From: Dr. Hirohisa HIRAI
Director, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University
The Keihanshin Consortium for Fostering the Next
Global Leaders in Research (K-CONNEX)
Non-Tenure Assistant Professor
In Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University
June 15, 2015
In October 2014, Kyoto University, Osaka University and Kobe
University decided to establish partnerships under a MEXT program,
building a consortium for developing human resources in science and
technology. The consortium, named as The Keihanshin Consortium for
Fostering the Next Generation of Global Leaders in Research (K-CONNEX),
promotes development and securement of excellent young researchers who
will lead the future global academic community. We encourage such
highly motivated young researchers to join the consortium through the
Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University (KUPRI) takes part in
the K-CONNEX this time, and is seeking to appoint a suitable candidate
to the position of Assistant Professor in the Evolutionary Morphology
Section. The section aims to elucidate the evolutionary processes and
diversity of such morphological traits as encephalization,
hominoidization, the development of specialized locomotor styles such
as bipedalism, functional adaptation of sensory organs, ontogeny
process, using a wide encompassing multidisciplinary approach.
Adequate knowledge of Japanese is required, as the successful
candidate is required to fully participate in faculty meetings and
other administrative matters conducted in Japanese, and to lecture
graduate students in either English or Japanese. Faculty members are
also expected to promote the research on primates from a broad
perspective, to teach and supervise graduate students, and to
contribute to the administration of the Institute. KUPRI is located in
1. Target Research Areas
|No. Of Positions
||Evolutionary Morphology Section, Department of Evolution and
Phylogeny, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University(Address:
Inuyama, Aichi 484-8506, Japan)
|| Biomedical engineering / Biomedical engineering &
Biomaterial science and engineering
Biological Science / Developmental Biology
Basic Biology / Morphology & Structure
Anthropology / Physical Anthropology
||From April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2023(7 academic years.
Five-year reappointment may be permitted.)
|| Discretionary labor system: Working hours are at the
discretion of the worker with the standard working hours from
8:30 (starting time) to 17:15 (ending time).
Holidays are Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays and any other
days set by Kyoto University.
||April 1, 2016
||Commensurate with experience and skills, in accordance with
the salary regulation of Kyoto University
||Eligible for MEXT* mutual aid association membership,
employment insurance, and workers’ compensation insurance
*Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science
Requirements for the position:
1. Applicants should hold a PhD that was acquired after April 1
2005, or have equivalent research experience, and should be under 40
years old as of April 1, 2015. Applicants who participated in the
mandatory clinical practice in Japan are eligible to apply unless
they are 43 years old or older as of April 1, 2015.
2. Research and education capabilities about the target research
- If you had intervals as maternity leave and/or child-care leave,
and the term from receiving a Ph. D degree or equivalent degrees
is less than 10 years excluding the intervals, you can apply to
- Any nationality is acceptable.
- Since this project is supported by Funds for the Development of
Human Resources in Science and Technology under MEXT, these age
restrictions are subject to exceptional treatment by the Ordinance
for Enforcement of the Act of “Koyou taisaku” Act 1-3
3. Employment Conditions
- Salary will be determined in accordance with Kyoto University
- Research fund for initial investments will be granted up to 10
million yen in first two academic years.
- No less than 60% of work effort will be dedicated to research.
- Support from mentors and university research administrators (URA)
will be given.
- Participating in various training programs is available.
Note: There are possibilities that the research fund is reduced
depending on the national budget.
4. Selection Process
- Primary selection: About October 2015
An expert committee at K-CONNEX from their respective academic
fields will examine application documents, focusing on academic
achievements and research plans.
- Secondary selection: About November 2015
The council under K-CONNEX will conduct interviews. In addition to
applicants' academic achievements, the council will evaluate their
potential to become leading figures in the future global academic
- Third selection: About December 2015
Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University, will make the final
decision considering the results of primary and secondary
5. Result Notification
Results of the selection will be notified to all applicants by
Please note that information on the process of the selection and
reasons for pass/fail will not be provided.
6. Application Instructions
17:00 (Japan time), 30th September, 2015
- Submit application documents by mail to:
Nihon-Italiakaikan 203, 4, Yoshida Ushinomiyacho, Sakyo-ku
Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 606-8302, Japan
Please write “Application for K-CONNEX - Code No.
010KY1508” with red letters on the front cover of the
- Submit the application documents by e-mail to:
Office of K-CONNEX
(Please replace “*” with “@”.)
E-mail subject: [Application for K-CONNEX - Code No. 010KY1508]
First name, last name
- If it takes time to send the documents by airmail from
foreign countries to us, please inform us by e-mail. We will
consider the situation.
- If you do not receive the response from us within a week,
please contact the following address by e-mail.
7. Documents to Submit
Please download a form from http://k-connex.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/application.html
(2) Reprints or copies of no more than three representative
PDF format is desirable for submission by e-mail.
Please contact via e-mail, not telephone.
- About applications:
Office of K-CONNEX
recruit_k-connex*mail2.adm.kyoto-u.ac.jp (Please replace
“*” with “@”.)
- About research fields:
Evolutionary Morphology Section, Department of Evolution and
Phylogeny, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University
hamada.yuzuru.2a*kyoto-u.ac.jp (Please replace “*”
- About procedures after selection, especially about research
fields and affiliation:
General Affairs Section, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto
soumu_reichou*mail2.adm.kyoto-u.ac.jp (Please replace
“*” with “@”.)
- Personal information contained in the application documents will
be used only for the purpose of selection and recruiting
procedure, never for any other purpose without applicants'
consent. Please note that the submission documents and additional
materials will not be returned.
- Expenses needed to apply for this project shall be borne by
applicants in principle.
- We support a gender-equal society. We hope that many female
researchers will apply for the position.
KUPRI is composed of the following research units: Department of
Evolution and Phylogeny, Department of Ecology and Social Behavior,
Department of Cognitive Science, Department of Neuroscience,
Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology, and also Center for
Human Evolution Modeling Research, Center for International
Collaboration and Advanced Studies in Primatology, Department of
Chimpanzee Studies, and Department of Wildlife Science. Detailed
information is available at the following web site: http://www.pri.kyoto-u.ac.jp/.