Appointments

 

Transnational Relations, Ageing and Care Ethics (TRACE)

The Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore (NUS), invites applications for the following positions (details below):

  1.     ONE full-time Research Assistant/Associate
  2.     TWO Research Fellowships (Postdoctoral/Research Fellow)

We also invite applications for ONE PhD Scholarship that will be based at the Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) in the National University of Singapore (details here).

Successful applicants are expected to commence duties at NUS in January 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter.

These positions are connected to the research project titled, ‘Transnational Relations, Ageing and Care Ethics’ (TRACE). The research focuses on how transnational relations, ageing and care ethics extend across national borders. It considers three interrelated aspects of care circulation: (1) grandparenting migration, (2) caring for the aged and the left-behind care chains of foreign carers; and (3) retirement migration. Empirically, the research examines the everyday geographies of older people in Singapore, China and Australia, and the care migration industry and left-behind care chains of foreign care workers from Myanmar.

The project is funded through a large grant awarded by the Ministry of Education (MOE Tier 2). The project team consists of Principal Investigator A/P Elaine Ho  (Department of Geography and the Asia Research Institute), and Co-PIs Professor Brenda Yeoh, A/P Shirlena Huang and A/P Thang Leng Leng.

The deadline for the ARI job applications is on 29 September 2017.

The deadline for the PhD Scholarship at the Department of Geography is on 6 October 2017.

Details of the application submission guidelines are below.

 

A. RESEARCH ASSISTANT / ASSOCIATE (1 position)


 

INVITATION TO APPLY

  • The appointment is tenable for up to three years.
  • The position will be based in Singapore with an intended start date of January 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter, for a period of one year in the first instance, renewable on satisfactory review.

 

ROLE OF THE RESEARCH ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE (RA)

The RA will provide administrative support to the Principal Investigator for large grant management and liaise with the project team members or external parties on such matters. There will be opportunities to be involved in empirical research that is central to the project.

Applicants are expected to hold at least a Second Class Honours (Upper Division) or an equivalent honours degree, or a Masters degree in the Social Sciences. The successful applicant should have:

  • Prior experience in conducting independent research and skills in qualitative research
  • Excellent organisational, interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written)
  • Basic computer knowledge and core Microsoft Office skills
  • Willingness to work with researchers using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) techniques
  • Prior experience in large grant management will be an advantage (though not a pre-requisite)
  • Skills in one or more of the following languages central to the research project will be an advantage (though not a pre-requisite): Mandarin and/or Chinese dialects used in Singapore (e.g. Hokkien, Cantonese, Teochew or Hainanese); Bahasa Melayu or Indonesia; Tamil or Burmese

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  1. The apppointment will be for a period of one year, renewable on satisfactory review. The successful applicant will receive an attractive monthly remuneration depending on experience and qualifications. Singapore citizens and permanent residents are eligible for central provident fund benefits. All salary and benefit-in-kind are subjected to taxation in accordance with local tax laws.
  2. 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/whyjoinus.htm. Terms and conditions, according to university guidelines, are subject to changes without prior notice.

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Informal enquiries may be directed to the Principal Investigator A/P Elaine Ho (elaine.ho@nus.edu.sg).

To apply for this position, please submit the following:

  • Application form and consent form (please click here to download form)
  • Cover letter explaining your research interests and experience
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Academic transcript
  • Name and email addresses of THREE referees whom we may contact

In the subject line of the email please type ‘TRACE – RA application’.

Please email your application and associated documents to joinari@nus.edu.sg by 29 September 2017. Only shortlisted applicants will be notified. Shortlisted applicants may be called for interview, either in person or by Skype, as appropriate.

 

B. TWO RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS (POSTDOCTORAL/RESEARCH FELLOW) (2 positions)


 

INVITATION TO APPLY

We also invite applications for TWO full-time research positions where the successful applicants will undertake research connected to the MOE Tier 2 funded research project titled, ‘Transnational Relations, Ageing and Care Ethics’ (TRACE). The first appointment at Postdoctoral Fellow level is tenable for up to 18 months, and the second appointment at Postdoctoral or Research Fellow level is tenable for up to 24 months.

The positions will be based in Singapore with an intended start date of January 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter, for a period of one year in the first instance, renewable on satisfactory review.

Applicants are expected to hold a PhD degree (or awaiting conferment) and have research interests in a relevant area of the social sciences and a record of publication (or potential to deliver) in high impact journals and/or reputable publishing houses. S/he should have research experience in the areas outlined in the next section, preferably in an Asian context.

Successful applicants for both positions will contribute towards delivering key outputs tied to the project (e.g. publications and presentations). They will also contribute to the professional development of graduate research students associated with the research project.

In addition to activities associated with ARI, the PDF/RF may wish to participate in departmental seminars and other activities in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, NUS.

 

ROLE OF THE POSTDOCTORAL/RESEARCH FELLOW

Position 1 (Postdoctoral Fellow, 18 months)

The project will employ a Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) with excellent skills in doing qualitative research (e.g. ethnography and in-depth interviews). Prior experience in doing research with older adults or families will be an advantage. Language skills in Mandarin and/or Chinese dialects used in Singapore (e.g. Hokkien, Cantonese, Teochew or Hainanese) will be useful for this job position (though not a pre-requisite). The PDF will be involved in empirical research that is central to the overall research project.

Position 2 (Postdoctoral or Research Fellow, 24 months)

The project will employ a Postdoctoral (PDF) or Research Fellow (RF) with intermediate to advanced competencies in critical GIS (spatial analysis) and knowledge of (or willingness to learn) qualitative research methods. This PDF/RF will be involved in empirical research that is central to the overall research project. The level of appointment at PDF or RF level will depend on the successful applicant’s career stage and experience.

The successful PDF/RF will work with the Principal Investigator in leading the research team to develop GIS visualization using GPS and other data obtained through qualitative research methods. Skills in ArcGIS and WebGIS (JAVA script preferred) are essential. Knowledge of coding and website development will be an advantage (though not a pre-requisite).

Other than working on the research project, applicants appointed at the Research Fellow level will also work under the supervision of an ARI Cluster Leader. The RF will take the lead on duties such as organising workshops and conferences, applying for grant funding, participating in current cluster projects, and carrying out new projects. Administrative duties such as mentoring early career researchers and committee work may be assigned from time to time.

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The appointments will be for a period of one year, renewable on satisfactory review. An all-inclusive, fixed monthly salary of S$5,500 or up to S$6000 for experienced research fellows. This all-in sum is inclusive of stipends for housing and living expenses.

Travel assistance will be provided for successful applicants from overseas. Singapore citizens and permanent residents are eligible for central provident fund benefits. All salary and benefit-in-kind are subjected to taxation in accordance with local tax laws.

There is support for project-related research fieldwork and conference attendance (subject to approval).

Research staff at ARI should participate actively in research activities including attendance at seminars, conferences and ARI social events.

Other benefits that the University provides and other information about working in NUS and living in Singapore are available at http://www.nus.edu.sg/careers/potentialhires/index.html.

*Terms and conditions, according to university guidelines, are subject to change without prior notice.

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

To apply for this position, please submit the following:

  • Application form and consent form (please click here to download form)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A cover letter, of no more than 800 words, explaining the applicant’s past research experience and aptitude in relation to the research project
  • In addition, please arrange for THREE referees, one of whom should be the PhD supervisor, to submit a confidential report on their academic standing and research directly to joinari@nus.edu.sg. In the subject line of the email please type ‘TRACE – PDF/RF’ application. The referee reports should also reach us by 29 September 2017.

Please email your application and associated documents to joinari@nus.edu.sg by 29 September 2017. Only shortlisted applicants will be notified. Shortlisted applicants may be called for interview, either in person or by Skype, as appropriate.

 

C. PhD SCHOLARSHIP (1 Position)


 

The Department of Geography, based at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at the National University of Singapore, invites applications for ONE full-time PhD Scholarship.

The successful PhD applicant will undertake research connected to the research project titled, ‘Transnational Relations, Ageing and Care Ethics’ (TRACE). The full project description is provided at the start of this page.

The PhD thesis work should be an independent project that fits broadly into the overall research project on ‘Transnational Relations, Ageing and Care Ethics’ (TRACE). Empirical research conducted in an Asian context will be preferred. 

This PhD position is targeted at applicants who have:

  • Intermediate competency in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), usually obtained at the honours (at least Second Class Honours/Upper Division or equivalent), or at the Masters level; knowledge of ArcGIS, spatial analysis and visualization preferred
  • Knowledge or willingness to work with qualitative research methods

The successful applicant is expected to commence PhD studies at NUS in January 2018, although promising applicants requesting to start in August 2018 will also be considered.

Application details and submission information can be found here. Or visit the FASS Research Scholarships website for more information.

Potential applicants may write to the PI (A/P Elaine Ho at elaine.ho@nus.edu.sg) to indicate an interest in the project before 6 October 2017