Research Assistant , Centre for Banking & Finance Law

21 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
24 Apr 2023
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Description

The Centre for Banking & Finance Law (CBFL) at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore strives to be at the cutting edge of legal developments in banking and finance by contributing ideas for improving the financial system at the national, regional and global levels. It aims to bring together a vibrant community to generate scholarship, policy recommendations and intellectual exchange about the robustness, soundness and stability of the banking sector, capital markets and other financial services.

The Centre is inviting applications from suitable candidates in the field of banking and finance law to conduct research and to participate in the work of the Centre. All areas of research concerning the law governing different facets of banking and finance are of interest, including: digitisation, artificial intelligence, cryptocurrencies, ESG, AML, payments, trade finance, credit & security, and financial consumer protection.


  1. Employment on a full-time contract at NUS Law for one year. 
  2. A remuneration package, commensurate with qualifications and experience. 
  3. Eligibility to apply for research and conference funding from CBFL to support attendance at academic conferences and to conduct field research, where required. 
  4. Allocation of a workstation within CBFL.


  1. Develop and pursue a research agenda, including undertaking research projects on topics related to banking and/or finance law, with a view to publication in suitable journals, edited volumes, reputable blogs or other appropriate online media.  
  2. Present work-in-progress at CBFL research seminars with a view to refining it for publication.
  3. Assist in other CBFL research projects and initiatives, as assigned by the CBFL leadership, including producing working papers and reports, contributing to the substantive content of CBFL publications, assisting with CBFL events, managing manuscripts and undertaking basic editing.
  4. Attend and contribute to CBFL events. 
  5. Successful candidates are expected to be in residence in Singapore throughout the term of your appointment, subject to the standard NUS terms for annual leave. 



The applicant requires good organisational skills, self-motivation, diligence, the ability to meet deadlines, and an eye for detail. A strong command, oral and written, of the English language is essential as well as evidence of an ability to independently produce publishable research. The required academic qualifications are as follows:

Research Assistant 

An appointment as a Research Assistant may be offered to an applicant who has a Bachelor’s degree in law and/or who has recently graduated with an LLB (Hons) with a First-class or good Upper Second-Class Honours (or equivalent) in law.


Applications are to be submitted via the NUS Career Portal. The application must comprise:

Covering letter

This should, inter alia, explain the reason for your interest in the position. Note that you need not identify a preference for any one of the specific listed positions; this will be determined by your qualifications, background, and expertise. 

Application Form

The application form should be completed and submitted together with the other required documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Applicants may download the Application form HERE.

Curriculum Vitae

A curriculum vita should be submitted containing complete and detailed information on your academic institutions, honours, awards, all publications to date, and all professional experience (current and previous, including dates of employment and job descriptions). 

Writing sample 

As the successful applicant is expected to develop his or her own research to publishable standard, a writing sample (which should ideally be on some aspect related to your proposed research) must be included with the application. The sample must be submitted in Word format only.

Letters of Recommendation

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

Closing Date 

The closing date for the receipt of applications and references is Monday, 24 April 2023

Shortlisting and Interview

Shortlisted applicants should expect to be interviewed on a date to be arranged. All applicants will be notified within two months from the closing date on 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 : 19424