Open Position

Open call for female faculty members at the Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University (deadline; 12/15)


Institute for Materials Research (IMR), Tohoku University promotes outstanding research in the field of materials science based on the university's "research first" tradition, "open-door" philosophy, and "respect for practical learning" spirit, and is committed to the creation and dissemination of research results and their return to society. For the further development and activation of research activities in IMR, we are accepting applications for female faculty members (assistant professors) who are highly motivated to carry out their own research in IMR as well as for the future development of the materials science research field from the diverse perspective as follows. We are seeking a wide range of female researchers who are willing to play an active role in the materials science research fields covered by IMR.
Assistant Professor (2 person)
Research Division

All research divisions (laboratories) or research centers in Institute for Materials Research

Notes: Please refer to the following IMR web site of the research division (laboratory) or center to which you wish to belong and consult with the professor in charge of the division or the director of the center about the application before applying.
List of research divisions and centers:
List of researchers:
Research Field 

Materials science fields covered by the Institute for Materials Research

(1) Women
(Based on the provisions of Article 8 of the "Equal Employment Opportunity Law" (special provisions regarding measures for female workers))
(2) Those with a doctoral degree (including prospective doctoral degree holders)
Start of Appointment
Scheduled for April 1, 2024.
(The timing of the appointment may be negotiable.)
Employment status
Full-time Assistant Professor: non-tenured 7 years (possibility of extension up to 3 years after reappointment review)
However, the term may differ depending on the research division (laboratory) or center to which the applicant wishes to belong.
Compensation Compensation pursuant to regulation of Tohoku University
December 15, 2023
(1) Curriculum Vitae (any format with photograph)
(2) List of research achievements (original papers, proceedings, books and commentaries, presentations at national and international conferences, patents, competitive grants received, etc.)
(3) Three reprints of major papers (photocopies acceptable)
(4) Summary of past achievements (about 2 pages of A4 paper)
(5) Future research prospects and aspirations after assuming the position (Indicate desired research department (laboratory) and center, etc.) (2 pages of A4 paper)
(6) Names and contact information of two references
Selection way 

Selection will be made on the basis of the submitted documents and interviews will be conducted if necessary (travel expenses for interviews will be borne by the applicant).

Address of Submission
Director & Prof. Takahiko Sasaki
Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University
2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi, 980-8577, Japan

*Please write "Application for Female Faculty Member of Institute for Materials Research" in red on the front of the envelope and send it by registered mail or by any other delivery method that can confirm the delivery status.
*Please note that application materials will not be returned.
*The resume will be used only for the purpose of this application, and personal information will not be disclosed to any third party without justifiable reason.

Personnel Section, General Affairs Division, Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University
2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi, 980-8577, Japan
TEL: +81-22-215-2185
E-mail: (Please change _at_ to @)
  • Explanatory online meetings for this open call will be held. The content of each meeting is the same.
    Zoom meeting URL (Online meetings will be held at the same URL each time)
    November 8 (Wed) 13:30 – 14:30 (JST)
    November 14 (Tue) 13:30 - 14:30 (JST)
    December 1 (Fri) 16:00 - 17:00 (JST)
  • Tohoku University promotes gender equality and encourages people of varied talents from all backgrounds to apply for positions at the university.
  • Pursuant to Article 8 of the Act on Securing, Etc. of Equal Opportunity and Treatment between Men and Women in Employment, Tohoku University shall, as a measure for increasing the presence of women among the academic staff, prioritize the hiring of women deemed qualified for each job opening, based on impartial evaluation.
  • Tohoku University has the largest on-campus childcare system of all Japanese national universities. This network comprises three nurseries: Kawauchi Keyaki Nursery school (capacity: 22) and Aobayama Midori Nursery school (116), both open to all university employees, as well as Hoshinoko Nursery school (120), which is open to employees working on Seiryo Campus. In addition, Tohoku University Hospital runs a childcare room for mildly ill and convalescent children which is available to all university employees.
  • In cases where the person hired for this position takes childcare leave, the term of employment may be extended by up to the number of days taken off for that leave, if such extension is deemed necessary for educational and/or research purposes. 
  • See the following website for information on these and other programs that Tohoku University runs to assist work-life balance, to support researchers, and to advance gender equality.
  • Tohoku University Center for Gender Equality Promotion website: