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Call for Applications “Modern Japan in a Global Context”



15 July 2023

The Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) of Heidelberg University is looking to fill the following position (full time) with a field of specialization of modern Japan in a global context by 1 October 2023 as

Assistant Professor/Lecturer (Akademischer Mitarbeiter)

within its unit of Cultural Economic History, headed by Prof. Harald Fuess. The place of employment is Heidelberg. The salary is predicated on the German public sector remuneration System (TV-L 13, 39,5 h/week).

Your tasks:

  • Pursue your own postdoctoral project and contribute to the department's and institute's transcultural research agenda
  • Conceptualize and actively engage in various formats of scholarly exchange (workshops, joint grant applications etc.)
  • Teach two courses per semester (English medium) in the M.A. Transcultural Studies as well as within the joint M.A. degree with Kyoto University, with a focus on "Society, Economics and Governance"
  • Provide pastoral support for students
  • Actively engage in academic liaison with our HeKKSaGOn partner universities (Kyoto, Tohoku and Osaka) and Seoul National University

Your profile:

  • An excellent doctoral degree (or equivalent) in the fields of history, political economy, international relations or a related Asian area studies discipline
  •  An innovative and feasible postdoctoral project suited to transcultural studies, ideally exploring international dimensions of modern history of Japan
  • Excellent knowledge of English and Japanese
  • Knowledge of German and Korean is an asset but not a necessity
  • An interest in and readiness to engage in transdisciplinary Cooperation

We offer:

  • Term contract of up to six years
  • A stimulating interdisciplinary and international environment at Germany's oldest university
  • Collaborative networks of European and international scholars
  • Possibility for further qualification (Habilitation), to gain teaching experience, and participate in mentoring doctoral candidates

Your documents:

  • A cover letter
  • An academic CV including a list of publications
  • Three sample publications or relevant chapters from a dissertation
  • A research abstract/plan for a second book project (max. 5 pages)
  • Copies of degree certificates and diplomas
  • Proof of your language skills
  • Two letters of recommendation

Please submit all documents in one collated PDF file to Tanja Unger (tanja.unger@hcts.uni- The application deadline is 15 July 2023.

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