Office of Tenure-Track System
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) is the largest university in Japan specializing in science and technology. Since its foundation in 1881, Tokyo Tech has always been at the forefront of the researches and played a pivotal role as a reliable leader in science and technology.
In 2006, Tokyo Tech has implemented a Tenure-Track Program in Global Edge Institute with a fund from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). With the completion of this program in 2010, Tokyo Tech has started a new initiative for continuing the tenure-track appointments, which is upgraded from the former program. For the new initiative, applicants will be solicited from academic year 2011 onwards.
Tokyo Tech has always been keen to attract top-quality researchers from all over the world. The main objective of this tenure-track system is to recruit and retain outstanding scientists by offering them a clear career path. In the longer term, successful members will progress to key positions within Tokyo Tech. The successful candidates selected for the tenure-track positions will be provided with some amount of research fund. They will belong to the department or laboratory offering the position, and carry out research and educational activities as an independent faculty member. A mentor will be appointed from the department or laboratory to support the activities of each tenure-track person.
*Other conditions will be in accordance with the rules of Tokyo Tech.
|Position||Tenure-track Lecturer or Associate Professor |
Five Academic years|
*There will be an interim assessment in the 3rd year and a tenure assessment in the 5th year.
Successful members in the tenure assessment will be promoted to the tenure positions in the department in Tokyo Tech.
- PhD degree in Natural Science or Engineering.
- English-language proficiency.
- A requirement for Japanese language skill may be specified by the department or laboratory offering positions.
- In case of applicants who got a degree (master or doctor) in Tokyo Tech, two or more years experience of research or education at other institution (academic or industry) is additionally required.
||In the department or laboratory offering the position (in Ookayama or Suzukakedai Campus of Tokyo Tech). |
Tenure-track person will have the same duty and rights to carry out research and education (undergraduate and graduate) as other faculty members in the department or laboratory.
A limited amount of research fund will be provided for the first three years.|
(The amount will depend upon the department or laboratory)
Basic salary and fringe benefit package|
*Determined in accordance with the rules and regulations of Tokyo Tech and with consideration of qualification, work experience and achievement.
**Fringe benefits include housing allowance, health insurance, retirement allowance and etc.
(Calculation example of basic salary)
1) Associate Professor, age 34 with 7-year experience as a researcher (full-time position) after obtaining a doctorate ⇒ approximately 6,682,000 yen per year.
2) Lecturer, age 31 with 5-year experience as a researcher (full-time position) after obtaining a doctorate ⇒ approximately 5,871,000 yen per year.
The department or laboratory will appoint a mentor whose duty is to oversee the research and educational activities of the tenure-track person, and provide help and support so that he/she can achieve the utmost in the tenure-track period.
|Selection and Assessment
- The selection committee will examine the documents submitted by the applicants, solicit opinions from the experts, conduct interviews with a few finalists, and report conclusions. The final decision will be made by the faculty council of relevant graduate school or laboratory.
- At the time of appointment, the objectives in research and education activities for the five-year term will be formulated with the agreement of the applicant and the department.
- Interim Assessment is done in the third year, and Tenure Assessment takes place in the fifth year for the tenure-tack members. The assessment committees will carry out review and analysis of the achievements of each member, based on the formulated objectives.
- The final decision will be made by the Tenure-Track System Steering Committee based on the recommendation from the assessment committee. For the members successful in Tenure Assessment, the faculty council will promote them to the tenure positions in Tokyo Tech.
Japanese universities have compulsory retirement ages. In Tokyo Tech the retirement age for tenured faculty members is 65 years.
Tokyo Tech is committed to promote equal employment opportunity. Women and people from other countries are strongly encouraged to apply.