Faculty/Postdoctoral positions at Kyushu University, Japan

Faculty/Postdoctoral positions at Kyushu University, Japan

The International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER) is one of the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI) Institutes of supported by the Ministry for Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). members and researchers associated with I2CNER are dedicated to the Institute’s mission to contribute to the advancement of low carbon emission and cost effective energy systems, and improvement of energy efficiency. The array of technologies that I2CNER’s research aims to enable includes Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, Polymer Membrane based fuel cells, biomimetic and other novel catalyst concepts, and production, storage, and utilization of hydrogen as a fuel. Our research also explores the underlying science of CO2 capture and storage technology or the conversion of CO2 to a useful product. Additionally, it is our mission to establish an international academic that fosters innovation through collaboration and interdisciplinary research (fusion). I2CNER is located on the Ito Campus of Kyushu University, which houses extensive state-of-the-art experimental and computational facilities.

Current Openings & Qualifications

I2CNER is seeking internationally recognized scientists for postdoctoral and faculty positions in the areas of physics, chemistry, , materials science underlying energy technologies which address specifically:

  • Design and synthesis of new molecules for water oxidation or reduction catalysts, or high efficiency OLEDs
  • Atomistics of hydrogen interactions with defects, surfaces, and interfaces to understand the hydrogen effect on mechanical behaviorof materials and tribological properties of interfaces
  • Solid State Ionics for advanced SOFC and SOEC: material design and durability for oxidative and reducing environments at high temperatures
  • Polymer electrolyte for high conductivity and durability at low humidity operating in wide temperature range
  • Electro-chemo-mechanical effect s on the ion bulk and grain boundary conductivity of metal oxides
  • Proton-conduction in oxides toward the development of low-temperature solid electrolytes
  • Effects of surface wettability and structure on liquid-vapor phase change processes for effective heat removal for high-heat flux conditions
  • Thermodynamic properties of newly developed environmentally-friendly refrigerants that are candidates for next generation air-conditioning systems
  • Control of thermal transport at the nanoscale
  • Fuel regeneration by electroreduction
  • CO2 Storage: Pore scale processes; reservoir upscaling issues; nano-scale properties and their influence on the pore-scale processes, e.g. MD simulations for wettability, mineralization control of injected CO2 from both and physics viewpoints.
  • Computational aspects of mechanisms for gas separation for ultrathin membranes
  • Development of organic and inorganic materials (e.g. MOF crystals embedded in a membrane) for gas separation channel design at the molecular level. Expertise on coordination chemistry is sought.

The successful candidate is expected to establish and maintain an active and independent research program that is relevant to the mission of the Institute, and provide service to the Institute, the university, and the profession. In particular, emphasis will be placed on candidates who have achieved national and international recognition for their scholarship, and have a proven record of interdisciplinary research.

Required Application Materials*

  • Cover letter
  • Application form (located on website)
  • Curriculum vitae which details research experience and interests
  • Research proposal (please use the template from the website)
  • List of publications (please provide separate lists for refereed journals and conference proceedings)
  • Names and contact information of four references

*All materials must be submitted in English.


  • Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Starting Date

  • The starting date will be as soon as possible after the closing date.

Application Deadline

  • March 31, 2016, 17:00 (Japan)

Interviews may take place prior to the closing date; however, no final decisions will be made until after the closing date.
Application Submission

Please attach your application materials to an email and send them to: wpi-office@i2cner.kyushu-u.ac.jp.

For further information regarding application procedures, please address questions to: wpi-office@i2cner.kyushu-u.ac.jp

International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER)

Kyushu University
744 Motooka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka
Postal Code 819-0395, JAPAN
TEL: +81-(0)92-802-6932 FAX: +81-(0)92-802-6939


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