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Call for Applications: Special Assistant Professor (fixed-term employment)

1.Special Assistant Professor (fixed-term employment) at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies


2.Number of Openings: 1


3.Job Description

(1)Assistance with the “international development of the Consortium for Global Japanese Studies” project.

(2)Dissemination of project research results in English

(3)Other matters related to the project


4.Qualifications and Eligibility

(1)A doctoral degree or equivalent in a field related to Japanese Studies, with a broad interest in international matters and a strong desire to take on the duties of this position.

(2)Applicants must be fluent in academic English. Experience in editorial work of English scholarly publications is desirable.

(3)Applicants must have sufficient Japanese language for daily conversation, and to carry out academic research.


5.Scheduled Date of Employment and Term of Office

Scheduled start of employment: As soon as possible after January 1, 2023.

Term of office: From the date of appointment to March 31, 2025, subject to annual renewal in each fiscal year. The term of office may be renewed after April 2025, taking into consideration the status of the project and budget (maximum until March 31, 2028).


6.Application Documents


(Download the form from the website of the International Research Center for Japanese Studies; note that it is divided into two sheets.)

(2)Research Achievement List

(3)Names, affiliations/titles, and contact information (e-mail addresses) of two references.



Screening will be conducted on the basis of submitted documents. Interviews will be conducted. Please note that we are not able to cover travel expenses for interviews.


8.Place of Employment

International Research Planning Office, International Research Promotion Division,

International Research Center for Japanese Studies.


9. Working Hours

Full-time position with discretionary work system for professional services, as below:


Five day week (generally not including weekends

Additional leave on Public Holidays, August special summer holiday and New Year holidays). *Working hours and vacations are in accordance with the Regulations Concerning Working Hours and Holidays for Employees of the National Institutes for the Humanities.


Flexible working hours by negotiation, assuming 7 hours 45 minutes per day (38 hours 45 minutes per week).



Annual salary system (paid in accordance with the Regulations for Specified Fixed-Term Employees of the National Institutes for the Humanities).



Enroll in the Mutual Aid Association of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, unemployment insurance, and workers' accident compensation insurance.


12.Application materials must reach the Center before 5 p.m. (Japan time) on Wednesday, August 31, 2022.


13.Address for the Application

Human Recourses Unit, General Affairs Section,

International Research Center for Japanese Studies

3-2 Goryo Oeyama-cho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 610-1192, Japan


Please write "特任助教応募" in red on the envelope.


14. Additional Matters

Application materials will be treated in confidence and not be revealed to third parties.

Application materials will not be returned at the end of the process.

The International Research Center for Japanese Studies is an equal-opportunities employer promoting internationalism, diversity and gender-equality, based on the “International Research Center for Japanese Studies Declaration of Human Rights”.