Lecturer B in Japanese Studies

Birkbeck, University of London - Cultures and Languages

Purpose and Main Duties

The Department of Cultures and Languages at Birkbeck, University of London, invites applications for a Lecturer B post in Japanese Studies.

The Department offers world-class research and teaching across a range of fields such as literature, film, history and cultural studies in the following language areas: French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Japanese. It is home to fifteen taught BA programmes, most of which offer combinations with Japanese; an MA in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies; and a lively and motivated cohort of PhD students. Academics in the Department are active researchers, many with international reputations, and we are proud of our track record in developing innovative, often interdisciplinary, research and teaching.

The successful candidate will make a full contribution to the Department’s teaching and international research profile and engage with School and College level initiatives relevant to their area of expertise.

Candidate Requirements

The successful candidate will have expertise in an area of Japanese Studies. We particularly welcome applications from candidates with research interests in one or more of the following: Japanese film, anime, and transnational studies. You will make a substantial contribution to our evening teaching programme at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, research and administration. You will also be responsible for co-ordinating Japanese language teaching in the department, including leading on curriculum design. You will also be expected to contribute to areas of strategic relevance to the School’s teaching and research.

Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant subject area, with a strong publication record and ambitious research plans, as well as teaching experience at HE level. You will be able to demonstrate a commitment to the development of innovative approaches to teaching, as well as undertaking appropriate administrative duties.

About the Department

For further information about the Department, please visit: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/languages
For further information about School of Arts, please visit: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/arts/

Further Information

Salary: Grade 8 of the College's London Pay Scale which is £43,642 rising to £51,372 per annum.

This post is full time, 35 hours per week (1.0 FTE) and open-ended. The salary quoted above is on the College's London Pay Scale and includes a consolidated Weighting/Allowance which applies only to staff whose normal contractual place of work is in the Greater London area. The initial salary will be dependent on the skills and experience of the successful applicant. The appointment is subject to a probationary period of 3 years. Birkbeck also provides a generous defined benefit pension scheme, 31 days paid leave, flexible working arrangements and other great benefits.

The closing date for completed applications is midnight on 29 April 2018.

Interviews will be held during the week commencing 21st May 2018, with a view to the successful candidate taking up their post from 1st October 2018.

For further information on this opportunity contact Dr Akane Kawakami, Assistant Dean [email: a.kawakami@bbk.ac.uk].

Birkbeck welcomes applicants from all sections of the community. The College is committed to improving the gender and cultural diversity of its workforce, holding an Athena SWAN award and membership of WISE, operating the Disability Confident and Mindful Employer schemes, is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and is working towards the Race Equality Charter Mark.

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