Research Associate, Asia Studies - ARI

17 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
02 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Asia Research Institute

Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore (NUS), invites application for ONE Research Associate to join the project team of the collaborative project, “Archiving the Underclasses: Knowledge, Law, and Everyday Agency in Modern Southeast Asia,” directed by Associate Professor Maitrii Victoriano Aung-Thwin (PI). 

Funded by an Academic Research Fund (Tier 2) grant from Singapore’s Ministry of Education, “Archiving the Underclasses” uncovers the role of marginalized figures in the making of governmental archives and other data collections in Southeast Asia from the late eighteenth century to today. Rather than focusing on conventional subjects of knowledge production such as colonial explorers, government bureaucrats, and academics, this project instead examines the “underclass” figures that procure information for the archives, from suspected criminals and war captives to migrant laborers, language interpreters, and local guides. 

The project team—consisting of ten Singapore academics and the two new hires—will produce (1) a collection of publications on how such figures—through their involvement in administrative, legal, or extra-legal information-collection processes—shaped the “knowledge” that fills the archives, and (2) an online Archive of the Underclasses, a web resource providing access to primary source documents and interview transcripts about these figures in translation.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. Interested candidates, please submit your application by 15 January 2022. Shortlisted applicants may be called for interview, either in person or by zoom, as appropriate.

The successful applicant will be offered a fixed-term contract of 34 months from the date of hire, likely to be in March 2022. They will receive an attractive monthly remuneration depending on experience and qualifications. The position will be based in Singapore, although some research travel may be permitted. Singapore citizens and permanent residents are eligible for central provident fund benefits.

Job Description

In consultation with the PI and the Research Fellow, the full-time Research Associate will coordinate our institutional and administrative obligations (including end-of-project data management), train and oversee the undergraduate assistants, source content for the website, assist the research team with research needs, and plan the project’s workshops. 


The ideal candidate will have an M.A. in history, Asian studies, anthropology, legal studies, or a related discipline, as well as a willingness to work across disciplines. Previous work experience with large academic grant projects (or something similar) would be an advantage. 

Application Process

To apply for this position, please combine the following documents in 1 PDF and attach it under the CV column when submitting your application:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV);
  • Cover letter of no more than 800 words, explaining your past research/work experience and interests in relation to the research project; and
  • Name and email addresses of three referees whom we may contact, one of whom should be your MA supervisor.

Informal enquiries may be directed to project leaders Maitrii Victoriano Aung-Thwin (PI) at and/or Matthew Reeder at

More Information

Location: Kent Ridge Campus
Organization: Asia Research Institute
Department : Research