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Kavli IPMU Postdoctoral Positions for International Researchers in Japan, 2019

The “Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe” (Kavli IPMU) at the University of Tokyo is awarding postdoctoral fellowship program for the year 2019. International applicants are eligible to apply for this fellowship programme.

The Kavli IPMU aims to discover the fundamental laws of nature and to understand the universe by bringing together mathematicians, statisticians, theoretical and experimental physicists, and astronomers.



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The Kavli IPMU is the first entity within the University of Tokyo Institutes for Advanced Study (UTIAS). The Kavli IPMU Director is appointed by the Director of UTIAS. The Director has a complete authority of making a wide range of decisions including proposing recruitment of the Principal Investigators to the President and appointing other research staffs and administrative staffs. The Kavli IPMU Steering Committee (SC), consisting of the Director, Deputy Directors and the Administrative Director and a couple of PIs, serves as the personnel committee for faculty and reports the decisions to the UTIAS Steering Committee. The Executive Board (EB) is held regularly to ensure smooth operation and swift decision making on daily matters. The Office for Research Strategies is active to strengthen the research activities by pursuing the external funds.

Scholarship Description

  • Applications Deadline: December 1, 2018
  • Course Level: Fellowships are available to study Postdoctoral programme.
  • Study Subject: Postdoctoral fellows have opportunities to conduct research in:
  • All areas of mathematics, including algebra, analysis, geometry, and statistics.
  • Theoretical physics, including astrophysics, cosmology, particle and string theory, and physical mathematics.
  • Statistical and computational cosmology, including the opportunity to study the dataset from the Subaru Wide Field Survey.
  • Particle and underground experiments, including Belle II, KamLAND-Zen, SK-Gd at Super-Kamiokande, T2K long-baseline neutrino experiment, and R&D for future large neutrino detectors.
  • Astrophysics and cosmology experiments, including Hyper Suprime-Cam for weak lensing survey and Prime Focus Spectrograph for the dark energy at the Subaru Telescope, LiteBIRD satellite, CMB B-mode polarization measurements, SDSS-IV for a galaxy survey, and applications of radiation imaging to space missions, accelerator technology and nuclear medicine.
  • Scholarship Award: Kavli postdoctoral fellows are for three years and provided with the salary comparable to those at other prestigious institutions. They receive generous travel support and are encouraged to travel internationally, visit other institutions, and attend conferences, up to 3 months every year
  • Nationality: International applicants are eligible to apply for this fellowship programme.
  • Number of Scholarships: Numbers not given
  • Scholarship can be taken in Japan

Eligibility for the Scholarship

Eligible Countries: International applicants are eligible to apply for this fellowship programme.

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Kavli is seeking for candidates who are interested in our broad range of sciences and in interacting with people across disciplines.
  • English is the official language of the Kavli IPMU and more than half of its full-time scientific members come from outside of Japan. We are building a diverse community of scientists, and we strongly encourage female and international applicants.

English Language Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.

Application Procedure

How to Apply: Kavli encourage all candidates to apply by December 1, 2018. Applicants should submit curriculum vitae (with email address and citizenship), a statement of research interests, and a list of publications. Applicants should also ensure that at least three letters of reference are submitted on their behalf. They should be uploaded at
Application Form.

Scholarship Link