Assistant Professor in Physiology and Oral Physiology
Hiroshima University, Graduate School of Biomedical and Health Sciences
Japan

 


Hiroshima University (HU) herewith makes an open international job offer and seeks to appoint
a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in the research area of Biomedical and Health Sciences. This
position is based on the ‘Policy for recruiting/cultivating excellent faculty members’. The
university introduced this policy to create a secure environment in which junior-positioned
faculty members can concentrate on their research/education.


The post above has been newly created at HU to enable the promotion of the applicant to the
senior position of Associate Professor on the condition that he/she passes the tenure-track
review before the tenure-track period expires. Such a system assumes that the recruited
person will settle down in one place so that he/she can dedicate himself/herself to research and
education in accordance with his/her proposed research.


Therefore, when processing an application for recruitment, we evaluate not only each
applicant’s performance on research/education, but also the contents and the scope of his/her
research plan. Thus, we assess whether or not the applicant’s research plan is mid-to-long
term (i.e. about 10 years) in scope, exceeding the tenure-track period. At the time of the
review for the tenured promotion, we comprehensively evaluate the applicant’s achievements
during his/her term at HU and the future prospect of his/her research.


By providing startup support money and assigning a mentor to each newly-recruited faculty
member on tenure track, HU continues to develop an environment where such faculty
members can engage himself/herself in research activities independently. In case the
recruited member does not secure tenure, he/she is able to extend his/her term of
employment for up to one year as a specially appointed faculty member. The special
appointment starts on the day following the end date of the existing employment contract for
the tenure-track position.


We are looking forward to welcoming those who are prepared to go along with the principles,
long-term vision and medium-term target of HU (https://www.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/en/about),
and who are motivated and can play key roles by committing themselves to research and
education at HU.


Mitsuo Ochi, President of Hiroshima University

 

Announcement of Faculty Position


Graduate School of Biomedical and Health Sciences, Hiroshima University, Japan


August 1, 2019


Hiroshima University has been selected as one of the 13 Type A (top type) universities
under the fiscal 2014 program to support the creation of super global universities. Hiroshima
University aims to become one of the global top 100 universities by continuously producing
global talents and creating knowledge while promoting university reforms centering on the
twin pillars of educational and research capabilities.


Graduate School of Biomedical and Health Sciences, Hiroshima University invites
applications for one (1) Assistant Professor position.


The Graduate School of Biomedical and Health Sciences, Hiroshima University seeks
applicants for 1 assistant professor position to strengthen our functions with regard to
international dental education and research. The candidate is desired to have skills and
experience to work on education and research in the field of oral physiology.


In education, we seek a person as assistant professor who can instruct graduate and
undergraduate students in physiology, oral physiology and related subjects, while having
sufficient knowledge to train students as advanced dental professionals or researchers in the
School of Dentistry (Program of Dentistry and Program of Oral Health Science) and the
Graduate School of Biomedical and Health Sciences. Our School of Dentistry launched an
International Dental Course in 2011 and is implementing student education to improve global
student competency. In the school the assistant professor must conduct lectures as “Dual
Linguistic Education” using English and Japanese.


In research, we seek a person who can conduct research on physiology and oral physiology.
More specifically, it will cover important researches which aim to understand the dynamic
mechanisms underlying oral functions (feeding, mastication, and swallowing) and the brain
functions regarding sensory perception, emotion, memory and motor control, and also to
develop the strategies for maintenance and promotion of their healthy states. Furthermore, it
will also include the researches that aim to innovatively establish the fundamental technologies
to analyze and manipulate the oral and brain functions with a particular molecule or cell being
selectively targeted. This person shall be able to conduct research projects in cooperation with
laboratories within and outside Hiroshima University.


We seek a person in the abovementioned fields who has enthusiasm for educational and
clinical activities and can achieve excellent research results. The person shall understand the
principles and visions of our schools, hospital and university and have belief in and passion for
our schools and university administration.


We would appreciate if you send this announcement to relevant audiences. Also, we would
be grateful if you could recommend someone who meets our requirements or encourage
competent candidates to apply for this position.


1. Affiliation (Appointment):
Academy of Hiroshima University (Graduate School of Biomedical and Health Sciences)


2. Position and the Number of Opening: Assistant Professor, one (1)


3. Date of Appointment: April 1, 2020


4. Terms of employment: Tenure-track position(s)


Period of employment: Five (5) years


Tenure-track faculty members will undergo a tenure review within six (6) months prior
to completion of the term of appointment, and those who have successfully passed the
review process will be granted tenure along with promotion to associate professor.

 

Granting a candidate for tenure is subject to two reviewing process: an intermediate
and final review. If a candidate is not granted tenure in final review, he/she will be
dismissed from the university upon completion of the term of appointment.


If a candidate has taken a leave because of some life events such as delivering a baby,
child-raising and caregiving, he/she may extend the term of appointment up to certain
period according to the length of such leave.


*If you would like to know more about the standards for tenure review, please contact
the office shown below for any enquiries.


5. Field of Specialization: Physiology and Oral Physiology


6. Teaching Responsibilities:
・Undergraduate level (general education courses): Foundation biology for life science, etc.
・Undergraduate level (discipline specific courses): Oral Physiology, Physiology and Oral
Physiology, Laboratory of Oral Function Sciences, Laboratory Work in Oral Physiology,
etc.
・Graduate level (master’s programs): Seminar on Physiology and Oral Physiology,
Research on Physiology and Oral Physiology, etc.
・Graduate level (doctoral programs): Advanced seminar on Physiology and Oral Physiology,
Advanced research on Physiology and Oral Physiology, etc.
* In addition to the courses listed above, he or she may be asked to teach other general
education courses and/or discipline specific courses in other departments and graduate
schools.


7. Application Requirements:
Applicants must satisfy all of the following requirements:
(1) Hold a doctorate or an equivalent degree by the time the appointment begins
(2) Be able to supervise doctoral students in preparation of doctoral dissertations
(3) Be able to teach classes and supervise students in English


8. Application Documents:
(1) Recommendation letter (Self-recommendation is allowed.) (Free format)
(2) Curriculum Vitae (Form 1)
(3) List of Achievements (Form 2)
(4) Summary of 5 Major Publications (Free format)
Write summaries of the 5 major publications in either Japanese (approximately 200-400
characters for each publication) or English (approximately 100-200 words for each
publication).
(5) Overview of Education and Research Achievements and Future Development / Aspiration
(Free format)
Write about the following items in either Japanese (approximately 1,000 characters in
total) or English (approximately 500 words in total).
1) Your overview of education and research
2) Plans and aspirations for the future education and research
3) Your ideas or opinions for the future university reform
(6) Offprints of all publications (Copies are allowed.)
* All of the above documents must be written in English or Japanese. The application form

is available on the following web site.
http://en.hiroshima-u.jp/employment/kyoinkobo/bhs


9. Application Deadline:
All application documents must reach us by 5 p.m. on September 13, 2019 (Japan Time).


10. Address to Which to Send Application Documents:
All application documents should be sent by registered mail to:
Personnel Affairs, General Affairs Group, Kasumi Campus Management Support Office,
Hiroshima University
1-2-3, Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8553, JAPAN
* Write in red “Application (Physiology and Oral Physiology)” on the envelope.
* Please submit CD-R with “Form1, Form2” saved in Excel format.
* Submitted application documents, etc. will not be returned.


11. Selection Procedures:
(1) Selection will be made based on all application documents submitted.
(2) Interviews will be conducted as needed. As a general rule, we will conduct simulated
lessons in English. In such cases, please note that travel expenses will be the
responsibility of the applicant. Applicants who pass the initial document review will be
informed of interview date, time and format.
(3) Hiroshima University promotes a gender-equal society in accordance with the legislative
intent of the Basic Law for a Gender-Equal Society.


12. Employment status:
(1) If you are agreeable to the application of the Discretionary Labor System for Professional
Work, you are deemed to work for 7 hours and 45 minutes a day and 38 hours and 45
minutes a week. If not, working hours are from 8:30 to 17:00 (from Monday to Friday)
and break time is from 12:00 to 12:45.
(2) Workdays are from Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) in principle.
(3) Holidays are Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays in principle.


13. Salary, etc.
(1) The monthly salary system or annual salary system will be applied to successful
candidates.
* Currently, we are considering a new annual salary system, and if the new system is
introduced at date of adoption, it will apply.
(2) Successful candidates may be reimbursed for travel expenses incurred for the trip from
their home or former place of work to the new place of work to assume their post in
accordance with the relevant regulations of Hiroshima University. For more information,
please contact us.


14. Evaluation:
We conduct individual performance evaluations for all Hiroshima University faculty
members after their employment, numerically rate their performance, and salary and
benefits are commensurate with performance indicators.

 

15. Employer: Hiroshima University


16. Additional Remarks:
(1) Probationary employment period: six (6) months
(2) Personal information obtained from application documents will not be used or provided
to any third party for purposes other than the necessary procedures related to personnel
affairs, salary, and welfare.
(3) All the faculty members of Hiroshima University belong to the "Academy", which is the
single university-wide faculty organization, and each faculty as a member of the
Academy of the University is appointed to educational and/or research organizations
such as an individual undergraduate school, graduate school, research center and
institute.
(4) For each specialized field of faculty, Hiroshima University has defined Minimum standards
for hiring new faculty (“the minimum standards”). We use the minimum standards for
the initial screening process of the applicants, and only those who have cleared the
minimum standards will qualify as the candidates for the post concerned. The minimum
standards used for this international job offer can be viewed by clicking the following URL
link.
https://www.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/en/employment/kyoinkobo/bhs
(5) HU provides employment information (research job, desk job and etc.).
If your spouse wishes to work for HU, please refer to the following URL link.
employment information: https://www.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/en/employment/
(6) With the aim of achieving medium to long-term growth to join the top 100 world
university rankings list, Hiroshima University plans to recruit and develop excellent
researchers. Furthermore, in order to make the age structure of the faculty more
balanced, the University plans to implement a campus-wide initiative to provide a
diverse group of faculty members—especially young, female, and non-Japanese faculty
members—with more opportunities to play a leading role on campus, thereby
invigorating research and education activities at the University. With this in mind, the
University seeks applications from young researchers this time around.


17. Contact:
Professor Sugita Makoto
Graduate School of Biomedical and Health Sciences, Hiroshima University
Tel: +81-82-257-5626
E-mail: sugisan[at]hiroshima-u.ac.jp (please replace “[at]” with “@”)

 


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