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Open Positions

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR POSITION, TO BEGIN IN AUGUST 2017

The successful candidate must have:

  • A Ph.D. in Sociology or Anthropology from an internationally acclaimed institution at the time of appointment.
  • Fields of specialization are open, but those with research focus on economic, political and comparative historical sociology or anthropology are particularly of interest.
  • A research focus on South East Asia is preferred.
  • A strong track record and promising trajectory in research and publication
  • Excellent communication skills and dedication to academic teaching excellence and collegiality

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.

The university emphasizes excellence in both teaching and research, with internationally competitive salaries and opportunities for substantial research funding. The successful candidate is also expected to supervise graduate students at the Masters and Ph.D. level.  As the university’s medium of instruction is English, applicants must exhibit a high level of English-competency.

Applications should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a research and teaching statement, evidence of teaching effectiveness, names and contact details for three references, and application form (duly completed - http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/soc/Personal Particulars & Data Consent Forms.pdf). Please submit your application in a single PDF file and do not include any writing samples.

Send applications to:
Chair, Search Committee
c/o Ms Jane Ong at socjob@nus.edu.sg.

The closing date for applications is 31 October 2016 (GMT+8). Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

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NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE, ONE POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN NETWORK ANALYSIS WITH THE GLOBAL PRODUCTION NETWORKS CENTRE (GPN@NUS) AND THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY

http://gpn.nus.edu.sg

Professor Henry Yeung, together with Professor Neil Coe as co-Principal Investigator, at the Department of Geography was awarded a S$4.95 million research grant by the NUS Office of Deputy President (Research and Technology) in October 2014 to establish a Faculty-based research centre for the study of global production networks (GPN) and economic development, with a particular focus on Asia. Founded by a team of researchers from Geography, Economics, Sociology, and Political Science, this Centre is named GPN@NUS and the grant will end in September 2018 (though funding beyond 2018 will be sought).

The Centre now has about 20 full time assistant/associate professors, senior research fellows, postdoctoral fellows, and research assistants. In light of this significant research initiative and the availability of funding until the end of September 2018, we are now seeking to appoint up an outstanding Postdoctoral Fellow to contribute to the Centre’s research activities in network analysis. The Postdoctoral Fellow will have access to large data sets covering six key sectors: (1) electronics; (2) automotive; (3) pharmaceuticals; (4) oil and gas; (5) finance and (6) logistics. The Postdoctoral Fellowship will provide the appointee time for publishing his/her research and funding for international conference attendance (on application and subject to approval). The appointment can start anytime now and will end in September 2018.

The successful candidate must have:

  • A Ph.D. in Sociology or related discipline from an internationally acclaimed institution or be awaiting conferment of a Ph.D. (the Ph.D. must be awarded by the time that the post is taken up)
  • Familiarity with network analysis methods
  • Strong data analytic and statistical skills and methods using large data sets, familiarity with relevant software and programming tools such as Stata, Python and/or R and strong writing skills
  • Interest in global production networks and global value chains
  • A strong track record and promising trajectory in research and publication
  • Excellent communication skills and dedication to academic teaching excellence and collegiality

The successful candidate is expected to participate actively in the Centre’s activities and he/she will be hosted by the Department of Sociology that 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. The Department has 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.

The university emphasizes excellence in research, with internationally competitive salaries and opportunities for substantial research funding.

The terms and conditions for the Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) are as follows:

  1. Contract to be awarded till end September 2018.
  2. An Annual Base Salary between S$66,000 and S$85,000 per year, depending on experience and disciplinary background.
  3. Singapore citizens and permanent residents are eligible for provident fund benefits.
  4. Travel Assistance may be provided for eligible candidates.
  5. Medical benefits in accordance with the Medical Benefit Plan.
  6. Vacation leave of 28 days per calendar year.

Other benefits that the University provides and information about working in NUS and living in Singapore are available at http://www.nus.edu.sg/careers. Terms and conditions, according to university guidelines, are subject to changes without prior notice.

Application

All applications, including a covering letter detailing research interests, publication track record and plans, as well as a CV and the names of two academic referees, and queries should be submitted via email to Dr. Aidan Wong (aidanwong@nus.edu.sg) as soon as possible. The review for the positions will begin on 1 November 2016, and the search will continue until the appointment is made.