Recruitment of an assistant professor or a postdoctoral researcher at Sato lab., Materials Physics Group, Advanced Institute for Materials Research (AIMR), Tohoku University


Applicants are invited for an assistant professor or a postdoctoral researcher position for studying the topics listed below, in close collaboration with the members in Sato lab. as well as domestic and international academic partners. The obtained results must be presented in scientific journals and at academic conferences.
  • Investigation of electronic states in quantum materials such as topological insulators, two-dimensional materials, and high-temperature superconductors, by means of angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) and molecular-beam epitaxy (MBE).
  • Development of new ARPES spectrometers with high spatial resolution and high spin-detection efficiency.
  • Investigation of surface properties by comprehensively using ARPES and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM).
The position is affiliated to the AIMR’s Materials Physics group lead and organized by Prof. Takafumi Sato. This position is also required to participate in the management of Graduate Program in Spintronics (GP-Spin).
Please see the detail in the following URL.Applicants should hold, or be close to complete, a Ph.D. or an equivalent degree. Previous experience of ARPES, STM, MBE, and first-principles band calculations will be an advantage.


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Recruitment information

Position An assistant professor or a postdoctoral researcher
Job type, rank, number 1 person
Term Fixed-term appointment in 3 years, renewable based on evaluation.
Starting date As fast as possible after April 1, 2023 (negotiable)
Deadline for applications February 10th, 2023 Deadline for receipt
Open until the position is filled.
Research fields Area: Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Discipline: Physics
  • 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: Annual salary system that follows the rules of Tohoku University
Application materials
  • CV including current address, contact information, academic background, degree, work experience, etc.
  • Publications list (papers, books, lectures, awards, research fundings, 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: Sato Lab”.


Prof. Takafumi Sato
Advanced Institute for Materials Research (AIMR) , Tohoku University