NAOJ Postdoctoral Researcher or Project Assistant Professor (ALMA) Stationed at Waseda University

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, October 11, 2019
Archive Date: 
Friday, November 15, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Waseda University/National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
Job Announcement Text: 

The NAOJ ALMA Project invites applications for two Project Research Staffs (postdoctoral researcher) or one Project Assistant Professor for ALMA Joint Scientific Research Program to conduct the research project “ALMA HzFINEST: High-z Far-Infrared Nebular Emission STudies” using ALMA data (including archival data). The successful candidate will spend 100% of the time for this project under the supervision of Professor Inoue at the Waseda University (Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan). The successful candidate is required (1) to publish one (for the Project Research Staff) or two (for the Project Assistant Professor) papers per year, and (2) to submit one (for the Project Research Staff) or two (for the Project Assistant Professor) ALMA proposals per year. The successful candidate may supervise students for the purpose of carrying out this project.

See below for further information.
+ The ALMA Joint Scientific Research Program:
+ The research project:

The applicant must have a doctoral degree or equivalent in a relevant field. The successful candidate will be employed by the NAOJ, and will be stationed at Waseda University. In case the PI of the project (Professor Inoue) moves to another university or institute, the successful candidate is expected to accompany the PI. However, if such an arrangement is deemed difficult by the new university/institute, the successful candidate will be relocated to NAOJ in Mitaka and continue the proposed research project.

In principle, the term is for two years from the starting date, and the starting date is April 1, 2020 or October 1, 2020. NAOJ will conduct a mid-term review of the project 1.5 years after the starting date, and the term may be extended for an additional year. In such a case, a yearly evaluation will be performed from the third year, and the contract may be extended on a yearly basis, for a total of up to five years. For a researcher who has been employed by NINS after April 1, 2013, his/her term will be set so that the total employment period from April 1, 2013 will be less than 10 years.

Applicants are required to use an NAOJ’s application system on the web:

Please fill out the form on the web and upload the documents specified on the application form. It takes time to prepare the documents, applicants should be issued applicant ID and reference IDs in advance. Reference letters should be uploaded by the persons who have written the letter for you, following the instruction shown on the application form. In order to upload reference letters, reference IDs and passwords are required, so please inform references of the issued reference IDs and passwords.

The documents should be prepared in English, converted to PDF (max 50MB each, 100MB in total, at most 10 files).

(1) Cover letter with the title of the research project and the position you are applying for (either Project Research Staff / Assistant Professor).
(2) Curriculum vitae
(3) Publication list (Separate refereed papers from others. State your role for co-authored
(4) PDF of three relevant papers
(5) Statement describing your commitment and plans for the job
(6) Two or more reference letters (must be uploaded by the references directly to use an
NAOJ’s application system, before the deadline.)
(7) Your e-mail address and phone number

The application deadline is November 15, 2019, 15:00 (JST)

For inquiries, please contact with a subject line “Inquiry about ‘ALMA HzFINEST: High-z Far-Infrared Nebular Emission STudies’ ”

Inquiry about application process (replace _atmark_ with @)

Inquiry about research project (replace _atmark_ with @)

Submission and general inquiries (replace _atmark_ with @)

The fellow will receive a monthly salary of 350,000 JPY (for the Project Research Staff) or 550,000 JPY (for the Project Assistant Professor), plus compensation for commuting expenses. Social insurance will be applied. Bonus and retirement allowances are not provided.

Please note that once you are employed as a Project Research Staff for the ALMA Joint Scientific Research Program by NAOJ, you will not be eligible anymore for a NAOJ Project Research Fellow.

Abiding by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act for Men and Women, NAOJ is committed to the realization of a society with gender equality. If two candidates are deemed equal in their performance evaluation, NAOJ will take positive action to employ women. For details see

Information submitted in your application documents will not be used for any purpose other than the selection process and for contacting you with necessary notices in connection with the selection. Once the selection process is complete, we will securely dispose of all application documents and personal information, except for the one submitted by the successful candidate.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, November 15, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
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Attention To: 
Akio Inoue
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Attention To: 
Akio Inoue