Aarhus University, The School of Culture and Society, Department of Global Studies, Department of Global Studies
Associate professorship in Japan studies with special focus on socio-political issues in Japan in relation to the neighbouring countries and beyond.
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Associate Professorship in Japan Studies
The School of Culture and Society, Department of Global Studies, at Aarhus University invites applications for an associate professorship in Japan studies with special focus on socio-political issues in Japan in relation to the neighbouring countries and beyond.
The associate professorship is a full-time position available from 1 June 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.
The position is located at the Department of Global Studies, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3-7, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.
The university wants its staff to reflect the diversity of society, and thus welcomes applications from all qualified applicants regardless of their personal background.
We are looking for an innovative and dedicated applicant with a focus on Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, education, talent development and knowledge exchange.
We are looking for someone whose main research focus lies on Japan and its relations with East Asia, Asia and Europe in a broad sense, and the global context as a whole.
We expect native or near-native language fluency in Japanese, which is required to work in a language-based area studies programme.
We expect the successful applicant to strengthen the department’s profile in the field of contemporary Japan within Asia in an inter- or trans-disciplinary field of politics, sociology and contemporary history. We further expect the associate professor to develop collaborative research initiatives with other fields at the School of Culture and Society.
The successful applicant must be able to teach a range of core courses related to Japan studies – at both BA and MA level – also in a broader interdisciplinary global studies context.
The School of Culture and Society places emphasis on research of a high international standard, including interdisciplinary collaboration, participation in collective research projects and the attraction of external research funding.
Accordingly, applicants must have a strong profile and track record in the study of Japan’s international relations with its neighbouring countries in East Asia or the broader Asia, mainly in a contemporary perspective. We are particularly interested in applicants whose training and recent research integrate Asian and global studies with international relations or political studies, and who are also willing to participate in interdisciplinary research activities locating Japan in a broader East Asian/Asian and global context.
The successful applicant must also demonstrate competences in applying relevant research methodologies in the research that s/he has already conducted and planned.
The associate professor will be expected to teach and supervise students at all levels (BA, MA and PhD) and contribute to the development and application of innovative teaching methods. The position involves teaching duties as well as responsibility for the development of courses for (1) the interdisciplinary BA in Japan studies, with regard to socio-political issues in contemporary Japan/East Asia in particular, and (2) the broader MA programme in global and area studies and related programmes (e.g. elective subjects). This also includes joint teaching within her/his field of expertise.
The associate professor will be expected to supervise PhD students and contribute to the development and implementation of PhD courses in the field of Japan studies as well as global studies.
It is expected that the successful applicant will engage in knowledge exchange as described in the strategy for the Faculty of Arts, for instance in research cooperation with private companies, government consultancy, cooperation with civil society or the public dissemination of knowledge. Applicants should document any prior experience within the field of knowledge exchange.
Applicants must have a PhD degree or equivalent qualifications in political science, sociology, Japan studies or related fields – all with a clear focus on Japan – and must document qualifications corresponding to the completion of an assistant professorship.
Applicants must also be able to document:
- An internationally oriented research and publication profile
- Sufficient language proficiency in Japanese in order to work in a language-based area studies programme
- Experience of interdisciplinary teaching and mastery of academic English in the classroom
- The ability to teach and supervise at all academic levels (BA, MA), including core courses in Japan studies (BA programme), global and area studies (MA programme), and related teaching programmes such as elective subjects
- Experience of or interest in supervising student projects, and interest in researcher talent development
- Experience of interdisciplinary cooperation – preferably also in a global studies context
- Participation in national and international research networks and projects
- Experience of external funding applications.
Please note that only publications that are actually submitted with the application will be assessed: a list of publications is not sufficient. Applications which are not accompanied by publications will not be assessed. Please see further below under the headline 'Formalities'.
Past research achievements will be assessed based on the active research time of the applicant in question. So we ask applicants to specify any career breaks they have had (e.g. due to maternity/paternity, illness, etc.), in order to gauge their research productivity.
References or recommendations should not be included with the application. Applicants who are selected for a job interview may be asked to state professional references.
If the successful applicant is not fluent in Danish, he or she will be expected to learn Danish within a period of approximately two years.
Academic staff are expected to contribute to the department’s social and academic environment. We emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students, and participation in the daily life of the department is a high priority.
The application must be uploaded in English.
For more information about the position, please contact Head of Department Uwe Skoda by email (email@example.com).
For more information about the application, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn, email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For a more detailed description of the department, please visit the department website: http://cas.au.dk/en/about-the-school/departments/global-studies/
The School of Culture and Society
At the School of Culture and Society the object of research and teaching is the interplay between culture and society in time and space:
- From the traditional disciplines of the humanities and theology to applied social research
- From Antiquity to the issues facing contemporary societies
- From Danish cultural forms to other very different worlds
- From local questions to global challenges
The school’s goal is to produce compelling research with an international resonance, as well as offering teaching and talent development of high quality. The school has a broad cooperative interface with society, both in Denmark and abroad, and contributes to social innovation, research communication and further and continuing education.
Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.
Faculty of Arts refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities (the Appointment Order).
- Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.
- Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities .
- Further information on the application and supplementary materials may be found in Application Guidelines.
If nothing else is noted, applications must be submitted in English. Application deadline is at 11.59 pm Danish time (same as Central European Time) on the deadline day.
All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.
Shortlists may be prepared with the candidates that have been selected for a detailed academic assessment. A committee set up by the head of school is responsible for selecting the most qualified candidates. See this link for further information about shortlisting at the Faculty of Arts: shortlisting
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Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts is one of four main academic areas at Aarhus University.
The faculty contributes to Aarhus University's research, talent development, knowledge exchange and degree programmes.
With its 500 academic staff members, 260 PhD students, 10,500 BA and MA students, and 1,500 students following continuing/further education programmes, the faculty constitutes a strong and diverse research and teaching environment.
The Faculty of Arts consists of the School of Communication and Culture, the School of Culture and Society, the Danish School of Education, and the Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media. Each of these units has strong academic environments and forms the basis for interdisciplinary research and education.
The faculty's academic environments and degree programmes engage in international collaboration and share the common goal of contributing to the development of knowledge, welfare and culture in interaction with society.
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The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.
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