Job Opening: PEAK Program, University of Tokyo, Komaba

job opening - 5Institution: University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences/College of Arts and Sciences
Location: Japan
Position: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor

Fixed-term Project Assistant or Associate Professor (Tokunin Koshi or Tokunin Junkyoju) in PEAK (Programs in English at Komaba) at the University of Tokyo. PEAK is an English-medium undergraduate degree program that was launched at the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Tokyo in the fall of 2012. It is a highly competitive program with about 30 students entering each year, half of whom are majoring in “Japan in East Asia” and the other half in “Environmental Sciences.”

[Job details]
The appointee is expected to be a specialist in social sciences with a focus on Japan and/or East Asia. The appointee will teach up to four courses per semester (some courses may be quarter-term based) in English for junior division (1/2-year students) and senior division (3/4-year students) of PEAK as well as for the post-graduate program (MA/PhD) of Graduate Program on Global Society. Each course, in principle, meets once a week for 105 minutes. He or she is also expected to actively participate in PEAK-related affairs, including supervising and mentoring PEAK undergraduate students.


1) PhD in a relevant field
2) Experience of teaching courses in English at universities
3) Working knowledge of Japanese preferable
4) Ability to respond to diverse academic interests of students

[Starting date and contract]
April 1 or September 1, 2017. The contract is for 1 year, renewable up to three times (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.


Working hours:
Discretionary. The appointee should be readily available for student consultation and other PEAK related responsibilities.

Holidays and paid vacations:
Annual paid vacation, special summer paid vacation, and others as prescribed by the University of Tokyo regulations.

Six million yen per annum for Tokunin Kōshi and 7.2 million yen per annuam for Tokunin Junkyōju (before taxes and other legally required deductions). Additional benefits such as transportation fees (kotsuhi) to commute to the Komaba campus may be provided, as prescribed by the University of Tokyo regulations.

Social insurance, etc.:
Will be enrolled in the Mutual Society of Health Insurance of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and in employment insurance.

[Application method (including where to send documents)]

1) CV (download standard CV format from
2) List of academic presentations and publications
3) Three major publications (photocopy accepted)
4) A 500-word essay in English on your commitment to teaching undergraduate students in PEAK. Also explain how you found out about this position.
5) List of courses you are willing to teach, as well as a sample syllabus for one of the courses.
6) Names and contact details of two referees.

[Selection process (selection method and hiring decision), notification of result]
After the screening of the application documents, short-listed applicants will be interviewed in September or October. For applicants residing abroad, this will be done electronically (such as by video conference). Those residing in Japan will be asked to come to the University of Tokyo for an interview. The travel expenses must be paid by the applicants.

All applicants will be notified of the results by the end of December of 2016.

For further information on PEAK, see:

For post-graduate program, see:

For further information on the College/Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, see:

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