Program-Specific Assistant Professor in Bioethics and Philosophy Group (Misao Fujita Group)

Kyoto University



Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) recently selected the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Biology (ASHBi) for participation in the World Premier International Research Center (WPI) Program, establishing it within KUIAS Kyoto University on 30 October 2018 with Mitinori Saitou, a world-leading developmental biologist, at its head. ASHBi is now looking for a Program-Specific Assistant Professor in Bioethics and Philosophy Group. Details as follows.

Job Titles:

Program-Specific Assistant Professor


Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Biology (ASHBi), KUIAS Kyoto University Yoshida Konoe-cho, Sakyo, Kyoto 606-8501 Japan


Essential requirements are as follows:

1. The candidate has a Ph.D.

2. The candidate has excellent research achievements in the related fields and ability to supervise postdoctoral fellows and graduate students

3. The candidate should have the ability to develop and manage his/her research projects

4. He/she has high-level communication skills in English

Starting Date:

August 1, 2019 or the earliest possible date thereafter (adjustable according to individual requirements)


Five (5) years in principle (with annual renewal, the first from 31 March 2020) Initial probationary

Job Descriptions:

ASHBi will investigate the core concepts of human biology with a focus on genome regulation and disease modeling, creating a foundation of knowledge for developing innovative and unique humancentric therapies. The key goals are:

1) to achieve outstanding research in key individual themes in human biology in the area of reproduction, development, growth and aging as well as heredity and evolution;

2) to elucidate the principles for the emergence of species differences among humans, nonhuman primates, and rodents for proper extrapolation of the findings in model organisms to humans;

3) to generate primate models for key gene functions and intractable diseases;

4) to reconstitute key human cell lineages and tissues in vitro and validate their properties based on integrative information; and

5) to contribute to formalize an ethics for the use of human/non-human primate materials and create a philosophy to direct the values of the Institute’s research outcomes.

The institute is seeking suitable candidates for assistant professor to accelerate its mission. Bioethics and philosophy group (Fujita's group) will formalize an ethics for the appropriate use of human and non-human primate materials and create a philosophy to direct the values of the Institute’s research outcomes (e.g., artificial gametes, artificial cerebral cortexes, genome-edited monkeys). The candidate is expected to perform high-level research and act as the leading researcher in human biology and the related fields.

Working Conditions:

Five (5) working days per week (days off: Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays, year-end and New Year holidays, Foundation Day, and summer vacation, as per University guidelines) Working hours: 38 hours 45 minutes per week under a discretionary labor system.


Paid annually in compliance with the rules of Kyoto University.


No allowance (such as for commuting, housing, bonuses, etc.) will be provided.

Social Insurance:

National Public Service Mutual Aid Association health policy Employee’s pension insurance Employment insurance Worker’s accident insurance


Open until the positions are filled.

Evaluation Procedure:

Submitted applications will be reviewed, followed by interviews for short-listed candidates.

Application Method:

Application documents must be prepared in English according to the “Application Guidelines”, and submitted as email attachments.

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Additional Information:

Submitted documents are used only for the purpose of applicant screening and hiring. Personal information will not be disclosed, transferred or loaned to a third party under any circumstances without just cause. Kyoto University promotes gender equality. Responses and applications from female researchers are highly welcomed.

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