Job Opening: Assistant Professor (Japanese Studies, Modern Japan)

Institution : University of Copenhagen, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
Location:  Denmark
Position: Tenure-track assistant professorship in Japanese Studies, Modern Japan

Tenure-track assistant professorship in Japanese Studies, Modern Japan

The Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Modern Japan to be filled by February 1, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

About the department: 

Job content  

The Japanese Studies programme within the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies at Copenhagen University primarily focuses on Japan in the modern era. The current degree programme includes courses in Japanese history, literature, society and culture. The candidate could cover any area of Japanese studies as long as the main focus is on Modern Japan, although preference may be given to a candidate with a specialization in modern literature.

The successful candidate will be expected to pursue research in his or her field of specialization and to teach appropriate content courses at all levels, as well as contribute to certain aspects of language teaching.

Specific requirements

  • Excellent command of spoken and written Japanese
  • The necessary skills and willingness to communicate with students, colleagues, administrative and support staff and the wider community
  • The capacity and willingness to contribute to the Japanese language-teaching programme
  • The capacity and willingness to teach and design courses at BA and MA levels (candidates should indicate in their application in which potential areas they would like to develop their teaching profiles)
  • The capacity and willingness to supervise at postgraduate level
  • The capacity and willingness to contribute to administration in Japanese Studies and the Department of Cross-cultural and Regional Studies
  • Desirable qualifications
  • Expertise in modern Japanese literature and the capacity and willingness to teach courses in the subject
  •  An interest and some degree of expertise in another Asian country
  • The capacity to teach courses on Japan in an Asian context or in relation to another Asian country to students from Japanese Studies and from other study programmes at the Department of Cross-cultural and Regional Studies
  •  The capacity to contribute to teaching in other programmes at the Department of Cross-cultural and Regional Studies, including team-taught courses

A tenure-track assistant professorship is a six-year, fixed-term academic position involving both research and teaching. The successful candidate post will be obliged to complete a teacher-training course designed especially for assistant professors, and will be expected to be able to take part in all the activities of the Department, including examinations and administration.

Approximately six months before the end of the six-year period as assistant professor, a committee set up by the Dean will assess whether the assistant professor can be considered for promotion to a tenured position as associate professor.

Read more about the tenure-track program at the UCPH at this homepage: 

Qualification requirements 

Applicants must have a PhD degree or its equivalent within the area advertised. Furthermore, it will be considered an advantage if applicants can demonstrate teaching experience at university level.

The duties of the position are evenly distributed on tasks related to teaching and tasks related to research (including relevant administration and knowledge-sharing). Documented competences in both of these main fields of activity, as well as the ability to reflect on them, will be weighted in the assessment process (see further below).

Furthermore, emphasis will be placed on the following academic and personal qualifications:

  • Research qualifications, which will be assessed in relation to the period of active research, the degree of originality, and academic output, e.g. number of publications published in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals or in comparable high-ranking series published with internationally recognized publishing houses.
  • The applicant’s scientific record, academic breadth and depth, rigour, thoroughness, and accuracy.
  • Teaching qualifications. See also our Educational Charter at

  • Experience and qualifications with regard to dissemination of research, knowledge-sharing and engagement with the wider public, the media and the world of politics
  • Documentation of possible administrative qualifications

Tenure-track assistant professors must hold an academic record demonstrating internationally competitive research, and/or have internationally recognized potential to make a future impact.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, internationally competitive research. Teaching qualifications are not mandatory, but documented teaching qualifications and teaching experience will be taken into account. Applicants’ outreach qualifications, including the ability to attract external funding, will also be considered.

Within a reasonable period of time (max. 2 years), non-Danish-speaking appointees are expected to acquire proficiency in Danish sufficient to teach in Danish as well as interact with colleagues and students.

For further details about the qualification requirements for assistant professorships, please refer to the job structure for academic staff…

For further information about the position, please contact Deputy Head of Department  Lars Højer , e-mail: i


  • Applications must be submitted online in Adobe PDF or Word format. ZIP-files cannot be uploaded.
  • Please note that each field in the application form must contain a single file of max. 20Mb.
  • Please click on the “Apply online” icon at the bottom of the page.
  • The application must be written in English and must include the following enclosures:
  • Application letter/cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae (with the applicant’s email address, telephone number and list of referees (maximum five names)
  • Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.).
  • Complete and numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with *.
  • Research plan, including a short description of previous research and a plan for the coming years that includes an account of involvement in organising research, establishment of research seminars, symposia and congresses, etc.
  • Documentation of teaching qualifications and research dissemination (organisation of classes, materials, courses and other forms of teaching).

Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of five publications for assessment, of which at least two must have been published within the five years immediately preceding the deadline for applications. At least two of these publications must have been published in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals or in comparable high-ranking series published with internationally recognized publishing houses. Publication dates must be clearly marked on the publication list. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and listed from 1 to 5.

Should any material submitted consist of work with named co-authors, or work that is otherwise the result of collective academic endeavours, the extent of the applicant’s contribution to the work must be clearly stipulated. The Faculty may ask for a signed statement from the co-authors stipulating the extent and nature of each individual’s contribution.

Only material in English, German, French, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish will be assessed.

All material will be shredded at the end of the appointment procedure.

Appointment procedure 

After the application deadline, the Dean selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee.  All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been accepted for assessment. The Dean subsequently appoints an expert assessment committee tasked with carrying out an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee. Applicants are ultimately offered the opportunity of commenting on the part of the assessment relating to themselves before the appointment is finalized.

Applicants will be continuously informed about the progress of the procedure by email.

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR and Personnel Officer Mette Christensen, e-mail:

Salary and conditions of employment 

Terms of appointment and salary will be in accordance with an agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The salary range starts at DKK 32,000 (EUR 4,267) + a 17,1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis.

The Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) have further agreed on a protocol that makes it possible for international researchers employed by the University to achieve a pension exemption, whereby the pension contribution will be paid out as salary. For more information about the different pension schemes, please see

A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad, 

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH.

See :, and 

The UCPH wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.

The closing date for applications is 23:59 CEST, 28 June 2017.

Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.

Contact:For further information about the position, please contact Deputy Head of Department  Lars Højer , e-mail:


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