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Tenure-Track Position (Assistant Professor) in Japan Studies

Aarhus Universitet

Aarhus, Østjylland

Indrykket
13-10-2021
Kontakt
Aarhus Universitet
Jens Chr. Skous Vej 7
8000
Aarhus C
Tlf
87150000
Praktisk information
Oprettet
13-10-2021
Udløber
10-11-2021
Kviknummer
330868121
Jobtype
Studiejob
Fuldtid
Arbejdsområde
Forskning og undervisning
Stillingsbetegnelse
Adjunkt, universitet
Erfaringer - I højere grad
Ikke angivet (Undervisning og pædagogik), Ikke angivet (Forskning og udvikling)
Sprog
Dansk Læse/ tale

The School of Culture and Society at Aarhus University invites applications for an assistant professorship in a tenure-track position in Japan Studies with a focus on modern or contemporary Japan.

Place of employment: Aarhus University, School of Culture and Society, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3-7, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

The assistant professorship is a full-time, five-year training position sponsored by the Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation and subject to the availability of funding. The assistant professorship is available from 1 April 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. It is located in the Japan Studies section of the Department of Global Studies.
 
The tenure-track position begins with a full-time, fixed-term five-year appointment as assistant professor with a view to permanent employment as associate professor. Tenure as an associate professor is conditional upon the assistant professor being assessed as qualified for the position of associate professor before the end of the third year of employment at the latest or, if the tenure-track candidate requests, before the end of the fifth year. The assessment is based on the assistant professor’s fulfilment of the qualification requirements that apply to associate professorships and the criteria stated in this advertisement. If the assessment is positive, the candidate will be offered a tenured position as an associate professor at Aarhus University.The positionRecent developments in Japan and other developed regions suggest that sustainability in all its forms is having a huge socio-political and economic impact both nationally and internationally. For instance, Japan is a leading consumer of diverse sources of energy in Asia, but, in recent years, it has also experienced some of the apparent consequences of global warming, such as periods of intensive heat and torrential rain. This situation is aggravated by various natural and manmade disasters. Furthermore, Japan is facing various challenges relating to social sustainability because it is one of the most rapidly aging and shrinking societies in the world. All these factors affect the country both politically and economically. There is an ever-growing international interest in how Japan is managing these multiple challenges as it seeks to achieve sustainability in all these areas.

The successful applicant will have strong academic competences within an area of the humanities or social sciences relating to Japan. The department has a special interest in applicants who are engaged in studies concerning sustainability issues in Japan and who could therefore help to consolidate and expand this field in terms of both teaching and research.

Sustainability is a topic of specific interest for students and colleagues from other departments and faculties (such as anthropology, history, archaeology, sociology and environmental studies) and is also one of the main topics in the MA in Global and Area Studies, which the department will continue to offer in the years to come. Some anthropologists and historians in the Department of Global Studies are already contributing to this programme in their own areas of specialisation, and the successful applicant will also be expected to contribute by engaging in comparative research and multidisciplinary teaching with a point of departure in Japan. ResearchWe are looking for a candidate with a research profile that includes sustainability issues in Japan and a background in a discipline such as Japan/Asian studies, anthropology or sociology, history or socioeconomics/socio-politics. The successful applicant will be expected to develop new research projects relevant to the interdisciplinary and interregional focus of the Department of Global Studies.

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.

At the time of tenure review for the position of associate professor, the tenure-track candidate is expected to have built a strong research profile at the highest international level and contributed actively to collaborative research and research initiatives with other local, national and/or international researchers in the field. This includes participating in attracting research funding from external funding bodies and publishing the equivalent of at least two peer-reviewed scholarly articles per year.TeachingThe successful applicant must be prepared to teach on the undergraduate and graduate degree programmes in Japan Studies (BA) and Global and Area Studies (MA), including courses in the broader field of his/her expertise. Furthermore, the assistant professor must be prepared to teach and guide the students in using original Japanese language material within the areas taught. 

At the time of tenure review for the position of associate professor, the tenure-track candidate must be able to document the ability to independently undertake teaching tasks at all levels within his/her own core subject area and to document the breadth of his/her teaching competences at all levels including supervision. The candidate is expected to have taught the relevant courses per year, depending on the nature of the specific courses, and to have engaged in supervision activities such as supervising theses at Bachelor’s and/or Master’s level and conducting exams. The candidate is also expected to have participated in curriculum development and to have contributed actively to the academic and research environment of the department. Finally, the candidate must have completed the university’s teacher-training programme for assistant professors prior to tenure review.Talent developmentThe assistant professor will be expected to develop his/her supervision capabilities at both BA and MA levels.Knowledge exchangeIt is expected that the successful applicant will engage in knowledge exchange as mentioned in the strategy for the Faculty of Arts, for instance in research cooperation with private companies, government consultancy, cooperation with civil society actors or the public dissemination of knowledge. Applicants should document any prior experience in the field of knowledge exchange.QualificationsApplicants must have a PhD degree or equivalent qualifications specialising in Japan.

Applicants must also document:

  • An internationally oriented research and relevant publication profile
  • A good command of Japanese
  • Mastery of academic English in the classroom
  • Experience of or the potential to obtain external research funding
  • Experience of or interest in:
    • Participating in national and international research networks
    • Interdisciplinary collaboration and research
    • Interdisciplinary teaching including innovative teaching methods
    • Supervising student projects and interest in talent development
Please note that only submitted publications (no more than five examples) will be assessed; a list of publications is not sufficient. As a result, applications without submitted publications will not be assessed.

The application must be uploaded in English.

If the successful applicant cannot speak Danish, he/she will be required to acquire sufficient Danish within two years of commencing the appointment to participate fully in the activities of the School of Culture and Society.

The assistant professor will be expected to contribute to the department’s academic environment, including collaboration with other relevant academic programmes.
 
Participation in the daily life of the programme is a high priority, and we emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students.

In order to maintain and develop the department’s research environment, the person appointed is expected to be present at the department on a daily basis.

For further information about the position, please contact the representative for Japan Studies, Anemone Platz, on tel. + 45 87162328 or at ostap@cas.au.dk
 
For further information about tenure track, please consult https://medarbejdere.au.dk/en/faculties/business-and-social-sciences/employment-and-career/employmentprocedure/tenure-track/

For further information about the application, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn at mbb@au.dkDepartment of Global StudiesThe Department of Global Studies provides a distinct approach to understanding our contemporary world by combining language-based area studies of Brazil, China, Japan, India and Russia with European and International Studies and a global perspective. As an academic field, Global Studies was born as recently as the late 1990s, and its exponential growth and importance soared in the 2000s. Its main elements are all based on the insight that contemporary global conditions cannot be studied in ways reserved for states and their interaction only. By adopting a holistic approach, Global Studies takes history, cultural studies and anthropology just as seriously as political science, sociology and economics.
For further information, please consult  http://cas.au.dk/en/about-the-school/departments/global-studies/School of Culture and SocietyAt 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 familiar Danish cultural forms to other very different worlds
  • From local questions to global challenges
 The school’s ambition is to produce compelling research with an international resonance, as well as offering teaching and talent development of the highest quality. The school has a broad cooperative interface with society as a whole, both in Denmark and abroad, and contributes to social innovation, research communication and further and continuing education.

For more details about the school, please see http://cas.au.dk/en/.
 
Qualification requirementsApplicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners: http://ias.au.dk/au-relocation-service/. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here: http://international.au.dk/research/.FormalitiesIf 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.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

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
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.

Read more at arts.au.dk/en

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.
Aarhus University Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/
 

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Praktisk information
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Kviknummer
330868121
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