Specially-appointed professor (Program Director), Research Institute for Humanity and Nature Research Division

    National Institutes for the Humanities, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature
    Environmental science
    TechnologyEnvironmental technology
    Leading Researcher (R4)
    10/03/2021 23:59 - Asia/Tokyo
    Japan › Kyoto
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[Job description]
The Program Director will be responsible for managing and coordinating research activities of one of the research program themes described below. The program he or she proposes does not need to conform to the area of one of the three themes. It can encompass more than one theme.

During the period for the Phase IV Medium-term (Fiscal Year 2022-2027), the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (hereinafter referred to as “RIHN") aims to establish a new global environmental science that will contribute to the solution of global environmental problems through the initiative of research programs.

Specifically, the Program Director is:
A) To create a mission statement for the program;
B) To play a leading role in organizing calls for research project proposals relevant to the program;
C) To provide guidance to the projects and draw out synergy effects among them;
D) To receive annual external evaluation of the Research Program on its action plan, research results, and management;
E) To manage and coordinate research activities to accomplish research goals and objectives in accordance with the evaluation results;
F) To play a pivotal role in the research strategy and management, etc. of the Research Programs and RIHN

Research Program themes
(1) This theme examines interconnectedness between society and economy on the one hand, and nature and eco-system on the other. It adopts systems and nexus approaches to understand how human-induced degradation of natural environment and ecosystems occur, and how it affects human society. The theme also examines how earth system's changes cascade and potentially lead to tipping points with irreversible consequences, and how tele-coupling connects processes of change in socioeconomic and ecological systems across the globe. Its goal is to improve understanding of how proactive human behaviors could prevent vicious circles of global environmental change.
(2) This theme promotes interdisciplinary research including natural and social sciences as well as humanities, to understand the `Anthropocene', in which global environmental problems caused by human activities have rapidly increased. It explores how humanity can create a just and safe space within planetary and societal boundaries, and asks the question of “how we ought to live" in the Anthropocene. It seeks to understand the relationship of humanity and nature in an explicit and normative way, and clarify the role and significance of culture and value systems.
(3) This theme focuses on strategic agency in the transition(s) to sustainability. Although there are increasing calls for wholesale transformation of socio-economic systems, it is not clear how such transformation could occur. How can different actors (e.g. researchers, citizens, NPOs and the government) act strategically, overcome path dependencies, stereotypical ideas and vested interests, and expand the scope of niche innovations, leading to a fundamental systemic change to current patterns of humanity-nature interaction? The theme analyzes both historical and contemporary examples of transitions to sustainable society and engages in research on prospective society, including action-research-based social experiments.

Please refer to RIHN's website (https://www.chikyu.ac.jp/) for more information on this institute and the current projects that will be incorporated into the Research Programs.

Research Institute for Humanity and Nature
457-4 Motoyama, Kamigamo, Kita-ku, Kyoto, 603-8047, JAPAN

[Recruitment (persons) ]
Research department, Specially-appointed professor (Program Director), 1
*There is no mandatory retirement age for this position.
*More than 1 person can be appointed if there are appropriate candidates.

[Starting date of employment]
As early as possible from August 1, 2021

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A) Salary: Annual salary scheme (Based on the employment regulations of National Institute for the Humanities)
B) Working hours: Based on the general working hours of 8:30-17:00, depends on the discretionary employment system of professional work
C) Holidays: Weekends (Saturdays and Sundays), Japanese national holidays, and end of year holidays (from December 29 to January 3)
D) Others: Successful candidates will be enrolled in the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, Mutual Society of Health Insurance System and employment insurance in accordance with applicable laws and regulations

Additional comments

RIHN promotes gender equality. In accordance with the purpose of the "Basic Act for Gender Equal Society", we will give priority to recruiting women among those who meet the recruitment criteria.
RIHN seeks to prevent passive smoking by prohibiting smoking in all our facilities except in designated areas.

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