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Kawashima lectureship in Japanese Literature and Culture (University Lectureship in Japanese Studies) — Further Particulars

The University of Cambridge

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The University and the Colleges are linked in a complex historical relationship. The Colleges are self-governing, separate legal entities which appoint their own staff. They admit students, provide student accommodation and deliver small group teaching (supervisions). The University awards degrees and its faculties and departments provide lectures and seminars for students, determine the syllabi for teaching and conduct research.

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Department of East Asian Studies

The Japanese studies section of the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Faculty is comprised of two full-time language instructors, several part-time language staff, and five full time specialists who cover a range of disciplines. Currently, a there are two dedicated members of staff in medieval Japanese history and Tokugawa-era literature (who also teach kanbun and classical Japanese), a modern historian of Japan, an instructor who is a specialist in the contemporary politics of Korea and Japan, and anthropologist of Japan. All of the teaching staff are well published and internationally recognised in their fields. They teach introductory courses, classes for the undergraduate curricula, as well as sharing in supervising masters and PhD students of all levels. The Japanese studies section also has a dedicated librarian in the Aoi Pavilion, University Library, which houses one of the premier collections of Japanese materials in the UK and Europe.

Contribution to teaching within the Department will include course development and innovation, lecturing, conducting seminars and supervising undergraduate and graduate students. The successful candidate will also be expected to offer college supervisions, which are remunerated by the colleges. Contribution to excellence in research will be through publications and other mechanisms submitted for consideration in the next national research assessment exercise.

Requirements of the Post

The Lecturer will be required to deliver lectures, hold classes and give seminars, to undertake research, and be prepared to supervise undergraduate and graduate dissertations. The successful candidate would have proven ability to read and teach a wide-range of modern and/or premodern styles of written Japanese (depending on the candidate's speciality) as well as having an excellent command of the modern language. The position would be focused on teaching several language classes with the possibility of extra lectures in EAS1 (East Asian History) and/or teaching a special subject in the candidate's field, in consultation with the Japan studies group and the HoD.  4th year dissertation supervisions and regular language supervisions would be a requirement of the role, as well as assistance with the weekly seminar series which has run for a number of years.

Duties and responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities associated with this post are those of a University lecturer. In addition to the commitments to teaching and research outlined above these include: providing supportive materials for lectures and classes; responding constructively to student feedback; examining and second-marking scripts and dissertations; providing reports on dissertations; providing references for students and perhaps for academic colleagues; participating in the administrative life of the Department, including involvement in curriculum development; and participating in activities associated with research, such as attending and presenting papers at conferences and peer reviewing publications and applications.

Terms and conditions

The post is full-time. Appointment will be made for a probationary period of five years and, subject to satisfactory performance, with appointment to the retiring age thereafter. The salary range at present is grade 9 -10 (starting salary of £38,896-£52,219) of the University pay scale dependent on whether the applicant is appointed as a lecturer or senior lecturer depending on experience. The candidate will be hired at the lecturer level, or at the senior lecturer level if the individual has extensive publications and contracted work along with commensurate teaching and administrative experience.

What the University can offer you

One of our core values at the University of Cambridge is to recognise and reward our staff as our greatest asset. We realise that it's our people who have built our outstanding reputation and that we will only maintain our leading position in the academic world by continuing to attract and retain talented and motivated people. If you choose to come and work with us, you will find that we offer:

  • Excellent benefits – You will be eligible for a wide range of competitive benefits and services, including numerous discounts on shopping, health care, financial services and public transport. We also offer defined benefits pension schemes and tax-efficient bicycle, car lease and charity-giving schemes.

  • We will help you balance your home and work life by providing you with generous annual leave entitlement and procedures for requesting a career break or flexible working arrangements if you need them. You will also have access to a range of well-being support services, including in-house Occupational Health and Counselling services. If you have childcare responsibilities, you may also benefit from the enhanced maternity/adoption pay, two nurseries and a holiday play scheme that we provide.

  • We are keen to welcome new employees from other parts of the UK and other countries to Cambridge. If you will be relocating to Cambridge on a centrally funded appointment of two years or more, you may be eligible for our relocation expenses scheme. The University Accommodation Service ( will also be available to help you find suitable rented accommodation and to provide advice on renting arrangements and local facilities, if required. In addition, certain academic and academic-related appointments are eligible for the Shared Equity Scheme which offers financial assistance with the purchase of living accommodation.

  • A welcoming and inclusive environment - We will help you settle into your new role and working environment through a central University induction event, local induction activities and our online induction package. Where appropriate to your role, you will have a probation period to provide a supportive framework for reviewing your progress and discussing your training and development needs.

  • If you are relocating to Cambridge, you and your family will be welcome to attend the Newcomers and Visiting Scholars Group, which provides an opportunity to find out more about Cambridge and meet other people new to the area.

  • Extensive development opportunities - The encouragement of career development for staff is one of the University's core values. We put this into practice through various services and initiatives, including:

    • A wide-range of training courses and online learning packages.

    • The Staff Review and Development (SRD) Scheme, which is designed to enhance work effectiveness and facilitate career development post-probation.

    • Leave for career and personal development, including long-term study leave for assistant staff and sabbatical leave for academic staff.

    • The CareerStart@Cam programme, which supports assistant staff roles without higher education qualifications to develop their skills, experience and qualifications. Assistant staff may also apply for financial assistance for study which results in a qualification.

    • Reduced staff fees for University of Cambridge graduate courses.

    • The opportunity to attend lectures and seminars held by University departments and institutions.

    • Policies and processes dedicated to the career development of researchers and the implementation of the principles of the Concordat, which have led to the University being recognised with an HR Excellence in Research Award by the European Commission.


You can find further details of the benefits, services and opportunities we offer can be found in our CAMBens Employee Benefits web pages at A range of information about living and working in Cambridge is also available to you within the University’s web pages at and

Equality of Opportunity at the University

We are committed to a proactive approach to equality, which includes supporting and encouraging all under-represented groups, promoting an inclusive culture and valuing diversity. We make selection decisions based on personal merit and an objective assessment against the criteria required for the post. We do not treat job applicants or members of staff less favourably than one another on the grounds of sex (including gender reassignment), marital or parental status, race, ethnic or national origin, colour, disability (including HIV status), sexual orientation, religion, age or socio-economic factors.

We have various diversity networks to help us progress equality; these include the Women’s Staff Network, the Disabled Staff Network, the Black and Minority Ethnic Staff Network and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Staff Network. In addition, we were ranked in the top 100 employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) staff in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 2013 and we hold an Athena SWAN silver award at organisation level for promoting women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine.

We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities, such as through our flexible working, career break and returning carers schemes. We encourage individuals to include details of any breaks in employment due to caring responsibilities in applications for employment so that these can be taken into consideration in assessments made, where appropriate.

Information if you have a Disability

The University welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities and we are committed to ensuring fair treatment throughout the recruitment process. We will make adjustments to enable applicants to compete to the best of their ability wherever it is reasonable to do so, and, if successful, to assist them during their employment. Information for disabled applicants is available at

We encourage you to declare any disability that you may have, and any reasonable adjustments that you may require, in the section provided for this purpose in the application form. This will enable us to accommodate your needs throughout the process as required. However, applicants and employees may declare a disability at any time.

If you prefer to discuss any special arrangements connected with a disability, please contact, Susie Nightingale, who is responsible for recruitment to this position, on 0044 1223 335113 or by email on   Alternatively, you may contact the HR Business Manager responsible for the department you are applying to via