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Tenure-track Assistant Professor Position in Astrobiology

Position
Tenure-track Assistant Professor Position in Astrobiology

Employer

The Institute for Planetary Materials (IPM), Okayama University, Misasa, Japan

IPM is a world-class institute with the aim of advancing research and education on the origin, evolution and dynamics of the Earth and planets. As a designated Joint-Use/Research Center in Earth and planetary materials science, IPM is supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) in Japan. Joint-use and collaborative research on Earth and planetary materials is promoted by providing access to the analytical and experimental facilities, and associated expertise, for researchers and students both in Japan and worldwide. Graduate education is also offered in an international environment via an independent five-year doctoral program in Earth and planetary materials science within the Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University.
IPM consists of three divisions, the Division for Astrobiology, the Division for Planetary System Science, and the Division for Basic Planetary Materials Science. Further information about the faculty, research and facilities of the Institute can be found at the IPM website below.

Homepage: http://www.misasa.okayama-u.ac.jp


Location
Misasa, Japan

Sector
Academic

Relevant divisions
Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology (GMPV)
Planetary and Solar System Sciences (PS)

Type
Full time

Level
Entry level

Salary
Open

Required education
PhD

Application deadline
22 September 2019

Posted
8 July 2019

Job description

We seek a candidate who will be able to develop a novel and independent research program in one of the research areas in astrobiology, such as analytical or experimental studies of prebiotic chemistry, mineral-water-organic interactions related to the origin of life, the search for signatures of primitive life on the early Earth or in the solar system, and also work within a collaborative environment with other staff to pursue joint researches on Earth and planetary
materials.
The candidate is expected to demonstrate excellent ability and research achievement in analytical or experimental studies within the areas described above. Candidates with strong research ability in organic chemistry is especially desired. The Institute is actively promoting participation in JAXA’s sample return mission “Hayabusa 2” to the asteroid “Ryugu” and other
international missions. Application from those who are motivated or active in related research areas are welcome.

1) Affiliation: Division for Astrobiology
2) Job title: Tenure-track Assistant Professor, 1 post
3) Tenure-track term: Five years
Tenure review will be conducted six months or more before the end of the five-year tenuretrack period, and a candidate receiving satisfactory evaluation will be promoted to tenured faculty member at the completion of the tenure-track period.
4) Appointment date: As soon as possible
5) Qualifications:
The candidates must have a doctoral degree. Ability to teach and guide research in English is required. Any nationality is welcome.
6) Teaching duties
The successful candidate is expected to teach courses for graduate students. He/she may also co-supervise graduate students in the five-year doctoral program in Earth and planetary materials science within the Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University.
7) Documents required with application (the documents should be prepared in English, and will
not be returned):

  • Curriculum vitae (Use the provided form)
  • List of publications (original article (refereed and non-refereed separately), review, book and others, indicate your own contribution for co-authored papers) and list of external funding obtained
  • Reprints (or pdf) of up to five representative publications
  • Summary of past research
  • Statement for research and teaching at IPM
  • Name and contact information for two references

8) Closing Date: Review of Applications will begin on September 9, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.
9) For further information, please contact:
Professor Xianyu Xue
Chair of the Selection Committee for the Faculty in the Division for Astrobiology,
Institute for Planetary Materials,
Okayama University
827 Yamada, Misasa, Tottori, 682-0193,
Japan
Phone: +81-858-43-1215
E-mail: xianyu@okayama-u.ac.jp
10) Application documents should be sent by post or e-mail to:
The Selection Committee for the Faculty in the Division for Astrobiology,
Institute for Planetary Materials,
Okayama University
827 Yamada, Misasa, Tottori, 682-0193,
Japan
Phone: +81-858-43-1215
E-mail: wakusei-jinji@adm.okayama-u.ac.jp
Please indicate “Application for tenure-track assistant professor in astrobiology” in the subject title of the e-mail or on the envelop of the post.


How to apply

For more details, please visit the following website:
http://www.misasa.okayama-u.ac.jp/eng/announcement/?eid=01724