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Full Professor Position in Earth and Planetary Sciences

Full Professor Position in Earth and Planetary Sciences

Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo logo

Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo

Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute (AORI) is a marine research center with approximately 60 faculty members who work on various aspects of ocean, atmospheric, earth, and biological sciences. The main campus is in Kashiwa, Chiba. AORI also acts as a Joint Usage/Research Center for atmospheric and ocean research in Japan, providing state-of-the-art research facilities and equipment for visiting researchers throughout the country. It also plans the usage of research vessels. AORI is a part of the University of Tokyo, Japan’s top research university and its faculty members are responsible for fostering students in their fields through its graduate education programs.

The Institute aims to comprehensively understand the physical composition and changes in the Earth’s surface layer, which is the foundation of human existence. This will be done through an in-depth exploration of the various fundamental oceans, atmosphere, climate, and biosphere processes. Through education and research, we aim to pursue the universal truth and reality of humanity and contribute to the co-existence of man and nature, the creation of a safe environment, the sustainable development of various regions, the advancement of science and technology, and the inheritance and creation of culture.

The Institute’s mission is to:

  • Promote primary research on the oceans and atmosphere, which both have a vital impact on the environment as a whole, our climate, and life on the Earth’s surface layer.
  • Develop research that contributes to the resolution of core issues that affect the survival of the human race and the biosphere.
  • Promote the sharing of knowledge and collaborative research in Japan and abroad to establish a leading international base for research on atmospheric and oceanic sciences.
  • Foster researchers who will be responsible for the future of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and develop human resources with rich scientific knowledge of the oceans, atmosphere, climate, and the Earth’s biosphere.


Kashiwa, Japan


Relevant divisions
Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)
Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology (GMPV)
Tectonics and Structural Geology (TS)

Full time



Preferred education

Application deadline
30 August 2024

5 June 2024

Job description

Join Our Team: Full Professor Position in Earth and Planetary Sciences at the Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo
The Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute (AORI), a prestigious part of the University of Tokyo (UTokyo), a leading institution in the realm of Earth and Planetary sciences, is inviting applications for a full-time tenured faculty position at the esteemed rank of Full Professor. We are dedicated to attracting and retaining exceptional, diverse faculty members who possess a passion for integrating observations and methodologies from geology, geochemistry, and/or geophysics to tackle profound research questions within the Earth and Planetary sciences.

Our Focus: We are particularly keen on enhancing our current expertise in utilizing observations and quantitative analyses to propel advancements in marine geophysics, paleoceanography, geohazards, or marine geology. Candidates whose research aligns with these areas will have the exciting opportunity to leverage our world-class laboratory facilities and capitalize on AORI’s strengths in marine and maritime studies, fostering an environment of collaboration and innovation.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be entrusted with developing and sustaining a robust, externally funded research program. They will also play a pivotal role in teaching postgraduate geosciences courses at UTokyo, emphasizing cultivating inclusive teaching practices. Furthermore, they will be instrumental in mentoring a diverse cohort of postgraduate students and contributing their expertise to various service roles within the Department, University, and broader discipline.

Commitment to Diversity: At UTokyo, we are committed to fostering a community that celebrates belonging, equity, justice, and accessibility for all. Successful candidates are expected to champion these principles and demonstrate a steadfast commitment to creating an inclusive academic environment. To learn more about our ongoing diversity initiatives, please visit

Required Qualifications: Essential qualifications for this position include:

  • A Ph.D. or equivalent in Earth and Planetary Sciences or a related field at the time of application
  • Demonstrated excellence and innovation in research and scholarship
  • A solid commitment to teaching, mentoring, and research training at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • Dedication to fostering an equitable and diverse academic environment

How to apply

Application Requirements: To apply, please submit the following documents by e-mail:

  1. A cover letter detailing your research interests, teaching philosophy, and commitment to diversity and inclusion
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. A statement of research accomplishments and future research plans
  4. A teaching statement outlining your approach to teaching and mentoring
  5. Contact information for two references

Deadline for Applications: 17:00 30th August 2024 JST

AORI is an equal-opportunity employer and welcomes applications from individuals of all backgrounds and experiences. We encourage candidates who meet the requirements of the post to apply and join us in our pursuit of excellence in research, teaching, and diversity.