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Work location : Kyushu and Okinawa district - Fukuoka

Research field : Informatics - Perceptual information processing / Informatics - Human interface and interaction / Informatics - Information network / Informatics - Kansei informatics

Date of publication : 2024/01/04

End date of accepting applications : 2024/03/01

Date of update : 2024/01/04

Associate or Assistant Professor (Media Interaction, Haptics)


National university

Kyushu University

Associate Professor : Regular employee / Nontenured / Tenure-track / Probationary period absent

Assistant Professor level : Regular employee / Nontenured / Tenure-track / Probationary period absent

Job description

  • Background of the recruitment and description of the project

    Research and Development under the Kyushu University Reform Plan for Activation Program :
    "Establishing a Research Foundation for Touch Sharing and Emotion Communication Beyond Time and Space.",※

    ※Following is the adopted project of The Kyushu University Reform Plan for Activation Program:
    "Establishing a Research Foundation for Touch Sharing and Emotion Communication Beyond Time and Space."
    This reform plan aims to establish a research foundation for Touch Sharing and Emotion Communication Beyond Time and Space. An interdisciplinary research team will form the core of this study, based on haptic technology, focusing on digital touch to revolutionize remote communication. Current communication systems lack haptic information, presenting numerous challenges in conveying information to visually impaired individuals and in the transmission of non-verbal cues. Digital touch technology enables the remote conveyance of texture, touch, and emotions, offering solutions to these challenges. This research infrastructure is expected to contribute to alleviating loneliness, enhancing social welfare, and expanding human communication capabilities to a new dimension, thus having a profound impact on society as a whole.

  • Work content and job description

    Research and Development
    ・ under the Kyushu University Reform Plan for Activation Program: "Establishing a Research Foundation for Touch Sharing and Emotion Communication Beyond Time and Space." Outline of the plan is noted at end of this document.
    ・in haptics and interaction technologies

    Teaching responsibilities and related duties
      Undergraduate course (Media Design course, Departmentl of Design) :
        Introduction to Media Design, Media Design Project, Graduation Research, and other shared subjects.
      Graduate course (Media Design course, Graduate School of Design):
        Special Research on Design(Master research)I,II,III,IV and other shared subjects.
    For the purpose of research support, the following subsidies are available (tentative):
    Employment of academic researchers, research assistants, technical staff, etc.
    Expenses for promoting research
    -Amount of support in 2024: 2 million yen
    -Amount of support in 2025: 1 million yen
    ・Expenses to improve the environment for research group
    -Amount of support in 2024: 1 million yen

  • Assigned department

    Existing departments

    Department of Media Design, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University

Job type

  • Associate Professor
  • Assistant Professor level

Research field

  • Informatics - Perceptual information processing
  • Informatics - Human interface and interaction
  • Informatics - Information network
  • Informatics - Kansei informatics


  • Common to all Job Types

    Annual Salary : 6 million yen ~ 10 million yen

    The above "amounts" are based on p. 13, Associate Professor (6,970,000-10,301.000) and Assistant Professor (5,926,000-8,125,000) of the following documents

Working hours

  • Common to all Job Types

    Working hours :08:30-17:15

    Break time :12:00-13:00

Application requirements


  • Education and Degree Requirements

    Ph.D. / Doctor / Others

    Doctoral degree or equivalent

  • Description

    Qualifications (応募資格・その職に求められる具体的な条件)
    The candidate must have a deep interest in and understanding of Design, and be able to teach and conduct research that meets the following requirements.
    1)Must possess a doctoral degree or equivalent.
    2)Must have significant research achievements and works published in international journals in the field of haptics research.
    3)Must have the ability to develop tactile sensing and display technologies, and the interactions utilizing these technologies.
    4)Desirable to have experience in international research and collaboration.
    5)Desirable to possess proficiency in English, adequate for engaging in research and academic teaching responsibilities.

Employment Type

  • Common to all Job Types

    Regular employee

Contract period

  • Common to all Job Types

    Nontenured - Tenure-track

    Five Years Tenure Track till March 31st, 2029.
    -Interim review in the first half of the third year
    -Tenure-track review at the end of fourth year
    -Permanent staff if tenure review is successful
    - This position offers an environment that allows the applicant to concentrate on research.

    Probationary period absent

Work location

  • 815-8540 Fukuoka Ohashi Campus, Kyushu University Shiobaru 4-9-1, Minami-ku, Fukuoka-shi, 815-8540, Japan

    Ohashi Campus is the main job location. However, there might be some teaching/research activities at Ito Campus.


  • Various systems

    Pay increase system : available

    Bonus : available

    Retirement allowances : available

    Transportation expenses : available

    Retirement age : available

  • Insurance

    Employees' Health Insurance : available

    Employees' Pension Insurance : available

    Worker's accident insurance : available

    Employment insurance : available

  • Supplementary explanation of compensation

    Compensation (待遇):
    1)The annual salary is determined in accordance with the university's pay scale based on experience, etc.
    Reference) Yearly Distribution of Job Categories (by Year)
    Associate Professor in average age 47.0 years old:
    Annual Allowance Average 8,756,000 yen, Maximum 10,398,000 yen, Minimum 6,250,000 yen
    2)Working hours: Based on discretionary labor system for professional work, it is regarded that working hours are 7 hours and 45 minutes irrespective of how much time he/she has actually spent on his/her work.
    3)Holidays: Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays; and from December 29th to January 3rd
    4)Insurance: Employment insurance, industrial accident compensation insurance, health insurance and employees' pension insurance.

Application Considerations

Number of hired

1 person(s)

Hiring date : 2024/06/01

Starting date : 2024/06/01

Application period

2024/01/04~2024/03/01 Deadline for receipt

Application method

  • Attached documents

    Other online application forms
    Provide all documents either in English or Japanese.
    The forms of (1)~(7) can be downloaded from the following URL:
    (1) CV with a photograph. Please include your academic career (from high school graduation onwards), job experience, and membership of academic associations including your duties and any committee work.
    (2) List of educational achievements, including abilities and education-related qualifications. And a List of academic achievements, including 1) original papers (separate refereed papers from non-refereed ones), 2) coauthored papers, 3) academic books, 4) conference presentations, 5) products/creations, and 6) other achievements that should be considered.
    (3) Record of achievements related to research guidance: List of research supervision experience, including 1) papers by supervised students, 2) conference presentations by supervised students, and 3) other achievements by supervised students that should be considered.
    (4) List of educational experiences including conducting lectures, projects, and teaching at other universities.
    (5) Activities related to academic societies, social activities, academic societies you belong to, titles, and so on.
    (6) List of government grants, joint research, and/or private grants.
    (7) List of achievements regarding social and international contributions.
    (8) Reprints of major papers (up to five, 1 copy each, photocopies are acceptable).
    (9) List of two or more references (no template, names, affiliations, and contact information).
    (10) Summary of research (no template, approximately 750 words in A4 format)
    (11) Statement of purpose for this job with the reference of the Kyushu University Reform Plan for Activation Program: "Establishing a Research Foundation for Touch Sharing and Emotion Communication Beyond Time and Space."  (approximately within 1 page)

    Other Mailing Documents
    ・Preparing the application documents in PDF (A4-size page) is highly recommended, except in unavoidable circumstances.
    ・Include any relevant application materials other than those mentioned.
    ・Please convert any art or designs into photos or other formats suited to a printable submission.
    ・As a general rule, application documents will not be returned.
    ・Personal information contained in application documents, materials, etc. will not be used for purposes other than this faculty selection.

  • Return of application documents

    We will dispose of all application documents responsibly.

  • Application document submission method (physically mailed documents)

    815-8540 Fukuoka Shiobaru, 4-9-1, Minamiku, Fukuokashi, Japan Faculty of Design, Kyushu University
    Reiji Tsuruno

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Submission or Contact Address (書類宛先、問合せ先)
We will set an upload server for document submission.
Please send an email to the following address.
Prof. Reiji Tsuruno /
The subject line should be "Application for Faculty position of Haptics".
If you do not receive a confirmation reply within 3 days, please contact us again.

Selection / Notification of result

  • Selection

    Selection will be based on submitted documents
    Short-listed candidates may be invited for an interview in person or via a video conferencing system. We cannot support any expenses incurred, such as for travel or accommodation, to participate in the interview.

  • Notification of result

    We will contact you by e-mail.

Contact details

Kyushu University

Faculty of Design

Reiji Tsuruno



Additional Information:
1)Kyushu University is an equal opportunity employer and follows the principles of the Basic Act for the Disabled Persons (Act. No.84 of 1970, revised in 2004 and 2011), Basic Act for Gender Equal Society (Act. No.78 of 1999), Act on Employment Promotion etc. of Persons with Disabilities (Act No. 123 of 1960, revised in 2013), and the Act on the Elimination of Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Act No. 65 of 2013).
2)Kyushu University deployed the System of Employment of Faculty Members with Accompanying Spouse (July, 2017 and amended January, 2018). For further information, visit the following university website (in Japanese), which links to Kyushu University Guidelines for this system (in English):
3)For more information about the Faculty of design, please visit our web site
4)Salary and Benefits: Appointment level to be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Salary and benefits are specified in the Kyushu University regulations. For further information, visit the following university website (in Japanese):
5)Salary is paid, based on the Kyushu University, Annual Salary System (will be renewed and active after April 2020).