University of Tokyo, Tokyo College

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Position ID:UTokyo-Tokyo College-POSTDOC [#22159]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Fellow
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: All
Appl Deadline:2022/09/30 11:59PMhelp popup** finished (2022/08/10, finished 2023/02/26, listed until 2022/09/30)
Position Description:   URMs  

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

Postdoctoral Position at Tokyo College

About Tokyo College

Tokyo College is a 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 early-career researchers, and influential intellectuals from overseas gather and stay at Tokyo College, where they have frequent opportunities to exchange ideas with our scholars and students, creating synergy and generating new knowledge, which help us shape our future. Knowledge created by these activities is delivered directly to the public through lectures and seminars organized by Tokyo College.

Please note 1): The new link mentioned on the section 1. Job Title and 2. Field of Expertise is now available!

Please note 2): We are currently running calls for multiple positions with different duties and expectations. Please see section “11. Others” below for a comparison and carefully read the section “Job Description” in each call for applications.

1. Job Title

Postdoctoral Fellow at Tokyo College, the University of Tokyo

Note: In addition to the above Postdoctoral Fellowship, there is a new joint Postdoctoral Fellowship between Tokyo College at the University of Tokyo and the Global Japan Lab at Princeton University. The focus of this new position maps onto one of Tokyo College’s five interdisciplinary research themes (Japan Viewed from Inside and Outside) and is central to the mission of Princeton University’s Global Japan Lab ( If you intend to apply for this position, please click the link here and carefully read the application details. You can apply for either the joint position at both universities or the position located at Tokyo College.

2. Field of Expertise

Tokyo College is looking to invite researchers from a broad range of fields under the research theme "The Earth and Human Society in 2050" to carry out interdisciplinary collaboration that will contribute to the realization of a sustainable and inclusive future for humanity. Applicants’ field of expertise should be related to at least one of the following five research foci; topics that span multiple themes are also welcome.

A.    Digital Revolution and the Future of Humanity

B.    Tackling Planetary Boundaries through Interdisciplinary Approaches

C.    Japan Viewed from Inside and Outside (If your research focus is related to this theme, you can also apply for the new Postdoctoral Position jointly offered by Tokyo College at the University of Tokyo and the Global Japan Lab at Princeton University. Click the link here for details.)

D.    Humanities in 2050 - World Philosophy, World History & World Literature

E.    Life and its Value for Future Society

3. Job Description

Postdoctoral fellows are expected to:

·       pursue their own research objectives through an interdisciplinary lens;

·       undertake collaborative research with researchers both within and outside of Japan;

·       actively expand research collaborations and networks within the country and overseas;

·       actively attend or host research seminars at Tokyo College, including seminars/events to be broadcasted online;

·       engage in public scholarship, academic outreach and/or cultural/artistic activities that connect with constituencies beyond academia

4. Terms

The appointment must start either on June 1, 2023, or December 1, 2023. It is a fixed-term, three-year contract without extension.

5. Selection Criteria

·     A Ph.D. obtained not earlier than five years prior to the contract start date. Applicants scheduled to receive a Ph.D. degree before the start date are also eligible to apply. We encourage applicants, where relevant, to include a statement regarding career interruptions in their CV. (Note: We will consider extensions of this eligibility period for eligible career interruptions. For a list of eligible career interruptions, please see the FAQ below.)

·     A description of outstanding research you have conducted (or demonstrated potential to develop outstanding research)

·     A description of independent research you plan to undertake during the three-year period at Tokyo College and how it relates to one or more of the five research fields described in “2. Fields of Expertise.”

·     Demonstrated or potential contributions to interdisciplinary research

·     A demonstrated ability to work as a part of a diverse team as evidenced by activities such as research collaboration, building external networks and linkages, and community building.

·     Good communication skills in English. No Japanese language skills are required. Although English is the main language of communication in Tokyo College, we encourage applications from those with diverse cultural or linguistic backgrounds. We also encourage applications from promising scholars who have had no or limited opportunities to be based at Japanese institutions and wish to build academic networks in Japan and abroad.


6. Compensation & Benefits

      Annual gross salary of JPY 6,000,000 plus benefits (may increase 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 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 a work visa and finding accommodation

7. Employment Status and Working Hours

In principle, postdoctoral fellows are employed full-time by the University of Tokyo. The working hours may be made more flexible by adopting a discretionary labor system (exemption system) for this position and are left to the employees’ discretion. Other terms and conditions on this employment status shall be subject to the University of Tokyo working regulations.

8. Place of Work

This position is based at the Hongo Campus of the University of Tokyo.

(7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-0033 JAPAN)


9. Application Materials


1.    Cover letter (maximum 1 page) including:

-         Name(s) of potential University of Tokyo faculty member(s) who you would like to be hosted by and to work with. You do not need to contact them in advance.

-         Names and contact details of 2 references. Please do not submit letters at this point. We may request the letter after the first screening when necessary. Please refer to the FAQ for more information.

-         A summary of responses to the selection criteria as listed above

-         Preferred start date (either June 1 or December 1, 2023)

-         Please indicate as a separate note at the end of the cover letter if you would like to be considered for Tokyo-Princeton Postdoctoral Fellowship (TPP) only, or both the TPP and Tokyo College Fellowships

2.    Curriculum Vitae including list of publications

3.    Responses to Selection Criteria and Research Statement (maximum 4 pages) responding separately to each selection criterion listed above, with emphasis on planned research as a postdoctoral fellow and beyond

4.    One writing sample (this can be published or unpublished but should not be a full dissertation)

10. Application and Selection Process

Application deadline: September 30, 2022, Eastern Daylight Time (11:59PM, EDT)

Submission: All application materials should be uploaded via Academic Jobs Online by the application deadline:

Submission through email or postal mail will not be accepted. All documents must be in English.

Selection process: After an initial screening process, shortlisted candidates will be invited for an online interview. Applicants who have not been shortlisted will be notified about the decision.


* Personal information will be handled according to the Privacy Policy of the University of Tokyo and will be used only for the purpose of selection processes.

* The University of Tokyo is committed to the principles of gender equality in their recruitment. Diversity and inclusion are fundamental for knowledge creation and education and achieving gender equality is one of UTokyo’s most significant goals.

* We welcome applications from women, people with disabilities, those who identify as LGBT, and applicants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including those from non-English speaking educational institutions.


11. Others

 ·        The duties expected for each of the positions currently offered 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: individual research in your field of expertise, and participation in cross-disciplinary research at Tokyo College



Japanese language skills required


Assistant Professor




Project Researcher




Postdoctoral Fellow





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

·        Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act (FEFTA)

 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.


·        Status of measures to prevent passive smoking

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

*Before applying for this position, please also refer to our main website for further instructions on application and more information including FAQs.
These links about this post-doc position will be available next week (on 18 August and after).

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