Associate Professor in the Politics and International Relations of Japan


LOCATION: The Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies at The Oxford School of Global and Area Studies.

SALARY: Grade 10a (36S) Salary from £52,815 to £70,918 per annum plus additional benefits and allowances.

Reference/ID: 168260

The Oxford School of Global and Area Studies is one of the fifteen constituent parts of the Social Sciences Division at Oxford. The School represents a commitment by the University to enhancing teaching and research in Area Studies . The Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies is a leading centre for the study of contemporary Japan in Europe, and indeed the world.

About the Role:

The Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA), in association with St Antony’s College, wishes to appoint an Associate Professor in the Politics and International Relations of Japan.  We invite applicants with expertise in Japanese Politics and International Relations to apply.

The post is offered on a full-time basis, available from 1 October 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Appointments to Associate Professorships are confirmed as permanent on successful completion of a review during the first five years.  The successful candidate will be expected to teach and supervise at the undergraduate and graduate level and contribute to administration and examining. The post will be held in conjunction with a Governing Body Fellowship at St Antony’s College where the post-holder will act as a College Adviser for graduate students, and serve as a Trustee. They will engage actively in research, and contribute through publication to the School’s and University's international reputation for research excellence.  Their role in the College will entail advising students, serving on committees, participating in its running as a College member and trustee.

About You:

You will have a doctorate in Politics or International Relations or a closely related field, as well as a world-class portfolio of research and publications in the politics and/or international relations of Japan. Applicants who have not yet completed their PhD studies, must have received the doctorate before 1 October 2024.

You will possess the ability to work with primary/Japanese language source material.  If your primary field of research is in Japanese politics, you will still be expected to cover the international relations of Japan in teaching and supervision, and vice versa.

Applications are particularly welcomed from women and Black and Minority Ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

The University is committed to fairness, consistency and transparency in selection decisions. Members of selection committees will be aware of the principles of equality of opportunity, fair selection and the risks of bias. There will be both female and male committee members wherever possible.

If, for any reason, a candidate has taken a career break or has had an atypical career and wishes to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognising that research output may be reduced as a result.

Application process:

Information about the application process, as well as the full list of responsibilities and selection criteria can be obtained from the job description (Vacancy ID: 168260) here.

If you would like to discuss this post and find out more about joining the academic community at Oxford, please contact Professor Hugh Whittaker, Director of the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, at or telephone +44 (0) 1865 284575 and/or Professor Paul Chaisty, Head of the School of Global and Area Studies, at or telephone: +44 (0) 1865 284748.

All enquiries will be treated in strict confidence and will not form part of the selection decision.

The School holds Bronze Athena Swan Awards to recognise the advancement of gender equality, representation and progression.

Applications from those at an early, mid, or advanced career stage are welcomed.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday, 6th November 2023.

Interviews are expected to be held in person in Oxford, in early December 2023 or in early January 2024.