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Deputy Administrative Director

WPI-SKCM2 Hiroshima University
Higashi-Hiroshima, Japan (JP)
Competitive, Within University Guidelines
Closing date
Mar 30, 2024

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The International Institute for Sustainability with Knotted Chiral Meta Matter (SKCM2) at Hiroshima University is currently accepting applications for a Deputy Administrative Director of the Institute. We encourage applications from candidates across the globe, especially the ones who have experience in research project support or administration or in conducting research related to our Center’s missions in countries outside Japan. 


As a research center created under the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI), our mission at SKCM2 is to develop a new interdisciplinary research paradigm known as "knotted chiral meta matter," as well as provide interdisciplinary training and international research and education experiences to students and postdoctoral fellows. 


About the Role 

The Deputy Administrative Director will work closely with the Administrative Director, providing vital administrative support to the Director, faculty-level researchers, postdocs, and graduate students from all over the world.  The duties include day-to-day operations, financial management, equipment acquisitions, proposal submissions, dissemination of research outcomes, outreach, assistance with organizing summer/winter schools and international scientific symposia, planning of the new WPI building, etc. The Deputy Administrative Director will also help coordinate research exchange among PIs and co-PIs from different institutions and SKCM2 nodes, such as Tokyo Tech, MIT, RIKEN, Cambridge University, CU-Boulder, and many others, besides Hiroshima University.


Competitive salaries are provided according to the grant-based budget items while complying with Hiroshima University’s pay regulations. Besides the regular wages, SKCM2 will allocate meritocracy-based bonuses according to the significance of the Deputy Admin Director’s contributions to the WPI project. 

As a WPI research center, SKCM2 intends to establish a stimulating international research environment where about 20% of Supporting Office Staff are non-Japanese, with extensive experiences of working in academic administration settings outside Japan or graduates from foreign Universities or/and with a track record of providing administrative support in setting similar to that of our WPI. English is the official language within the WPI Center. SKCM2 is committed to diversity and is an equal-opportunity employer. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals from all over the world, including women, persons with disabilities, and underrepresented minorities. We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, or gender identity, etc. 


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The International Institute for Sustainability with Knotted Chiral Meta Matter (SKCM2) is on a mission to introduce a new interdisciplinary research paradigm called “knotted chiral meta matter” (KCM2).  Using this paradigm, our team of researchers cross-pollinates mathematical knot theory and chirality knowledge across disciplines and scales.  This work includes the creation of designable artificial knot-like particles that exhibit highly unusual and technologically useful properties, which will both deepen our understanding of nature as well as be useful for technological innovation to solve global problems, such as climate change.  While pursuing this research, we will create a testbed for research-based graduate education reforms in Japan & beyond, connecting young talent globally. 

SKCM2 is funded by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s (MEXT) World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI).

SKCM2 is a partnership of Hiroshima University with universities in Japan and internationally.  Our main collaborating institutions globally include: 

  • Japan: RIKEN, Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • North America: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Colorado Boulder, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Europe: Utrecht University (the Netherlands), Cambridge University (UK), the Max Plank Institute (Germany), the University of Wroclaw (Poland)
  • Asia (outside of Japan): Academia Sinica (Taiwan)
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