Okinaga Junior Research Fellowship in Japanese Studies

Applications are invited for a full-time Junior Research Fellowship in Japanese Studies, to be held from 1 October 2019, for a fixed-term period of three years.

Location: Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies & Wadham College, University of Oxford

Salary: Grade 6, from £33,199 per annum

Application deadline: 12 noon on 29 April, 2019 

Applications are invited for a Junior Research Fellowship in Japanese Studies, to be held from 1 October 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter, for a fixed-term period of three years (including one probationary year). 

As an early career post, the position is not renewable thereafter. 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 previously held a JRF at an Oxford or Cambridge College, and to those who have not been appointed to a tenured post in a university. 

The post 

The Fellowship has been held at Wadham by six post-holders since 1992, and has recently been revived thanks to a generous grant from Mr Yoshihito Okinaga, Chairman and President of Teikyo University in Japan, as well as a contribution from the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies. 

The principal duty of the Fellow will be to undertake research. 

The College would hope to appoint a post-holder who will engage with Fellows, lecturers, graduates and undergraduates across Oriental Studies at the College, supporting academic opportunities and enriching the learning environment. The Fellow might, for example, be able to support 3rd and 4th year students of Japanese in researching and reading texts for their dissertation, or with other undergraduate teaching. They may also be asked to act as adviser to students of Japanese in College, to participate in the College’s undergraduate admissions exercise in December and, where possible, to become involved in the College’s access and outreach activities. In addition, the post-holder will be expected to contribute to the administration of the College. They will be a member of the College’s Governing Body (subject to appointment as charity trustee) and will be expected to play an active part in the governance and administration of the College, including serving on College committees.

The post-holder would be expected to maintain a regular presence in the Nissan Institute, to participate in weekly Nissan Institute seminars, to be available to help graduate students working on relevant topics, to undertake a limited amount of teaching, within the limits normally required of JRFs, and to participate fully in the life of the Institute. 

If invited, the Okinaga Fellow shall be expected to give an annual presentation on their research at Teikyo University Durham or, if available, at Teikyo University in Japan. (Travel and associated costs shall be reimbursed by Teikyo University.) Subject to availability, the Fellow may also be asked to speak on their research at the annual induction course held by Teikyo University at Wadham College, and/or at its annual meeting at Wadham.

Terms and conditions

The Fellow will be a member of the Governing Body and charity trustee of the College and will hold the Fellowship under the terms of the Statutes and Bye-Laws in force for the time being. The stipend will be on the University's Grade 6 scale, starting at £33,199 p.a. The Fellow will have the right to lunch and dinner free of charge when kitchens are open. Single college-owned accommodation may be available with a reduction in stipend of (currently) £3,065. 

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 (academic.appointments@wadham.ox.ac.uk) by noon on 29 April. 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 on Friday 7th June 2019.