Teaching Sanskrit in Kyoto (5 years Post-Doc position)

I received the following ad from Prof. Kiyotaka Yoshimizu. You might remember that this position is presently Somdev Vasudev’s and used to be Diwakar Acharya’s and Werner Knobl’s.

Program-Specific Foreign Language Associate Professor Position at the Department of Indological Studies, Graduate School of Letters / Faculty of Letters, Kyoto University

The Department of Indological Studies, Graduate School of Letters & Faculty of Letters, at Kyoto University invites applications for a post-doctoral teaching fellow position.
The main duty of this position is teaching Sanskrit Grammar. All the classes should be held in English and the Japanese ability is not required. The longest term of employment is five years, which cannot be renewed, and one who can work more than three years is desirable.
An academic year here consists of two terms: the first term from the beginning of April to the beginning of August and the second term from the beginning of October and the beginning of February. Teaching at this position is preferably to start from the second term of 2016.


  • Excellent level of Sanskrit ability.
  • Fluency in English: not only to teach classes but also to instruct academic writing in English, specifically dissertations and research papers, in Indology and related fields.
  • PhD degree is required in principle.
  • Preference will be given to the candidate who has the knowledge of Indo-European linguistics and/or some languages relevant to our field (Tamil, Pali, Prakrit, Hindi etc.) and the candidate who can teach German or French reading class in the field of Indology and Buddhology.
  • Japanese ability is not required.

Employment Conditions

  • Working hours are 38 hours 45 minutes per week under a flexible-hours system.
  • Main duty is to teach six classes per week (one class takes one and half hour). Two of the six classes are allotted to the Sanskrit Grammar and at least one class to English for academic writing in Indology and related field (including doctoral theses). In addition to the six, one more class in basic education course may sometimes be required.
  • There is no duty in the administration of the Faculty and University. On the other hand, active involvement in the department’s education programme and management will be expected.
  • A monthly salary of ¥750,000 shall be paid on a specified day each month. Taxes, insurance and other applicable deductions shall be deducted from this amount. The travel cost between the home country and Japan should be paid on one’s own.
  • Holidays with pay are 20 days per year. In addition, there are several National holidays, New Year holidays (about a week) and Bon holidays (three days in the middle of August).
  • Eligible for MEXT* mutual aid association membership, employment insurance, and workers’ compensation insurance.
    *Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
  • All allowances (commuting allowance, housing allowance, and dependency allowance) will not be paid.

Applicants should submit the following documents to the contact address mentioned below by February 5, 2016 either by email or by airmail. References should be sent separately from the referents.

  • A cover letter stating your motivation for this position
  • A CV
  • A set of copies of representative publications
  • Two references (referents’ signature is not required when their references are sent to the contact person by email)

Contact Address:
Prof. Yuko Yokochi
Email: yyokochi@bun.kyoto-u.ac.jp Department of Indological Studies,
Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University Yoshida Honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501 JAPAN
If there is any question, do not hesitate to get contact with us, please.

You can also get contact with Prof. Diwakar Acharya for the information about the working condition of our department (diwakar.acharya@bun.kyoto-u.ac.jp).

Yuko Yokochi
Head of the selection committee

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