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Assistant Professor (Religious Studies)

Date: 06-Mar-2023

Location: ARTS & SOC SC, Kent Ridge Campus, SG

Company: National University of Singapore

Job Description

The Department of Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in Religious Studies, beginning January 2024. We are particularly interested in recruiting a scholar who will enjoy the opportunity of working collaboratively in an area studies department.


We seek a scholar who specialises in Buddhism and/or Christianity and has knowledge of other major religions. The regional focus of the position is Mainland Southeast Asia (especially Myanmar, Thailand, and/or Cambodia; Myanmar being the priority). The disciplinary focus is wide, as we are particularly interested in applicants whose research and teaching are multi- or inter-disciplinary. In particular, we welcome applicants who have a secondary specialisation in one or more of the following fields: economics, archaeology, media and digital studies, science and technology, urban studies, and gender and sexuality studies.

Job Requirements and Responsibilities

Candidates must demonstrate excellence in teaching, as well as strong scholarship or high scholarly potential.


The successful candidate will be expected to:

  1. be the Convenor of the Minor in Religious Studies;
  2. teach courses in our undergraduate and graduate programmes in their areas of specialization, and
  3. engage in an active and innovative research agenda.


Candidates should have expertise in Southeast Asian languages relevant to their research. The standard teaching load is three modules (courses) per academic year, with an expectation that the successful candidate will also advise students. 

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit an application dossier consisting of the following:

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in the position and how your qualifications and plans fit into the long-term development and enhancement of the Department of Southeast Asian Studies (maximum 2 pages)
  • Up to date Curriculum vitae
  • Concise statement of your research trajectory thus far and publication plans (1-2 pages)
  • Concise statement of your teaching experience and interests, as well as possible courses you are able to offer to raise the profile of the department (1-2 pages)
  • Concise statement describing your personal qualities and experience in collaborative and leadership roles in academic projects and community engagements (1-2 pages)
  • Evidence of teaching experience (course reviews, sample syllabi, teaching awards)
  • A list of three referees (names, contact details and applicant’s relationship to them; only shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit reference letters)  



Candidates should submit all application materials online via the NUS Careers Portal and addressed to:

Chair, Search Committee
Department of Southeast Asian Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
National University of Singapore

Application Timeline

Candidates should submit all application materials by 31 December 2022. We will begin evaluating candidates immediately, but the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

Other Information

Remuneration will be internationally competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The successful candidate may also enjoy housing benefits, relocation allowance, and other benefits depending on the type and duration of appointment and citizenship.

Contact for enquiries

Potential candidates are welcome to get in touch with the Chair of the Search Committee to answer any questions they may have at  

Covid-19 Message

At NUS, the health and safety of our staff and students are one of our utmost priorities, and COVID-vaccination supports our commitment to ensure the safety of our community and to make NUS as safe and welcoming as possible. Many of our roles require a significant amount of physical interactions with students/staff/public members. Even for job roles that may be performed remotely, there will be instances where on-campus presence is required.


Taking into consideration the health and well-being of our staff and students and to better protect everyone in the campus, applicants are strongly encouraged to have themselves fully COVID-19 vaccinated to secure successful employment with NUS.

More Information

Location: Kent Ridge Campus

Organization: Arts & Social Sciences

Department : Southeast Asian Studies

Employee Referral Eligible: No

Job requisition ID : 17642