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Open Recruitment for Assistant Professors of Institute of Science and Technology, Protistology, Niigata University
Niigata University
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Institute of Science and Technology
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Niigata University has established the “Niigata University `Swing-by' Program for Young Faculty Members," which provides generous support for young faculty members who are active in various fields both in Japan and overseas so that they can make a further leap forward with us.

`Swing-by' Program: We are aiming to grow as a researcher by training at Niigata University, like the artificial satellites can fly into space using the gravity of the earth.

In this program, we will recruit young faculty from across all disciplines all at once. After hiring, we will provide an environment which helps them conduct research in their own area of specialization as well as develop integrated research field across the existing fields. We will also provide them with support in order to assist the young faculty members in securing the necessary research funding.
This year, we will recruit and train about 18 young researchers in the following research areas. Initial screening will be conducted based on the applicant's expertise in his/her field, followed by a second screening from a comprehensive perspective which will be conducted by our board members. After being hired, the researcher will be assigned to both a department in accordance with their field of expertise, and Institute for Research Promotion, which is responsible for fostering and supporting young researchers. Niigata University will give support to assist with your new challenges at the university.
Niigata University is committed to enhancing the diversity and inclusion of its faculty, and encouraging its female and foreign researchers to play an active role in university. We welcome proactive applications from these people.

[Research Field for Recruitment]
・Media History/Media Studies
・Area and Culture Studies
・Evolutionary psychology, Neuro-physiological psychology
・Legal and/or sociological aspects of bioethics
・Quantum Science (Hadron and Nuclear Theory or Condensed Matter Theory)
・Intelligent Informatics, Human Informatics, Communication and Network Engineering, Control and System Engineering
・Agricultural Systems and Engineering
・Energy Engineering , Electric and Electronic Materials
・Biomolecular analysis (health science oriented)
・Materials Engineering, Metallic Material Properties, Mechanics of Materials, Engineering Materials
・International Infectious Diseases (Including control measures to COVID-19)
・Big Data Science in Healthcare
・Imaging technology for the field of medicine and dentistry
・Oral Nanomedicine
・Oral Osteoimmunology
・Imaging Technology for Radiographs (Practice Clinical Imaging Technology)
・Medical Technology (Next Generation Healthcare)
・Research on advanced analysis of brain diseases

[Number of Positions]
About 18

As a part of this recruitment, we are recruiting faculty members in charge of the Protistology field.

Institute of Science and Technology

You are required to conduct education and research in Institute of Science and Technology, and you will be also appointed to work concurrently at Institute for Research Promotion and participate in the program of fostering young faculty for three to five years after being hired, which provides you with necessary support to help your research activity.

[Job Description]
[Faculty]Faculty of Agriculture/Graduate School of Science and Technology
[Job Description]The successful candidate will be responsible for lectures related to protistology, other lectures and practical training in the Faculty of Agriculture and the Department of Life and Food Sciences, Graduate School of Science and Technology. The person will also handle classes related to global education and promote the internationalization of research activities. In addition, the person will be requested to promote systematic research in cooperation with researchers in the other departments and/or centers in Niigata University.

[Research Field]
Applied Life Sciences

[Address of work location and other information]
8050 Ikarashi 2-no-cho, Nishi-ku, Niigata, Niigata, Japan

[Number of positions]
One Assistant Professor (Employed without a fixed term)

[Expected Hiring Day]
As soon as possible after April 1, 2022

Research field
Agricultural sciences
Agricultural chemistry
Agricultural sciences
Boundary agriculture
Job type
Assistant Professor level
Employment status
Work location
Hokuriku and Koshinetsu district - Niigata 

(1)As a general rule, those who have obtained his/her doctoral degree in his/her field of research within the past 10 years. (Including those who will have obtained his/her doctoral degree by the day of arrival at the new post).
(2)Those who have research achievements in protistology and are interested in research on the multifaceted interactions between protists and other organisms in various environments including agricultural land. [Key words: protists, plant-microbe interaction, environmental genomics]
(3)Those who are willing to conduct cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research.
(4)Those who can take charge of the internationalization of education and research in the faculty/graduate school.
(5)Those who can give lectures and research guidance in both Japanese and English.
(6)Those who are able to live in Niigata City or its suburbs, and carry out his/her duty after being hired.


(1) Salary: Annual salary system based on “Regulations for New Annual Salary System for Faculties of Niigata University," etc.
(2) Employment Type:
・Employment time : Discretionary labor system will be applied (deemed working hours: 7 hours and 45 minutes a day)
・Holidays : Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, holidays around the end of the year and the beginning of the year, etc.
(3) Health insurance: The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Mutual Aid Association, Employment Insurance, Industrial Accident Compensation Insurance.

Application period
2021/07/26 -  2021/09/17 Deadline for receipt
Must arrive no later than 5:00 PM, September 17, 2021 (Japan time).
/notification of result
/contact details

[Application Documents (one copy each, A4 size, optional format)]
(1) A curriculum vitae with a photograph of the applicant's face, including name, date of birth, gender, nationality, postal address, telephone number, e-mail address, details of the doctoral degree, academic background, official qualifications, and professional career.
(2) A list of research achievements: Information on peer-reviewed journal papers (with SCI impact factors), books and book chapters, other publications (specify clearly whether peer-reviewed or not), patents, and a list of international conference presentations (specify if they are invited speeches).
(3) A list of scientific research funds/grants awarded. Types of funding and funding agency names, code numbers, research topics, specific roles (e.g., principal investigator or co-investigator), and periods of funding are required.
(4) Reprints or copies of significant peer-reviewed journal papers (no more than 3 papers).
(5) A list of academic awards received. The name of each award, title, name of the awardee, and date of the award should be included in the list.
(6)Summary of research to date and future research plan (within two A4 pages)
(7) Past educational achievements and commitment to education at Niigata University (within two A4 pages; if no educational achievements, commitment to education)
(8) Two reference persons to whom we may contact. A list of his/her name, affiliation, telephone number, and e-mail address should be given.

*You may be required to submit additional documents if necessary.

Applications can be submitted by post or via the JREC-IN Portal.
In case of sending by post, please put all the required documents in an envelope, write down “Enclosed the application documents for `Swing-by' program for Protistology (Faculty of Agriculture)" in red, and send it to the address shown below “Contact Information" by registered mail or courier service (in a way which allows you to confirm that your application have been received by us).
Please enclose a CD-R, DVD-R, or USB flash drive containing the electronic files of all application documents in addition to the paper documents.

*Application documents will not be returned, and handled with strict confidentiality.
Your personal information obtained by Niigata University in the process of the recruitment will be properly handled based on “Act on the Protection of Personal Information Held by Independent Administrative Corporation, etc.", and will not be used for any purpose other than the selection process.

[Selection Schedule]
(1) Application deadline: Must arrive no later than September 17, 2021 (Japan time).
(2) First selection: Based on the application documents and an interview in late September to early November 2021 (remote interview might be conducted).
(3) Notification of the result of the first selection: November 2021
(4) Second selection : Nov.~Dec., 2021 Interview by board members (Remote interview might be conducted).
(5) Notification of the result of the second selection:
Applicants will be notified of the result after the selection process is over.

*All costs relating to the selection process such as travel expenses and accommodation fee must be borne by the applicant.

[Contact Information]
(1)Submitted to:
General Affairs Division, Institute of Science and Technology, Niigata University
Address: 8050, Ikarashi 2-no-cho, Nishi-ku, Niigata, Japan 950-2181
E-mail :

(2)Inquiry: Faculty of Agriculture, Institute of Science and Technology, Niigata University
Professor, Masaru NAKANO
TEL : +81-25-262-6858

[Inquiries regarding the content of the work]
As a general rule, please contact us by e-mail.
(1)Inquiry:Faculty of Agriculture, Institute of Science and Technology, Niigata University
Professor, Naoki HARADA
TEL: +81-25-262-6636

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Online Submission with all application documents is available.
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[Support for nurturing young researchers]
After being hired, you will be provided with the following support so that you can enhance your field of expertise and take on the challenge of developing new fields beyond the existing research fields.
(1) Providing start-up research funds. (Research funds at your affiliation will be provided separately) .
(2) It is possible to use the university-wide equipment sharing system (including large equipment).
(3) Training Program (support from university and URA, etc.).
・Support for obtaining external funds such as `Kakenhi'
・Participating regularly in cross-disciplinary exchange meetings
・Organization of a group of researchers hired at the same time/Participation in meetings of the group
・Attending training courses on educational methods at the university
・Giving lectures at places such as seminars by using his/her career and specialized fields.
・Others such as attending training courses necessary for education and research activities.

*Niigata University has set up the Office for Equality and Diversity in our campus, and is firmly committed to supporting the female researchers (

*Niigata University is promoting hiring faculty members who have a flexible attitude in today's global society to realize the globalization of our campus. We welcome applications from those who can communicate with researchers in Japanese and English, and students whose mother tongue varies in different languages.

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