The University of Tokyo – Academic Writing: Project Assistant Professor

The University of Tokyo, The Center for Global Communication Strategies

Job Type: Fixed-Term

Application Deadline: September 14, 2018


The University of Tokyo is Japan’s premier university. We are currently looking for adventurous, enthusiastic scholars with a commitment to high-quality education to join our international team in the ALESS and ALESA programs.

ALESS and ALESA provide compulsory English courses for science and humanities students, respectively. The programs include a semester-length academic writing course as well as a half-semester workshop 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.

Contract: Fixed Term

Starting date: 1 March 2019

Term: Until 31 March 2020, renewable annually depending on budgetary constraints and evaluation of work performance.

Required Qualifications

Applicants should have a PhD in the natural or social sciences, medicine, or engineering (ALESS) or in a subject field within the humanities or social sciences (ALESA). All applicants must possess a very high (native or near-native) level of English proficiency. Prior experience teaching academic writing, scientific writing, or English as a Foreign Language is an advantage.


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, 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.


6,000,000 Japanese yen per year. Please note that relocation costs for moving to Tokyo, including flights, are not covered.

Application deadline: Applications must arrive by 4 p.m. (JST) on 14 September 2018.

Application Procedure

Application Documents:

  1. Cover letter;
  2. CV;
  3. List of publications by category (books, articles, etc.);
  4. Two major publications (1 copy of each; photocopies are acceptable);
  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 English spoken fluency to university students. (If you do not have such experience, describe how you would plan and teach one of these courses.)

Submit the requested documents as one or more PDF files, either via e-mail attachment(s) or, in the case of attachments larger than 20 MB, as a link to Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, or a similar file hosting service. Name each PDF file as follows:

201903 ALE_Surname_Givenname_XXXXX*.pdf

*(Replace XXXXX with “application,” “cover letter,” “CV,” etc., as appropriate.)

Send the file(s) or link to: search[at]*

*(Replace [at] with @.)

If documents cannot be sent electronically, please mail them to the address below so that they arrive by 4 p.m. (JST) on 14 September 2018.* 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.

Posted: August 13, 2018