Job Opening: Lecturer in Japanese, University of Turku

Institution: University of Turku, Centre for East Asian Studies
Location: Finland
Position: Lecturer in Japanese, University of Turku

The University of Turku is a world-class multidisciplinary research university which offers interesting challenges and a unique vantage point to national and international research and education.

The Centre for East Asian Studies, University of Turku (CEAS) is the only academic centre in Finland which focuses on contemporary East Asian societies from the perspective of social sciences. The Centre has research expertise especially in politics, sociology and contemporary history of the region. We currently seek a lecturer in Japanese language.

Lecturer in Japanese is responsible for conducting, planning, organizing and developing Japanese language teaching on intermediate and advanced levels at CEAS altogether 4 X 48 h per term, as well as student tutoring. The rate of salary ranges from 36,85 – 111,66 € / h depending on the candidate’s degree (Master’s/Docent).

Master’s 36,85 – 56,39; Lic. 42,29 – 69,38; PhD 48,78 – 93,23; Prof./Docent 58.55 – 111,66.

The duration of the contract is for the academic year 2018 – 2019, and is renewable upon mutual agreement.

A successful candidate has at least a Master’s level degree in teaching Japanese as a foreign language or a comparable degree and good command of English. Earlier experience in teaching non-Japanese students, knowledge of current teaching methods and pedagogy, and ability to use e-learning environments in teaching are regarded as merits in the application process. The job requires cultural expertise on Japan, while at least some knowledge of social sciences and contemporary Japanese society is regarded as a bonus.

Lecturer in Japanese will be teaching primarily students in the Centre for East Asian Studies’ Master’s Degree Programme in East Asian Studies, its minor programme and students from other UTU disciplines with both Finnish and international backgrounds. Support for International Staff is available from the UTU International Staff Services.

Applications should include applicant’s letter of application, CV, degree certificates and possible certificates from previous employers written in English.

Applications must be submitted  by 18th of June (latest 23:59 o’clock). A link to the application can be found on the position’s page at

For more details about CEAS, see or contact Professor Lauri Paltemaa [], +358 29 450 3059 or +358 50 326 5014.

About Paula

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