Job Openings: Asian Topics, Post-Doctoral Fellowships

job opening - 5Institution:  Nanyang Technological University, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Location:   Singapore
Position:   Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Applications are now open!

Closing Date: 31st July 2013.

As a young and dynamic institution, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) at Nanyang Technological University is pleased to announce that seven Postdoctoral Fellowships are to be awarded in July/August 2013. Four of these fellowships are to be hosted at the School-level research clusters including:

1) Global Asia

a) Conceptualizing Asia in Global Interactions: In the globalized world where goods, capital, people, and knowledge seem to exchanged seamlessly, we are no doubt presented with the image of an open world.
How is Asia positioned or conceptualized in this global exchange? What are the stakes involved in these global interactions? How do we now define “Asian” cultural notions, practices and ideas?

b) Asia;s globalising universities and the languages of education: In the twenty-first century there is great pressure on universities in the region to go global with student intake and staff outreach, and to compete on a regional and international scale in the global rankings competition. This has typically led to an increased emphasis on the English language as the lingua franca of higher education in such societies as Hong Kong, India, Singapore, and the Philippines, and the introduction of English-medium programs in China, Korea, and Japan. While the motivation for this is clear, it has also been argued that this push for English in higher education has diverted awareness away from the linguistic ecology of languages in Asia itself. This topic will explore the complex of issues related to such issues, with particular reference to recent developments in Southeast and East Asia.

2) Literary and Cultural Studies

Singapore cultural studies: The candidate should have expertise in Singapore cultural studies, concentrating on the contemporary arts and cultural production, particularly (but not exclusively) work with a focus on theatre performance, situated in the multi-cultural and  multi-lingual contexts of Singapore, as well as in the larger contexts of Southeast and East Asia. Bilingual ability in English and Chinese is required.

3) China and Globalization

The candidate will undertake interdisciplinary and transnational research pertaining to China’s changing and complex roles in globalization, including, among other things, international migration, emerging soft power and public diplomacy, identity formations and transformations, and new patterns of governance. (PI: Professor Liu Hong

4) Sino-Southeast Asian interactions and/or Chinese migration (funded by Centre for Chinese Language and Culture)

The candidate will undertake interdisciplinary and empirical research on China’s changing interactions with Southeast Asia over the past century and the role of Chinese migration in shaping these interactions. The issues can be approached from historical, literary, socio-economic and political perspectives. The ability to use Chinese language materials for research is required.

For more information about HSS research clusters, please visit here


Outstanding and promising candidates who have received his/her PhD in the humanities and social sciences from a reputable University

Candidates research interests should lie within the broad themes of the chosen clusters

The successful candidates are expected to undertake cutting-edge research in one of the chosen fields either jointly with the NTU counterparts or independently as well as to assist research clusters research activities such as organizing workshops. Subject to mutual agreement, postdoctoral fellows may undertake some light teaching, no more than one course per academic year, in a relevant disciplinary department at HSS.

Duration: One year (renewable for up to another year, subject to funding availability and performance appraisal)

Salary: Competitive remuneration plus research expense support

Application Procedure

Interested candidates are invited to send a complete Curriculum Vita
including a cover letter and the attached official application form

At least three reference letters, on official letterhead and signed by the referees, are to be sent directly by the referees to

Please email your application documents to

The application closing date is July 31, 2013. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.



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Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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