Job announcement: Department of Geography, National University of Singapore – Assistant Professor in political ecology

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

NB 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.

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:

  1. Teach at least two modules a year at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.
  2. Contribute to the Department’s internationally recognised research activities.
  3. Perform administrative/service duties commensurate with a tenure-track Assistant Professor appointment.

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 geowlw[at]

The job advert is here:



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