Job Openings: May 27, 2014

The Tokyo Univeristy of Foregin Studies, Department of International Social Studies seeks applications for the position of Tenured Lecturer in Modern Japanese History.  Details of the position and directions to apply are available online.

The Department of Culture and Society at Aarhus University invites applications for an associate professorship in anthropology. The associate professorship is a permanent position which begins on November 1st 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.  We are seeking an innovative and dedicated candidate who will contribute to Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, education, talent development and knowledge exchange. The position focuses on the greater Himalayan region. The future associate professor is expected to help further the integration of Asian studies, the study of religion and anthropology at the department through teaching and research at the highest international level.  More details are available online.

The University of Oxford, Department of History, is seeking to appoint two postdoctoral researchers from 1 October 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter to work on the project ‘Nomadic Empires: A World-Historical Perspective’, directed by Professor Pekka Hämäläinen and funded by a €2 million ERC Consolidator Grant (2014-19). The project seeks to provide a wide-ranging, inclusive and comparative reinterpretation of the history of nomadic empires from the fourth century BCE to the late nineteenth century CE, covering both the Eastern and Western Hemispheres. The project will employ a total of five postdoctoral researchers in producing a series of monographs and scholarly articles. During the project, several small workshops and a large international conference will be held in Oxford. The large scope of the Nomadic Empire project invites multiple interpretive angles, allowing the research team to pool ideas and share empirical work in different archives while developing individual approaches and interpretations. Complementing each other’s expertise and research experience, the appointees will produce a cluster of scholarship that will reorient not only the history of nomadic empires but several other fields from borderlands to world history. The appointees will have responsibility for researching some important aspect of nomadic empires or expansionist nomadic societies. The appointees’ research can focus on a specific group, region, or theme. We are seeking, in particular, candidates capable of situating their research in a comparative global context. Each appointee will produce a sole-authored monograph on some major aspect of his/her area of specialty. S/he will be required to represent the project and deliver papers at team workshops, external workshops, conferences, public events, and other meetings. S/he will also be expected to contribute to the development of project workshops and conferences. The successful candidates will hold a doctorate in a relevant field and will have excellent knowledge of the historiography, methodology, primary sources, and relevant languages of his/her area of expertise. Only applications received before 12 noon UK time on Monday 9 June 2014 can be considered. Interviews are expected to be held on 25 June 2014. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application (and, separately, to email a sample of your writing to board.admin(at) by the same deadline). For further particulars, and to apply online, go to and search under Vacancy Ref. 113258.

Leiden University invites applications for a full-time Post-doctoral Research Associate in the international digital humanities project ‘Automating Data Extraction from Chinese Texts,’ funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (US) and JISC/ESRC/AHRC (UK), and coordinated by Hilde De Weerdt. Deadline: 1 June 2014. Appointment will be fixed-term for one year starting July 1, 2014 or asap thereafter. Leiden University aims to employ more women in areas where they are underrepresented. Women are therefore especially invited to apply. The Research Associate will assist in the development of MARKUS, an online Chinese text extraction and reading platform, and conduct original research in the digital humanities developing text mining techniques, textual analysis, and visualization tools. Full call for applications:

The Department of Asian Studies of the University of Edinburgh seeks to appoint an outstanding candidate to a fixed term Teaching Fellow post to supplement teaching provisions on the undergraduate and postgraduate level in the field of East Asian relations and politics with a special focus on Japan and/or Korea. The department welcomes applications from candidates with demonstrable expertise in Korea or Japan or, ideally, Korean-Japanese relations and politics (also in their historical dimenstion). This post is available for a fixed term period of 2 years from September 1st, 2014 and is full time. For further information see: