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Employment October 13, 2017

Fixed-term Positions in English (ALESS & ALESA) College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo


Number of positions

Project Assistant Professor
One or more


Starting date

1 April 2018



Until 31 March 2019, renewable for up to a maximum of five years' employment, depending on budgetary constraints and evaluation of work performance.



Komaba Campus, 3-8-1 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan



ALESS and ALESA Programs, Center for Global Communication Strategies, College of Arts and Sciences/Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.



The appointee will teach seven 105-minute English classes each week. There are 13 to 14 weeks per semester and two semesters per year. The courses taught include academic writing for first-year undergraduates (science students in the case of ALESS and humanities students in the case of ALESA), workshops designed to improve fluency in academic discussion, and occasional electives. The appointee will also participate in curriculum development.


Working hours



Holidays, paid vacations, and salary

As prescribed by University regulations.


Social insurance, etc.

Employees are enrolled in the Mutual Society of Health Insurance of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and are covered by employment insurance.


Required qualifications

1a) [ALESS] Ph.D. (or ABD with strong record of publication) in the natural or social sciences, medicine, or engineering;
1b) [ALESA] Ph.D. (or ABD with strong record of publication) in a subject field within the humanities or social sciences;
2) Native or near-native level of English proficiency.
Previous experience teaching English at the university level is preferred.


Application documents

1) Cover letter;
2) CV;
3) List of publications by category (books, articles, etc.);
4) Two major publications (as either PDFs or URLs);
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 plan and teach one of these courses.)


Closing date

Applications must arrive by 4 p.m. (JST) on 17 November 2017.


Instructions for application and inquiry

Submit the requested documents as one or more PDF files, either via e-mail attachment(s) or, in the case of files larger than 10 MB, as a link to Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, or a similar file hosting service. Name each PDF file as follows:
201804 ALE Your_surname Your_given_name XXXXX.pdf*
*(Replace XXXXX with "application,” “cover letter," "CV," etc., as appropriate.)
Send the file(s) or link to:
*(Please replace [at] with @.)
If any documents cannot be converted to PDF easily due to formatting issues, copyright restrictions, etc., please mail them to the address below so that they are delivered by 4 p.m. (JST) on 17 November 2017.* 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 Associate Professor Roger Robins at rgrobins[at]g.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp*
*(Please replace [at] with @.)



Short-listed applicants will be interviewed in mid-December. Applicants residing abroad will be interviewed by video conference. Those residing in Japan will be asked to visit the University of Tokyo for an in-person interview. (We regret that we are not able to reimburse travel expenses.)

Applicants may expect to be notified of the results of the search by late January.

There is a six-month probation period at the beginning of the appointment.



Applications will not be returned.
Personal information received through this application process will not be used for any other purposes.
The University of Tokyo is committed to gender equality in hiring. 

Outline of the program
The ALESS and ALESA Programs teach compulsory English courses at the University of Tokyo for science and humanities students, respectively. The programs include a semester-length academic writing course as well as a half-semester course, called FLOW, designed to enhance fluency in academic discussion. In ALESS writing classes, students design and conduct a simple controlled experiment, which provides the basis for a scientific essay in the IMRaD style. In ALESA writing classes, students conduct research on an academic topic and write an analytical or argumentative essay using proper scholarly apparatus. The average class size is 15 students. In addition to these compulsory courses, ALESS and ALESA faculty occasionally teach content-based elective English courses in their areas of expertise. The curriculum of the ALESS and ALESA Programs is under constant refinement through collaboration among all faculty.



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