Assistant Professor in Astronomy Hiroshima University, Hiroshima Astrophysical Science Center

8th Job Openings for Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Positions through the
HIRAKU Consortium, Japan (Astronomy/ Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) /
Hiroshima University)

Hiroshima University, Yamaguchi University, and Tokushima University have jointly
established a consortium called “Home for Innovative Researchers and Academic
Knowledge Users (HIRAKU).” The consortium focuses on human resource
development and the allocation of young researchers and graduate students in
cooperation with firms, universities, and institutes in the Chugoku and Shikoku regions.
Supported by Funds for the Development of Human Resources in Science and
Technology through Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and
Technology (MEXT), the consortium aims to improve the regional potential in science,
technology, and innovation. As a main part of its activities, the member organizations of
the Consortium have launched a joint call for applications for tenure-track researcher's
positions from promising young researchers within and outside Japan in order to
promote in these regions and encourage them to become distinguished researchers. For
these purposes, the ideal candidate for the position will be required to conduct active
independent research in the specified research fields as a tenure-track assistant professor
at each university, collaborate with diverse actors, contribute to the Consortium, and
develop the research career in an uncertain world.


For this job opening, Hiroshima University invites applications by women
researchers for one full-time tenure-track assistant professor position in Astronomy.
Under Article 8 of the Equal Employment Opportunity Law (Special Provisions of
Measures Pertaining to Women Workers), in order to actively improve the present
situation of a considerably low percentage of women researchers, applicants are limited
to women researchers only.


1. Number of Positions Available, Areas of Research and Institution

(1) Job classification: Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
(2) Number of positions available: One
(3) Areas of Research: Astronomy
(4) Affiliation (Appointment):

Academy of Hiroshima University (Hiroshima Astrophysical Science Center)

2. Application Requirements

Applicants must satisfy all of the following requirements.

① Women researcher applicants should hold a PhD that was acquired after April 1,
2007, or have equivalent research experience, and should be under 40 years old (*1)
as of April 1, 2017.


② Applicants should be able to communicate in English.


③ Applicants should be able to lecture and provide research supervision to
undergraduate and graduate students in Japanese or English.


④ Applicants should be able to begin working immediately after April 1, 2018, and no
later than the end of the Japanese fiscal year 2018.


⑤ Applicants should actively contribute to science, technology, and innovation.


*1: Applicants who participated in the mandatory clinical practice in Japan are eligible
to apply unless they are 43 years old or older as of April 1, 2017. Since this project is
supported by Funds for the Development of Human Resources in Science and
Technology under MEXT, these age restrictions are subject to exceptional treatment by
the Ordinance for Enforcement of the “Koyou taisaku” Act 1-3 (1-(3-2)).


3. Employment Conditions


(1) Term of Appointment


-The term of appointment is from April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2023.


-An assistant professor (tenure-track) of this job opening could possibly change her
workplace within the consortium organizations through an agreement between the
consortium and the assistant professor. In such a case, the term of appointment will
remain the same, and the assistant professor will adhere to the standards of each


-The assistant professor will receive midterm evaluations by March 2021 and final
evaluations by September 2022. The assistant professor who passes her tenure reviews
with Hiroshima University will receive a tenured position, which is on a permanent
basis with a mandatory retirement age.


-Depending on the final evaluation by the consortium, an assistant professor holding
this position could be appointed by an organization that participates in the consortium
through an agreement between the assistant professor and the organization.


(2) Annual Salary


① Annual salary, including allowances, will be approximately
4,800,000-6,600,000 yen depending on the successful applicant’s research
experience (salaries will be calculated according to the annual salary rules of
Hiroshima University).


② Various types of insurance (health, mutual aid pension fund, unemployment, and
accident compensation) are available to an assistant professor of Hiroshima


(3) Work Conditions


① The employment conditions and regulations of Hiroshima University shall
apply as deemed appropriate.


② The first place of employment will be located on the Higashi-Hiroshima
campus of Hiroshima University.


③ A discretionary working-hour system is in place for professional work. This
means assistant professors can manage their own working hours, although
formal working hours are considered to be 7 hours and 45 minutes a day.


④ A maternity and childcare leave system will be applied.


4. Work Description


An assistant professor holding this position will be required carry out the assistant
professor’s work of each organization and contributions for the consortium as listed


① Conducting research activities inside and outside the consortium based on the
research plan (“research effort” should be more than 60%)

② Actively working to obtain external research funds


③ Producing research outputs (e.g., publication in SCI journals and/or patents)


④ Disseminating research outputs to society, including presenting results at
international conferences


⑤ Giving lectures and advising undergraduate and graduate students in their


⑥ Participating in activities related to external research funds (even research
activities related to external funds will be included as part of the research effort)

⑦ Being involved in other duties as considered necessary by each organization

⑧ Planning and operating international meetings, symposiums, and network
activities organized or co-organized by the consortium

⑨ Attending training, lectures on faculty development, etc., conducted by
organizations in the consortium


⑩ Being involved in other duties as considered necessary by the head of the
executive committee of the consortium

5. Special Notices Related to the Consortium

(1) Role of the consortium in this job opening, processes for employment and
career development in the consortium

-Application materials should be submitted to the secretariat of the HIRAKU
consortium. The council of the consortium will determine the successful candidate
after consulting with the organization that will accept the candidate. The successful
candidate will then be hired by the organization as a faculty member (hereinafter
referred to as a Consortium Assistant Professor).

-The term of the Consortium Assistant Professor will be same as 3(1).

-For the betterment of her development as a researcher, the Consortium Assistant
Professor might be able to conduct her research at other organizations inside or
outside of the consortium. Such arrangements should be made through an agreement
between the consortium and the Consortium Assistant Professor.

-Consortium Assistant Professors are expected not only to conduct excellent research
but also to be involved in consortium-related teaching, networking, and training
activities to further their career development as researchers.

-Consortium Assistant Professors are expected to provide experiences and information
for the consortium through the activities described above, via evaluation and training
processes with their mentors in order to assist us in improving this system.

-Thus, applicants will be evaluated based on not only their research results and
potential but also their ability to collaborate with diverse actors and develop their
research careers by utilizing the research and training opportunities described above.

(2) Research Funds

During the first fiscal year, about 5,000,000 yen (*2) will be provided to each
Consortium Assistant Professor as a start-up fund. In addition, during the term of
appointment, about 500,000 yen per year (*2) will be provided for the consortium
activities such as for training and registration costs for domestic or international
conferences. These funds must be used in accordance with the regulations of the
workplace, the funding agencies, and the Japanese government.

*2: The amount could change depending on the grant-in-aid situation.

(3) Personnel Support

① Research and teaching education will be supported by mentors who are senior
researchers in the consortium.

② Other research and teaching activities will be supported by university research
administrators (URAs).

(4) Additional Remarks

Personal research spaces (offices and laboratories) will be preferentially
allocated for Consortium Assistant Professors.

6. Application Materials

(1) Application Documents

① Curriculum vitae (including expected research field and workplace as bellow,
using application form 7)

-Academy of Hiroshima University (Hiroshima Astrophysical Science

- Astronomy

② List of research activities (e.g., books, reviews, original papers, conference
proceedings); attach copies of no more than five major papers

③ Summary of past research activities (up to four pages on A4 paper including

④ Research plan at the consortium (up to four pages on A4 paper including figures,
a future research plan for five years to come)

⑤ Aspirations for contributions to science, technology, and innovation (one page
on A4 paper)

⑥ List of references

*All of the above documents must be written in English or Japanese and be filled in
the application form. The application form can be downloaded from the following

(2) Inquiries about Applications

Please contact us with any questions by e-mail at:
General information and procedure of this job opening:
(Secretariat of the HIRAKU consortium)
Specific information for the research environment of this job opening:
(Office of Academic Research, Hiroshima University)

(3) Protection of Private Information

Private information related to the application is protected by the Personal
Information Protection Law and the consortium’s regulations (for the moment, we
will invoke the regulations of Hiroshima University). Personal information related
to submitted documents may be provided to other organizations in the consortium,
through the council and/or executive committee of the consortium, with strict
measures to avoid information leakage.


7. Deadline for Submission and the Selection Process

(1) Deadline for Submission

The deadline for submitting the application is 10 a.m. on October 31, 2017
(Japan Standard Time).

(2) Submission

All documents should be submitted in PDF format with the file name
Consortium(8)_(last name of applicant_first initial) (e.g.,
Consortium(8)_(Einstein_A)) to the following e-mail address:
(Secretariat of the HIRAKU consortium)

The total file size must not exceed 10 MB. Larger documents may be submitted
in separate files numbered as follows: 1/2, 2/2, etc. File compression must not be
used. The secretariat will send a confirmation of receipt to each applicant. It is
strongly advisable to make sure this confirmation message arrives after submitting
the application.


(3) Selection Schedule

① The first screening (by the specific research area)

 The results of the first screening will be announced by e-mail to applicants
around late December 2017.

 Successful candidates from the first screening will be given information
about the second screening.

 There is a possibility that an interview will also be conducted during the
first screening. In this case, the transportation cost for the interview will not
be reimbursed.

② The second screening (by interview) will be conducted around January 2018.

 The results of the second screening will be announced to the applicants by
the end of January 2018.

(4) Selection Standards

The first and second screening will evaluate the candidates in terms of research
activities, originality and realization of research plans, and potential research impact
(e.g., contribution to science, technology, and innovation).

8. Additional Remarks

(1) We strongly welcome applications from international researchers.

(2) Hiroshima University enforces support for female researchers.

① Each female Consortium Assistant Professor will receive guidance related to job
environment preparation and maintenance via the Gender Equality Promotion
Office and a section of the Career-up Program for Women Researchers in the
Human Resources Training Promotion Office of Hiroshima University.

② A female mentor will be assigned to each female Consortium Assistant Professor
as well as a normal mentor as described in 5 (3)-①.

③ On- and off-campus nurseries are available. The support staff of the university
will provide assistance in finding a nursery.

Hiroshima University enforces gender equality. Details can be found on the
website of the Gender Equality Promotion Office.


Hiroshima University home page:
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