Assistant Professor At Department Of Japanese Studies

Masaryk University
May 15, 2024
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Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University announces an open competition for the position

Assistant Professor

Workplace: Department of Japanese Studies, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University EU Researcher Profile: R2 (Assistant Professor)

Amount of Working Hours: full-time - 40 hours per week Number of Open Positions : 1 Expected Start : negotiable Type of Employment Contract: fixed term (employment contract for 1 year) Application Deadline: 15 May 2024, 23:59 (CET – Prague)

Department of Japanese Studies has an open position of Assistant or Assistant Professor with a focus on modern Japan. For the position of Assistant Professor, the prerequisite is a completed doctoral degree; for the position of Assistant, doctoral degree in an advanced stage of research is desirable.



  • Participating in lectures or other forms of teaching in the Bachelor's degree programme of “Japanese Studies.” Primarily, the position is open for a specialist in modern Japan, modern Japanese society, alternatively given the applicant's qualifications and needs of the department.
  • Supervising, consulting, or reviewing Bachelor's theses.
  • Participating in organization and administration of the department, especially in matters related to its pedagogical activity.
  • Additionally for the position of Assistant Professor:
  • Participation in final state exam committee(s).
  • Research

  • Participation in research, development, and innovation activities, especially:

  • Independent research and development of research projects in the field of Japanese Studies;
  • Publication of research results in peer-reviewed journals, scientific monographs, or peer-reviewed proceedings;
  • Active participation in domestic and foreign scientific conferences and professional meetings, including the presentation of quality research results;
  • Additionally for the position of Assistant Professor:
  • Submission of grant projects.
  • Other

    Participation in ensuring operational and administrative activities related to the academic position according to the instructions of the department head, e.g.:

  • routine administrative tasks in the realization of individual courses, use of e-learning modules and communication with students via the MU Information System.

  • Master's Degree in the field of Japanese Studies or related academic area – condition.
  • Ph.D. – a completed Doctoral Degree in the field of Japanese Studies or related academic area – condition for the position of Assistant Professor, a Doctoral Degree in progress is a condition for the position of Assistant.
  • Good track and publication record in the field of Japanese Studies or related academic area – condition.
  • Professional focus on modern/contemporary Japan – advantage.
  • For the position of Assistant Professor, an abroad study, research, or teaching experience is a condition.
  • Experience with participation in international research projects is considered an advantage.
  • ​​​​Length of experience required

  • Teaching or research experience in the field is considered an advantage, although no specific length of time is prescribed.
  • Language skills

  • Knowledge of the English language at C1 level – condition.
  • Knowledge of the Japanese language at B2 level – condition.
  • Good knowledge of the Czech language in both written and spoken form – advantage.
  • Requirements related to job content

  • Presentation, organizational, didactic, and mentoring skills.
  • Willingness to learn and develop continuously.
  • Ability to publish actively and independently.
  • Diligence, responsibility, and reliability.
  • Patience, consideration, empathy, and friendliness when working and dealing with people.
  • The advantage is

  • Knowledge of the university environment.
  • Previous experience in working in education.

    Working environment

  • Employment in a prestigious institution awarded by the HR Excellence in Research.
  • Friendly and inspiring working environment with flexibility in balancing work and personal life.
  • Support in submission of individual or group grant projects and publication activities.
  • Access to library resources and electronic informational resources.
  • Employee benefits

  • 8 weeks of paid vacation per year, flexible working hours with the possibility to work partly from home for a better work-life balance, meal allowance in the salary or for meals in canteens, pension insurance contribution, selected vaccinations free of charge, favorable mobile tariffs Vodafone, Multisport card, sports lessons organized by the Faculty of Sports Studies, the possibility to place your child in the nursery school Elánek near the faculty.
  • Training and Development

  • Opportunities for training and personal development, e.g., language and other courses provided by MU, use of MU libraries, use of placements and mobilities abroad, participation in conferences, etc.

    Please send your application via the electronic application link by 15. 5. 2024 (please use the link in the Electronic Application section below) and please attach all required documents.

    The following documents are required as a part of your application :

  • Cover letter specifying the area of research interest.

  • Structured CV with an overview of previous experience.

  • Copies of proof of education.

  • Overview of scientific and publishing activities.

  • Once your application has been successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic confirmation of acceptance to your e-mail address. After the e-application deadline, you will receive information about the next steps.

    If you are unsure, please contact the FF MU Personnel Office: Mgr. Eva Brázdová Urbanová, e-mail: [email protected]


    Selection criteria:

  • submitting of all required documents in the e-application,
  • compliance of the candidate's profile with the requirements for the job as stated above.
  • Suitable candidates will be invited to a personal interview, which may also take the form of a videoconference. Selection procedures rules at the Faculty of Arts of MU can be found on our careers page here.

    Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you!


    Masaryk University is the second largest university in the Czech Republic, with 10 faculties and a number of other specialized units, more than 6,000 employees and 32,000 students. We are a university with a wide range of research areas in the humanities and natural sciences and a strong international position. Our mission is to provide education and research of the highest quality.

    The Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University is one of the four founding faculties of Masaryk University and since its foundation in 1919 it has been not only an important center of humanities and social science education, science, research and development, but also an institution that actively participates in shaping the cultural life of the city and the region.

    Traditionally, it has been profiled as a research-oriented faculty generating approximately one-fifth of MU's research volume. The faculty has more than 600 employees and by the student population of over 6,000 is the largest faculty at the university.

    Since 2021, the faculty has been the proud holder of the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission.

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    For information on HR work set according to European standards, visit the HR Award faculty website:

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    Information about the Department of Japanese Studies at the Faculty of Arts of MU can be found at: https: //

    Contact person at the department for questions about the position:

    First name and surname: Mgr. Marek Mikeš, Ph.D. E-mail: [email protected]

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