Postdoctoral Position in Research by Design

Singapore (SG)
Jul 04, 2019
End of advertisement period
Aug 03, 2019
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Architecture
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


Research by Design


The Research by Design cluster performs research through the practice of design rather than through traditional forms of writing. It links the importance of making architecture through drawing, prototyping, and innovative building with rigor, originality, and significance.  Located strategically between the north south axis of urbanizing Asia and the east west line of the tropical equator, the Advance Practice Group researches three main themes:

1) the architecture of climatic calibration

2) the architectonics of technology, material and resources


Contextualized in the specific dynamic forces of the built environment in Asia and South East Asia, the shared ambition of the Cluster is to push the discipline of design through imaginative making, creating international impact. The aim of the design research is beyond normative practice, seeking advanced positions that challenge and push forward the very discourse of architecture itself.

Its members’ achievements include:

  • Design and research awards of international reputation
  • Constructing and disseminating innovative design knowledge calibrated to the equator
  • Promoting a network of practitioners and academics engaged in the research of design in Asia and in South East Asia.

This design knowledge is produced through a variety of traditional and contemporary modes including buildings, competition entries, speculative projects, photography, drawings, curatorial practice, films, photography and monographs.

With a focused outlook, the impact to the discipline of design is significant and robust stemming from the Group’s unique position on the equator and from the region surrounding Singapore.

Duties and Responsibilities expected from the Post-Doc Candidate

The successful candidate is also expected to the initiation of new research projects, application of joint research grants, and developing joint publications, outreach, and dissemination for the Cluster. Experience of the transformation of design knowledge into text such as proposals, seminars, workshops, and publications is fundamental. S/he may also be asked to assist in organizing conferences.

Qualification & Requirements

PhD candidates with training in architectural and design practice, including research into transforming project based knowledge into synthetic and applicable research. Working knowledge of 3D modeling, 3D printing, and graphic platforms are appropriate. Experience in Asia and South East Asia will have an advantage including working knowledge of Mandarin, Malay and/or Bahasa

Appointment Details

Duration of Appointment

2 years. (Note: Candidate is expected to commence work starting 9 September 2019)

Application Deadline

Until the position is filled. Appreciate your understanding in advance that only selected qualified applicants will receive responses.

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Interested applicants, please send in the following documents to

  • Cover letter describing career goals and motivations
  • CV
  • Examples of two to three pieces of  scholarly writings
  • Other forms of research work
  • 3 recommendation letters

The National University of Singapore is a research-active university that offers an attractive employment package. Appointees will find, within the Department, a stimulating and well-resourced environment to pursue innovative and multi-disciplinary designs backed up by research that addresses the needs and conditions in Asia.