Job Opening: Asian Studies, University of Tokyo (fixed term)

job opening - 5Institution:         University of Tokyo, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia
Location:          Japan
Position:           Associate Professor Professorship

Academic Recruitment for Associate

Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, the University of Tokyo

The Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (Toyo Bunka Kenkyusho) at the University of Tokyo has an opening for an associate professor in its Department of Pioneering Asian Studies. The latter was created on 1 April 2011 with the objective of developing new perspectives in the field of Asian Studies through 1) venturing in new fields of research and/or 2) adopting innovative methodologies. Depending on the experience of the successful candidate, he/she may teach his/her own research topic in related faculties and graduate schools.

The Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia offers very attractive working conditions. Internationally recognized as a center of excellence in Asian Studies, its focus is on research; teaching duties are very limited. The successful candidate will profit from an intellectually dynamic environment and be able to devote himself/herself fully to the proposed research project (see below).

Qualifications: Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in the Humanities or the Social Sciences and should be engaged in research related to Asia (broadly defined). They must furthermore have a proven track record of publications of international repute (books and/or journal articles).

Proficiency in Japanese language is not required, but the successful candidate will be expected to participate in the daily administration of the Institute.

Stipend and benefits: In accordance with the regulations stipulated by the University.

Expected date of appointment: 1 April 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter

Term of office: Five years (with no possibility of extension)

Documents for application:

1. A Curriculum Vitae (please use the University of Tokyo standard resume form, which may be downloaded from )

2. A list of publications (in any format) and maximum of three most important works.

3. A copy of applicant’s final degree diploma.

4. An essay describing your research achievements so far (maximum 800 words in English and 4,000 characters in Japanese).

5. An essay describing your research topic and your planned research program for the next five years (please specify clearly what you intend to accomplish while you are at the Institute given the mandate of the department stipulated above). (Maximum 800 words in English or 4,000 characters in Japanese)

Application and deadline: All applications must reach us by post (registered mail) at the following address by September 19. E-mail applications cannot be considered.

Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (Toyo-Bunka Kenkyusho)
University of Tokyo
7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-0033, Japan

Selection Process: All successful candidates after the first screening will be notified of the interview date and time via e-mail. Interviews are scheduled for the middle of January 2015.

All costs, including travel and accommodation, will be fully borne by the applicant.

Enquiries: e-mail only at

Enquiries by telephone only in Japanese language.


1) Materials submitted for the application will not be returned.
2) Personal information received through this application process will not be used for any other purposes.
3) The University of Tokyo is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact:            Enquiries: e-mail only at koubo03 [at mark]
( in the above address, please replace [at mark] with @ )
Enquiries by telephone only in Japanese language.

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