Job Opening: Lectureship in Japanese Studies

job opening - 5Department/Location: Department of East Asian Studies, The University of Cambridge
Salary: £37,756-£47,787
Reference: GX03463
Closing date: 15 August 2014

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

The University of Cambridge is seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Japanese in the Department of East Asian Studies, to begin on 1 January 2015. The post is a fixed-term three-year appointment.

The appointee will be required to deliver lectures, hold classes and give seminars, to undertake research, and be prepared to supervise undergraduate and graduate dissertations. The successful candidate must have a PhD in hand by the time of arrival at Cambridge and a proven ability to read and teach a wide-range of pre-modern styles of written Japanese as well as having an excellent command of the modern language. The position would be focused on teaching several language classes with the possibility of extra lectures in the candidate’s expertise and/or teaching a special subject in the candidate’s field, in consultation with the Japan studies group and the Head of Department. Fourth year dissertation supervisions and regular language supervisions may be a requirement of the role, as well as assistance with the weekly seminar series which has run for a number of years.

Further details are available on the Faculty website: http://www.ames.cam.ac.uk/faculty/jobs, including instructions about how to apply online.   You should upload a cv and covering letter as part of your application.

Informal enquiries about the post may be made to Dr Barak Kushner, bk284@cam.ac.uk

The closing date for applications is 12 noon 15 August 2014. It is anticipated that interviews will take place on 16 October 2014.

Please quote reference GX03463 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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University Lectureship in Japanese Studies — Further Particulars

Department of East Asian Studies

Role purpose

The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s leading Universities, with an outstanding reputation for academic achievement and research. Cambridge comprises 31 Colleges and more than 150 departments, faculties, schools and other institutions plus a central administration. The purpose of the role is to support and maintain the University’s national and international reputation for excellence in teaching and research.

Contribution to teaching within the Department will include course development and innovation, lecturing, conducting seminars and supervising undergraduate and graduate students. The successful candidate will also be expected to offer college supervisions, which are remunerated by the colleges. Contribution to excellence in research will be through publications and other mechanisms submitted for consideration in the next national research assessment exercise.

Requirements of the Post

The Lecturer will be required to deliver lectures, hold classes and give seminars, to undertake research, and be prepared to supervise undergraduate and graduate dissertations. The successful candidate would have proven ability to read and teach a wide-range of premodern styles of written Japanese as well as having an excellent command of the modern language. The position would be focused on teaching several language classes with the possibility of extra lectures in EAS1 (East Asian History) and/or teaching a special subject in the candidate’s field, in consultation with the Japan studies group and the HoD.  4th year dissertation supervisions and regular language supervisions would be a requirement of the role, as well as assistance with the weekly seminar series which has run for a number of years.

Duties and responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities associated with this post are those of a University lecturer. In addition to the commitments to teaching and research outlined above these include: providing supportive materials for lectures and classes; responding constructively to student feedback; examining and second-marking scripts and dissertations; providing reports on dissertations; providing references for students and perhaps for academic colleagues; participating in the administrative life of the Department, including involvement in curriculum development; and participating in activities associated with research, such as attending and presenting papers at conferences and peer reviewing publications and applications.

Terms and conditions

The post is full-time for three years. The salary range at present is £37,756-£47,787 pa. (points 49-57 of the University’s pay scale) depending on experience.

Equal Opportunities Information

The University of Cambridge appoints solely on merit. No applicant for an appointment in the University, or member of staff once appointed, will be treated less favourably than another on the grounds of sex (including gender reassignment), marital or parental status, race, ethnic or national origin, colour, disability (including HIV status), sexual orientation, religion, age of socioeconomic factors.

Information if you have a Disability

The University welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities. Our recruitment and selection procedures follow best practice and comply with disability legislation. The University is committed to ensuring that applicants with disabilities receive fair treatment throughout the recruitment process. Adjustments will be made, wherever reasonable to do so, to enable applicants to compete to the best of their ability and, if successful, to assist them during their employment.

We encourage applicants to declare their disabilities in order that any special arrangements, particularly for the selection process, can be accommodated. Applicants or employees can declare a disability at any time. Applicants wishing to discuss with or inform the University of any special arrangements connected with their disability can, at any point in the recruitment process, contact Mary Howe, who is responsible for recruitment to this position on +44(0)1223 335107or by email at mh529@cam.ac.uk. For additional guidance and information, applicants can contact the HR Business Manager responsible for the department they are applying to via hrenquiries@admin.cam.ac.uk

Appointment Process

All applications will be acknowledged.

The Referees of short-listed candidates will be contacted by the Administrator of the Appointment Committee. Each short-listed candidate will have an interview with the Appointments Committee.

All appointments involving persons who do not have the right of abode in the United Kingdom are made subject to the necessary permission being obtained from the Department of Education and Employment and the Home Office.

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