ELSI Research Scientist Tokyo Institute of Technology, Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI)


ELSI Research Scientist
Department Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI), Tokyo Institute of Technology

Field of Research
Scientific fields related to research themes pursued at ELSI:


• Formation of the Earth
• Earth interior properties and dynamics
• Early Earth environment and evolution
• Solar system exploration
• Formation and characterization of exoplanets

• Origin of life

• Abiotic chemical evolution

• Messy chemistry

• Biochemistry

• Early biological evolution

• Microbial ecology

• Metagenomics and Next Generation Sequencing

• Virology

• Biogeochemical cycling

• Bioinformatics

• Complex systems science

• High performance computing

• Artificial life



ELSI Research Scientists must hold a Ph.D. degree from an accredited institution in a relevant field at the time of appointment.


Number of Openings
Up to five positions are offered in the present recruitment.


Starting Date
August 1, 2018 or earliest possible date thereafter. Please discuss with us if this schedule poses potential problems, and we will try to meet your needs where possible.


Period of Employment
Three years, with a possible extension until March 31, 2022 based on the successful applicant's performance and the direction and situation of ELSI.


Place of Work
Earth-Life Science Institute
Tokyo Institute of Technology
2-12-1-IE-1 Ookayama, Meguro-ku
Tokyo 152-8550, Japan


Salary and Benefits
Salary: JPY 4,800,000 to JPY 7,000,000 per year depending on experience, including social insurance, taxes, and all allowances (commuting, housing, etc.). Bonus and retirement allowances are not provided.

The following social insurance is covered:


• Medical and dental insurance called “Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Mutual Society of Health Insurance” (“Monbukagakusho Kyousai Kumiai” in Japanese.)

• Employment Insurance (“Koyou Hoken”)

• Worker’s Accident Compensation Insurance (“Rosai Hoken”)



Application procedure

Step 1: Submit an application through ELSI's public position offering page:


All documents must be arranged in English.
The application should include the following:


• Resume/Curriculum Vitae

• Publication list with your three most important papers marked clearly. The list may include conference talks and other relevant information.

• A statement of research interests and plans that specifically addresses intended contributions to the origin and early evolution of Life and/or Earth studies. (Please limit the length to 3 pages.)

• Contact information for three people who will provide letters of recommendation (name, email address, affiliation and position.)

Step 2: Applicant should ask three individuals to submit a letter of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should be provided in English from external non-ELSI person. Referee should submit a letter of recommendation via e-mail (elsi-res-letters-2018_[at]_ml.elsi.jp; please replace " _[at]_ "with "@")
by April 14, 2018.


Step 3: Applicant screening begins only after Steps 1 and 2 above are completed. Based on the submitted materials, ELSI's recruitment committee will determine whether to proceed to the next step, which will be oral presentation and interview. We will notify our decision to each applicant.


Step 4: Oral presentation and interview. We will contact you to arrange the dates and travel details. If you cannot travel to ELSI for an interview, we can arrange to conduct one over Skype or other means. The interview is currently planned to be arranged in June 2018.


Step 5: Announcement of decision. If ELSI offers you a position, we will begin discussions with you regarding starting details.


If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact us by e-mail and we will get back to you.

Contact e-mail address:
elsi-res-letters-2018_[at]_ml.elsi.jp (please replace " _[at]_ " with "@" )


Deadline for Application
April 14, 2018

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