Adjunct Research Fellow, Centre for Maritime Law

02 Dec 2021
End of advertisement period
22 Dec 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Description

The Centre for Maritime Law (CML) at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, launched on 3 September 2015, focuses broadly on international trade, transport and shipping law related issues. It produces research and hosts events of scholarly value to academics, professionals, and government institutions with the objective of enhancing the development of commercial maritime law in Singapore, the region, and further afield. It hosts a respected Working Paper Series (WPS) and, in collaboration with the Comité Maritime International (CMI), the CML CMI Database, Judicial Decisions on International Conventions

The Director of CML is Professor Stephen Girvin, MPA Professor of Maritime Law, and the Deputy Director is Associate Professor Paul Myburgh.

CML is inviting applications from suitable candidates to conduct research and to participate in the work of CML on a part-time basis. Suitable applicants will, depending on qualifications, background and expertise, be appointed to the part-time position of Adjunct Research Fellow.


The position will carry the following benefits:

  1. Employment on an Adjunct (part-time) contract at NUS Law for one year, renewable for a second year, subject to satisfactory performance.
  2. A remuneration package, commensurate with qualifications and experience.


The duties associated with the position(s) are as follows:

  1. The successful applicant will be expected to devote a minimum of 8 hours per week to the position.
  2. The successful applicant will be expected to develop his or her own research agenda, leading to publication during his or her term of appointment. This must include writing a working paper for publication in the CML Working Paper Series and at least one journal article for publication in a refereed law journal.
  3. The successful applicant may be given the opportunity to present his or her research and to participate in and contribute to our CML in-house seminar series.



The selection committee will consider the following criteria when making an appointment for the position of Adjunct Research Fellow in CML:

  1. The successful applicant will be of high calibre and must have obtained a Master’s Degree or an Honours degree in law or JD, been admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court, and have practised as a lawyer or in-house for no more than eight years.
  2. Applications are sought from those with interests in any branch of commercial maritime or shipping law or admiralty law or marine insurance law, including the international sale of goods carried by sea, maritime conflict of laws, maritime dispute resolution, including maritime arbitration, and offshore oil and gas law. Interest in a developing cutting-edge area of maritime law, of current interest within Singapore, may be an advantage.
  3. The principal selection criterion will be the applicant’s potential and passion to develop a research profile in tandem with their existing full-time employment. The committee will consider the alignment of the applicant’s research plans with CML’s research strengths and priorities.
  4. A strong command of the English language is essential, as is a demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

Application procedure

Interested applicants are invited to apply and submit their applications directly at our NUS Career Portal. These must comprise:

Covering letter

  1. The covering letter should, inter alia, explain the reason for your interest in the position and address your ability to develop a research agenda during your appointment.

Application Form

  1. The application form should be completed and submitted together with the other required documents. Applicants may download the:

Application form HERE

Curriculum Vitae

  1. A detailed curriculum vitae should be submitted containing complete and detailed information on academic institutions, honours, awards, any publications, and all professional experience (current and previous, including dates of employment and job descriptions, important cases etc).

Research Proposal

  1. A research proposal outlining the applicant’s intended research plans for the next year, including the expected results of such work, should be submitted.

Writing sample

  1. As the successful applicant is expected to develop his or her own research agenda, to publishable standard, a writing sample must be included with the application. The sample must be submitted in Word format only

Letters of Recommendation

  1. The application must be supported by two references. Applicants should arrange for their referees to send their references to  by the closing date.

Submission of Application Materials

  1. Interested applicants are invited to apply and submit their applications directly at our NUS Career portal.

Closing Date

  1. The closing date for the receipt of applications and references is Wednesday, 24 November 2021. Late applications cannot be considered.

Shortlisting and Interview

  1. Shortlisted applicants should expect to be interviewed, via Zoom, during late November to early December 2021. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted concerning the status of their application.

More Information

Location: Bukit Timah Campus
Organization: Law
Department : Dean's Office (Law)
Employee Referral Eligible: No
Job requisition ID : 8809

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