Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellowship Announcement

January 13, 2020

Shinjo Ito Postdoc Scholar

With the generous support of the Shinnyo-en Foundation, the Center for Japanese Studies at UC Berkeley is pleased to invite applications for a full-time postdoctoral research fellowship with the possibility of teaching. The term of the appointment is August 1, 2020, to July 31, 2022.

The Fellowship is intended to foster the academic careers of recent Ph.D.'s, providing time to pursue their research along with the opportunity to take part in regular events and workshops offered by the Centers for Japanese and Buddhist Studies. The fellow will deliver a public lecture on their research as part of the Center for Japanese Studies Colloquium Series. Subject to the availability, the fellow will also have the opportunity to teach one course each year. The base salary provided is $55,000 per annum with health benefits, but this may increase depending on teaching experience. In addition, the fellow will be provided with shared office space and library privileges, as well as a $2500 per annum for conference travel and research.

Basic Qualifications (required at the time of application):

  • Completion of all doctoral degree requirements except the dissertation

Additional Qualifications (required by start date):

  • PhD or equivalent international degree
  • No more than three years of post-PhD research experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD or equivalent international degree in Japanese Buddhism Studies or a closely related field


All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted through AP Recruit at Hardcopy, faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted. The position will remain open until filled. Please direct any questions to Tessa Machida with the Center for Japanese Studies at

Three letters of recommendation are required.
All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

Only complete applications will be considered. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all documentation is complete and that referees submit their letters of recommendation by the initial review date to ensure full consideration. Awards are anticipated to be announced in late April, 2020.

For more information about the Center for Japanese Studies at Berkeley, please visit

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for appointment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.

Job Location

Berkeley, California


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. listing degrees, any publications, and teaching experience

  • Graduate School Transcripts

  • Personal Statement - A personal statement of no more than 2000 words oudlining previous research (including dissertation), the research the applicant will undertake during the term of the fellowship, future professional goals, as well as any other information deemed relevant to the application.

  • Writing Sample

  • Letter from home institution confirming schedule to completion of PhD - Candidates who do not yet hold a Ph.D, but expect to by June 30, 2020, should supply a letter from their home institution confirming their schedule to completion.

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 13th, 2020
Next review date: Sunday, Mar 15, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Sunday, Mar 15, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.