Announcement of Tenure-Track Female Faculty Position Opening at Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan, based on The Initiative of President's Vision,

1. Outline

Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) invites applications for one tenure-track female faculty position (Associate Professor) based on the initiative of President's Vision 2030, which is dedicated to excellence and diversity of academic research by our faculty members, students, and researchers, campus-wide management for effective utilization and allocation of our university resources, and financial stability through diversified university revenue and bold investment in our education and research.
NAIST is seeking an excellent and ambitious candidate to be a world-leading female scientist who will promote cutting-edge and interdisciplinary research in the field of information science, biological science, materials science or their fused-field.

* This is a job advertisement pursuant to Article 8 of the Act on Securing, Etc. of Equal Opportunity and Treatment between Men and Women in Employment (Special Provisions of Measures Pertaining to Women Workers). At NAIST, faculty selection is based on the spirit of the Basic Act for Gender Equal Society.
*We offer several support options such as start-up funding.
*We offer various employment information for partners of researchers employed from overseas.


2. Department

Graduate School of Science and Technology

3. Number of Positions

One tenure-track faculty position (Associate Professor)

4. Post upon Attaining Tenure Status


5. Starting Date

April, 2022 (or the earliest possible date afterwards)

6. Tenure Track Term

Five Years (Within this term there will be a three-year evaluation and a five- year tenure review) to become a full permanent professor (Tenure review may be held at the mid-term evaluation if the appointee's performance is evaluated highly.)

7. Field

Information Science, Biological Science, Materials Science or their fused-field.

8. Qualifications

  1. A female researcher who has excellent academic achievements in the above field
  2. Motivation to enthusiastically promote the education and research for the students at the Graduate School of Science and Technology, while performing frontier research

9. Selection Criteria

  1. A person deemed having enough career experience and ability in the field of Information Science, Biological Science, Materials Science or their fused-field. The appointee will be required to promote the education and research of students at Graduate School of Science and Technology, while performing frontier research.
  2. A person who can be expected to develop an original interdisciplinary field at Information Science, Biological Science, Materials Science or their fused-field and become an international leader in the field within three to five years.
  3. A person who demonstrating excellent character and insight.

10. Terms of Employment

  1. Workdays: Monday through Friday excluding the following holidays
  2. Holidays: Saturday, Sunday, national holidays, the end/beginning of the year and the anniversary of the founding of NAIST (October 1st)
  3. Working hours are left to the professor's discretion

11. Remuneration

Annual Salary Scheme (determined in accordance with the salary regulations of NAIST)

12. Insurance

Employees' health insurance, employees' pension, workers' accident insurance and employment insurance

13. Research Support

  1. Start-up Allowance
    Up to JPY 10,000,000 in total within the first three fiscal years
  2. Research space: 18m2 at office area and 144m2 at research area.
  3. Facilities Available
    Common facility at NAIST are available, which are managed by Information Initiative Center, Research and Education Center for Genetic Information and Research and Education Center for Materials Science, including MANDARA-system as IT network, radiation facility, Animal Experimentation Facility, Botanical Greenhouses, Common Experimental Facilities (partially charged). The faculty is supported by technical staffs at these research supporting Centers (partially charged).
  4. Academic Support
    One post-doctorate researcher for the first three years
    Assignment of one or two mentor professors for advice and guidance for research, formation of intellectual property and education.

14. Tenure Review Criteria

  1. Satisfactory academic and research achievements (scientific papers, presentations in international and domestic conferences, research funding, guidance at student's thesis research, guidance at student's career track, etc.)
  2. Skilled laboratory management with good judgment and personality, demonstrating ability to serve as NAIST faculty.
  3. Expected to become an international leader in this field based on academic achievement, publication at conferences, activity at external organization and social cooperation.

15. Application Materials

  1. NAIST format curriculum vitae (download from the site below)
  2. List of research and education achievements (NAIST format, download from the site below)
  3. Perspective scope for education and research at NAIST (A4-size 2-pages)
  4. Names and contact addresses you expect evaluation (2 persons)

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*Note: You can find detailed information concerning the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on the following website:

16. Selection procedure

  1. First selection: document screening
  2. Second selection: seminar and interview by faculty members.

17. Deadline for applications

All documents must arrive no later than November 30th, 2021 (Japan Standard Time)

18. Address for submission

All documents should be sent to the address or e-mail below.
YAMAMOTO Koji, Head, Graduate School Secretariat Office, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, 8916-5 Takayama, Ikoma, Nara 630-0192, Japan
(We can accept application materials by postal mail or email)
If you send materials by postal mail, write 'Job Application (Graduate School of Science and Technology)' in red on the front of the envelope.
If you send materials by e-mail, all application materials should be converted to a single PDF file with materials organized in the order of (1), (2), (3) and (4).
In case you do not receive an e-mail acknowledging receipt of the files within two business days, please contact
*All application will only be used for the screening and will not be used for any other purposes.Please note that application materials will not be returned. Rejected applicants' materials will be discarded to protect personal information.

19. For inquires

Please contact the above, E-mail:

20. Passive smoking preventative measures

In order to prevent passive smoking, smoking (including smoking while walking) is prohibited on campus, except for designated areas.

21. Advertiser

Nara Institute of Science and Technology