Research Assistant, Buddhist Studies

26 Aug 2022
End of advertisement period
15 Sep 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Description

The Department of History at National University of Singapore (NUS) invites application for ONE Research Assistant to work on a Social Science and Humanities Research (SSHR) Fellowship project, “Diplomatic Dharma: Buddhist Diplomacy in Modern Asia, 1950s–Present,” directed by the Principal Investigator (PI), Assistant Professor Jack Meng-Tat Chia. The position will be based in Singapore with an intended start date of November 2022 for a period of two years in the first instance, renewable on satisfactory review for a further two years (four years in total).

Funded by a SSHR Fellowship from Singapore’s Social Science Research Council, “Diplomatic Dharma” aims to examine the role of Buddhism in fostering cultural diplomacy and exchanges among Asian countries from the second half of the twentieth century to the present. It seeks to offer comparative insights on the use of Buddhism as a soft power tool to promote cultural, economic, and social relations in secular Asian countries during the Cold War and the post-Cold War periods.

The successful applicant will be offered a contract of 24 months from the date of hire. S/he 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

  1. Independently collect and manage primary and/or secondary sources.
  2. Support in editing and proofreading documents and manuscripts.
  3. Prepare presentation materials for meetings, conferences, etc.
  4. Contribute to papers, book chapters, research reports, etc.
  5. Ad hoc administrative and research tasks.


  1. A good honours degree in History, Asian Studies or equivalent. Fresh graduates are welcome to apply.
  2. Experience in conducting archival research and oral history interviews will be preferred.
  3. Able to commit to at least 2 years of service.

Covid-19 Message

At NUS, the health and safety of our staff and students are one of our utmost priorities, and COVID-vaccination supports our commitment to ensure the safety of our community and to make NUS as safe and welcoming as possible. Many of our roles require a significant amount of physical interactions with students/staff/public members. Even for job roles that may be performed remotely, there will be instances where on-campus presence is required.

Taking into consideration the health and well-being of our staff and students and to better protect everyone in the campus, applicants are strongly encouraged to have themselves fully COVID-19 vaccinated to secure successful employment with NUS.

Contact list for further enquiries

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

  1. Detailed curriculum vitae;
  2. One-page cover letter, with a brief statement of relevant research experience;
  3. Certificates & Transcripts (undergraduate and Masters, as relevant); and
  4. Details of three referees (preferably academic) who can comment on the applicant’s academic abilities and research experience.

Interested applicants are invited to apply directly at our NUS Career Portal by 15 September 2022. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. Shortlisted applicants may be called for interview, either in person or by zoom, as appropriate.

For further information and details on this Research Assistant opportunity, please contact Dr. Jack Meng-Tat Chia (

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