Job Rank: Associate Professor (= Assistant Professor in North American system)

Specialty Areas: TESOL, Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition

Department: Center for Language Research (CLR), University of Aizu


Location: Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima-ken, Japan - (about 200 km north of Tokyo)

Tenure-Track Probationary Period: 3 years (with tenure review taking place approximately 2.5 years after commencing the position)

Mandatory Retirement Age: 65

Application Deadline: September 30, 2021

Starting Date: April 1, 2022


  1. Doctorate in hand (or proof of imminent completion)
  2. Experience in teaching EFL (Experience in EFL for computer science, engineering, or science students will be viewed favorably)
  3. Primary consideration will be the selection of a candidate with strength in English language teaching
  4. Scholarly publications and professional experience
  5. International experience (preferable for candidate to have lived, studied, or worked outside their native country; experience in Japan will be viewed favorably)

Duties: Teach an average of 2 courses per quarter over 4 quarters (= 8 courses per year, usually 5 unique courses plus 3 repeated sections); courses include EFL courses and a Thesis Writing course; serve on committees; conduct and publish research


Commensurate with qualifications/experience by Fukushima prefecture regulations

Annual base salary (*1, *2): approx. 5,000,000 yen - 7,000,000 yen

(*1) Other allowances including bonuses are paid in addition to the base salary

(*2) Social security premiums, taxes, etc. will be deducted from the salary


- Insurance: Japan Mutual Aid Association of Public School Teachers

- Pension and severance payment systems are in place

- Subsidized furnished/unfurnished housing in faculty apartments (2.5 km from campus)

- Large, well-equipped private office (approx. 27 m2) in modern building

- New-employee allowance for computer and research equipment

- Well-equipped, high-tech classrooms

- Annual budget for research, business travel, academic memberships, etc.

- Consulting and other business activities permitted

- Subsidy on overseas moving cost to Aizuwakamatsu

Submission Package: Please include the following documents combined into a single PDF file in the prescribed order below. Submissions with multiple attachments will not be considered. Also, please do not use an online CV service.

  1. Cover letter (in English) - Please include information on where you heard about the position
  2. CV (in English) - Please clearly list all degrees and the year each was completed
  3. Copies of two representative publications (in English)
  4. Name, affiliation, and contact information (including email and telephone number) of three people who will recommend you. (Please do not send letters of recommendation until asked.)
  5. Photocopies of all university diplomas (with English translations if not originally in English)
  6. URLs of any online work or educational materials (in English)

All documents should be sent only by email (*attached in a single PDF file) to:

Professor Kyoko Okudaira

Office for Planning and Management

University of Aizu

Attention: CLR Faculty Selection Committee

The application deadline is September 30, 2021. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Successful applicants will first be interviewed via Skype or Zoom, and then invited to the campus for a face-to-face presentation, model lesson, and interview depending on the possibility of international travel.