[MSA-talk] Tenured Full Professor position in the area of Astrobiology open at the Institute for Planetary Materials (IPM), Okayama University, Misasa, Japan

Xianyu Xue xianyu at misasa.okayama-u.ac.jp
Tue Dec 19 06:33:28 EST 2017

Dear all,

The Institute for Planetary Materials (IPM), Okayama University, Misasa, Japan, invites applications for a Tenured Full Professor position in the area of Astrobiology.

IPM is a world-class institute with the aim of advancing research and education on the origin, evolution and dynamics of the Earth and planets. The Institute provides leadership in the fields of analytical planetary chemistry and experimental geophysics, hosting comprehensive, state-of-the-art analytical systems (including multiple element/isotope analysis and multiple dating techniques at various scales) and a range of high-pressure and high-temperature apparatus and spectroscopic facilities.

IPM was reorganized on April 1, 2016 from the “Institute for Study of the Earth’s Interior (ISEI)” with the aim of expanding its research and education capacity. In particular, a new Division of Astrobiology was established to strengthen research on mineral-water-organic interactions, analytical and experimental studies of the origin of life, as well as the search for signs of primitive life in the solar system.

We seek a candidate who will lead a research program in areas defined above in the new Division for Astrobiology, and help the institute grow to be a world leading research center in the field. The candidate is expected to develop a novel and independent research program, and also to work within a collaborative environment with other staff to pursue joint researches on planetary materials.

The candidate is expected to demonstrate excellent ability and research experience in analytical or experimental studies within the areas described above. As a senior faculty member, he/she will have broad knowledge and vision in further advancing research programs at IPM. The candidate is expected to take a leading role in sample analysis for global joint missions, such as “Hayabusa 2”.

The successful candidate is expected to take part in the education of graduate students. He/she will also take on an active role in the management and future vision of the Institute.

Review of Applications will begin on February 23rd 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.

For further information, please see the attached pdf file.


Xianyu Xue
Xianyu Xue, Professor
Institute for Planetary Materials
Okayama University
Misasa, Tottori 682-0193 Japan
e-mail: xianyu at misasa.okayama-u.ac.jp
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