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Project Assistant Professor

The University of Tokyo - Centre for Research and Development of Higher Education

Location: Tokyo - Japan
Salary: ¥6,000,000 or £39,750 (converted salary*) gross per year, commuting allowance up to JPY 55,000
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 20th September 2021
Closes: 29th October 2021


The University of Tokyo is currently looking for a scholar with a commitment to high-quality education to join our international team in the ALESS and ALESA programs. For more on these programs please see the official site at: 

Required Qualifications

Applicants should hold a PhD (or ABD with strong record of publication) in the natural or social sciences, medicine, or engineering (ALESS), or in a subject field within the humanities or social sciences (ALESA). All applicants must possess a very high (native or near-native) level of English proficiency. Prior experience teaching academic writing, scientific writing, or English as a Foreign Language is an advantage. 


The appointee will teach seven 105-minute English classes each week. Classes meet once per week and there are 13 to 14 weeks per semester, with two semesters per year. 


6,000,000 Japanese yen per year (gross salary). Please note that relocation costs for moving to Tokyo, including flights, are not covered. 

Application Procedure

Application Documents:

1) Cover letter;
2) CV;
3) List of publications by category (books, articles, etc.);
4) Two major publications (1 copy of each; photocopies are acceptable);
5) Contact details for two academic referees;
6) A 500-word essay in English describing your teaching philosophy and your experience teaching either English academic writing or spoken fluency to university students. (If you do not have such experience, give a description of how you would teach one of these courses.) 

Submit the requested documents as one or more PDF files, either via e-mail attachment(s) or, in the case of files larger than 20 MB, as a link to Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, or a similar file hosting service. Name each PDF file as follows: 


*(Please replace XXXXX with “application,” “cover letter,” “CV,” etc., as appropriate.) 

Send the file(s) or link to:


*Replace [at] with @. 

If documents cannot be sent electronically as PDF files, please mail them to the address below so that they arrive by 17:00 on 29 October 2021 (Japan Standard Time). The University is not responsible for delays in mail service.

ALESS/ALESA Personnel Committee

c/o Center for Global Communication Strategies

Komaba Intl. Building for Education and Research (KIBER)

College of Arts and Sciences

The University of Tokyo

3-8-1 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8902 

*If application materials are sent by regular mail, please notify the committee at the above email address and specify the date that the materials were posted. 

Informal inquiries may be addressed to Kunio Shin at kshin[at]*

*Replace [at] with @. 

Short-listed applicants will be interviewed on 20-21 November. Applicants residing abroad will be interviewed by video conference. Those residing in the Tokyo metropolitan area may be asked to visit the University of Tokyo for an in-person interview. We regret that we are not able to reimburse travel expenses. 

Please see the official job advertisement at: here.

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