Recruitment of a specially appointed assistant professor or a postdoctoral researcher at Yabu lab, Advanced Institute for Materials Research (AIMR), Tohoku University


Applicants are invited for a specially appointed assistant professor or a postdoctoral researcher position for synthesis of organic polymers, self-assembly, and biomimetics. The position is affiliated to the AIMR’s device/system group lead and organized by Assoc. Prof. Hiroshi Yabu. The group’s research topics are
  • Creation of energy devices based on metal-organic complexes and biomass resources
  • Bio and energy applications of nanostructured polymer materials
  • Biomimetic material design
We are especially looking for researchers with experience in polymeric materials synthesis and functional exploration.
Please see the detail of the group in the following URL.
Yabu laboratory (will open in a new tab)

The work will be carried out in close collaboration with academic and industrial partners. The position will be expected to adapt and develop scientific skills, join international and interdisciplinary collaborations and present results in scientific journals and at academic conferences.

Applicants should hold, or be close to complete, a Ph.D. or an equivalent degree in experimental research fields of organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, electrochemistry, colloids and interface science or a similar discipline. Previous experience of synthesizing metal-organic complex, block copolymers, metal-air batteries, fuel cells and related energy devices will be an advantage.


  • AIMR official language is English. AIMR has supporting staff for researchers from abroad.
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Recruitment information

Position Postdoctoral researcher or specially appointed assistant professor
Job type, rank, number 1 person
Term Fixed-term appointment in every year, renewable every year based on evaluation up to 2 times.
Starting date As fast as possible (negotiable)
Deadline for applications March 31st 2023 Deadline for receipt
Open until the position is filled.
Research fields
  • Area: Interdisciplinary science and engineering
    Discipline: Nano/ Micro science
  • Area: Mathematical and physical sciences
    Discipline: Physics
  • Area: Engineering
    Discipline: Electrical and electronic engineering
  • Applicants must have, or be close to complete, a Ph.D. or an equivalent degree.
  • Applicants must have skills and experiences to conduct the research explained above.
  • Employment status: Full-time (non-tenured)
  • Work location: Tohoku district - Miyagi
  • Compensation: 4,344,000 JPY/year according to the rules of Tohoku University (negotiable for a specially appointed assistant professor position)
Application materials
  • CV including current address, contact information, academic background, degree, work experience, etc.
  • Publications list (papers, books, lectures, awards, software, etc.)
  • Outline of research accomplishments (up to two pages)
  • Research plan (up to one page)
  • Copies of key papers (up to three)
  • Names and contact information of two or three references
* All documents are used only for screening.
* All documents must be written in English.
Where to apply Send the application materials (1) to (6) by email to as a single PDF file. The email title should be “AIMR Application: Yabu Lab”.


Assoc. Prof. Hiroshi Yabu
Advanced Institute for Materials Research (AIMR) , Tohoku University