Postdoctoral Position at Tokyo College - 東京カレッジ

Postdoctoral Position at Tokyo College

1. Job Title

Postdoctoral Fellow (Project Researcher) at Tokyo College, the University of Tokyo

2. Field of Expertise

Tokyo College is looking to invite researchers from broad range of fields under the research theme, "The Earth and Human Society in 2050", and carry our interdisciplinary collaboration to contribute to the realization of sustainable and inclusive future of humanity. Applicants’ field of expertise should be related to one of the following research focuses.

A.    Digital Revolution and Future of Humanity
B.    Tackling the Planetary Boundaries through Interdisciplinary Approaches
C.    Japan Viewed from Inside and Outside
D.    Humanities in 2050 - World Philosophy, World History and World Literature -

3. Job Description

Postdoctoral researchers are expected to;

  • pursue their own research objectives through interdisciplinary collaborations both within and without the University of Tokyo,
  • actively attend or host research seminars at Tokyo College,
  • conduct research activities at the University of Tokyo, but are also encouraged to travel overseas for research collaborations and dissemination of their research results,
  • acknowledge Tokyo College as your affiliation in every research outputs, including papers and articles,
  • accept that their names, photographs and basic information about their field of expertise to be posted on the Tokyo College website,
  • accept that if they take part in a public lecture hosted by Tokyo College, their presentations may be recorded and posted on the Tokyo College website.

4. Term

The appointment must start on September 1, 2020 at the earliest and the March 1, 2021 at the latest and is for three years without an extension foreseen.
*Please mention the preferred start date in your Curriculum vitae, if possible.

5. 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 skill in English

6. Compensation & Benefits

Annual gross salary is JPY 6,000,000 plus benefits, and may rise within the range of JPY 6,000,000 – JPY 7,200,000, depending on annual performance.

  • Commuter allowance: maximum JPY 55,000 per month
  • 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)
  • Vacation: Annual paid vacation, sick leave (paid), special vacation (paid)
  • Research fund: Maximum JPY 1,000,000 per annum will be provided which can be used to cover research related expenses, including books or references, travel expenses, etc.
  • Relocation support for researchers from overseas: Tokyo College will provide support including obtaining working visa and finding accommodation.

7. Employment Status and Working Hours

In principle, employed full-time by the University of Tokyo; normal working hours of full-time employees are 7 hours and 45 minutes per day. The working hours may be made more flexible by adopting discretionary labor system (exemption system) for this position and is subject to the employees’ discretion.

8. Place of Work

7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-8654 JAPAN

9. Holidays

Saturdays and Sundays, statutory public holidays of Japan, Year-end and New Year holidays (December 29 through January 3), summer holidays

10. Applications and Selection Process

Applications deadline: November 30, 2019 (US Eastern Standard Time)

11. Application Materials (All the documents are required to be in English):

  • Curriculum vitae (*Please provide your institutional e-mail address in CV.)
  • Publication list
  • At least 2 letters of recommendation
  • Research statement (within 4 pages/A4 or letter size)
  • Name(s) of the University of Tokyo faculty who you would like to be hosted by.

Submission: All the application materials should be uploaded via Academic Jobs Online by the application deadline above. Submission through email or postal mail is not allowed.

Selection Process: All applications will be screened, and only those deemed qualified will be scheduled for an interview (on-site or via video).

* Submitted documents will not be returned.
* Personal information shall be handled carefully according to the Privacy Policy of the University of Tokyo, and will be used only for the job selection process.
* Travel cost will not be paid for the screening processes.
* The University of Tokyo is committed to gender equality employment.

[Frequently Asked Questions] 1. Is there any age limit to apply for the position?
- Basically no, although we do assume that applicants are within a few years of obtaining PhD or equivalent degrees.
2. My research field is XXX. Do you think it is related to one of the research fields of Tokyo College?
- Please indicate the research fields of Tokyo College which is closest or a best match with your research in your “Research Statement”. Please note that we will take all information into consideration to make judgements in the selection process, and not cling to one criterion.
3. Regarding the “Names of the University of Tokyo faculty who you would like to be hosted by” how should I select a faculty member? Should I contact someone before applying?
-You do not need to contact the potential host professor in advance. Please refer to the University website ( , to find someone you would like to be hosted by or who you think most closely fits your research theme.

4. How can I submit the required documents?
-You need to upload them through the AcademicJobsOnline page ( Please note that you need to create your own account on the AcademicJobsOnline website before starting the application.
5. How can I submit two letters of recommendation?
-Emails requesting letters are sent through the AcademicJobsOnline system. Please refer to FAQs on their website ( ).

Tokyo College is a brand new scheme of collaboration for members of the University of Tokyo to discuss and create a shared vision of an ideal future with people from across the globe and to take action together to pursue its realization. Leading scholars, promising young researchers and influential intellectuals from overseas will gather and stay at Tokyo College. There, they will have frequent opportunities to exchange ideas with our scholars and students, creating synergy and generating new knowledge, which will help us shape our future. Knowledge created by these activities will be delivered immediately to the public through lectures and seminars organized by Tokyo College.