Mission Research Fellows, Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere Kyoto University, Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere Japan


Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto
University seeks applicants for “Mission Research Fellows”
from the public


The Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University is
seeking applicants for the mission research fellows, as described below.


As a Joint Use/Research Center in the field of Humanosphere Sciences, this
Institute defines, from a global viewpoint, the regions and spheres vital to human
existence — involving “outer space”, “the atmosphere”, “the forest-sphere” and
“the human living environment” — as the humanosphere, and strives to explore
and develop innovative interdisciplinary fields that provide “scientific diagnoses
and technological solutions” regarding this humanosphere.


Mission research fellows are young researchers who belong to the Institute’s
Center for Exploratory Research on Humanosphere and work on
exploratory/fusion resear ch projects relating to the five missions with the aim of
establishing Humanosphere Sciences.


Before starting the “3rd Midterm Targets and Plans of National Universities” in
2016, RISH reconsidered the roles of its current missions, expanded the four
missions, and defined a new mission.


Outlined below are the five new missions set for expanding new interdisciplinary
fields of the humanosphere through amalgamation of the four sph eres — “outer
space”, “the atmosphere”, “the forest-sphere”, and “the human living environment”
Mission 1: Environmental Diagnosis and Regulation of Circulatory Function
To contribute to future projections of environmental change, such as global
warming and the increase in extreme weather events, this mission diagnoses
atmospheric conditions by highly sensitive radar and satellite measurements. This
work elucidates the mechanisms of material transport and exchange processes
between the biosphere and the atmosphere, with the aim of establishing a fossil
fuel-independent sustainable production and utilization system that is based on
biomass resources and other useful materials. This is accomplished by analyzing
and regulating the biological functions of plants and microbes involved in the
circulation of materials. Mission 1 incorporates the underground biosphere in its
research and sees the whole humanosphere from the viewp oint of the circulation
of materials.



Mission 2: Advanced Development of Science and Technology Towards a Solar
Energy Society


Mission 2 aims to develop technology for advanced solar energy conversion by
means of microwave technology, biotechnology, and c hemical reactions leading
to the reduction of CO2 emissions. We study the direct conversion of solar energy
into electric and electromagnetic wave energies, as well as the indirect conversion
of solar energy into highly functional materials through wood bi omass, a carbon
fixation product of photosynthesis. Mission 2 intensively focuses on the
conversion of solar energy to highly functional materials, which includes an
understanding not only of basic Humanosphere Science, but also of how total
systems are implemented in the humanosphere.


Mission 3: Sustainable Space Environments for Humankind


The aim of Mission 3 is to advance research for understanding space and
atmospheric environments and their interactions with the human living
environment sphere and the forest-sphere by using satellites, space stations,
sounding rockets, ground -based radar, and computer simulations. This mission
also aims to respond to the societal demand for the utilization of sustainable space
environments by deepening our understandin g of the fluctuations in radiation
belts and geomagnetic storms due to solar flares and by proposing measures to
tackle threats from space, including potentially hazardous space debris and
asteroids. This mission not only deals with understanding and utili zing space
environments, but it also emphasizes the maintenance and improvement of space
environments for daily human life, as well as interactions with the atmosphere,
forest-sphere, and human living environment-sphere.


Mission 4: Development and Utiliza tion of Wood-based Sustainable Materials
in Harmony with the Human Living Environment


Mission 4 aims to actualize a sustainable, renewable , and cooperative human
living environment by constructing a novel social system based on wood -based
resources. To prevent the deterioration of the humanosphere due to the mass
consumption of fossil resources and to create the living circumstances necessary
for a safe and secure life, this mission focuses on the development of technologies
with low environmental impact th roughout their life cycles, including the
manufacturing, modification, use, disposal, and recycling of wood -based
materials. This is possible based on the profound understanding of the structure
and function of these bio -resources. The principle of this mission is to unify state -
of-art technologies in wood and material sciences with the creation of a safe
living environment.



Mission 5: Quality of the Future Humanosphere


Rapid expansion of human industrial exploitation has brought drastic changes to
various aspects of the humanosphere, which threatens human health and the
circumstances necessary for a safe and secure life. The purpose of Mission 5 is
to take effective measures, based on the achievements of Missions 1 to 4, to
harmonize human health and envir onmental issues, establish a society
independent from fossil resources, investigate the space -atmosphere -ground
interaction in daily life , and contribute to society by creating a wood -based
civilization. In this way, Mission 5 aims to improve the quality of the
humanosphere in the future.


For details, see the RISH website http://www.rish.kyoto -u.ac.jp/?lang=en
Application Guidelines for Mission Research Fellows, Research
Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University


 Positions available: Mission research fellows: a few (employment will start on
April 1s t , 2019)


 Location: Uji Campus,Kyoto University, Gokasho, Uji City


 Application period: December 13t h , 2018 to January 17t h
, 2019 (17:00 Japan Time)


 Eligible applicants: Those who have acquired or are definitely scheduled to
acquire a doctorate by April 1 s t of the academic year of selection, and who have
no full-time job


 Term of office: April 1s t , 2019 to March 31s t
, 2020 (Although the term basically
ends on March 31s t , 2020, it can be extended if a post is secured after assessment
of the research results. The longest 2 years.)
# Applicant must contact your host-researcher in RISH about your research
project in advance of application.


 Application documents:

(a) Resume (attach your face photo ): applicant’s name, birthday, age,
academic history, job history, e -mail address, etc.
(b) Specialized field, related mission. Give one project title you are proposing.
(c) List of research achievements (original papers, books, patents, other) and
a maximum 3 reprints or copies of major papers
(d) Outline of past research activities (in approx. 800 words)
(e) What you want to achieve in research (in approx. 400 words)
(f) Research plan (write specifically in approx. 1600 words)
(g) Names and contacts of references (2 persons) regarding the applicant’s
research and personality
(h) Host-researcher (in RISH)


 Submit application documents to:
Administration Office, Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere,
Kyoto University
Gokasho, Uji City, Kyoto 611 -0011, JAPAN
(Write “Application documents for mission research fellow enclosed” in red on
the front of the envelope. If using postal mail, send by simple registered mail.)


 Contact: Prof. Junji Sugiyama (rish -center@rish.kyoto -u.ac.jp)


 Employment conditions:
(a) Status: Hourly staff (Research Staff)
(b) Payment: 2,300-3,900 yen per hour
(c) Work schedule : 20-30 hours per week, 3-5 days per week (excluding
Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, year-end and New Year holidays, and
Foundation Day). Work schedule s are subject to negotiation.
(d) Social insurance: Health insurance, employee's pension insurance,
employment insurance, and workmen's accident compensation insurance
(e) Allowance: No allowance , etc. No bonus


 Other:
The application documents you submitted will be used for recruitment
and selection purposes only.


These documents will not be disclosed, transferred , or lent to any third
parties without due reasons.


Please note that the application documents will not be returned to you.


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