Job Opening: Japanese Studies, University of Hong Kong

job opening - 5Institution:       University of Hong Kong
Location:          Hong Kong
Position:          Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Japanese Studies in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Founded in 1911, the University of Hong Kong is committed to the highest international standards of excellence in teaching and research, and has been at the international forefront of academic scholarship for many years. The University has a comprehensive range of study programmes and research disciplines spread across 10 faculties and over 140 academic departments and institutes/centres. There are over 27,800 undergraduate and postgraduate students who are recruited globally, and more than 2,000 members of academic staff coming from 50 countries, many of whom are internationally renowned.

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Japanese Studies in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (Ref.: 201401114)

Applications are invited for appointment as Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Japanese Studies in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, to commence on August 1, 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter, on a three-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal.   An appointee with demonstrated performance will be considered for tenure towards the end of the second three-year contract.

Applicants should possess native or near-native fluency in Japanese and English, and should have obtained a Ph.D. degree by the date of appointment.  Specialisations within the discipline of Japanese Studies are open. Preference will be given to candidates who complement the research strengths of our department. The appointee is expected to possess an excellent research agenda, to develop an innovative research-led teaching profile, to excel in student mentorship and postgraduate supervision, and to participate in administration. He/She should have an energetic and engaging personality for propelling the program to new heights. The University and the Hong Kong Research Grants Council provide substantial competitive funding for research projects of many kinds. Teaching development grants are also available to assist with the development of innovative undergraduate courses. Information about the School can be obtained at Enquiries about the post should be sent to Professor Stephen Chu (

A globally competitive remuneration package commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, as well as annual leave and medical benefits.  At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income.  The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 15% of basic salary.  Housing benefits will be provided as applicable.


Applicants should send a completed application form, a letter of application, an up-to-date C.V., a writing sample of scholarly work, evidence of teaching ability (including student evaluations and 2-3 sample syllabi of proposed courses), and 3 confidential references (quoting Ref.: 201401114) sent directly by the referees to  Application forms (341/1111) can be downloaded at, and further particulars can be obtained at   Closes December 12, 2014

The University thanks applicants for their interest, but advises that only shortlisted applicants will be notified of the application result.

The University is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to a No-Smoking Policy


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Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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