Japanese Studies

Welcome to the Department of Japanese Studies at the University of Tübingen

The Department of Japanese Studies at the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies at the University of Tübingen is one of the largest institutions for Japanese studies in the German-speaking world. The focus in research and teaching is on religion, technology / modern Japan and environmental history, and each is represented by its own professorship.

Founded in 1993, the Tübingen Center for Japanese Studies at Doshisha University in Kyoto is the only program in Japan for German-language Japanese Studies. Students are required to spend one year of their bachelor studies abroad to ensure that all graduates of Tübingen Japanese Studies are equipped with well-rounded language skills.

More than fifteen instructors guarantee that all students are provided with intensive and individualized advising from the first semester until completion of the bachelor or master’s programs.

Programs in Japanese Studies

  • Bachelor's or Master's Degree



Open Position: Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d, pay grade E 13 TV-L, 100%)

In the Department of Japanese Studies at the University of Tübingen, the position of an

Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d; pay grade E 13 TV-L, 100%)

is to be filled starting September 1, 2024, initially for a duration of 3 years (with the possibility of extension for another 3 years upon positive interim evaluation of the project).

The postdoc position is part of the Emmy Noether Junior Research Group "The Japanese Alpine Empire: A Transnational Environmental History of Japan's 'Alpine' Landscapes" under the direction of Junior Professor Dr. Fynn Holm. The position holder is expected to independently work on the postdoc sub-project "The Japanese Alpine Empire in Taiwan/Korea (1895-1945)" designed for a period of six years. The sub-project should result in a monograph and one or more articles. Further information about the Emmy Noether Junior Research Group in general and the sub-project in particular can be found on the department's website (https://uni-tuebingen.de/de/264663).

In addition to working on the sub-project, other tasks within the framework of the junior research group include organizing workshops and a symposium, participating in junior research group seminars, providing informal guidance to doctoral students, co-editing an edited volume, and public relations work. Furthermore, willingness to conduct several months of field research in East Asia is expected.

The prerequisite for employment is a very good doctoral degree in an area of East Asian studies, history, or cultural studies with a focus on Asia. Very good language skills in English and Japanese are expected, and ideally basic knowledge of another East Asian language (Chinese or Korean).

Disabled applicants will be given preference if equally qualified. The university is committed to equal opportunities and diversity. The university aims to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and therefore encourages appropriately qualified female scientists to apply.

The following documents are required for the application:

  • Motivation letter
  • Curriculum Vitae (including at least 2 references)
  • List of publications
  • Project description (approx. 3 pages). Explain how you would approach the sub-project using your own expertise and what focus you would emphasize. The project description should also include a realistic work plan for the six years of the sub-project.
  • 2 publications

Please submit your application documents by June 3, 2024 (as a PDF file by email) directly to the project leader Fynn Holm (fynn.holm@uni-tuebingen.de), who is also available for inquiries.

The appointment will be made by the Central Administration.