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Open Faculty Position 1. (Mechanical Engineering / Applied Physics and Nuclear Engineering / Aeronautics and Astronautics)


Founded in 1911 as one of the seven imperial universities in Japan, Kyushu University has been a leader in education and research not just in Japan but throughout Asia. Currently, it has the total student population of 18,588, of which about 6% are international students, with its faculty boasting roughly 2,300 full-time members. Comprehensive in its academic reach, it has over 11 undergraduate departments and 18 graduate schools with their affiliate research centers. But the university's main strengths lie in particularly active and innovative science programs, as is shown by the fact that it runs one of the most highly regarded and advanced medical schools in Asia. The University is conveniently located in Fukuoka, Japan, which has been voted one of the ten most attractive Asian cities by Asia Week for three consecutive years. The University is currently in the process of relocating to the new state-of-the-art campus, which will, upon completion, make the university quite unrivaled in Asia in terms of advanced research facilities. The university will also celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2011.

Earlier this year, Kyushu University was chosen as one of the thirteen universities to lead the MEXT's Global 30 Project. In line with its globalization initiative, the University will launch two undergraduate programs, and over 30 graduate programs, all of them to be taught exclusively in English. To this end, the University is looking to appoint full-time faculty members capable of assuming leadership in a range of areas including, but not limited to, teaching and curriculum development.

Position Information

  1. Position Title: Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, or Instructor
  2. Number of Positions Available: 1-2
  3. Department Name: Faculty of Engineering
  4. Area of Specialization: Mechanical Engineering / Applied Physics and Nuclear Engineering / Aeronautics and Astronautics
  5. Duties: The successful candidate will be expected to perform the following responsibilities:
    (1) teach specialized courses in English at both undergraduate and graduate levels;
    (2) teach GE courses in English;
    (3) help promote the globalization of the University
    He/she will also be expected to assume leadership in curriculum and material development, and faculty development seminars.
  6. Qualifications: The successful candidate will
    (1) have completed, or be close to completing, a PhD in Engineering or in a related discipline.
    (2) have teaching experience at the college level.
    (3) be a native English speaker, or have native-level proficiency in English. No Japanese citizen, however, will be considered for the present position.
  7. Starting Date: In principle, December 16, 2009 (Employment Period: until March 31, 2014)
  8. Salary and Benefits: Gross salary per annum (including, among other things, taxes, insurances, and commuting expenses) will be about JPY7,700,000. The exact amount will be decided in accordance with the University's employment regulations, the successful applicant's past accomplishments, etc.
  9. Application Materials: Applicants are requested to submit the following documents.
    (1) TWO copies of application letter, stating your reasons for applying to Kyushu University.
    (2) TWO copies of curriculum vitae (Press Here to download the official c.v. form).
    (3) TWO copies of the document detailing your academic accomplishments.
    (4) Official graduate and undergraduate transcripts.
    (5) TWO photocopies each of less than five samples of your published work (academic papers, book chapters, etc.)
    (6) A letter of recommendation with the referee's e-mail address and telephone number in a signed, sealed envelope.
    (7) A DVD containing a half-an-hour mock teaching session.

    NB: Items (1), (2), and (7) above must be prepared in English. Items (3), (4), (5), and (6) may be provided either in English or in Japanese. In sending the application documents, please make sure that they are placed in an envelope marked in red "Application for Faculty Position in Engineering."
  10. Mailing Address:
    Dean of the Faculty of Engineering
    Professor Shinichi Hino
    Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University
    744 Motooka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0395, Japan
    NB: The documents will not be returned to the applicant.
  11. Deadline for the Application: November 2, 2009
  12. Screening: The screening process will consist of (1) the initial application review and (2) telephone or skype interviews for the candidates who make it past the initial review. The interview candidates will be contacted by mid-November.
  13. Contact: For inquiries about the details of application, please contact:
    Dean of the Faculty of Engineering
    Professor Shinichi Hino
    Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University


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