Job Opening: Assistant professorship in Japanese Studies, Modern Japan

job opening - 5Tenure-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 August 1, 2016 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. Current staff on the programme research and teach in such areas as Japanese history, literature, society and culture. The candidate being sought for the current position could cover any area of Japanese studies as long as the main focus is on Modern Japan.

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 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

  • A command of pre-modern forms of the Japanese language and a capacity to teach (elective) courses in classical Japanese
  • 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 Head of Department Ingolf Thuesen, email:

About Paula

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