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Assistant Professor (Social and Cultural Geographies)

Date: 02-Jul-2022

Location: Kent Ridge Campus, SG

Company: National University of Singapore

Job Description

Department of Geography, National University of Singapore (NUS)
One Faculty Position in Social and Cultural Geographies of Asia
Assistant Professor (tenure track) 

The Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore (NUS) seeks to appoint up to one emerging scholar in the field of Social and Cultural Geographies of Asia. The successful candidate will be affiliated with the Department’s Social and Cultural Geographies (SCG) research group. 

While recruitment is not limited to the following topics, we particularly welcome applications from social and cultural geographers whose research is empirically informed and theoretically addresses:
•    Geographies of resilience and/or vulnerability, such as to do with climate risks and hazards, informality, ageing and life course, rural and peri-urban geographies and the digital divide
•    Children and/or youth geographies 

For candidates who do not have previous experience of researching in/on Asia, it is important to demonstrate evidence of an ability and willingness to develop research projects in/from the region. 

The NUS Department of Geography has a long and rich tradition of social and cultural geography research, with well-established strengths in scholarship on cultural/heritage landscapes, migration and transnationalism, cities, gender, and geographies of tourism. In more recent years the SCG research group has developed other research strands including ageing and care, children and young people, pedagogy innovations and urban liveability. The group is currently organised around two inclusive and overlapping themes: mobilities and urban life. 


SCG members have strong collaborative relations with colleagues in the other two research groups in the Department (Politics, Economies and Space, PEAS, and Tropical Environmental Change, TEC) and scholars in cognate disciplines, particularly as part of the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. NUS, is ranked among the world’s most highly reputed universities and provides a generous and well-resourced environment in terms of funding and other research support. For more information on the NUS Department of Geography, please see:


In terms of teaching and academic responsibilities, the successful candidate will be expected to: 
a)  Contribute to the Department’s internationally recognised research activities; 
b)  Teach a minimum of two modules per academic year at the undergraduate and/or graduate level; 
c)  Perform administrative/service duties commensurate with a tenure-track appointment. 


Interested candidates must have a PhD in geography or an allied field. They should submit an application comprising: a letter of interest with details of their research credentials and future plans; a full curriculum vitae; evidence of teaching experience, including feedback if available; and names of two referees and the candidate’s PhD supervisor(s). 

An internationally competitive remuneration package, including a period of subsidised housing, medical benefits and relocation expenses (where applicable), will be offered to the successful candidates. NUS also provides start-up grants, the value of which is commensurate with experience and the position of appointment.

For further enquiries, please contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Associate Professor Elaine Ho:

The deadline for applications is 11 June 2022. Shortlisted candidates will be notified soon thereafter, and plans will then be made for a campus visit and interview (either virtual or in-person, depending on COVID-19 travel restrictions).  

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 presences are required. 

In accordance with Singapore's legal requirements, unvaccinated workers will not be able to work on the NUS premises with effect from 15 January 2022. As such, job applicants will need to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated to secure successful employment with NUS.

More Information

Location: Block S2-03-01

Organization: National University of Singapore

Department : Geography

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Job requisition ID : 19257