Associate Professor Position at the Department of Urban Management

Kyoto University


Associate Professor Position at the Department of Urban Management,
Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University


Job title Associate Professor

Number One person


International Urban Development Laboratory, Chair of Geo-Management, Department of Urban Management, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, C-cluster, Kyotodaigaku-Katsura, Nishikyo, Kyoto

Job description

The research mission of the International Urban Development Laboratory is to research (1) soil mechanics, geo-mechanics, (2) geo-environmental engineering, (3) geo-construction engineering, and/or related fields. The educational mission of this particular position is to educate the International Course Program of Civil Engineering at the Undergraduate School of Global Engineering, Kyoto University. A successful candidate should be able to teach “Soil Mechanics I and Exercises”, “Soil Mechanics II and Exercises”, “Experiments on Soil Mechanics and Exercises”, “Geoenvironmental Engineering”, “Rock Engineering”, “Computer Programming in Global Engineering”, which are provided by the Faculty of Engineering. In addition, he/she should also teach “Scientific English II”, “Introduction to Earth Science A”, “Practice of Basic Informatics” and “Introduction to Engineering Geology”, which are provided by Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences. The activity missions of the Laboratory are closely related to those of the other geotechnical engineering laboratories: “Construction Engineering and Management”, “Geofront System Engineering”, “Urban Management Systems” and “Environmental Infrastructure Engineering (Global Environmental Studies)” in the Department of Urban Management, and “Geomechanics” and “Geotechnics for Hazard Mitigation (Disaster Prevention Research Institute)” in the Department of Civil and Earth Resources Engineering. The “International Urban Development Laboratory”, therefore, is expected to collaborate with these other laboratories on education and research conducted by the Department of Urban Management, the Department of Civil and Earth Resources Engineering, and the Undergraduate School of Global Engineering – International Course Program, and for the management of their school duties.



A successful candidate has (i) a degree of either PhD or Doctor of Engineering or Science in geotechnical engineering or related academic fields, (ii) distinguished research record in the areas of the mission of the division, (iii) academic and/or practical experience in universities or research institutions, (iv) ability and enthusiasm in the management of the international course program and the department, (v) ability of verbal and written communications in English, and (vi) ability to deliver classes in English.


Contract Start Date

Anticipated on March 1st, 2020 or later at the earliest possible date.


Probation period

Six months in accordance with the regulations of Kyoto University


Business hours

Full-time employment in a discretionary work system, based on 7 hours, 45 minutes (8:30-17:15 work schedule with a one-hour break) per day, 38 hours 45 minutes per week. Days off: Saturday, Sunday, national holidays, Year-end and New Year holidays, Foundation Day, and summer vacation.


Salary and allowance

To be determined in accordance with Kyoto University regulations


Social insurance

Eligible for MEXT* mutual aid association membership, employment insurance, and workers’ compensation insurance *Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology


Referral Instructions

Please submit the following documents in both printed and
electronic versions. For the latter save all files in Portable Document
Format (PDF) and copy them on a CD/DVD. Send all documents
using a traceable delivery/courier services.
1) A curriculum vitae including sectioned descriptions of (a)
educational background, and (b) professional background
(e.g. employment and activities as part of academic
2) A publication list sectioned for (a) peer-reviewed or refereed
journal papers with DOI, (b) peer-reviewed or refereed
proceedings papers, (c) non-reviewed papers, (d) published or
edited books or book chapters, (e) identification number of
ORCID and/or Web of Science, (f) patents, and (g) competitive
research funds with descriptions of “Principal Investigator”
“Co-Investigator”, or “Research Collaborator” (Grants-in-Aid for
Scientific Research etc.),
3) Reprints or copies of five papers representing the candidates’
4) A concise personal statement in about 2,000 words describing the
candidate’s research achievements,
5) A concise personal statement in about 2,000 words describing
the candidate’s education experiences and employment,
6) A concise personal statement in about 2,000 words describing the
candidate’s future vision for research and education after the
assignment in the Department, and
7) A list of two references with contact information to whom the
University can ask for opinions on the research and education
experiences of the candidate.
Professor Kiyoshi Kishida
Department of Urban Management, Kyoto University
C1-2-335, Kyotodaigaku-Katsura, Nishikyo, Kyoto 615-8540,


Application Deadline

Due November 1th, 2019 (Friday)



The Selection Committee qualifies all candidates, based on the documents submitted. An interview may be scheduled, if necessary, and will be informed of to selected interviews. Unfortunately, no traveling allowance will be provided to any of the interviewees. The final decision will be made by all professoriate members in the Departments of Urban Management and Civil and Earth Resources Engineering. Each candidate will be informed of the final decision pertaining to him/herself only.



・ The university will not return your application documents.
Personal information contained in the application documents
will be used solely for the purpose of screening applicants, and
never for any other purposes.
・ Kyoto University is creating a culturally diverse environment.
An equal opportunity is offered to this open position regardless
of disability. We give priority to women if they have equal
competence based on fair examination.
・ The faculty organization the selected belongs to is the Faculty
of Global Engineering, while he/she is involved in the education
and research in the Department of Urban Management, the
Graduate School of Engineering.
・ The selected candidate will also belong to the Institute for
Liberal Arts and Sciences.
・ Detailed information about all mentioned departments can be
found at the following URLs:
International Course Program of Civil Engineering:
Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences
Urban Management:
Civil and Earth Resources Engineering:



Professor Kiyoshi Kishida (Please substitute “@”
into “_at_”.)

In your application, please refer to