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Postdoctoral/Research Fellow in Asia Research Institute (Asian Infrastructures)

Date: 26-Nov-2022


Company: National University of Singapore



The Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore (NUS), invites applications for ONE Research Fellowship (Postdoctoral/Research Fellow).


The successful applicant is expected to commence duties at NUS in January 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter. 


Asia signifies both the Asian continent and islands and their relations with the wider world. Infrastructures are conceptualized in a similarly broad sense, including (but not limited to), for example, knowledge networks, health infrastructures, migration infrastructures, port and other transport infrastructures, digital and financial infrastructure networks and nodes as well as China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) .  


The position is funded by a new Research Partnership between ARI and Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien (“DIJ”) which is one the institutes of the Max Weber Foundation (“MWS”) 


The new ARI-DIJ Research Partnership capitalizes on the track record of the Max Weber Foundation (MWS) Research Group on Borders, Mobility and New Infrastructures that was established in the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (“FASS”) in June 2017 and will be replaced by the new Partnership:


The successful applicant will be hosted by one or more of the following research clusters at ARI: Asian Urbanisms, Inter-Asia Engagements, Asian Migrations, Science Technology and Society. The appointed fellow will have opportunities to be involved in organizing workshops and webinars, applying for grant funding, participating in current cluster projects, and carrying out new projects. 



Applicants are expected to hold a PhD degree (or awaiting conferment) and have research interests in a relevant area of the social sciences and a record of publication (or potential to deliver) in high impact journals and/or reputable publishing houses. 



  1. The initial appointment will be for a period of two years, with the possibility of renewal for two more years. 
  2. The all-inclusive, fixed monthly salary will be S$6000 upwards. Singapore citizens and permanent residents are eligible for central provident fund benefits. All salary and benefits-in-kind are subjected to taxation in accordance with local tax laws.
  3. There is support for project-related research fieldwork and conference attendance (subject to approval).
  4. Research staff at ARI should participate actively in research activities including attendance at seminars, conferences and ARI social events.
  5. Other benefits that the University provides and other information about working in NUS and living in Singapore are available at


*Terms and conditions, according to university guidelines, are subject to change without prior notice.



To apply for this position, please submit the following documents in one (combined) PDF and attach it under the CV column in the system:


  1. Curriculum vitae, with the names of THREE referees, one of whom should be the PhD supervisor. References will be sought for shortlisted candidates only.
  2. A research plan, of no more than 1000 words, specifying topical research foci, conceptual approaches and naming potential collaborators at ARI (and if relevant elsewhere) and publication plans. The research plan should be for two years in the first instance, but can also indicate plans for a further two years (in the event that the Research Fellowship is extended for two more years beyond the initial two year contract).


Closing date for applications is 15 September 2022.  Only shortlisted applicants will be notified. Shortlisted applicants may be called for interview, either in person or by zoom, as appropriate.


Potential applicants may contact Professor James D Sidaway regarding any questions about the position or their suitability:



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.



Location: Kent Ridge Campus

Organization: Asia Research Institute

Department : Research

Job requisition ID : 16764