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Employment December 4, 2019

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo Recruitment Information for Project Researcher (Post-doc) (Fixed-Term Project Academic Staff)

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Title Positions

Project Researcher (Post-doc), 1 position


Term of Employment

1 April 2020 to 31 March 2023


Renewal of Contract

Your employment agreement may be renewed one time. In the event of renewal, the term of employment will be extended until 31 March 2025.

Renewal of your employment agreement will be determined by the following factors: All relevant factors, such as budget status, progress of the work assigned to you, the amount of the work at the end of the term, your performance, and work record, and/or your medical conditions.


Probation Period

6 months from the date of employment


Place of Work

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo (3-8-1 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo)



Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Basic Sciences, Wakamoto Laboratory (ERATO Project)


Work Responsibilities

The successful applicant will engage in the research related to the ERATO project "Evolving Symbiosis" (Research Director: Takema Fukatsu). The Wakamoto Group will implement ex-vivo analyses of symbiotic bacteria using microfluidic platforms. We welcome the researchers who have the research experiences and expertise in either of (ideally, multiple of) the fields such as microbiology, bacteriology, single-cell analysis, microfluidics, and molecular biology. We also seek applicants who wish to learn new areas beyond their backgrounds.


Working hours

Discretionary work system for professional work applies and working hours will be deemed as 7 hours and 45 minutes per day.


Days Off

Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays, and the year-end and New Year holidays (December 29 to January 3)



Annual Paid Leave, Special Leave, etc.


Salary and Allowances

Annual Salary System applies and monthly paid salary will be around JPY 300,000 to JPY 450,000 including performance / achievement allowance. (The salary will be decided taking your qualifications, capacity, experience etc. into account.
Commuting Allowance (basically up to JPY 55,000)



You will be automatically enrolled in the insurance from the Mutual Aid Association of MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) and Employment Insurance.


Required Qualifications

1) Applicants must have a completed PhD or equivalent degree (graduate students who are expected to complete a PhD degree before the employment start date are eligible to apply.)

2) Applicants must have research experiences and expertise in either of the research areas described in "7. Contents of Work Duties."

3) Applicants must be capable of conducting the research independently and working cooperatively with the collaborators within the scope of the project.

4) Good communication skills in oral and written English are essential.


Application Documents

1) Curriculum vitae

2) Publication list

3) Description of research achievements (approx. 3 pages; clearly explain your contribution if the research was done collaboratively.)

4) PDF of your published paper(s) (max. 3)

5) Contact information of 2 referees

* We do not take the numeric scores such as the number of published papers and impact factor into account for evaluating the application. The description of such scores is unnecessary in the publication list.


Method of Submission

Upload the electronic file of above documents using the link below. Combine the documents as a single PDF or a zip compressed file for uploading.


*Please contact us if you do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt e-mail from the University a few days after you have uploaded the files.


Application Deadline

Applications must arrive by Tuesday December 31, 2019. After screening of application materials, interviews of selected applicants will be conducted.

*For foreign applicants, the interview will be held online using skype or other teleconference tools.


Contact Information

3-8-1 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8902
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Basic Science, Wakamoto Laboratory
Person in charge: Yuichi WAKAMOTO
TEL: +81-3-5454-4326 e-mail: cwaka@mail.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp
Homepage: http://park.itc.u-tokyo.ac.jp/wakamoto-lab/en/



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Personal information obtained will only be used for recruitment purposes.
We welcome proactive application from women in accordance with "The University of Tokyo, Declaration for Promoting Gender Equality (March 3, 2009)".

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