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From: Dr. Hirohisa HIRAI
Director, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University

The Keihanshin Consortium for Fostering the Next Generation of
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 following applications.

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 Inuyama, Aichi.

1. Target Research Areas

Code No. 010KY1508
Job Type Assistant professor
No. Of Positions 1
Affiliation Evolutionary Morphology Section, Department of Evolution and Phylogeny, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University(Address: Inuyama, Aichi 484-8506, Japan)
Research Fields  Biomedical engineering / Biomedical engineering & Biomaterial science and engineering
Biological Science / Developmental Biology
Basic Biology / Morphology & Structure
Anthropology / Physical Anthropology
Term From April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2023(7 academic years. Five-year reappointment may be permitted.)
Employment Conditions  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.
Starting Date April 1, 2016
Salary Commensurate with experience and skills, in accordance with the salary regulation of Kyoto University
Social Insurance Eligible for MEXT* mutual aid association membership, employment insurance, and workers’ compensation insurance *Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Others None


2. Qualifications
 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 fields


  • 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 the positions.
  • 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 (1-(3-2)).

3. Employment Conditions

  • Salary will be determined in accordance with Kyoto University regulations.
  • 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 community.
  • Third selection: About December 2015
    Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University, will make the final decision considering the results of primary and secondary selections.

5. Result Notification

Results of the selection will be notified to all applicants by e-mail.
Please note that information on the process of the selection and reasons for pass/fail will not be provided.

6. Application Instructions

  • Deadline:
    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 envelope.
  • Submit the application documents by e-mail to:
    Office of K-CONNEX
    E-mail: recruit_k-connex*mail2.adm.kyoto-u.ac.jp
    (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

(1) Proposal
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 papers
PDF format is desirable for submission by e-mail.

8. Contact

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 “*” with “@”.)
  • About procedures after selection, especially about research fields and affiliation:
    General Affairs Section, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University
    soumu_reichou*mail2.adm.kyoto-u.ac.jp (Please replace “*” with “@”.)

9. Notes

  • 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/.