Tenure-track Faculty Position in Organic Chemistry/Geochemistry/Cosmochemistry at
the Institute for Planetary Materials (IPM), Okayama University, Misasa, Japan
The Institute for Planetary Materials (IPM), Okayama University, Misasa, Japan,
invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the areas of organic
1) Job title: Tenure-track associate or assistant professor
The rank of the successful applicant will be determined by the IPM faculty.
2) Tenure-track term: Five years
Tenure review will be conducted six months or more before the end of the five-year
tenure-track period, and a candidate receiving satisfactory evaluation will be
promoted to tenured associate professor at the completion of the tenure-track period.
3) About IPM:
IPM is a world-class institute with the aim of advancing research and education on
the origin, evolution and dynamics of the Earth and planets. The institute provides
leadership in the fields of analytical planetary chemistry and experimental geophysics,
hosting comprehensive, state-of-the-art analytical systems (including multiple
element/isotope analysis and multiple dating techniques at various scales), and also
supporting a range of high-pressure and high-temperature experimental apparatus and
spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction facilities. As a designated joint-use/research center
in Earth and planetary materials science, IPM is supported by the Ministry of Education,
Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan. Joint-use and collaborative
research on Earth and planetary materials is promoted by providing access to the
analytical and experimental facilities, and associated expertise, for researchers and
students both in Japan and worldwide. Graduate education is also offered via an
independent five-year doctoral program in Earth and planetary materials science within
the Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University, with the
goal of fostering the next generation of leaders in the international Earth and planetary
IPM was reorganized in April 1, 2016 from the gInstitute for Study of the Earthfs
Interior (ISEI)h with the aim of expanding its research and education capacity in Earth
and planetary materials science and related fields, in particular, strengthening areas
related to the origin of life and mineral-organic-water interactions in planetary
Further information about the faculty, research and facilities of the institute can be
found at the IPM website (http://www.misasa.okayama-u.ac.jp).
4) Field of research and education:
The position is among several in the newly created Division for Astrobiology. The
successful candidate should demonstrate a strong interest and ability to develop a novel
and independent research program by applying organic chemistry to the study of Earth
and planetary materials, such as mineral-organic-water interactions and the origin of life.
Interface with existing programs at IPM in Earth and planetary materials science is
encouraged. Candidates who have a strong background in organic chemistry and the
ability and desire to establish a new organic chemistry lab are preferred. Candidates
who are motivated to help lead a research program in the analysis of small amounts of
organic matter in meteorites and other extraterrestrial materials (e.g. those from sample
return missions) are desired. Applications from organic chemistry and other related
fields are welcome.
A successful candidate will have the obligation to teach graduate courses for the
five-year doctoral program on Earth and planetary materials science.
Applicants must have a doctoral degree. Any nationality is welcome.
6) Closing date: Open until filled
7) Appointment date: As soon as possible after February 1, 2017
8) Documents required with application (to be prepared in English):
- Cover letter
- Curriculum vitae
- List of publications
- Reprints (or pdf) of five representative publications
- Summary of past research
- Statement of research and teaching at IPM
- Contact information for two references
9) For further information, please contact:
Professor Xianyu Xue
Chair, Faculty Search Committee
10) Documents should be sent by mail or e-mail to:
Faculty Search Committee
Institute for Planetary Materials, Okayama University
Yamada 827, Misasa, Tottori, 682-0193, Japan
Okayama University is committed to gender equality and provides support for female
faculty members. Applications from female candidates are encouraged.
The retirement age at Okayama University is 65. The successful candidate will be
employed under the annual salary system in accordance with established guidelines at
Okayama University. Details of the annual salary system are as follows (in Japanese).