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Invitation of applications for Tenure-track Female Associate Professor (Bioengineering, Material/ Surface Science, Design Engineering)

Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Associate Professor in the Division of Advanced Mechanical Systems Engineering, Institute of Engineering. TUAT is interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standard of scholarship and professional activities. The appointee will be provided with independent laboratory, startup budget and research fund with less duties of administration and lecture. She will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in her area of expertise. There will be two evaluations at the 3rd and 5th years after the appointment. If the outcome of the evaluation indicates that the appointee has made promising or significant research, she will be promoted to the status of tenure position. Annual salary is the same as tenured faculty members as shown below. TUAT is an equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty and staff.

Background Information

TUAT has been promoting the system of tenure-track and encouraging young researchers to establish themselves as promising researchers. The tenure-track faculty members are provided with the freedom of their researches. They also receive prioritized support in facility and budget according to our promotion rule and system. They are allowed to concentrate on their own researches for a certain period with less administration duties. Needless to say that they can collaborate with established professors when they need. We continually examine and review the tenure-track system so that they can produce distinguished research results and be promoted to tenure positions with high rates not just in TUAT but also in other universities since mobility among universities are very important. TUAT prepares an enough number of posts for them.

Area of Research

The following research area invites applications.
Field: Mechanical Engineering or System Engineering
Specific field: Bioengineering, Material Science, Surface Science, Design Engineering or related fields.

The appointee is expected to make basic, advanced and innovative researches in the fields above during the employment period of the tenure-track position.


The applicant must be female and younger than 40 years old at the time of application deadline. She must have a doctoral degree which was obtained within the past 10 years at the time of application. The person who received the doctoral degree within 6 years is more appreciated. She must have a higher academic ability in mathematics and physics than the excellent university graduate. She is expected to have research experiences as a postdoctoral fellow, research associate or researcher in academia or industry for several years. TUAT is interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standard of scholarship and professional activities. Japanese language proficiency is welcomed though not required.


Annual salary is approximately from 5.5 million yen to 8.0 million yen depending on education, teaching experiences etc. It follows the employment rule of TUAT. Note that taxes and insurances will be withheld from the annual salary.

Startup and research budgets (tentative)

Each appointee will be provided with 4.5 million yen for the first year as a startup fund. For the remaining years, annual research budget is equal to that of the tenured faculty members.

Promotion to Tenure Position

Intermediate evaluation will be made in the 3rd year and one who will make promising research will be scheduled to shift to the status of tenure position. In the 5th year, final evaluation will be made and one who will make significant research will be promoted to tenure position. TUAT prepares a tenure post to each tenure-track position so that the appointee will have the opportunity to be promoted to tenure position if she passes the screening.

Contribution to Education

The appointee will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in their areas of expertise.


Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
Koganei Campus
2-24-16 Naka-cho, Koganei, Tokyo 184-8588, Japan

Duration of Appointment

The contract is for 5 years. After this period, the appointee who will make significant research will be promoted to the status of tenure position.

Starting date

October 1, 2013 (negotiable)

Application Form

Download the application form, and fill it out. In addition, prepare the additional documents shown in the following list in English:

Download the application form from http://www.tuat.ac.jp/~mech/koubo/form13b_en.doc

(1)Designated application form (Curriculum Vitae, List of Publications, etc.)
(2) PDF files of up to 5 representative publications
(3) Summary of previous research contributions (up to two A4-sized pages including figures)
(4) Future research plan (up to two A4-sized pages including figures)
(5) Education plan (up to one A4-sized page)
(6) Recommendation letter (if available)

How to Apply

Combine the above form and documents (1) to (6) into a single PDF file and submit it by e-mail to the following contact address. Acknowledgment of receipt will be sent soon. Specify the title as "application to the tenure-track position". The same material should also be sent by postal mail to the contact address below. All the private information is closed following the related laws and rules, but may be used to obtain references while protecting privacy. In addition, proof of doctoral degree and health certificate will be requested to submit after the selection.

Period for Application and Selection Steps

Applications must be sent to the e-mail address below after 10 a.m. on May 1 until 4 p.m. on July 19, 2013 in Japan Standard Time (must be received).

After reviewing the application materials, the selected candidates will be invited for an interview and to make a short presentation, which will be held in April. No travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Where to contact

The application materials should be sent to the following address:

Prof. Yasuhisa ANDO
Division of Advanced Mechanical Systems Engineering
Institute of Engineering
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
2-24-16 Naka-cho, Koganei-shi, 184-8588, Tokyo, Japan
E-mail: y-ando@cc.tuat.ac.jp

Inquiry should be made to the same address.

Additional information:

Please visit the Web page (http://www.tuat.ac.jp/~mech/english/koubo13b_e.html (this page) ) for detailed information.

For all tenure-track candidates who will be appointed to tenure track after April 1st 2013: Please understand that a part of our employment contract and evaluation process is a matter of change by a revision to Labor Contract Act of Japan being scheduled at April 1 2013.

This program operates under Article 8 of the Act on Securing, Etc. of Equal Opportunity and Treatment between Men and Women in Employment (ActNo. 113 of July 1, 1972).