Open Positions : Full-time Assistant Professor / Research Associate (Non-tenured)(Economic History)


Hitotsubashi University, a national university in Tokyo that boasts the best social science research and education in Japan, established the Hitotsubashi Institute for Advanced Study (HIAS) in 2014 as an interdepartmental research organization directly under the President. HIAS aims to be (1) a hub for international joint research that brings together researchers from inside and outside the University, as well as (2) a center for interdisciplinary research that addresses social issues. Since its establishment in 2014, HIAS has engaged in various international research projects and has seen many first-rate academic achievements. Building on these accomplishments, HIAS is now launching a new project, “HIAS BRIDGES,” with the aim of enriching the academic community by extending its capacity as a research hub and supporting young researchers. As a part of this project, we are seeking next-generation young scholars to join HIAS as an “Assistant Professor or Research Associate with a full-time research commitment for five years.” Successful candidates will be expected to engage in cutting-edge research in our focus research fields at HIAS.

PlaceKunitachi Tokyo, Japan
Job TitleAssistant Professor or Research Associate(non-tenured / five-year fixed term)
SalaryAnnual Salary: Approximately JPY 4,900,000–6,800,000 (Bonus included. Salary will be determined based on the University’s judgement.) (Annual salary represents income before tax.)

Economic History

Job Description:
Applicants will be expected to;
1: Engage in research in the field of Economic history, social science history and its related fields.
2: Contribute to the research activities of the Hitotsubashi Institute for Advanced Study, the Graduate School of Economics, or the Institute of Economic Research by actively participating in seminars, research collaborations, etc.
3: Teach lectures of 4 credits/year*.
4: Be assigned the minimum level of administrative duties, such as enrollment exam-related duties.
*Course Credits
Most courses are worth 2 credits with 13 lessons per semester. One lesson is 105 minutes long.

Qualifications (required skills, experiences, etc.):
Applicants should have;
1: A Ph.D. or equivalent degree in either Economics or a related field.
The Ph.D. candidate should have obtained a Ph.D. or equivalent degree by the employment start date. Period of employment will be one year if we cannot confirm your Ph.D. degree by the employment start date.
2: Ability to give lectures in English.
3: Proficiency in either English or Japanese.

Number of Position:
1 position

Employment Start Date:
April 1st, 2024 or later (negotiable)

Period of Employment:
Five years from the employment start date
The contract will not be extended.

Candidates will be selected based on their application documents, interviews, and seminar presentations.
Only those who are short-listed will be invited for an interview and seminar presentations.
*Interviews and the seminar presentation can be conducted online in Japanese or English.

Application Documents:
1 Cover Letter
2 Curriculum Vitae
3 Designated Application Form
4 Ph.D. diploma (For a Ph.D. candidate, academic transcript and note on dissertation progress in the reference letter)
5 Reprints of three major papers
6 Names and contact information of three references, ideally your supervisor or an equivalent person.
The committee will ask for a reference letter from your references.
For Ph.D. candidates, please make sure to ask your referees to describe the progress of your dissertation.
*How to submit reference letters
Please provide us with the contact information of your references (name, affiliation, email address) through the online application system.
The committee will send a URL for uploading the reference letter directly to the references.
The committee will not accept any references directly from the applicant.

In addition to the above documents, Ph.D. candidates will be asked to prepare and submit a document regarding the expected completion of the doctoral degree after the final offer. The document should be written by your supervisor or an equivalent.

11:59 p.m. Wednesday, December 6th, 2023 Japan Standard Time (JST).

Notification of Results:
The first screening result will be announced by Thursday, December 28th, 2023.

Date of Interview:
Interview and seminar: the middle of January, 2024.
Short-listed candidates will be notified of the interview and seminar schedule.
*Interviews and seminar will be conducted in Japanese or English.
*Interviews and seminar will be scheduled from 8:30 to 17:00 (JST).

How to Submit an Application:
Please upload all documents as PDF files via the URL below, including your name and document type in the file name.
Please follow the instructions on the website by accessing the URL below:

Other Conditions

The Allowance

Dependent allowance, housing allowance, commuting allowance, and transfer allowance will be paid according to the University’s rules.

Work Days and Hours

– The discretionary labor system will be applied, and the assistant professor / research associate will be deemed to have worked for 7 hours and 45 minutes per weekday / 38 hours and 45 minutes per week.
– The discretionary labor system is a free-time system that considers the amount of work done to be specified by the agreement between workers and employers, regardless of the actual working hours. For more details, please refer to Article 38-3 in Labor Standards Act.
– Working days are five days a week, Monday through Friday.


Saturdays and Sundays, national holidays, new year holidays (Dec. 29-Jan.3)
Other holidays designated by the president of the University


Annual paid leave (maximum of 20 days), special leave (refreshment leave, wedding leave, parental leave before and after childbirth, childcare leave, sick/injured child care leave, family care leave, condolence leave, etc.), parental leave (until the child reaches 3 years of age), caregiver leave, etc

Social Insurance

Enrollment in the insurance scheme provided by the Japanese Government.
Short-term benefit for sick/injury, long-term benefit (pension, etc.), welfare business (such as recreation facility, asset accumulation, and collective insurance).

Document Return Policy

Application documents will not be returned. After an application has been processed, all submitted documents will be disposed of immediately in an appropriate manner.

Contact Detail

Should you have any questions, please contact us via a contact form (, with “Inquiry regarding HIAS open position” in the subject line.
Please note that we will accept questions only via the contact form.


– Hitotsubashi University is an equal opportunity employer in the spirit of the Basic Act for Gender-Equal Society.
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– Please note that smoking is prohibited on campus except in designated areas.