future. Such researcher positioned as an innovative leader in our university should perform the advanced research considering strategic, productive, and global collaboration across different fields.

As a general rule, tenure track researchers who are recognized as sufficiently competent on the mid-term performance evaluation of the third fiscal year or on the strict review to be performed annually (the review of fifth fiscal year is final) will be appointed as full-time tenured position.

For application, please read the following information.

Available Position

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



Research Field

Any areas related to the fields of;

  • intellectual property law, protection and/or management of intellectual property rights, international intellectual property law, intellectual property law such as entertainment law, electronic commerce law, and copyright law

Qualification Requirements

Applicants must be under 40 years old as of October 1, 2016.
In addition, qualification for the applicants should correspond to one of the terms listed below;
Applicant who has a doctoral degree or applicant who finished Ph.D. program without dissertation (without Ph.D. degree),

  1. has work experience as an assistant professor, a postdoctoral fellow or an equivalent position and has significant accomplishments in research.
  2. has been rich in experience of practical business affairs in intellectual property rights.
  3. has had experience of intellectual property rights in active research institutes.
  4. has been rich in practical business experience under law office, patent attorney office, or department of business law in private companies, relevant to creating, protecting, and utilizing intellectual property rights for more than 5years.

Although Japanese language ability is not required, languages for daily 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 October 1, 2016 through March 31, 2021 on an annual contract basis (Please refer to” Requirement to Full-time University Staff”)

Application Documents

  1. Prescribed application form (Formats can be downloaded from the Institute’s website.)

    Application Documents
    a) A summary of research achievements: provide a list of books, peer-reviewed papers, articles presented at international conferences, commentaries, review papers, etc. 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: Approximately two pages of A4 or letter size in length (Diagrams may be included.)
    d) A research plan: Approximately three pages of A4 or letter size in length (Diagrams may be included.)
    e) Comments regarding the future potential of your research plan: One page of A4 or letter size in length (Diagrams may be included.) including policies regarding education
    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 referees with their addresses and contact information: List for three referees
  2. Copies of five representative papers (Duplicate copy or PDF format is also allowed.)
  3. Three letters of recommendation or reference from the referees listed in “g)” (These letters should be sent directly by the referees to our University.)
  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.)
* The documents submitted shall not be returned.


July 11, 2016 (Monday), 5:00PM at Japan Standard Time (UTC/GMT+9:00)
All documents must be submitted via email as attachments to the TOKAI UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE OF INNOVATIVE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY’s email address iist-office@tsc.u-tokai.ac.jp by the deadline, with hard-copy documents to follow.

Submission of Application Documents

Please send application documents by the deadline above to the TOKAI UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE OF INNOVATIVE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. Formats can be downloaded from the institute’s website (http://www.pr.tokai.ac.jp/tuiist/).

In addition to the application documents via email, a hard copy of original documents must be sent by mail with delivery confirmation (registered mail, etc.) to prove its delivery by the submission deadline. (No later than July 11, 2016) Applications received after the deadline will not be processed for selection.

*Please provide “Application for Tenure Track Researcher” in the subject line when sending application documents via email.
*Please write “Application for Tenure Track Researcher” in red ink on the outside of an envelope enclosed the original copy of application documents.

[Submitted to]
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

The letters of recommendation or reference should be sent directly from the referees to the address above.


  1. 1st screening: Application documents review
    The results will be informed to applicants by the beginning of August, 2016.
  2. 2nd screening (for qualifiers only): Interviews and presentations to be planned in September, 2016 or later.

    1. Conduct in English.
    2. Applicants who have obtained significant research funding for their research activities, ongoing or who are currently applying or are planning to do so should make reference to those research plans for the presentations.
    3. Candidates will be informed of further details of interviews and presentations at a later date.


Perform research activities based on the research plan submitted at the time of application.
Teach some undergraduate and/or graduate school classes related to your research areas. (Includes classes in English)
Provide guidance on research activities and writing thesis for graduate school students including overseas students.
Write and publish research papers.
Make presentations at academic meetings, including international conferences.
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.)
Make presentations at symposiums sponsored or co-hosted by the Institute.
Other duties considered necessary by the Director of the Institute.

Working Conditions

Work location is basically in the Shonan Campus of Tokai University.
Overseas resident applicants will receive support in securing accommodation as required.
The employment conditions and regulations of the Tokai University educational system shall apply as deemed appropriate.
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

1,000,000 yen as a start-up research fund. From the second year, a research fund of 1,000,000 yen per annum will be provided.
Office space of approximately 20m2 will be provided for each researcher.
Core research facilities are available for tenure track researchers in the University
Researchers can receive support from mentor staff (full-time teaching staff) or support staff.
The Institute is ready to accept female researchers.
Technical and clerical assistance are available.

Requirement to Full-time University Staff

A tenure track researcher accepted in this time recruits will be evaluated on the mid-term performance evaluation of the third fiscal year, and also will be judged at the strict review to be performed annually upon researcher’s own request (the review of fifth fiscal year is final). If the researchers pass through these strict reviews, the researchers will be hired as a full-time lecturer or associate professor (or a full-time professor at the superior case). In these case, the researchers will be assigned to research institutes or schools and departments of our university where the expertise can be fully executed from April 2021. In general, a tenure track researcher who is recognized as qualified on the final review will be appointed as full-time tenured position, but in case the researcher is recognized as having made exceptional research accomplishment, the researcher may be assigned to a full-time tenure position even if in less than five year.


Should you have any questions, please e-mail the Institute.


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

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