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7 January 2015

Kyoto Resident Director Job Announcement

The Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS) seeks candidates for the position of Resident Director of its study-abroad center based on the campus of Doshisha University in Kyoto. KCJS is a consortium of fourteen universities administered by Columbia University that offers academic year and summer programs. For additional background information, potential applicants should visit the websites www.kcjs.jp and www.kcjs.columbia.edu.

Working closely with the KCJS Governing Board, Columbia University, and Doshisha University, the Resident Director is responsible for the continued development and oversight of the academic programs, student affairs, and administrative and financial management. The Resident Director supervises a full-time administrative staff that assists in all areas of program management, and teaches one course a semester during the academic year program.

This is a one year position that begins on July 1, 2015, or a mutually agreeable date. The position may be filled at an assistant or associate professor level. The successful candidate will hold a non-tenured academic appointment in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University through June 30, 2016.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in a Japan-related field and undergraduate teaching experience; language fluency in English and Japanese; Japanese cultural fluency; experience with American undergraduates at institutions similar to those in the KCJS consortium; administrative experience; and ability to undertake international travel. Experience with overseas study programs is preferred, but not required.

All applicants must apply at Columbia’s secure online site: academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=60253. Applications will be reviewed beginning: January 23, 2015. The search will remain open until it is filled.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Submitted by Christina Fernandes, Office of Global Programs and Fellowships, Columbia University


21 November 2014

Multiple positions, Dept. of Anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Department of Anthropology invites applications for faculty posts at Professor / Associate Professor / Assistant Professor levels, in sociocultural anthropology (1 to 2 posts) and in archaeology and heritage management (1 post). Geographical areas of specialty should be China, Southeast Asia, or South Asia.

Applicants should have (i) a PhD degree in anthropology; (ii) proficiency in English; and (iii) a strong publication record. Ability to speak Cantonese and to supervise postgraduate student theses written in Chinese will be advantages, but not essential.

Apart from teaching and research, the appointees will assist in promotion of the Department’s postgraduate programmes and other administrative assignments.

Appointments will normally be made on contract basis for two to three years initially commencing August 2015, which, subject to performance, funding and mutual agreement, may lead to longer-term appointment or substantiation later.

Salary will be highly competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University offers a comprehensive fringe benefit package, including medical care, plus a contract-end gratuity for appointments of two years or longer and housing benefits for eligible appointees. The terms mentioned herein are for reference only and are subject to revision by the University.

Further Details

Submitted by Gordon Mathews, Chairperson, Dept. of Anthropology, CUHK


27 January 2014

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in the Anthropology of Japan

They are seeking a specialist in the Anthropology of Japan who will also have significant expertise in an additional area of general Social Anthropology and/or expertise in an additional ethnographic area. The successful candidate will be expected to carry out advanced research in the Anthropology of Japan and if appropriate in their other areas of expertise, and to contribute to teaching in general Anthropology, including lecturing, examining, graduate supervision, academic guidance of students, and assistance with the administration and organisation of teaching and research.

Starting salary: £32,590, rising annually to £35,597 for Lecturer level; £37,756, rising annually to £46,400 for Senior Lecturer level.

Further Details

Ref: 382/18935/BC
Closing date: 28 February 2014

Submitted by Joy Hendry, Professor Emerita, Oxford Brookes University


28 October 2013

Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies and Chinese Studies (two positions)

The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology seeks two tenure-track assistant professors, one in China Studies and one in Japanese Studies, to start August 2014. Candidates must have an earned PhD or be near completion in anthropology, sociology, or a related discipline. A strong commitment to and experience in undergraduate teaching is expected. Essential job functions include: classroom teaching, student advising, curriculum development and continuous improvement of curriculum, service, committee work, and professional development.

For fifteen consecutive years U.S. News and World Report has ranked Rose-Hulman first among engineering colleges that do not offer a PhD. To apply, submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching excellence, a sample of scholarly work, and contact information for three references online at: https://jobs.rose-hulman.edu, where interested candidates will find more details about each position.

Application deadline is November 30, 2013. EEO/AA

Submitted by Kimberly Miller, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology


21 April 2012

East Asian Studies at Manchester is recruiting a new permanent faculty member in Japanese Studies.

Further Details

Dept. of East Asian Studies website.

Submitted by Chris Feldman


20 April 2012

12 PhD Grants at Max Planck Institute

Max-Planck-Institut für ethnologische Forschung
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

The International Max Planck Research School for ‘Anthropology, Archaeology and History of Eurasia’ (IMPRS ANARCHIE), a cooperation between the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and the Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, offers PhD Grants starting 1 October 2012.

Applicants should make their primary discipline clear in their proposal. If shortlisted, they may be invited to revise it to fit in better with the overall profile of ANARCHIE and the expertise available to provide supervision.

The PhD Grants are generally awarded for 2 years, with the possibility of two six-month extensions. Workplace for successful candidates is Halle/Saale (except when undertaking field or archival research elsewhere, the costs of which will be covered).

The Max Planck Society is committed to raising the proportion of women in underrepresented fields; we thus explicitly encourage applications by women. Individuals with disabilities will be given priority, provided they have equal qualifications.

There is no application form. Applicants should send the following documentation:

  • cover letter
  • CV, including list of publications
  • short (no more than two pages) summary of the research proposed, which should demonstrate clear links both to the applicant’s previous work and qualifications and to the IMPRS ANARCHIE
  • photocopies of university degrees
  • names of two referees, whom we may contact

Final selection will be made following interviews at a date yet to be arranged. Please send applications to the following address by 7 May 2012:

Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Personnel Administration
P. O. Box 11 03 51
D – 06017 Halle/Saale
or email to:

For further information about the Institute please visit: http://www.eth.mpg.de
Informal enquiries concerning the positions may be directed to Prof. Chris Hann (hann@eth.mpg.de).

For detailed information on the specific fields of research under this offer, please see this document (pdf).

Submitted by Damien Tricoire


24 May 2011

Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Japanese

University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ
School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
Full time (1.0 FTE), continuing / permanent position
The closing date for this position is: Wednesday 22th June 2011 (5pm, NZ GMT+12)

Applications are invited for the above position in the Japanese Programme, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, to commence January 2012. The appointees’ principal duties will be the coordination and delivery of Japanese courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level, the regular output of high quality refereed research consistent with the level of appointment, supervision and mentoring of thesis writers, and contribution to leadership within the Programme and School. Other responsibilities will include pastoral care of students, administrative tasks, and possible supervision of tutors.

Candidates for these positions must hold a Ph.D. in Japanese Studies and have demonstrable refereed research output, ideally in a field related to popular culture in Japan, or language teaching technology. The candidate should have extensive teaching experience at tertiary level. They must have native or near-native proficiency in Japanese and English, and effective interpersonal skills. Knowledge of e-learning applications and the ability to integrate technology into teaching is highly desirable.

For academic enquiries, please contact Susan Bouterey at susan.bouterey@canterbury.ac.nz. For all other enquiries, please contact hr@arts.canterbury.ac.nz.

Applications for this position must be submitted in English and include a covering letter and CV combined into the one document and submitted online at: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/joinus

Download the full Position Description from here:

Located on a picturesque campus, the University offers an extensive range of services and facilities including library and art collections, child-care centres, health centre, recreation centre, pharmacy, book shop and cafés. You’ll have opportunities to work alongside members of a world class, diverse academic community and enrich your own professional and personal development. The University is a smoke-free campus.

To view all vacancies at the University of Canterbury, please go to http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/hr/job_vacancies.shtml.

Internal candidates should apply via the Careers option in Employee Self-Service: http://ucpeople.canterbury.ac.nz

For more information about the benefits of joining the University of Canterbury please visit us online at http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/joinus.

The University of Canterbury is an EEO employer and actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi.

Submitted by Chris Feldman


14 May 2011

Visiting Professor of Anthropology, Amherst College

Amherst College, Department of Anthropology-Sociology, seeks a one-year, full-time Visiting Assistant Professor in Cultural Anthropology for the academic year 2011-2012. Ph.D. is required. The position involves teaching four courses (two each semester), one of which must be in Qualitative Field Methods. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to supervise honors theses. Ethnographic area and topical specialty should complement those of other members of the Department. Interested candidates should submit a letter of application which includes a list of possible courses, C.V. and the names and e-mail addresses of three referees. To apply online, please visit our website at < href="https://jobs.amherst.edu" target="new">https://jobs.amherst.edu. Consideration of applications will begin on June 1 and continue until the position is filled.

Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The College is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.

Submitted by Ted Bestor


05 May 2011

Lecturer, Brandeis University Dept. of Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology at Brandeis University seeks to hire a Lecturer to teach a graduate course in anthropology (at the doctoral and masters level) that addresses a broad theme of central interest in contemporary sociocultural anthropology, in Fall 2011. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following: vernacular modernities; anthropology of religion; the arts in anthropological perspective; kinship, social organization, and society; indigenous political movements; race and ethnicity; postcolonial dilemmas; assorted area studies courses.

Candidates must have a PhD and have previous teaching experience. The salary is $5,000.

Please send in electronic format a cover letter, description and syllabus of course suggestions, CV, and names and email contact information from two references to:

Laurel Carpenter
Senior Academic Administrator, Anthropology Department
Brandeis University

The search will remain open until a qualified applicant is hired.

Brandeis University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and strongly encourages applications from women and minority candidates.

Submitted by Ted Bestor


17 April 2011

Associate Director, Asian Studies Center

University of Pittsburgh, University Center for International Studies seeks to fill the position of Associate Director (AD) of its Asian Studies Center (ASC). With an international reputation for excellence, the Asian Studies Center has been designated a National Resource Center in East Asian Studies by the U.S. Department of Education. Organizationally, the Center is part of the University Center for International Studies. The position is a full-time 12 month administrative position with start date of September 1, 2011. The AD reports to the Faculty Director of Asian Studies and has primary responsibility for grant proposal development, grant management, and grant administration. The AD will supervise the administration of the ASC and will have major budgetary responsibilities. The AD will represent ASC on behalf of the director. The position requires both domestic and foreign travel. A key skill is the ability to work with faculty in implementing the ASC agenda on such activities as the development of research, instructional and outreach programs as well as on ASC conferences and workshops. A Ph.D. in a relevant discipline would be highly desirable and fluency in a major Asian language will be viewed favorably. The AD must have a minimum of five years of university experience and possess excellent administrative and computer skills. The salary minimum is $60,000, depending on qualifications and experience.

Review of applications will begin on May 16, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled. Please send a cover letter, vitae, and the names and contact information for three references to Dr. Jennifer Creamer, chair of the search committee, at ascad@pitt.edu.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.

Submitted by Ted Bestor


12 April 2011

Lecturer in Japanese Studies at Newcastle University – Faculty of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences, School of Modern Languages. Ref: B401A (SML)

Job Type: Academic (non-clinical)
Hours of Work: Full time
Salary: £31,798 – £35,788 per annum
Closing Date: 10 May 2011

The School of Modern Languages wishes to appoint a Lecturer in Japanese Studies. The post is supported by the Japan Foundation. The successful candidate will have outstanding research potential, a clear research agenda, native or near-native competence in Japanese and English, and relevant teaching experience. The post is tenable from September 2011.

For further details regarding for the position please access this web page.

Informal enquiries may be made to:

  • Head of School, Dr. Elizabeth Andersen
    tel: [00 44] + 191 222 7521
    e-mail e.a.andersen@ncl.ac.uk
  • Head of the East Asian Studies section, Dr. Joanne Smith Finley
    tel: [00 44] + 191 222 7485
    e-mail: j.smithfinley@ncl.ac.uk
  • Degree Programme Director for UG Japanese and Cultural Studies, Dr. Laura Moretti
    tel: [00 44] + 191 222 7524
    e-mail: laura.moretti@ncl.ac.uk.

Submitted by Laura Moretti


08 April 2011

Department II of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology has the opportunity to offer 8 PhD positions/ PhD grants and 1 Postdoctoral position, starting 1 October 2011 (or as soon as possible thereafter). Two positions for new PhD students are to be filled in each of the following four areas:

Historical Anthropology

Kinship and Social Support in China and Vietnam

The Global Political Economy of Cultural Heritage

Traders, Markets, and the State in Vietnam
In addition to the available PhD positions/grants, one postdoctoral position is available for this group.

General Requirements: Good field research skills, the ability to work in a team, and a good command of written and spoken English are required. Acquisition of the German language is encouraged, especially if there is relevant literature on the research topic in German. Prior field experience in the designated research location and knowledge of the relevant national and local languages are an advantage; in some cases it may be possible to extend extra support for the necessary language acquisition. The workplace is Halle/Saale.

PhD grants and positions are generally awarded for 2 years, with the possibility of up to four six-month extensions. The postdoctoral position is for 2 years, with a possible one-year extension. The Max Planck Society is committed to raising the proportion of women in science; we thus explicitly encourage applications by female researchers. Individuals with disabilities will be given priority, assuming equal qualifications.

There is no application form. Applicants should send the following documentation:

  • a cover letter
  • a CV including a list of publications
  • a two-page summary of the proposed research, which should demonstrate clear links both to the applicant’s previous work and qualifications and to the respective research field
  • photocopies of university degrees
  • a writing sample (e.g. a thesis chapter or a publication in either English or German)
  • names of two or three referees, whom we may contact

Please send applications electronically to: http://www.eth.mpg.de/cms/de/vacancies/data/WissenschaftAbtII_2011.html

Submitted by Christoph Brumann


23 February 2011

Japanese Studies at the University of Manchester in the UK, welcomes PhD applications in the humanities and social sciences, especially history, anthropology, medical history, and cultural studies.

Candidates can be UK/EU or International PhD students, studying on a full-time or part-time basis. Applicants must possess a first class honours degree or its international equivalent and hold a master’s degree, ideally at distinction level.

The award will provide the payment of fees directly to the University and a maintenance bursary of £7,500 per annum (pro-rata for part-time students), which is paid in quarterly installments (October/January/April/July) by bank transfer (by arrangement with the Student Services Centre).

The closing date for receipt of the PhD Funding Application Form for the Research Scholar Award is Friday 15 April 2011. To ensure that you are holding an offer of a place by the closing date, you are advised to submit your online application for a place on the programme no later than Friday 1 April 2011.

This competition is open only to new PhD applicants, not currently registered PhD students. It is anticipated that decisions will be made in June 2011. Please note, only successful and reserve candidates will be contacted.

Specific queries should be posted to Sharon Kinsella at: sharon.kinsella@manchester.ac.uk

Visit the website at http://www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/

Submitted by Peter Cave


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