This unique postdoctoral program is designed to support exceptionally promising early-career scholars who are conducting research on contemporary Japan from a global perspective. This research focus is one of Tokyo College’s five interdisciplinary research themes (Japan Viewed from Inside and Outside) (https://www.tc.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/about/) and is central to the mission of Princeton University’s Global Japan Lab. This three-year position consists of one and half years of residence at both Tokyo College, the University of Tokyo, and the Global Japan Lab, Princeton University during which the successful applicant will work closely with faculty members at both universities, actively engage with the local and international scholarly communities, and develop their research agenda.

The appointment is anticipated to start on September 1, 2024. The successful candidate may start their appointment at either university. It is a fixed- term, three-year contract without extension. Annual renewal is contingent on satisfactory performance.

Eligibility

Eligible candidate must have less than five years of post- PhD research experience prior to anticipated start date . Applicants who anticipate receiving a Ph.D. degree are also eligible to apply. Those who have already received tenure are not eligible. If relevant, applicants are welcome to include a statement regarding career interruptions in their CV and Cover letter (we will consider extensions of this eligibility period for certain career interruptions).

Excellent verbal and written communication skills in both English and Japanese

Application Materials

  • Cover letter (maximum 1 page) including:
    • Name(s) of potential University of Tokyo and Princeton University faculty member(s) with whom you would like to work and be mentored by (you do not need to contact them in advance)
    • Names and contact details of 2 references
    • Please describe any relevant career interruptions in detail
    • Any issues you would like to mention specifically
  • Curriculum Vitae, including list of publications
  • Research Statement (maximum 4 pages)

This statement should include information on how the applicant’s proposed work will benefit from the research environments of both institutions, and it should also include the following:

1) A description of outstanding research you have conducted (or demonstrated potential to develop outstanding research) on contemporary Japan from a global perspective

2) A description of independent research you plan to undertake during the three-year period at Tokyo College and Princeton University

3) Demonstrated or potential contributions to interdisciplinary research

4) Demonstrated ability to work as a part of a diverse team as evidenced by activities such as research collaboration, developing external networks and linkages, and community building

5) Evidence of excellent verbal and written communication skills in both English and Japanese

  • Two Reference Letters (to be submitted by the reference writers via to the link listed above)
  • One writing sample (this can be published or unpublished but should not be a full dissertation)

 

Compensation and Benefits

Note that salary and benefits differ somewhat between the two universities. The terms below apply to each institution and the 1.5 years that the candidate will spend there.

Tokyo College (Hongo Campus of the University of Tokyo: 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-8654 JAPAN):

  • Annual gross salary of JPY 6,000,000 plus benefits
  •  Commuter allowance: Maximum JPY 55,000 per month
  • Social Insurance: Eligible for MEXT* Mutual Aid Association membership, employees’ pension, unemployment insurance, and workers’ accident compensation insurance (*MEXT: Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)
  • Vacation: Annual paid vacation, sick leave (paid), special vacation (paid)
  •  Research fund: Maximum JPY 1,000,000 per annum will be provided which can be used to cover research related expenses, including books or references, travel expenses, etc.
  • Relocation support for researchers from overseas: Tokyo College will provide support including obtaining a work visa and finding accommodation.

Princeton University (Princeton, NJ 08544 USA):

  • Rank and salary will be contingent on qualifications and experience
  • Annual research fund of up to $3,500 and reimbursement of moving expenses up to $2,500, subject to the University’s financial and spending policies
  • The appointment will be through either PIIRS (Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies) or the Department of Sociology.
  • The initial appointment will be for 12 months and will be renewed for the additional six months contingent on satisfactory performance.
  • This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

 

Application and Selection Process

Application deadline: September 30, 2023, 11:59 p.m. EDT (applications for the 2024-2025 intake have now closed).

After an initial screening process shortlisted candidates will be invited for an online interview. Applicants who have not been shortlisted will be notified about the decision.