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Assistant Professor (Southeast Asia: Digital Studies, STS, Economics and/or Religious Studies)

Singapore (SG)
Closing date
May 24, 2024

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Job Description

The National University of Singapore is seeking to fill a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies.  We are particularly interested in recruiting scholars who will enjoy the opportunity of working collaboratively with colleagues from different disciplines. The Department is the only Southeast Asian Studies department at a world-class university located in Southeast Asia itself, a distinction that provides faculty with unique research access as well as ensuring a highly diverse student body.

We seek a scholar who specialises in one or more of the following fields: digital and media studies (including digital humanities); science, technology, and society; economics (particularly with a focus on the political economy, ASEAN regionalism and/or China-Southeast Asia relations), and/or religious studies. The disciplinary focus is broad, as we are particularly interested in applicants whose research and teaching are multi- or inter-disciplinary. Priority will be given to applicants with a regional focus on Mainland Southeast Asia or the Philippines. Candidates should have expertise in Southeast Asian languages relevant to their research.

The successful applicant will be expected to take up the position by January 2025 at the earliest, or latest by August 2025.


Job Requirements and Responsibilities

Candidates should show evidence of strong teaching and publication records.  In addition to teaching, the successful applicant will be expected to supervise undergraduate and graduate 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 would contribute to 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 (maximum 2 pages)
  • Concise statement of your teaching experience and interests, as well as possible courses you are able to offer that would enrich the teaching of the Department (maximum 2 pages)
  • Evidence of teaching experience (course reviews, sample syllabi, teaching awards)
  • A list of three referees, including the applicant’s main PhD supervisor/advisor (names, contact details and applicant’s relationship to them). Only referees of 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 15 June 2024. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a campus visit from August 2024.


Other Information

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

Successful talented early career candidates with excellent research track records may be considered for the NUS Presidential Young Professorship (NUS PYP) award. For further details, please refer to the NUS PYP website.


A leading global university centred in Asia, the National University of Singapore is a leader of scientific and social scientific research in the city-state of Singapore. Its transformative education includes a broad-based curriculum underscored by multi-disciplinary courses and cross-faculty enrichment, as well as special programmes which allow students to realise their potential. Over 30,000 students from 100 countries further enrich the community with their diverse social and cultural perspectives, making campus life vibrant and exciting.The Department of Sociology offers Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Social Sciences and contributes to interdisciplinary programmes in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The Department stands among the top sociology departments in Asia, and specializes in sociological and anthropological research on Asian societies. We have about thirty faculty members in diverse fields such as family, demography, stratification, medical sociology, comparative-historical sociology, socio-cultural anthropology, and cultural studies. The Department attracts graduate students internationally and we have a rapidly developing postgraduate programme in which students have the option to complete a Ph.D. in either Sociology or Anthropology. (

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