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Assistant Professor (Contemporary South Asia)

Closing date
6 Mar 2024

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Job Description

The South Asian Studies Programme (SASP), a constituent unit of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, at the National University of Singapore, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Contemporary South Asia. The position will commence in July 2024.

The South Asian Studies Programme offers Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees in South Asia and contributes to interdisciplinary programmes in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences under the newly launched College of Humanities and Sciences. The SASP is one of the leading programmes on South Asia in Asia. SASP was established in 1999 and is multi-disciplinary in its research and teaching endeavours and has a vibrant community of research students.

A leading global university centred in Asia, the National University of Singapore is a leader of scientific and social scientific research in the city-state of Singapore. Over 30,000 students from 100 countries further enrich the community with their diverse social and cultural perspectives, making campus life dynamic and exciting.

The university emphasises excellence in both teaching and research, with internationally competitive salaries and opportunities for substantial research funding. As the university’s medium of instruction is English, applicants must exhibit a high level of English-competency. A competitive remuneration package, based on qualifications and experience, will be offered to the selected candidate.


Successful candidates must have

  • A Ph.D. in South Asian Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science or related disciplines from an internationally acclaimed institution at the time of appointment.
  • Field of specializations open. Research broadly focuses on environment, religion, gender, urbanism, heath, politics, borders, science and technology, etc. in South Asia.
  • A strong track record and promising trajectory in research and publication.
  • Excellent communication skills and dedication to academic teaching excellence and collegiality.
  • Experience in Interdisciplinary teaching will be an asset.

Further, a credible record of teaching introductory and advanced courses in themes such as religion, gender, environment, urban studies and health in South Asia will be preferred.

Application Process

Applicants should submit the following materials:

  • Full CV which includes details on education, employment history, past experience of teaching and supervision, research activities (including publications) and achievements, honours and awards, and service accomplishments.
  • Letter of Interest
  • One to two-page Research statement
  • One to two-page Teaching statement
  • Up to two writing samples
  • Evidence of teaching ability such as student feedback or peer review reports, and/or evidence of other contributions to education, if available.
  • Three referees’ names and email addresses (the department will contact the referees if the candidate is shortlisted for the job)

Candidates should submit all application materials online via the NUS Careers Portal  and addressed to:

Chair, Search Committee South Asian Studies Programme Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences National University of Singapore

Application Timeline

Review of applications will begin on 17 September 2023 and the search shall continue until an appointment is made. Early submission will ensure that your application is fully considered. Virtual campus visits will be scheduled right after the review procedure. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

Other Information

Visit our website at for information on the South Asian Studies Programme.

More Information
Location: Kent Ridge Campus
Organization: Arts & Social Sciences
Department : South Asian Studies Programme
Employee Referral Eligible: No
Job requisition ID : 23241

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