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Job opening for full-time, project associate professor - IER, Fukushima University

[ Deadline for application: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 ]

Fixed-term, full-time, project associate professor, specializing in measurement and analysis
The Institute of Environmental Radioactivity (IER), Fukushima University, invites applications for fixed-term, full-time project associate professor.
1. Outline
The Institute of Environmental Radioactivity (IER) was established on July 1, 2013, as an open hub for advanced research on the behavior of environmental radioactivity in Fukushima Prefecture. IER is run under joint administration by Fukushima University and other partner universities/research institutions from around the world which possess experience and expertise in this field.
Our mission is to support the revitalization of Fukushima Prefecture from an academic perspective by scientifically clarifying the behavior and long-term effects of radioactivity on the environment resulting from the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station accident.
IER also aims to function as a base for research located in Fukushima and is actively accepting and supporting scientists from Japan and overseas wishing to conduct research in Fukushima while promoting advanced joint research.
IER is inviting applications for the position of fixed-term, full-time project associate professor. Successful applicants will be required to:
  • possess extensive international research experience,
  • be capable of supervising research,
  • assume roles and responsibilities for a variety of activities associated with the IER while pursuing his/her own leading-edge research,
  • demonstrate a passion for the field of education, as Fukushima University established a major in environmental radioactivity science (master’s degree program) in the Graduate School of Symbiotic Systems Science and Technology in April, 2019
For details on the type of projects being initiated at IER, please refer to the website ( or contact us at the email address provided in section 10 below.
2. Job Description, Research Field and Number of Positions Available
(1) Project associate professor
(2) Mesurement and Analysis
Development of devices and techniques for mesuring and analyzing radiation and radioactive nuclides, development of analysis techniques for analyzing the dynamics of radioactive nuclides at the micro to macro level.
Based on the above, we invite applicants who are not just capable of conducting world’s leading research but also capable of contributing to the local community. In addition, the position is responsible for educating all-levels of students, not just graduate students in the Environmental Radioactivity Science major, and will be involved in various projects/programs of Fukushima University.
(3) One position
(1) Applicants must possess a doctoral degree
(2) Applicants must be willing to move to Fukushima City or its suburbs.
(3) Applicants must possess adequate research experience in research institutions, etc.
(4) Applicants must be capable of teaching graduate course subjects including Radiation Measurement Engineering, omnibus lecture series (Environmental Radioactivity II, Practicum in Radioactivity Measurement, Practicum/Advanced Practicum in Environmental Radioactivity Science, Radiochemical Analysis), and Master’s Thesis Study, etc. at the Graduate School.
4. Starting Date of Employment
Earliest possible date after September 1, 2019
The Fixed-term contract ends March 31, 2020 with the possibility of renewal. This is dependent on his/her research plan and the result of the annual evaluation. In principle up to 3 years. However it may be extended to a maximum of 5 years.
5. Deadline for Applications
No later than Tuesday, July 16, 2019
6. Required Documents for Application
(1) Curriculum Vitae (Form 1*): 1 copy
(2) List of research achievements (e.g. original research articles, published books, international symposia, patents, awards and other references. Please mark your five most important research articles with a circle): 1 copy
(3) Published books, articles, etc. marked as the most important in (2) (Photocopies accepted): 1 copy each
(4) List of activities in scientific societies and governmental/official committees/commissions: 1 copy
(5) Overview of external funds obtained for research (grants awarded): 1 copy
(6) Synopsis of previous research work (Approx. 1600 words, no specified format): 1 copy
(7) Synopsis of any work related to environmental radioactivity after a nuclear accident (Approx. 800 words, no specified format): 1 copy
(8) Research Plan (Form 2*): 1 copy
*Forms 1 and 2 can be downloaded from IER website
All of the above documents must be submitted in both print and electronic format (Excel or Word file format is preferable) recorded on USB storage devices or CD-R/RW discs. The file name should be: your last name_your first name_name of document. Submitted documents will not be returned.
7. Method of Selection
Applicants will be selected following a thorough screening of the requested documents. If it is determined necessary, an interview will be conducted. (If the applicant is living outside of Japan, a web-based interview is possible.) Applicants will be responsible for all expenses related to the interview.
8. Address for Submitting Application
Administrators’ Office
Institute of Environmental Radioactivity (IER)
Fukushima University
1 Kanayagawa, Fukushima City, Fukushima Prefecture
960-1296 Japan
(Please write in red ink “Application for Researcher Position (Measurement and Analysis)” on the envelope and send the required documents by registered mail).
9. Other Matters
Salary: Payment of remuneration shall be pursuant to the rules of Fukusima University
*For full-time project associate professor, monthly amount is not less than 350,000 JPY
Allowance: Commutation Allowance
Available Social Insurance: The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Mutual Aid Association, Employees’ Pension Insurance, Industrial Accident Insurance, Employment Insurance
Working System: The Specialized-Type Discretionary Work System*
*The number of hours worked shall be deemed to be for 7 hours and 45 minutes per day
10. Contacts
Administrators’ Office
Institute of Environmental Radioactivity (IER)
Phone: 81-24-504-2848

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