The University of Miyazaki started the "Model Program for Young Principal Investigators", supported by the Special Coordination Fund for Promoting Science and Technology of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Fiscal Year 2009 (FY 2009). In accordance with research strategies of the university, this program offers assistant professor positions for a term of 5 years to high-potential young researchers and supports them to work independently in interdisciplinary research areas. As a part of the application process, female applicants and/or applicants currently residing outside Japan (both Japanese and foreign nationals) will be preferentially appointed if they have the same level of research accomplishments as those of the other applicants.
Appointed assistant professors will be members of the "Interdisciplinary Research Organization (IRO)”, which is an independent entity within the University of Miyazaki. Independent research environments, such as their own research space, funds and a research technician will be provided to successful applicants. Furthermore, mentoring by “troika supporters”, consisting of two persons selected from faculty members from our university and one researcher outside Japan, will be provided for the successful applicants. Short-term visits to the mentor outside Japan and participation in related international meetings will be supported by this program. The program also has other support systems for researchers including female and non-Japanese researchers.
IRO assistant professors with excellent scientific achievements which are recognized as being sufficient to meet the employment standards of an associate professor of the university in interim and/or final evaluations will be promoted to associate professor positions (fixed terms with possible reappointments) in related departments or research centers of the university.