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Postdoctoral Position in Urbanism

Singapore (SG)
Closing date
3 Aug 2019

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Academic Discipline
Architecture, Arts & Humanities
Job Type
Academic Posts, Postdocs
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Details




With a comprehensive understanding of the complexity and distinctive characters of emerging urbanism in Asia, the vision of the Urbanism Research Cluster is to develop sustainable models and new strategies to cope with various environmental, social and economic challenges facing Asian cities and to achieve inclusive and shared prosperities. Emergent urban issues related to urban design, urban planning, quality of public space, urban sustainability, urban history and urban morphology are investigated through geographical, ethnographic, participatory, spatial analytical and historical approaches. The Urbanism Research Cluster aims to critically revisit, reconsider, and redevelop the ways in which we perceive and use, plan and build our cities, to question and reflect established norms, conceptions and systems, and to propose new visions of urbanism for a sustainable urban future in Asia. The pressing challenges for Asian cities in the rapid and intense urbanisation process require investigations from multiple perspectives and inter- and transdisciplinary collaborations.

We invite applicants to work with us on one of the following topics that our current researches cover.

Community & Participation

  • Design for urban social sustainability
  • Participatory community design & planning                              
  • Community-centric & process-oriented design methods

Conservation & Regeneration

  • Urban history & morphology of Asian cities
  • Urban & rural regeneration in Asia
  • Heritage conservation & heritage management

Ageing & Healthcare

  • High-density urban environments for ageing
  • Design for health and well-being
  • Long-term care and health supportive environments

Urban form & Big data

  • Urban form, street layout & their relations with formative processes of cities
  • Measuring built form & its performance using smart open data
  • Planning & design of public urban spaces for high-density cities

Resilience & Informality

  • Planning & design for resilient development
  • Urban informality & on-site renewal
  • Spatial analysis on informal settlements

Duties and Responsibilities expected from the Post-Doc Candidate

The successful applicant is expected to work closely with the members of the Urbanism Research Cluster, initiating, coordinating, and supporting various research activities, such as application for competitive research funding, fieldwork, archival and library research, organizing workshops, symposiums, conferences and other forums of academic exchange, and producing research outputs, including research reports and joint publications.

Qualification & Requirements

PhD in architecture (with a focus on urbanism), urban design or urban planning

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.

Compulsory Information to Include

In accordance with the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA), please provide consent for the collection, use and disclosure of personal data, using the NUS Personal Data Consent for Job Applicants form.
For more information, please visit NUS > Careers > Academic Appointments.
Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

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.


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