Departmental Lecturer in Japanese Social Anthropology

The Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA), University of Oxford, seeks applications for a full-time, fixed term, Departmental Lectureship in Japanese Social Anthropology.

This is an excellent opportunity to join the largest community of Area Studies scholars anywhere in the world.

The role is available for 12 months, to commence between 1st September and 1st October 2023.

The Departmental Lecturer in Japanese Social Anthropology will be responsible for lecturing, tutoring, and supervising postgraduate students; and conducting independent research.

Primarily, the successful candidate will teach a course on Japanese anthropology, which attracts students from several degree programmes, assist in the teaching and supervision for the Japanese Studies MPhil and MSc dissertations, and provide a small number of lectures and tutorials for the undergraduate East Asia Survey course (4 sessions). Depending on their expertise, they may also be asked to contribute to a team-taught research methods module.

The successful candidate will be given an opportunity to contribute to research, research facilitation, and academic administration of the Nissan Institute and to the rich diversity of the academic and social communities at the School and the Institute, while exchanging ideas and supporting all OSGA activities more broadly. She/he will engage in assessment and university examining.

About You:

We welcome applicants holding a completed PhD/DPhil in a field pertaining to Japanese social anthropology or evidence that a relevant doctoral thesis will be submitted by the starting date of the post. Applicants should be familiar with the existing literature and research in the field; have a strong publication record reflecting the career stage as well as sufficient depth and breadth of knowledge in the subject to develop course materials. The successful candidate shall be able to conduct advanced research using Japanese language skills. Experience of teaching qualitative and/or quantitative research methods courses to postgraduate students would be advantageous.

Application process:

When applying to this position, please upload a supporting statement addressing how you meet the selection criteria, and a CV. Further details regarding the selection criteria and details how to apply can be found in the document attached here:

Please quote the vacancy ID 163832 in all your correspondence. All enquiries will be treated in strict confidence; they will not form part of the selection decision.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 17th April 2023.  Applications received after the closing date may not be considered. Interviews are planned to be held remotely in the week commencing 1st May 2023.

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

The University of Oxford holds an institutional Silver Athena Swan award, acknowledging the progress made in addressing a number of gender gaps across the University.


Okinaga Junior Research Fellowship in Japanese Studies

Applications are invited for a Junior Research Fellowship in Japanese Studies, to be held from 1 October 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter, for a fixed-term period of three years (including one probationary year). As an early career post, the Fellowship will not be renewed after the third year, but should the post-holder take family leave during the period of appointment their contract will be extended by an equivalent period of time.

The successful candidate will be expected to undertake a programme of research at post-doctoral level, on which they will be required to make a short annual report.

There is no restriction as to the field of research within Japanese Studies, although preference will be given to applicants whose interests coincide with the teaching and related activities of the Nissan Institute. Candidates are expected to be proficient in using Japanese sources.

The holding of a doctorate is not a prerequisite, although applicants will have to have submitted their thesis by the time that the interviews are held. Preference will be given to those who have not already held a comparable career development appointment at Oxford or another university, and who are (excepting periods away from academia) within five years of having completed their doctorate.


How to apply

Applications, in the form of a covering letter and a curriculum vitae, and including a summary of research history and future plans, and list of publications, should be sent by email to the Warden’s Executive Assistant ( by noon on 16 March 2023.

Applicants should ask two referees to write directly to the Warden’s Executive Assistant by the same date. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that letters from referees are received by this date. The College wishes to take this opportunity of thanking those referees who write on behalf of applicants. Interviews are likely to be held in Trinity Term.

The College is an equal opportunities employer and applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford. Candidates are asked to complete an equal opportunities form for return to the Head of HR, Wadham College. These forms are used for monitoring purposes and will not be seen by any members of the selection committee.

Please note that the appointment of the successful candidate will be subject to standard pre-employment screening, as applicable to the post. This will include proof of identity and references.