Researchers at the Waseda Institute for Advanced Study (WIAS) 2019, Japan


June 28, 2018

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Researchers at the Waseda Institute for Advanced Study (WIAS) 

Waseda Institute for Advanced Study (WIAS) was established in September 2006 to enable promising and talented researchers to focus on their research activities under fixed-term contracts in a rich research environment. Around 40 researchers have been working on advanced research in a wide range of themes and with no limitation as to field of study. The Institute is currently recruiting researchers for AY2019 as detailed below.

Recruitment Fields

Fields corresponding to the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences

Number of Positions

About 15

Appointment Position

In principle, Assistant Professor (without tenure) or Associate Professor (without tenure)

The appointment position will be determined based on the screening and interview results.

Application Qualifications

Researchers who meet any of the following qualifications 

  • Persons with a doctorate. It is desirable for the doctorate to have been obtained within 10 years of April 1, 2019.
  • Persons who expect to obtain a doctorate by April 1, 2019.
  • Persons with scholarly attainment equivalent to persons who have obtained a doctorate (persons who have completed the full term of a doctoral course etc.) as of April 1, 2019, and who have research experience at a research institution.

Applicants are expected to be enthusiastic about conducting their research, which will contribute to facilitating research at Waseda University, as well as to establishing and strengthening collaborative network between the researchers of outside/overseas research institutions and universities and those of Waseda University.
Waseda University is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty in order to promote globalization and gender equality on campus. In all matters related to faculty recruitment and promotion, the University prohibits any form of discrimination on the basis of national origin, gender, religion, creed, political affiliation, or disability.

Research Theme

The Institute seeks to recruit researchers who will undertake highly creative research projects that have the potential to identify issues for the future, and carve out new fields of study in the areas of the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences.

* Waseda University has been selected for the “Top Global University Project (TGU)” led by MEXT*, and is working on the project titled “Waseda Goes Global – A Plan to Build a Worldwide Academic Network that is Open, Dynamic and Diverse,” with the aim of accelerating efforts to realize the goals set forth in its mid- to long-term strategic plan, Waseda Vision 150. Efforts are being injected into strengthening the areas of model units, life science and data science at Waseda University, which are highly regarded internationally and form the core of this project. If your research theme covers aspects that are relevant to these areas, please select the respective model unit or discipline on the application form. The nine model units and fields of science are listed below. (Even if your research theme is not related to any of the model units or to the fields of science, you will not be disadvantaged in any way during the selection process.)

  • Global Japanese Studies
  • Empirical Analyses of Political Economy
  • Health Promotion: The Joy of Sports and Exercise
  • Frontier of Embodiment Informatics: ICT and Robotics
  • Energy and Nanomaterials
  • Multiscale Analysis, Modeling and Simulation
  • Global Asia Studies
  • Life Science
  • Data Science


  • Research activities in accordance with the Research Plan submitted at the time of employment.
  • Researchers will be required to teach at least one full-year class per year (equivalent to two half-year classes), and are allowed to teach up to three full-year classes per year (equivalent to within six half-year classes) at Waseda University.
    * “One class” means one 90-minute lecture in a week.
    * If the researcher wants to work as a Part-time Lecturer at a university other than Waseda, the prior approval from the Director of the Institute (WIAS) will be required.
  • Other duties include:
    a. Attendance at meetings of the Institute
    b. Planning and organizing symposiums and so on, sponsored or cosponsored by the Institute
    c. Publishing of research findings in the Institute bulletin or discussion paper, etc.
    d. Applying for a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI) (Acquisition of public or business contract research grants or subsidies as well is desirable.)
    e. Other matters deemed necessary by the Director of the Institute

Working Conditions

  • Waseda University will be the researcher’s primary place of employment.
  • Place of Work: Waseda University Campus (Waseda, Toyama, Nishiwaseda, Kikuicho, TWIns, Tokorozawa, etc.)
  • Other working conditions will be in accordance with regulations of Waseda University as shown below.

Maternity leave is available in accordance with regulations of Waseda University. It is also possible to take parental leave and nursing leave; please ask for details about the eligibility for using the leave.

Scheduled working days and working hours (times at which work begins/ends, rest periods) shall be subject to Waseda University regulations. A discretionary labor system for professional work shall be applied, and decisions on the means of execution of work and the allocation of time shall be entrusted to the employee’s discretion due to the nature of research work. A salary will be paid in accordance with Waseda University regulations. A commutation allowance shall be provided in accordance with Waseda University regulations. Severance/retirement benefits shall not be provided. Saturdays, Sundays, New Year’s holidays, legally recognized public holidays, and the anniversary of the University founding, excluding holidays prescribed as instructional days that are determined in advance by the University. Leave that is determined by the Labor Standards Act and other related laws, and days that are designated by the University as leave days. he employee shall be enrolled in the Employee’s Pension Insurance, Health Insurance, Workmen’s Accident Compensation Insurance, and Employment Insurance.

Research Funds

Research funding will be provided in accordance with Waseda University regulations. Also, there are competitive research grants provided by Waseda University, such as Waseda University Grants for Special Research Projects (for newly-hired faculty) whose success rate was 90.2% in 2017. 

Period of Employment

In principle, the employment start day is April 1, 2019.

For researchers in a field of Humanities and Social Sciences, the employment period will be Three years from the start date of employment and not to be reappointed
(i.e. From April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2022, in principle)
Reappointment is allowed every year (up to a maximum of two years) only for researchers in the field of Natural Science, in cases where the research activities and achievements up till the third year have been highly appraised and considered to be adequate. The total period of employment at the Waseda Institute for Advanced Study, including the period of reappointment, is capped at five years.

Note: There is an upper limit on the total length of fixed-term employment at Waseda University for those with a fixed-term employment contract with Waseda University after April 1, 2013 (regardless of title/position) and without any lapse of employment for six months or more at Waseda University before the expected date to assume duty for this position. Therefore, the actual contract period may not be identical to the period of employment indicated above.

Selection Procedure

  • First selection stage (document screening)Applicants will be notified of selection results by e-mail in early August 2018.
  • Second selection stage (document screening)Applicants who pass the first stage should submit their principal research achievements (three or fewer, with three copies of each) and Letters of recommendation by the middle of August. The applicants will be notified of further information.
  • Third selection stage (interview)In early October 2018 (tentative)Applicants who pass the second stage will be notified of further information by one week before the interview date.Travel expenses for the interview (Waseda Campus, Waseda University) are to be borne by the applicant.
  • Notification of results December 2018 (tentative)

Application Documents and Application Procedures

Complete the Online Registration Form (the Online Form) on the website and submit the application documents specified below through the online system. When the registration is successfully completed, a confirmation message will be sent to the e-mail address provided on the Online Form. Applicants should use the specified forms to prepare the application documents. Please note that the application documents cannot be accepted by e-mail, post or any procedures other than submitting through the Online Form. Applicants should use the specified forms below. Submitted information and documents will only be used for the purpose of screening researcher candidates.

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Eligible Countries
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Publish Date
May 29, 2018
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