Recruitment Information for Project Researcher - Tokyo College

Recruitment Information for Project Researcher

Established in February 2019, Tokyo College is an institute at the University of Tokyo that provides a system for the University and like-minded people from around the globe to discuss and create a shared vision of an ideal future and take joint action to pursue its realization. Under the central theme "Earth and Human Society in 2050," Tokyo College uses the University's international academic network to invite leading scholars, promising early-career researchers, and influential intellectuals from abroad in order to create a collaborative space in which these scholars can work together with faculty, staff, and students at the University to generate new knowledge that will help shape our future. Knowledge created through these collaborations is then provided to the public through Tokyo College lectures.

Tokyo College is recruiting two Project Researchers who will pursue academic activities and contribute to the management of Tokyo College.


  1. Job Title and Number of Recruits

Two Project Researchers


  1. Term

The appointment begins as soon as possible after the decision of employment (no later than January 1st, 2023) and is for three years without option for renewal.


  1. Probationary Period

Initial six months, with the same compensation and benefits.


  1. Job Description

Project Researchers are expected to:

  • conduct their own research relating to one or more of the focus themes listed in “5. Field of Expertise” and support interdisciplinary collaboration both inside and outside the University of Tokyo;
  • organize Tokyo College events such as research conferences, seminars, and public lectures;
  • disseminate information on Tokyo College’s daily research activities via the Tokyo College official website; and
  • maintain daily communication with leading scholars and influential intellectuals invited to Tokyo College.


  1. Field of Expertise

Tokyo College contributes to the realization of a sustainable and inclusive future through interdisciplinary research collaborations under the research theme “The Earth and Human Society in 2050.” Applicants’ field of expertise should be related to one of the following research focuses.

  1. Digital Revolution and the Future of Humanity
  2. Tackling the Planetary Boundaries through Interdisciplinary Approaches
  3. Japan Viewed from Inside and Outside
  4. Humanities in 2050 - World Philosophy, World History and World Literature
  5. Life and its Value for Future Society


  1. Qualifications
  • Possess the necessary skills for the position (master’s degree or higher is desirable)
  • Good communication skills in Japanese and English


  1. Working Days

Five working days per week, 7 hours 45 minutes per day

* Part-time work is negotiable.


  1. Working Hours

Normal working hours are from 9:00 AM until 5:45 PM (including a one-hour break). Working hours may be made more flexible by adopting the discretionary labor system (exemption system) for this position at the discretion of the employee.


  1. Holidays

Saturdays, Sundays, Japanese statutory public holidays, year-end and New Year holidays (December 29 through January 3), annual paid vacation, paid sick leave, paid vacation.


  1. Compensation & Benefits
  • Monthly gross salary around JPY 360,000 relative to seniority or expertise, plus benefits.
  • Commuter allowance of up to JPY 55,000 per month (*Conditions may change for part- or short-time workers)
  • Funding for research-related activities (purchase of books, travel expenses, etc.) up to JPY500,000 per year
  • Relocation support for researchers from overseas including assistance obtaining a working visa and finding accommodation.


  1. Social Insurance

Eligible for MEXT* Mutual Aid Association membership, employees’ pension, unemployment insurance, and workers’ accident compensation insurance. (*MEXT: Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)


  1. Place of Work

Hongo Campus (7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-8654 Japan)


  1. Application Deadline

5 PM on August 5, 2022 (Japan Standard Time)


  1. Application Materials (English and/or Japanese)

Submit your application materials (PDF files) by email. Please be sure to confirm that you receive a confirmation email from the Tokyo College Secretariat.

  • University of Tokyo Standard Resume Format (Please download from and provide your institutional email address)
  • Publication list (Please specify refereed or non-refereed for articles)
  • Summary of your past research achievements (no more than 1 page/A4 or letter size)
  • Summary of your future goals at Tokyo College (no more than 1 page/A4 or letter size)


  1. Contact

Tokyo College Secretariat



  1. Selection Process

All applications will be screened, and only those applicants deemed qualified will be scheduled for an interview (on-site or via zoom).


  1. Name of Recruiter

The University of Tokyo


  1. Others
  • Submitted documents will not be returned.
  • Personal information will be handled carefully according to the Privacy Policy of the University of Tokyo and will be used only for the job selection process.
  • Travel costs incurred during the selection process will not be reimbursed.
  • Applicants who are currently enrolled at universities/graduate schools will lose their enrollment status upon beginning work at Tokyo College.
  • The University of Tokyo is committed to gender equality.
  • The duties expected of each faculty member and researcher at Tokyo College are as follows:
Type of Duties Administrative operations within both Tokyo College and the University of Tokyo as a whole (For details, please refer to the "Job Description" in the respective call for applications.) Administrative operations within Tokyo College (For details, please refer to the "Job Description" in the respective call for applications.) Research Activities: Promotion of individual research related to an individual's field of expertise, and participation in cross-disciplinary research involving Tokyo College
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Project Researcher 〇 (50%) 〇 (50%)
Postdoctoral Fellow 〇 (100%)