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JapanLab / Department of Asian Studies and Department of History, University of Texas at Austin Postdoctoral Fellowship

Job Description

Job Posting Title:

JapanLab / Department of Asian Studies and Department of History, University of Texas at Austin Postdoctoral Fellowship


Hiring Department:

Department of Asian Studies


Position Open To:

All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours:



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Position Duration:

Expected to Continue Until Jan 02, 2023





Job Details:

The Department of Asian Studies and the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin invite applications for two post-doctoral fellows in Japanese Studies. 

Successful candidates will teach one course per semester with one position housed in the Department of Asian Studies and the other in History. In addition, they will work closely with undergraduate students affiliated with an innovative Digital Humanities space, JapanLab (https://www.utjapanlab.com/ ). Candidates will also participate fully in the rich intellectual life at the University of Texas at Austin and will receive support as they work to turn their dissertation into a book.

The post-doctoral fellowships, which are generously supported by the Japan Foundation and the College of Liberal Arts at UT, will run for one year from September 2023 to August 2024. Fellows will be expected to teach a 1/1 course load that includes some Digital Humanities content. In addition, each semester the fellows will work alongside a team of three or four undergraduate students to design a fully functional digital project. Past projects involve developing fully functional video games (https://www.utjapanlab.com/ghosts ), online board games, and digital mapping projects but the candidates’ role will be to manage the students rather than to execute the project themselves. Fellows will also promote JapanLab and DH activities at UT, leading occasional workshops on DH skills for UT faculty and students (1-2 per year) and helping students promote and present their work at annual expos. We are seeking to recruit candidates interested in the Digital Humanities but we have no fixed expectation as to skills or background.

Successful applicants will collaborate closely with the Directors of JapanLab: Dr. Kirsten Cather in the Department of Asian Studies, and Dr. Adam Clulow and Dr. Mark Ravina in the Department of History.

Required Qualifications

PhD in Japanese Studies, Japanese Language and Literature, or History must be in hand at least 15 days before the starting date of January 1, 2023. PhD to be received no more than three years prior to start date.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstratable interest and competence in Digital Humanities. Facility in varied tools, platforms and languages. These might include but are not limited to Python, Unity, R, CSS, and JavaScript.



Working Conditions

Typical office environment

Required Materials

  • Applicants must provide, no later than January 3, 2022:
  • Letter of interest (please include some reference to your interest in Digital Humanities)
  • CV
  • 3 letters of recommendation (ideally at least one focusing more on Digital Humanities). Referees may anonymously submit letters here: https://utexas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8iuXhEBV8yYoFq6
  • Short proposal (less than one page total) for 2 undergraduate courses that you would be interested in teaching. Both courses should include some Digital Humanities content and assignments. For a list of standard DH-related assignments see: https://www.utjapanlab.com/assignments

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.


Employment Eligibility:

Please make sure you meet all the required qualifications and you can perform all of the essential functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer , complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.


Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:

  • E-Verify Poster (English) [PDF]
  • E-Verify Poster (Spanish) [PDF]
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Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031 .

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the most recent report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe Street, UTA 2.206, Austin, Texas 78701.

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