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The Center for the Study of Social Stratification and Inequality (CSSI) invites applications from excellent scholars for a few postdoctoral positions. (The number of the positions depends on the center’s budget for the next academic year.) The center pursues development of new theories and methodologies on social stratification and inequality with emphasis on studies of rational choice theory, minorities (including gender stratification and inequality), East Asia, transnational migration (especially focusing on “newcomers” in Japan), and fairness. Faculty members of the center are sociologists, social psychologists, cultural anthropologists, religious anthropologists, a historian, and economists, and they study social stratification and inequality from various viewpoints. In addition, the CSSI conducts comparative studies of absolute poverty with the Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality.

Applicants should hold doctoral degrees or show academic performance equivalent to holders of doctoral degrees. They should have a good command of English. Postdoctoral fellows of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science are not eligible for this application.

The successful candidates will be expected to work under the supervision of the faculty members of the center from April 1, 2011 through March 31, 2012. (The starting date is negotiable.) Though the initial contract ends on March 31, 2012, the contract will be extended for one more year.


The salary of a successful candidate will be 270,000 – 350,000 yen per month depending on his/her academic career. Travel and housing allowances will be paid to those who are eligible for them. Grants for excellent research projects proposed by the successful candidates will be provided. The center also academically and financially supports their presentations at international conferences.

Application requirements

Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a list of their presentations and publications, a research plan at the CSSI (less than 1,500 words), each copy of three major publications at most, and a letter of reference to:

Dr. Yoshimichi Sato, Director
Center for the Study of Social Stratification and Inequality
Graduate School of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University
27-1, Kawauchi, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8576 JAPAN
Phone: +81-22-795-6036 Fax: +81-22-795-5972

The deadline for completed applications is January 31, 2011.

All inquiries concerning the application should be addressed to Yoshimichi Sato at


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