Academic Positions, Division of Physics and Astronomy, Kyoto University

The Next Generation of Physics, Spun from Universality and Emergence
-Developing Independent Researchers to Explore New Frontiers-

The Division of Physics and Astronomy at Kyoto University has, through its research activity, acted as a center of intellectual activity without rival in Japan. This high level of intellectual activity has at its foundation a philosophy of education and research that emphasizes self-teaching. This philosophy has arisen from an academic tradition with reverence for free and independent thinking and dialogue. With the keywords "universality" and "emergence," the proposed Global COE program aims to build on the accomplishments of the 21st Century COE. All staff members of the Global COE program are faculty in the Division of Physics and Astronomy, Graduate School of Science at Kyoto University. Some of them have joint appointments at the Kwasan and Hida Observatories, the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, the Institute for Chemical Research, or the Research Center for Low Temperature and Materials Sciences. Our division acts as the center for a number of large-scale international research projects and collaborations, and the research of its members covers almost all areas of physics. Using this expertise, while pushing the boundaries of individual fields into new forefront areas and seeking yet undiscovered emergent phenomena, we will explore the frontiers at which new fields are created and the relations among existing fields are discovered.

To accelerate the research activities, we are seeking candidates for fixed-term positions of Assistant or Associate Professor.

  1. Title and Number of Positions:
    Three Positions for Associate or Assistant Professors (Additional position at Yukawa Institute of Theoretical Physics will be announced separetely.)
  2. Affiliation
    The Global COE program, Division of Physics and Astronomy
  3. Research Fields
    Experimental or theoretical studies in any interdisciplinary physics fields. Such fields include "optical approach to fundamental physics", "quantum information", "computational physics", but we will also accept applications in a wider range of fields. We are particularly interested in hiring people whose specialities are not strictly represented among the present research groups in the Division of Physics and Astronomy at Kyoto. We will offer special consideration for the candidate enabling to concentrate on research. Some teaching activities can be assigned upon his/her request.
  4. Duration of Contract
    Assistant Professor: contract may begin from October 1st, 2008
    Associate Professor: contract may begin from December 1st , 2008
    Contract can begin latest from April 2009.
    All Contracts last through March 31st, 2013.
  5. Qualifications
    Applicant must have a Ph.D. or an equivalent degree.
  6. Application deadline ---CLOSED---
    --- Closed --- The following documents, in PDF, must be submitted to:
    Professor Hikaru Kawai, GCOE Leader
    E-mail: gcoe-prof(at)
    E-mail Subject should be "Application to GCOE Positions"
    Sizes of files should be limited to 10MB (if the file size exceeds 10MB, send separate e-mails) Send in all required documents at once (or with additional e-mail for item 6). Item7 should be sent directly form the recommenders. We will not accept any application in an INCOMPLETE format.
    1. Title to apply ( Associate or Assistant Professor)
    2. Curriculum vitae
    3. List of publications
    4. Summary of previous research accomplishments (in two pages)
    5. Research proposal (in two pages)
    6. Three significant publications
    7. Two letters of recommendations (The recommendation letters must be submitted to via e-mail by the recommenders by July 31st, 2008)
    Please contact our administration office if you do not receive an e-mail after submission.
  7. For Information contact gcoe-prof(at)
    Tel/Fax: +81-75-753-3758 (GCOE Administration Office)
    Please contact our administration office if you do not receive an e-mail after submission. Interview is scheduled sometime between from August 18th, 2008 to August 22nd, 2008 after document screening.
  8. Terms of Contract The selected candidates will receive salaries from the COE Program according to the employment guidelines of Kyoto University: annual salary of about JPY 9,000,000 for Associate Professor and JPY 6,000,000 for Assistant Professor.

    Funding for research operation will be about JPY 1,500,000 per year for a Theoretical Staff and about JPY 5,000,000 per year for an Experimental Staff. In addition start-up funding for experimental groups of more than JPY 15,000,000 for each Associate Professor and JPY 5,000,000 for Assistant Professor will be provided.

    It is highly recommended to contact one of our GCOE members in related fields and discuss the research planning, research space, and collaboration before submission. Note that an additional call for applications one THEORY position at Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics will be announced soon.
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