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Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies

Job no: 502311
Work type: full-time
Location: Crawley
Categories: Arts, Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education, School of Social Sciences

  • Tenurable appointment, Level C ($118,957 - $137,000) plus 17% superannuation
  • Opportunity for a researcher with a strong research and industry track record in Japanese / Asian Studies and ability to teach Japanese language units
  • Disciplinary expertise in Cultural Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Media Studies or Political Sciences required

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities. With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to 'innovate and inspire' there is no better time to join Western Australia's top University.

About the team

The School of Social Sciences offers a rich learning and research environment spanning social and cultural studies in Australia, Europe and Asia.  As well as undergraduate and postgraduate programs, the School supports an active research program.  The Discipline of Asian Studies offers postgraduate and undergraduate programs in Asian Studies and in four Asian languages (Chinese, Indonesia, Japanese and Korean). The Discipline is premised on a strong and mutually supportive relationship between Asian Studies and other Disciplines within the Schools, maintaining particularly strong collaborations with the Discipline of Political Sciences and the Discipline of Anthropology and Sociology. 

About the opportunity

In this role, you  will undertake research, teaching, unit coordination and student supervision in collaboration with colleagues and under the direction of the Head of School of Social Sciences. 

You will be responsible for developing, coordinating and delivering undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the area of Asian Studies and Japanese Studies and language, or in the Discipline of Politics, Anthropology or Sociology, Media and Communications as required by the Head of School. You will contribute to the curriculum management of the BA Japanese Studies and broader Asian Studies curriculum, supervise and recruit honours and postgraduate students, maintain high quality research and apply for relevant external funding to support the research programs and strategic emerging research areas of the School.

About you

You will be motivated to contribute to the academic environment of the School and have a strong research portfolio within Japanese Studies and/or Asian Studies. 

  • A PhD in a Japanese Studies- focused Social Sciences discipline is required. Preference will be given to candidates with disciplinary expertise in Cultural Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Media Studies, Political Sciences, and whose research expertise falls within one of the research initiatives of the School of Social Sciences.
  • Strong record of research and industry track-record in Japanese Studies and demonstrated ability to attract research or other external funding and to build research collaborations with multiple stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to develop, co-ordinate and teach units at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and ability to attract and supervise research students. Evidence of successful team teaching is essential.
  • Experience in developing, coordinating and teaching units or courses that exploit the potential of new media educational technologies and a commitment to pursue the best educational practices, including online and other forms of new media teaching, and to implement institutional goals at UWA.
  • Demonstrated ability to relate well to staff and students at all levels and evidence of a commitment to equity and diversity principles.
  • It is expected that the successful candidate will also teach and coordinate Japanese language units where required, and we are particularly keen to receive applications from candidates with experience in coordinating Japanese studies programs that involve language teaching.

Please see the position description before applying:

Download File Position Description - Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies (Level C).docx

About Perth

Perth is regularly ranked in the top 10 most liveable cities in the world. In 2017, Perth was ranked the 7th most liveable city in the world by The Economist – and with good reason! Perth enjoys an average of nine hours of sunshine per day and enjoys 131 perfectly blue-skyed days a year. Perth is beautifully located on the banks of the Swan River with King’s Park just steps away from the Central Business District. Perth boasts 19 pristine white sand beaches directly on the Indian Ocean as well as two world-class wine regions within a three hour drive: the Swan Valley, one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, and Margaret River, home to over 200 wineries.

Benefits and Conditions of Employment:

  • Start-up grant negotiable
  • Tenurable position
  • Employer contribution to superannuation (retirement fund) is 17% of salary
  • Recreation leave of 20 working days per annum
  • Long Service Leave after 10 years
  • Eligibility for a 6 month sabbatical leave every 3 years
  • Relocation assistance including airfares, relocation allowance and short-term accommodation (if applicable)

This position is open to international applicants who require visa sponsorship.

Closing date:  28 October 2018

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

  • UWA has been awarded Top Ten Employer for LGBTI – inclusion of the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2016).
  • The University is also a proud member of the Athena SWAN/SAGE Pilot for Gender Equity.


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