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Visiting Professor/Associate Professor in Asia Research Institute (Arabia Asia Studies)

Date: 30-Aug-2022

Location: Kent Ridge Campus, SG

Company: National University of Singapore

Asia Research Institute

The Asia Research Institute (ARI) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) seeks to appoint a research leader in the field of Arabia Asia Studies. The successful candidate will lead development of an ambitious scholarly programme of humanities/social science research on historical interconnections between the Arabian Peninsula and Asia. The professorship title will be for an initial period of up to three years, with the possibility of reappointment for a further three years.


ARI is established as one of the world’s foremost centres of humanities and social science research on Asia. The Institute’s research agenda is built primarily around six interdisciplinary clusters: Asian Migration, Asian Urbanisms, Identities, Inter-Asia Engagements, Religion and Globalisation, and Science, Technology and Society. The advertised position is for an established scholar to be appointed as part of the Inter-Asia Engagements (IAE) cluster []. Based full time in Singapore, s/he would also be expected to contribute to the wider intellectual life of the Institute, as well as to engage scholars elsewhere across the NUS campuses, and internationally.


NUS is among the world’s most highly reputed universities, and provides a generous and well-resourced environment for high quality research. An internationally competitive remuneration package, including a period of subsidised housing, medical benefits and relocation expenses (where applicable), will be offered to the successful candidate. The position will also include start-up research funding, the value of which will be commensurate with experience and the level of appointment.

Job Description

The overall scope and responsibilities of the position include:
a)    Playing a leadership role at ARI through building a programme of research on historical or contemporary connections between the Arabian Peninsula and Asia.
b)    Mentorship of early career researchers at ARI.
c)    Applying for external research funding, either in Singapore or internationally.
d)    Performing administrative/service duties commensurate with the level of appointment.


  • Interested candidates must have a PhD in History or an allied field. 

Application Process

To apply for this position, please combine the following documents in 1 PDF and attach it under the CV column when submitting your application:

  • Full Curriculum vitae;
  • A letter of interest with details of their research credentials, and specifying the level of appointment that they are applying for (Professor or Associate Professor); and
  • An overview of future plans (max. three pages), including external research funding possibilities and publication outputs.


Interested candidates, please submit your application with all the required documents by 30 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 prevailing COVID-19 travel restrictions). Reference letters will only be required for shortlisted candidates. If you have not heard from us within 3 months, you should assume that your application has not been successful.


For further enquiries, please contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Prof Naoko Shimazu (

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: Asia Research Institute

Department : Asia Research Institute