Assistant Professor (tenure track) in political ecology at Department of Geography, National University of Singapore

November 15 2017


Department of Geography, National University of Singapore – Faculty Position – Assistant Professor (tenure track) in political ecology

This position could suit a recent PhD (please note that the PhD must be in hand prior to taking up the post from July 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter), postdoc or other early career faculty who wishes to be in a dynamic Asian department.

The job advert is here:

We welcome applications from candidates with expertise in any area of political ecology, but
research and teaching activities should complement and/or enhance existing activities of the
Department’s “Politics, Economies and Space” research group.

The Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore offers Bachelors, Masters and
Doctoral degrees in Social Sciences and stands among the top Geography departments in the world.
Although there are many overreaching and interconnecting themes and projects, our teaching and
research is constituted through three groups – Social and Cultural Geographies; Politics, Economies,
and Space; and Tropical Environmental Change.

The Department comprises an international mix of about 35 faculty members and has over 300
undergraduate majors and 60 graduate students. Recent initiatives include a taught MSc in Applied
GIS. The Department continues to develop and shape research agendas in the global academic arena,
while maintaining a strong commitment to undergraduate education. For additional information,
please consult the Department web site at:

Although previous experience of researching in/on Asia is not essential, candidates must be able and
willing to develop research projects in the region and/or on connecting global political ecology interests
to what is happening in Asia.

All applicants should have an established, or strong potential to establish a research profile
commensurate with this tenure-track position. They should have a PhD in geography or an allied field
(the PhD must be awarded prior to taking up the position) with demonstrable expertise in political
ecology. Experience of university teaching is also highly desirable.
In terms of teaching and academic responsibilities, the successful candidate will be expected to:
a. Teach at least two modules a year at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.
b. Contribute to the Department’s internationally recognised research activities.
c. Perform administrative/service duties commensurate with a tenure-track Assistant Professor

The successful candidate would be expected to start work at NUS from July 2018 or as soon as
possible thereafter.

Interested candidates should submit their application (including a letter of interest with details of their
research trajectory and future plans, teaching experience and a full curriculum vitae with the names
and contact details of three referees) by 15 January 2018. Shortlisted candidates will be notified
soon after the application deadline and plans will be made for a campus visit and interview. It is
envisaged that these interviews will take place in February-April 2018. A competitive remuneration
package, including a period of subsidized housing and medical benefits and relocation expenses (where
applicable), will be offered to successful candidates.

For further enquiries, please contact the Chair of the Search Committee:
Professor James D Sidaway (

Please send completed applications to:

Geography Search Committee
c/o Ms Wong Lai Wa
Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
National University of Singapore
1 Arts Link, Singapore 117570
Email applications are encouraged: Send to Ms Wong Lai Wa at