An Assistant Professor position, Institute for Protein Research (IPR), Osaka University

2023 July 20 JOBS

The Laboratory for CryoEM Structural Biology in the IPR is engaged in the structural analysis of several biological samples using cryo-electron microscopy, as well as the development of related techniques. Our research focuses on elucidating the mechanisms of various biological samples, including the rotation and energy conversion mechanism of molecular motors and the molecular recognition mechanism of odor receptors. We are seeking an enthusiastic and capable Assistant Professor who can actively contribute to one of the following areas: 1) research on structure-activity correlations of the aforementioned samples, 2) development of high-resolution structural analysis techniques for biological samples using single-particle analysis, 3) development of improvement methods for the resolution of cryo-electron microscopy images using AI, and 4) pioneering structural analysis methods for functional states of biological samples within cells.

Position Assistant Professor

Number of Positions 1 (One)

Affiliation Institute for Protein Research

Work Location Suita Campus (3-2 Yamadaoka, Suita-City, Osaka, Japan)

Specialized Field Includes but not limited to: Protein Science, Protein Engineering, Structural Biology, Biophysics, Biology

Responsibilities ・Research in the areas described above.
・Educational activities for graduate school students
・Services of the Joint-Usage/Research Center and BINDS/AMED
・Administrative tasks at Institute for Protein Research and Osaka University.

Qualifications [Essential]
Applicants must have:
(1) A doctoral degree in the above field/s
(2) Excellent research achievements in the related field/s
(3) Business level or above Japanese language proficiency
One of the following conditions is preferred.
∙ Applicant with experience in cryo-EM structural analysis
∙ Applicant with familiarity in image analysis

Starting Date October 1, 2023(or as soon as possible thereafter)

Term of Employment 5 years from the starting date
*Following completion of the term, the contract may be extended only once for 5 years subject to evaluation.
(If the applicant had already been contracted in Osaka University, the extension limit is 10 years from the first starting date).

Probationary Period 6 months

Employment Form Based on “38. Regulations Pertaining to Working Hours, Holidays and Leave for National University Corporation Osaka University Limited Term Staff”
*The Discretionary Labor System, Special Work Type will be applied (deemed working hours: 8 hours a day)

Salary and Benefits Based on “47.Salary Regulations for National University Corporation Osaka University Limited Term Staff Subject to New Annual Salary System”

Insurance Medical insurance and employee’s pension insurance of the Federation of National Public Service Personnel Mutual Aid Associations, Employment Insurance, and Industrial Accident Compensation Insurance

Application Documents Applications must be written in English or Japanese and include the following
1. A Curriculum Vitae
(You can use the university form for educational/research positions available at the following website.
2. List of publications* (papers, reviews, pre-prints and books); list of presentations (invited talks only); Citation index (h-index) in Google Scholar**. Mark the most important papers (up to 5) with circles.
3. List of all external research grants.
4. Description on i) Past research and achievement; ii) Future plan of researches and their prospects; iii) How you would contribute to the education and Joint-Usage/Research activities at IPR (up to 6 pages in total).
5. Summaries for the most important papers (up to 5) in no more than 400 words each with number of citations.
6. PDF reprints of the above five important papers.
7. Name, affiliation, and contact information (e-mail address and phone number) of two professional references who are willing to be contacted

*Authors, title, name of journal, volume, pages, and years should be included, with the applicant’s name underlined. The papers, reviews, pre-prints, and books should be listed independently.
**The h-index will be obtained in “Google Scholar”; please register and create your own account at the site. On the “My citation” page, after selecting your own papers, the citation number, h-index, and i10 index are automatically calculated and will be shown in the upper right corner of the page. Please indicate the numbers (citation number, h-index, and i10 index) in the List of publications.

•Personal information in the application documents will only be used for screening and hiring procedures, and will not be disclosed to any third party.
•Submitted application documents will not be returned.

Sending Address and Contact Information Please submit by e-mail:

  tanpakuken-syomu [at] (Please replace [at] with @.)

*Write “Application for Assistant Professor in Laboratory for CryoEM Structural Biology” in the subject line.
*Attach the application documents in PDF format (with full security countermeasures).

If it is difficult to submit via e-mail, please submit by postal service:

 Attention: Office of General Affairs
 Institute for Protein Research, Osaka University
 3-2 Yamadaoka, Suita-city, Osaka 565-0871 JAPAN

*Please write “Application for Assistant Professor Laboratory for CryoEM Structural Biology” on the front of the envelope in red ink.
*Applications should be sent by registered mail.

Contact Person: Professor Takayuki Kato
Tel: +81-6-6879-8607 E-mail: tkato [at] (Please replace [at] with @.)

Application Deadline August 25, 2023(Japan Standard Time)

Selection Process Document screening will be followed by interviews. Selected applicants will be notified within approximately two weeks after the application deadline.
*Travel and accommodation costs necessary for interviews are to be covered by the applicant. For applicants residing overseas, the applicant may request an online interview.
*Please note that unsuccessful applicants will not be contacted.

Additional Information Concerning work conditions other than the above-mentioned, please refer to “3. Work Regulations for National University Corporation Osaka University Staff” and/or related regulations.
Please note the above-mentioned work conditions are as of the day this employment offer is posted and are subject to change.
We also particularly encourage applications from female candidates.
Osaka University is committed to promoting gender equality and providing various supports for female academic staff members.

*Osaka University campuses and related facilities are smoke-free, except for designated areas.

Recruiter National University Corporation Osaka University

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