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Announcement of a faculty vacancy in the Geochemistry & Cosmochemistry Group, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University


Geochemistry & Cosmochemistry Group, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Graduate School of Environmental Studies

Job Title and Number of Positions Available

One position at the Associate Professor level

Date of Commencement of Employment

As early as possible after 1st April 2017.

Job Description

The Geochemistry & Cosmochemistry Group of Nagoya University study the environment of Earth and solar planets on a global scale including human interaction thorough the analyses of the chemical and isotopic compositions of terrestrial and extraterrestrial samples, and the astronomical observation of interstellar matters in the millimeter and infrared wave length. The Group has the following three themes as the principal pillars of research and education: 1) Cosmochemistry, 2) Geochemistry, and 3) Environmental Geochemistry.

See details in our home page (*1).

Our department seeks to employ a person who can work with the present faculty to promote research and education in one of three themes (Cosmochemistry, Geochemistry, and Environmental Geochemistry) with preference given to someone with expertise in isotope analytical techniques. The successful applicant will be expected to supervise graduate students in the master's and doctoral programs of the Graduate School of Environmental Studies, and contribute to the undergraduate programs of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the Liberal arts course Introduction to Earth and Planetary Science.

Required Qualifications

Applicants must satisfy all of the following requirements.

  • Ph D or equivalent in a relevant field
  • A track record of research in one or more of the following: geochemistry, cosmochemistry and environmental chemistry (preference will be given to applicants with technical expertise and experience in isotopic analyses)
  • Sufficient Japanese ability for instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels (where this is not possible at the time of appointment this level of language proficiency should be reached within five years)

Application materials required (in Japanese or English)

  • Curriculum vitae (this should include age, e-mail address and other contact details, summary of academic and professional career from high school and including the date of university graduation and accompanied by a recent photo of the applicant).
  • A summary of the main educational and research activities of the applicant (about 400 words in English)
  • List of publications and related scientific output, which should be divided into the following 4 types.
    • Refereed papers and review articles (where available include the number of citations for each paper and the name of the database used).
    • Non-refereed papers and review articles.
    • Books
    • Other relevant material
  • Outline of aspirations and plans for research and education after taking office (about 400 words in English)
  • List of obtained external funding and academic awards
  • Names and contact information for 2 referees who can provide an independent assessment of the candidate.
  • Copies of 5 significant publications (attach reprints or photocopies)

Application Deadline

All application documents must arrive by Monday 31st October 2016.

Address to Which to Application Documents should be sent

Prof. Makoto TAKEUCHI (Head of Department)
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Graduate School of Environmental Studies
Nagoya University
Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku,
Nagoya 464-8601, Japan
TEL: +81-(0)52-789-2525

*Applications should be sent in one envelope and Application documents for a faculty position in the Geochemistry & Cosmochemistry Group should be clearly written on the front in red. The envelope should contain all the application documents (1) - (7) both as printed material and as pdf files in a CD-R. The application package should be sent by registered mail. In addition to the postal materials, documents (1)-(6) should be sent electronically as pdf files attached to an e-mail. Due to the potentially large size, documents (7) should not be sent by e-mail.

Selection Procedure

  • Initial short-list selection will be based on application documents.
  • Subsequent selection may require an interview.


  • In accordance with the legislative intent of the Basic Law for a Gender-Equal Society, our university will hire a female applicant rather than a male applicant when the educational and research achievements of both applicants are considered equal.
  • Application documents will not be returned. They will be treated with an appropriate manner, after the completion of relevant selection processes.

Department Outline

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences consists of the Earth and Planetary Science Division (EPS) and Hydrospheric-Atmospheric Science Division (HAS). The present position is available in the EPS Division, which consists of four separate Groups (or koza): Earth Systems Science, Geology and Geobiology, Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry, and Earth and Planetary Physics. In addition, members of the EPS Division work in close collaboration with members of the Earth and Planetary Dynamics Group (Earthquake and Volcano Research Center affiliated with the Graduate School of Environmental Studies) and the Earth History Study Group (The Nagoya University Museum and Center for Chronological Research). In addition to their primary affiliation to the Graduate School of Environmental Studies, faculty members are also affiliated to Faculty of Science and responsible for the undergraduate program in Earth Sciences. For further information on the organizations please refer to the following home pages.

*1: More information concerning the Geochemistry & Cosmochemistry Group is available at the following web site.

Current staff members of the Geochemistry & Cosmochemistry Group (as of September 2016)
Professor: Koshi YAMAMOTO, Hiroshi HIDAKA
Associate Professor: Koichi MIMURA, Yasuhiro HIRAHARA

Present appointment
Lecturer: Yoshihiro ASAHARA

posted: 13 September 2016     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.