WPI Nano Life Science Institute, Kanazawa University

[Application period extended] Assistant Professor in Supramolecular Chemistry (Three-year fixed-term contract) (Nano Life Science Institute, Kanazawa University)

Content of job information

Nano Life Science Institute (WPI-NanoLSI) at Kanazawa University was launched in October 2017, with a support of World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI) program by MEXT, Japan. At NanoLSI, we will combine the worldʼs most advanced technologies in bio-scanning probemicroscopy (SPM) and supramolecular chemistry to develop novel nanoprobe techniques that allow us to directly image, analyze, and manipulate nanodynamics of proteins, metabolites, and nucleic acids both on the surface of and inside the cell. In addition, through the use of innovative nanoprobe techniques combined with other advanced analytical methods, we aim to achieve fundamental understandings of the nano-level mechanisms underlying basic cellular functions (e.g., cell differentiation/proliferation, stemness, signal transduction, genome dynamics, etc.) and their cancer-specific abnormalities. To this end, we will perform detailed comparisons between nanodynamics inside normal and cancer cells. Based on the developed technologies and knowledge acquired through such research works, we will establish a new research field termed “nanoprobe life science,” which aims to achieve nano-level understandings of various life phenomena including cancer using advanced nanoprobe technologies. We are looking for an assistant professor to perform the following research work as staff who plays a central role in the area of integration between the supramolecular chemistry field and nanometrology field.

Open Position: Assistant Professor(Three-year fixed-term contract)

Main Duties: At the Nano Life Science Institute, as “Assistant Professor”, it plays a central role in promoting integrated research in the fields of supramolecular chemistry field and nanometrology field disciplines

1. Organic polymer synthesis and modification of scanning probe surface to develop novel molecular recognition imaging using atomic force microscopy.

2. Synthesis of organic compounds exhibiting specific interation with metabolites of cells.

[Address of work location and other information]

Nano Life Science Institute, Kanazawa University,
Kakuma-machi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-1192, Japan

Number of Position: One
Starting date:  as early as possible

Research field

Area: Complexed Chemistry
Discipline: Polymer Chemistry

Job type

Assistant Professor level

Employment status



Applicants must satisfy all the following requirements:
1) Being able to synthesize organic and polymer compounds
2) Having sufficient communication skills, have research presentation and ability to write a thesis.
3) Being able to work in the area of integration
4) Ability to conduct research activities in English
5) Ability to conduct research activities effectively both independently and in a team
6) Doctoral degree (including equivalent degrees such as a PhD from overseas universities) has been conferred or will be conferred when he/she arrives at the post.


[Details of salary, working hours, holiday, period of employment and insurance, accommodation, etc.]
Assistant Professor(Three-year fixed-term contract)

[Period of employment]
Three-year fixed-term contract
Note: There is a possibility of the contract being renewed after the expiration of the employment period.
Negotiation is possible on employment start date.

[Start-up research funds]
We will provide a million yen in the first year for research funding.

[Working Hours]
Working hours are determined according to the Discretionary Labor System for Professional Work (7 hours and 45 minutes per day)

Basic pay, 4,200,000 yen (Annualization conversion)
Special allowance, around 1,320,000 yen (Annualization conversion)
Salary will be fluctuated by performance and evaluation after adoption.

According to the rules of Kanazawa University.
http://www.kanazawa-u.ac.jp/university/administration/regulation/rules (in Japanese)

Application period

June 30, 2020 Deadline for receipt
Note: We will conduct screening at any time, we may end the offering in about a month after the offering has started.

Application/selection/notification of result/contact details

[Application Documents]

1) Curriculum vitae with a recent photograph of the face, describing present address, phone number, e-mail address, academic career, research career, professional career, and other relevant information.
2) List of research activities, including original scientific papers, book chapters, other publications, presentations in scientific meetings, awards, and other relevant activities.
3) Offprints of main published papers (Maximum number of papers is five, and hard copies are accepted.)
4) List of research support (Time period, name of grant, title of education/research, and amount of money should be included.)
5) Outline of past research and teaching (two sheets in free format)
6) A description of the applicant’s research interests, achievements, and future research plan (two sheets in free format)
7) In case of a recommender, a recommendation letter should be separately sent to the following e-mail address.


Please send the application form by e-mail or post.
As we cannot receive emails larger than 5 MB, please use the uploader etc. if the size of your email exceeds 5 MB. Please write “Application for Faculty Position (Prof. Ogoshi)” in the title of the e-mail.

Please ensure that you provide your contact information including your address, phone number, and e-mail address in your application documents, write “Application for Faculty Position (Professor Ogoshi)” in red on the envelope, and send your documents by registered mail.

Please note that application documents will not be returned to applicants.
In case of mail, please send all the documents by registered mail to the following address:

Nano Life Science Institute Office, Kanazawa University
Kakuma-machi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-1192, Japan
Email: nanolsi-jobs@adm.kanazawa-u.ac.jp

[Selection process (selection method and hiring decision), notification of result]

Applicant screening and interview
*We do not cover the transportation expenses associated with the interview.

[Contact details (department, official position, name, e-mail address, and phone number of the responsible person)] * Important

WPI Nano Life Science Institute, Kanazawa University (WPI-NanoLSI)
Professor, Tomoki OGOSHI
Tel: +81-76-234-4550
Email: ogoshi@sbchem.kyoto-u.ac.jp

Additional information

1) The website below gives information about employment regulation.

http://www.kanazawa-u.ac.jp/university/administration/regulation/rules (in Japanese)

2) Kanazawa University supports applicants from female scholars and promotes the co-activities of male and female scholars.

http://cdl.w3.kanazawa-u.ac.jp/index.html (in Japanese)