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Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Experimental Planetary Physics

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Experimental Planetary Physics


The Institute for Planetary Materials (IPM), Okayama University, Misasa, Japan

The Institute for Planetary Materials (IPM), Okayama University is a world-class institute with the aim of advancing research on the origin, evolution and dynamics of the Earth and planets through both experimental and analytical approaches. As a designated Joint-Use/Research Center in Earth and planetary materials science, IPM is supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) of Japan to promote joint-use and collaborative research on Earth and planetary materials, providing access to the analytical and experimental facilities, and associated expertise for researchers and students both in Japan and worldwide. Graduate education is also offered in an international environment via an independent five-year doctoral program in Earth and planetary materials science within the Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University.
In April 2016, the IPM was reorganized from the “Institute for Study of the Earth’s Interior (ISEI)” with the aim of expanding its research and education capacity in Earth and planetary materials science and related fields. IPM consists of three divisions, the Division for Basic Planetary Materials Science, the Division for Planetary System Science, and the Division for Astrobiology.
Further information about the faculty, research and facilities of the Institute can be found at the IPM website.


Misasa, Tottori, Japan


Relevant divisions
Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology (GMPV)
Geodynamics (GD)
Planetary and Solar System Sciences (PS)

Full time

Entry level


Required education

Application deadline
27 July 2019

9 May 2019

Job description

We seek a candidate who will be able to promote experimental planetary materials science using an approach that will contribute to the vision of the Institute to develop a comprehensive experimental infrastructure covering the entire pressure range from vacuum to ultrahigh pressure aiming at comprehensive understanding of Earth and planetary materials. The candidate is expected to demonstrate excellent ability and research achievement in a related research field, to have the ability and desire to promote development of advanced experimental techniques, and to have the ability to develop a novel and independent research program at IPM as well as the desire to cooperate with existing faculty and staff to advance Earth and planetary materials science. The faculty member will benefit from the Joint Use/Research program that provides support for collaborative research at IPM with researchers from Japan and worldwide.

How to apply

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