Recruitment Information for Project Assistant Professor - Tokyo College

Recruitment Information for Project Assistant Professor

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 a few Project Assistant Professors who will pursue academic activities and contribute to the management of Tokyo College.

Please note: We are currently running calls for a few different positions with different duties and expectations. Please see section “19. Others” below for a comparison and carefully read the section “Job Description” in each call for applications.


  1. Job Title and Number of Recruits

A few Project Assistant Professors


  1. Term

The appointment begins as soon as possible after the decision of employment (no later than April 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 Assistant Professors are expected to:

  • conduct their own research relating to one or more of Tokyo College’s interdisciplinary research themes (for more information on these themes, please refer to the website);
  • contribute to generating a platform for scholars of the University, including Tokyo College, to carry out interdisciplinary collaboration both within and beyond the University of Tokyo;
  • plan and carry out Tokyo College’s public outreach activities.


  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

・Ph.D. or equivalent in a related field

* Applicants scheduled to obtain a Ph.D. degree before the starting date are eligible.

・Good communication skills in Japanese and English


  1. Working Days

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


  1. Working Hours

Normal working hours are from 9:00 AM until 5:45 PM (including a one-hour break).


  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
  • Annual gross salary is around JPY 7,000,000, depending on seniority or expertise, plus benefits.
  • Commuter allowance: maximum JPY 55,000 per month.
  • A maximum of JPY 1,000,000 per annum will be provided as research funds which can be used to cover research related expenses including purchase of books or reference material, travel expenses, etc.
  • Relocation support for researchers from overseas: Tokyo College will provide support including 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 September 30, 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.

  • Curriculum vitae (any format)
  • Publication list (Please specify refereed or non-refereed for articles)
  • Three main publications
  • Summary of your past research achievements (approximately within 3000 characters in Japanese or 1500 words in English)
  • Summary of your future goals at Tokyo College (approximately within 3000 characters in Japanese or 1500 words in English)
  • (For foreign nationals only) Certificate of Japanese language proficiency or document showing that the applicant has taken Japanese language classes, etc.


  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. Status of measures to prevent passive smoking

Smoking is prohibited on the premises (smoking areas are located outside)


  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.
  • If you are personally in contract with foreign governmental bodies, corporations, or you are in receipt of a large benefit (financial or any other form) from foreign governmental bodies during the period of your employment(*), the provisions of the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act (FEFTA) may prohibit or restrict the sharing of technology that are designated as controlled technology possibly making it difficult for you to fulfill your duties as an academic or administrative staff of the university as a result. Therefore, in such cases it is necessary to keep such contracts/benefits within the scope where it does not hinder the sharing of technologies necessary for your duties by the university.

(*) Receiving funds for the purpose of conducting research from a university or other entity with which you are not in an employment relationship (excluding foreign governments, foreign government agencies, foreign local governments, foreign central banks, or foreign political parties or other political organizations) is not subject to the above restrictions.


・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*

Administrative operations within Tokyo College

Research Activities: Promotion of individual research related to an individual's field of expertise, and participation in cross-disciplinary research involving Tokyo College

Japanese language Skills

Project Assistant Professor





Project Researcher





Postdoctoral Fellow




Not Required

*For details, please refer to the "Job Description" for each position in the respective call for applications.