Job Opening: Postdoc – Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies

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The Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow (discipline open) for the academic year 2019-20. Based at Doshisha University, KCJS is an undergraduate study abroad program governed by a consortium of thirteen American universities and administered by the Office of Global Programs & Fellowships at Columbia University.

The KCJS Fellow is expected to engage in his/her own research while teaching one course each semester in Kyoto. One course should be in the fellow’s own field of special interest, while the second course, normally taught in the spring semester, should be a broad introductory survey of Japanese civilization, aimed at students who are just beginning to learn about Japan. Such a survey may be provided with a particular disciplinary emphasis—such as art, religion, or literature—but both courses should be designed to appeal to a wide range of majors and take full advantage of the KCJS location, in order to enrich the students’ knowledge of Kyoto and the Kansai region.

Additional responsibilities include: assisting the resident director with the students’ academic orientation session at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters; advising students on academic and career planning matters; and attending occasional KCJS-sponsored co-curricular events. The Fellow is also expected to engage in the academic life of Kyoto through involvement in research study groups at Doshisha or other local universities.

Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in a Japan-related field by the start of the fellowship. It is preferred that the candidate have relevant undergraduate teaching experience, previous experience living or studying in Japan, and Japanese language and cultural fluency.

The term of appointment is from August 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020, with a ten-month salary of $50,000 or the equivalent. Round-trip transportation from the U.S.(or home country) to Japan for the fellow and immediate family members which may include a spouse/partner and one child under 18 years of age will be provided, and up to $5,000 is reimbursable for research expenses. A private office equipped with a desktop computer and printer which is located on the Doshisha campus alongside the KCJS team will be provided.

For more information about the KCJS program, please visit

About Paula

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