CfA: Princeton University, Global Japan Lab, Postdoctoral Research Associate


This unique postdoctoral program is designed to support exceptionally promising early-career scholars who are conducting research on contemporary Japan from a global perspective. This research focus is one of Tokyo College’s five interdisciplinary research themes (Japan Viewed from Inside and Outside) ( and is central to the mission of Princeton University’s Global Japan Lab. This three-year position consists of one and half years of residence at both Tokyo College, the University of Tokyo, and the Global Japan Lab, Princeton University during which the successful applicant will work closely with faculty members at both universities, actively engage with the local and international scholarly communities, and develop their research agenda.

The appointment is anticipated to start on September 1, 2024. The successful candidate may start their appointment at either university. It is a fixed- term, three-year contract without extension. Annual renewal is contingent on satisfactory performance.

Eligible candidate must have less than five years of post- PhD research experience prior to anticipated start date . Applicants who anticipate receiving a Ph.D. degree are also eligible to apply. Those who have already received tenure are not eligible. If relevant, applicants are welcome to include a statement regarding career interruptions in their CV and Cover letter (we will consider extensions of this eligibility period for certain career interruptions).

Please submit the following materials to by September 30, 2023.

Cover letter (maximum 1 page) including: -Name(s) of potential University of Tokyo and Princeton University faculty member(s) with whom you would like to work and be mentored by (you do not need to contact them in advance) -Names and contact details of 2 references -Please describe any relevant career interruptions in detail -Any issues you would like to mention specifically -Curriculum Vitae, including list of publications -Two Reference Letters (to be submitted by the reference writers via to the link listed above) -One writing sample (this can be published or unpublished but should not be a full dissertation) -Research Statement (maximum 4 pages). This statement should include information on how the applicant’s proposed work will benefit from the research environments of both institutions, and it should also include the following:

1) A description of outstanding research you have conducted (or demonstrated potential to develop outstanding research) on contemporary Japan from a global perspective

2) A description of independent research you plan to undertake during the three-year period at Tokyo College and Princeton University

3) Demonstrated or potential contributions to interdisciplinary research

4) Demonstrated ability to work as a part of a diverse team as evidenced by activities such as research collaboration, developing external networks and linkages, and community building

5) Evidence of excellent verbal and written communication skills in both English and Japanese

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