Kavli IPMU Fellow

Kavli IPMU Fellow
Deadline for Nominations:
September 29, 2017 JST
Nominations for Kavli IPMU Fellow are due no later than Friday, September 29, 2017. Invited nominees will be asked to complete an online application due no later than Wednesday, November 1st, 2017.
The "Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe" (Kavli IPMU) is an international research institute with English as its official language established in October 2007. The goal of the institute is to discover the fundamental laws of nature and to understand the universe from the synergistic perspectives of mathematics, statistics, theoretical and experimental physics, and astronomy. We are particularly interested in candidates with broad interests and a willingness to interact with people across disciplines.
We are offering one or two distinguished research fellows. We invite department chairs, faculty advisers, professors and research scientists at institutions around the world to submit online nominations for Kavli IPMU Fellows in our research area. We seek to build a diverse, highly interactive membership, and female and international applicants are strongly encouraged. We encourage full-time members visiting research institutions abroad for between 1 and 3 months every year.
The focus of Kavli IPMU includes but is not limited to: all areas of mathematics (e.g. algebra, geometry, analysis, and statistics); string theory and mathematical physics; particle theory, collider phenomenology, beyond the standard model physics phenomenology; cosmology and astrophysics theory; astronomy and observational cosmology; and particle and underground experiments. We are leading efforts on the SK-Gd at Super-Kamiokande, the KamLAND-Zen neutrino experiment, the Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC) project for weak lensing surveys and Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS) for the dark energy at the Subaru Telescope, the Belle II experiment, T2K long baseline neutrino experiment, SDSS-IV for a survey of galaxies, POLARBEAR/LiteBIRD CMB B-mode polarization measurement and R&D for future large neutrino detectors.
Kavli IPMU is on the Kashiwa campus of the University of Tokyo. More than half of its full-time scientific members come from outside Japan. Kavli IPMU has a satellite in Kamioka to participate in experimental groups.
Kavli IPMU Fellows are intended for exceptional young scientists of great promise who have recently been awarded, or who are about to be awarded, the doctoral degree. Normally, Kavli IPMU Fellows are expected to begin their fellowship shortly after being awarded their Ph.D. Eligible nominees will be invited by the Institute to apply for the fellowship. Direct applications and self-nominations are not accepted.
Terms of Appointment
  • Kavli IPMU Fellows are granted for a period of three years.
  • The fellowship provides an annual salary within the range 6,000,000 yen - 7,000,000 yen plus benefits depending on seniority, experience and/or merit.
  • Kavli IPMU Fellows are entitled to all normal holidays observed by the University and are granted an annual bank of 20 days of vacation.
  • Kavli IPMU Fellows receive a research fund of up to 2,000,000 yen per year to be used in support of research during the Kavli IPMU Fellow.
  • Provisions are made for initial relocation and travel expenses to (but not from) Kavli IPMU for Kavli IPMU Fellows and their families.
  • Benefits including medical, dental and short term disability are provided, with Kavli IPMU Fellows making a small contribution towards the premium.
Nomination Instructions
Nominations cannot be made by an individual candidate, a student or a postdoc. To be considered, complete nominations must be submitted by September 29, 2017. The online nomination must be completed during a single online session, therefore, nominators will need the following information about their candidate to complete the online process:
  • Nominee's complete and full legal name (Do not use nicknames)
  • Nominee's complete and current active E-mail address
  • Nominee's current institution
  • Nominee's (expected) Year of Ph.D.
  • Nominator's recommendation and judgment of nominee's potential. The letter must be uploaded as a PDF file.

The Selection Committee finds it helpful in the recommendation letter to have the candidate compared with others at a similar stage in their development. The fellowship is highly competitive and the letter should be persuasive. Should a nominee submit an application, the recommendation will serve as an additional letter of support. Upon successful submission of your nomination, an email receipt will be sent.

Instructions for Nominees

Following the submission of a nomination, invited nominees will receive an email directing to submit an application online.

Application Components:
  • CV
  • Research Statement
  • Publications List
  • Minimum two Recommendation Letters (other than nominator)

* All application documents must be uploaded in PDF.

Please note:

  • Direct applications are not accepted. All candidates must be nominated online first.
  • The online application including the additional recommendation letters has to be completed due no later than Wednesday, November 1st, 2017.
  • The reference submisssion links will be provided at the bottom of the email you will receive after you submit your application.
  • Your Ph.D must be awarded and proof furnished to the Kavli IPMU before the start of the fellowship.
  • You will be contacted only if we decide to move your status to the next step.
Kavli IPMU Application Inquiry <application-inquiry _at_ ipmu.jp>

Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe
The University of Tokyo
5-1-5 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8583, Japan