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

Specialty Areas: TESOL, Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, Standardized Testing, English for Science and Technology (EST), English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

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: March 15, 2023

Starting Date: October 1, 2023, or April 1, 2024


  1. Doctorate in hand (or proof of imminent completion) in a relevant field
  2. Experience in teaching the knowledge and techniques required for standardized tests such as TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS (completion of an instructor qualification course in one or more of these tests will be viewed favorably)
  3. Ability to teach TOEIC in Japanese, if necessary
  4. Experience in teaching EFL (Experience in EST - English for Science and Technology - will be viewed favorably)
  5. Scholarly publications and professional experience
  6. Native or near-native English language ability
  7. International experience (preferable for candidate to have lived, studied, or worked outside their native country; experience in Japan will be viewed favorably)

Duties: Teach eight courses per year (average of two per quarter); these are usually five unique courses plus three repeated sections); courses meet for fourteen 100-minute classes; courses may include TOEIC/EFL courses and a Thesis Writing course; serve on committees; conduct and publish research


Commensurate with qualifications/experience by the Un 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)

- Very 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.

  1. Cover letter (in English) - Please include information on where you heard about this position, as well as stating your current 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 must be combined into a single PDF file and then submitted electronically via the following system:

Inquiries can be addressed to:
Professor Yinghui Zhou
Office for Planning and Management
University of Aizu

The application deadline is March 15, 2023. Review of applications will begin on March 16, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. Successful applicants will first be interviewed via Zoom or Skype, and then invited to the campus for a face-to-face presentation, model lesson, and interview.