One Fixed-Term Assistant/Associate Professor in Social Sciences

Contact Prof. Kaz OISHI
Tokyo, Hongo, Japan
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Contract Term:

The contract is for three years, renewable once for one year only (maximum four years), depending on budgetary conditions and evaluation of the employee’s work performance.

This may be changed to a tenured position, based on a review of the employee’s teaching, research, and administrative performance, to be conducted prior to the end of the third year.

There is a six-month probationary period at the beginning of the appointment.

Job Details:

The appointee is expected to be a specialist in educating and researching in a field of political and social sciences with a focus on International Relations centering around Japan and East Asia. The appointee will teach, in principle, up to four courses per semester (some courses may be quarter-term based) in English for junior division in Programs in English at Komaba (PEAK, 1, 2-year students), senior division in “Japan in East Asia Program” (JEA, 3, 4-year students), and post-graduate program in the “Program for Global Studies” (GSP, MA/Ph.D.). He or she is also expected to actively participate in PEAK-related affairs, including supervising and mentoring PEAK/JEA undergraduate and GSP graduate students.

Working Hours:

Discretionary. The appointee should be readily available for student consultations and other PEAK related activities.

Holidays and Paid Vacations:

Annual paid vacation, special summer paid vacation, and others as prescribed by the University of Tokyo regulations.
Required Qualifications:
1) Ph.D. in a relevant field (completed prior to the starting date)

2) Experience of teaching courses in English at the university level preferable

3) Working level of Japanese (Native-, or near-native level preferred)

4) Ability to respond to diverse academic interests of students

Application Documents:

1)CV (You can use the U-Tokyo CV format, downloadable from the below URL.

2) List of academic publications by category (books, articles, etc.)
3) Three major publications (as PDFs)
4) A 500-word essay in English on your commitments to teaching in PEAK/JEA/GSP courses at the University of Tokyo

5) List of courses you are able to teach, as well as a sample syllabus for one of the courses (13 weeks per semester).

6) Contact details of two referees with their names and affiliations.

Closing Date:

The applications should arrive by 1 pm (JST) on Sunday, 29 September 2019.

Instructions for application and inquiry:

Submit the requested documents as one or more PDF files, either via e-mail attachment(s) or, in the case of attachments larger than 10 MB, as a link to Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, or a similar file hosting service. Name each PDF file as follows:


*Replace XXXXX with "application,” “cover letter," "CV," etc., as appropriate.

Send the file(s) or link to:

jinji.ogjs[at mark]

(Please replace ‘[at mark]’ in the above email address with @.)

If any documents cannot be converted to PDF easily due to formatting issues, copyright restrictions, etc., please mail them to the address below so that they are delivered by 12 noon (JST) on 30 September 2019.* The University is not responsible for delays in mail service.

The non-PDF documents should be sent by registered post to:

Prof. Kaz OISHI
Organization for Global Japanese Studies
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
The University of Tokyo
3-8-1 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8902

Applicants are asked to print “PEAK Assistant/Associate Professorship: Political/Social Sciences” in red on the envelope. “Walk-ins” will not be accepted.

After the screening of the application documents, short-listed applicants will be interviewed sometime between 28 October and 2 November. The interview will be conducted either at the University of Tokyo (Komaba Campus) or electronically (e.g., via Skype). Travel expenses must be paid by the applicants.