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The following pages will give you more information about the procedures for applying for Young and Ambitious (YA) positions (tenure-track positions) in the "Advanced Scientific Research Leaders Development Unit" and the terms of the Tenure-Track Program (the Improvement of Research Environment for Young Researchers Program) of Gunma University.

Details may be revised, so please revisit the Q&A pages to get the latest information on the Program.

     Recruitment Information

  Q & A

 Number of Posts Available

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Will more positions be recruited than the number advertised?

No. The budget covers a fixed number of appointees.

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 Qualifications

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What does "equivalent" mean in terms of research experience?

Equivalent refers to a level of research that is comparable to a university or research organization. Such an organization can be a public or private and domestic or international institution.

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Must YA candidates have Japanese language skills?

The program aims to hire and develop a broad spectrum of personnel, so YA appointees that lack Japanese language ability may use English as a lingua franca to carry out their research and educational activities. In order to obtain a full-time position during the tenure review, candidates who have enough Japanese ability to carry out daily tasks at the university will be preferred.

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 Term of Employment

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The end of employment comes March 31, 2018. Is it possible to be reappointed at that time?

Not in a YA position. At the end of the term, candidates will be screened according to university regulations of tenureship by URAC (the Unit’s Review and Assessment Committee). Those who successfully complete the tenure evaluation will be newly appointed as full-time tenured members of Gunma University at/before the end of the five-year program.

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If tenure is not granted, do I have to leave the university?

The candidate can be hired for a two-year, limited term.

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 Fields of Research

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Which fields of research are being recruited?

Please refer to the fields described in the application and determine whether your field fits the description. The range of fields is sufficiently broad to encourage many applications.

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 Duties

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Will graduate students be placed in laboratories of YA staff?

To develop YA staff members’ skills in guiding research, graduate students and Undergraduate students doing graduation research may be assigned to YA labs as long as student does not overburden YA staff.

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Q2:

As a YA staff member, may I continue to advise graduate students at the institution where I am currently employed?

It is possible, if Gunma University and the YA staff member’s former institution sign a mutual agreement.

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Does the tenure-track program ensure that I can run my YA lab independently, or do I actually work under the mentor’s laboratory?

The spirit of the program provides an independent environment in which YA staff can conduct research. However, to encourage the best research, YA members are not restricted from creating joint or independent research groups.

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Please provide more details about the research plan I must submit following my appointment.

The research plan is an extremely important document which needs to be developed over several months in conjunction with your mentor and advisors. The degree to which it is successfully completed will be an important barometer during the tenure screening stage.

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 Working Conditions

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Which part of the university will I officially belong to? And where will my lab be located?

YA staff officially belong to the Advanced Scientific Research Leaders Development Unit. Those in the Advanced Medicine / Bioscience Research Team will be located at the School of Medicine on the Showa Campus in Maebashi City. Those in the Advanced Engineering Research Team will have their laboratories in the Faculty of Engineering, located on the Kiryu Campus in Kiryu City. Recruitments # 1 will work on the Showa Campus and # 2 on the Kiryu Campus.

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 Salary

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Am I paid an annual salary?

Yes.An annual salary is being adopted.

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The salary for a YA Assistant Professor, between ¥5,400,000 and ¥6,240,000. Is that amount total salary or take-home pay?

The figures are for total salary, before withoutholding taxes, etc.

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 Support

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My family has small children. Are there nursery facilities available?

On the Showa campus, there is a nursery school. Program participants in the Advanced Medicine / Bioscience Research Team may use the facility as long as openings are available.

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Tell me more about the leave of absence programs.

Permitted leave of absence is available for marriage, pre- and post-natal, child-rearing, reduced working hours for childcare, nursery and health care, care of sick family, bereavement, sick leave and others. There is also a regular paid holidays system.

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 Obtaining a Tenured Post

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I would like to know more about the guidelines for tenure screening.

Completion of the proposed plan of research will be an important factor. Candidates will be assessed on their overall fulfillment of tasks, including successful completion of the research aims, publications, securing of external funding, advisement of graduate students, management and operation of the laboratory. Refer to the Gunma University Tenure Regulations for details.

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If I am granted tenure, which department will I belong to?

Based on their fields of expertise, YA staff will be placed in the appropriate departments or organizations of Gunma University.

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 Application Materials

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Do I need more than one recommendation?

No. One recommendation is sufficient.

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Should the recommendation letter be written in English?

The recommendation letter may be in English or Japanese.

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Shall I upload the recommendation letter and publications through the home page?

Send the recommendation letter and copies of up to 10 publications by post.

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Q4:

File sizes are limited to 12 megabytes. Is it OK to send a compressed file?

Please do not send compressed files. Send materials as either a PDF or MS Word document.

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Q5:

Can I apply using e-mail?

No. Applications will be accepted exclusively through the designated home page. After completing the application forms on the home page, send hard copies by post.

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Q6:

I would like to make some changes to the application form I already submitted. Can I do that by e-mail?

Revisions will not be accepted via e-mail. Revisions can be made by resubmitting all forms through the home page. In that case, be sure to enter the previous application ID number, as written in the e-mail confirming your first submission, in the appropriate message box.

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 Deadlines

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When is the application due?

Electronic submission of applications will be accepted until 17:00, September 21, 2012 (Japan Standard Time). The arrival deadline for printed materials is September 24, 2012. Once application forms on the home page are completed, hard copies should be sent soon afterward.

However #1 is electronic submission of applications will be accepted until 17:00, November 9, 2012 (Japan Standard Time)due to extension of applications. The arrival deadline for printed materials is November 12, 2012.

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 Selection of Candidates

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How does the selection process work?

Following a review of the applications, an interview and/or presentation will be scheduled, if necessary, from early November to early December. Final candidates will then be selected by URAC. Candidates will be informed of the results in the middle of December or the middle of January.Recruitment #1 is in the middle of January and #2 is in the middle of December.

Summary of Selection


Application ► Review of Applications ► Interview or Presentation (if required) ► Final Selection ► Appointment

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 For More Information

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If I have more questions, what should I do?

Should you have any questions related to the Tenure-Track Program, please write to us at:

wakate@

Tel. +81-27-220-7511, or 7513


Should you have any questions concerning application to the Tenure-Track Program, please contact the Team for which you are applying.

 

Recruitment #1 Advanced Medicine / Bioscience Research Team:

General Affairs Section of Institute for Molecular and Cellular Regulation

General Administration Division

Showa District Business Department

Showa Campus,

Gunma University

Tel. +81-27-220-8822

E-mail: kk-msomu4@


Recruitment #2 Advanced Engineering Research Team:

Kiryu Campus, Faculity Graduate School of Engineering

Gunma University

Tel. +81-277-30-1015

E-mail: t-syomu@


※ Please add jimu.gunma-u.ac.jp

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