Frontier Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences
Tohoku University

Open Staff Positions

6 Assistant Professors from January - April, 2021

Application Deadline: Applications should be uploaded until 17:00 (JST) July 28, 2020

Number of position and job

6 Assistant Professors (We especially encourage applications from women.)

Organization and Department

Creative Interdisciplinary Research Division, Frontier Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences (FRIS), Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

Research field

6 Research categories (1. Material and Energy, 2. Life and Environment, 3. Information and System, 4. Device and Technology, 5. Human and Society, 6. Advanced Basic Science).                                                
Successful applicants will be required to promote interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary sciences.


2.5 million JPY (maximum) per year, which is subject to change and is determined by a personal evaluation every year. Especially, the support may be reduced in 2021. (In case of the application of 2020 Leading Initiative for Excellent Young Researchers (LEADER), MEXT, Japan, please see our recruitment in the following URL:

Required Qualifications

PhD degree

Starting Date

January 1 or April 1, 2021 (subject to negotiation)


5 years  (no reappointment)


An annual salary and allowance will be provided in accordance with Tohoku University’s regulations


Applicants should select one research category in the proposal.
Applicants must be requested to select a professor or associate professor in Tohoku University as your mentor. Regarding the role of mentor, please visit the following URL.

Application deadline

Applications should be uploaded until 17:00 (JST) July 28, 2020

Requested Documents

(1) Curriculum Vitae (Resume using our provided format). Please be sure to include your photograph, current postal and e-mail addresses, and your phone number in the resume.

Format ▶Resume Form_EN_2020.xlsx  (*You can also download from “My Page” after main registration.)

(2)    List of research activities such as publications (papers, proceedings, books), presentations (note “invited”, if it is an invited presentation), awards, patents, outstanding budget, collaboration, etc.  
(3) Brief statement detailing your research results (less than 400 words)
(4) Proposal in our provided format

Format  ▶Proposal_EN_AssistProf.docx  (*You can also download from “My Page” after main registration.)

(5) One letter of recommendation
(6) Brief introduction of fewer than 5 papers of your research results with the index of ISI impact factor and number of citation. (NOT necessary of copy of each paper)
(7) A copy of certification of a candidate of 2020 Leading Initiative for Excellent Young Researchers (LEADER), MEXT, Japan when you have been selected. (If not, it is not necessary.)
All documents should be prepared in PDF format and the total file size must not exceed 10 MB.

How to Apply

(1) Access to the following URL for Pre-registration
(2) URL for application form will be informed to your e-mail address after Pre-registration
(3) Register and upload your documents in PDF format in “My Page”

■ For applying from long-distance areas or overseas
After the first screening (examination of application documents), successful candidates will be contacted for an interview (Skype or Zoom interview) around the end of October 2020. Detailed announcements will be informed until the end of September, 2020.
• Tohoku University promotes gender equality and encourages people of varied talents from all backgrounds to apply for positions at the university.
• Pursuant to Article 8 of the Act on Securing, Etc. of Equal Opportunity and Treatment between Men and Women in Employment, Tohoku University shall, as a measure for increasing the presence of women among the academic staff, prioritize the hiring of women deemed qualified for each job opening, based on impartial evaluation.
• Tohoku University has the largest on-campus childcare system of all Japanese national universities. This network comprises three nurseries: Kawauchi Keyaki Nursery school (capacity: 30) and Aobayama Midori Nursery school (100), both open to all university employees, as well as Hoshinoko Nursery school (120), which is open to employees working on Seiryo Campus. In addition, Tohoku University Hospital runs a childcare room for mildly ill and convalescent children which is available to all university employees.
• See the following website for information on these and other programs that Tohoku University runs to assist work-life balance, to support researchers, and to advance gender equality.
Tohoku University Center for Gender Equality Promotion website:
• In cases where the person hired for this position takes childcare leave, the term of employment may be extended by up to the number of days taken off for that leave, if such extension is deemed necessary for educational and/or research purposes.

More information from:

Professor, Managing and Planning Division, Junji Saida