Research 

POSITION DESCRIPTION: RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, SINGAPORE WRITING RESIDENCIES PROGRAMME

The Creative Writing Programme at Nanyang Technological University is seeking a Research Associate to assist with the coordination of the Singapore Writing Residency Programme.

Position tasks will include providing research, publication and teaching support for Writers-in-Residence and the Residency Coordinator, as well as assisting with event planning, publicity and day-to-day programme management. The ideal candidate will be familiar with contemporary literature and have links to the local writing community. We are looking for someone friendly, pro-active, organized and flexible. Candidates should be capable of writing a press release, designing a poster, filming and uploading an event recording, maintaining accounting records and finding their way around any kind of archive. This position is full-time.

The Singapore Writing Residencies are hosted by the Creative Writing Programme and the Division of English at NTU. This programme is co-funded by NTU and the National Arts Council, Singapore.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Research and teaching support for Writers-in-Residence and the Residency Coordinator
  • Programming and publicity for residency events, including liaison with external agencies and the media
  • Assistance with the development of residency-related publications
  • Assistance with the residency recruitment process, including advertisement, documentation and candidate liaison
  • Assistance with programme record-keeping and reporting, including financial documentation

APPOINTMENT CRITERIA

  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
  • Experience with literary or arts programming and publicity
  • Familiarity with contemporary Singapore literature and its community activities
  • Excellent verbal and written expression
  • Computer literacy and numerical competency
  • Research experience

Candidates should submit their CV, a covering letter and the contact details of two referees to yongsl@ntu.edu.sg. Applications close on July 31st, 2014.


Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences– Applications are now open! Closing Date: 31st July 2014. 

As a young and dynamic institution, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) at Nanyang Technological University is pleased to announce that eight Postdoctoral Fellowships are to be awarded in July/August 2014. Six of these fellowships are to be hosted by the School-level research clusters including:

1) Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS@HSS)

The candidate should preferably be in the fields of science and technology studies, history, philosophy, anthropology, or sociology of science. The cluster is especially interested in candidates whose research focuses on technological systems, craft knowledge and practices, innovation studies, or data studies, but the search will not be limited to these specializations.

2) Environment and Sustainability

a) Human Capital, Economic Growth and Sustainability: No or little accumulation of human capital and leakage or under-utilization of human capital in some ASEAN countries are relatively apparent compared to other Asian countries. Although there could be many other reasons for the stagnated economic growth in those economies, the lower level of human capital might be the critical reason. Interestingly, a few ASEAN countries present an opposite case of this in which a high level of human capital vis-a-vis a high economic growth and sustainability have been achieved. This study concerns about whether and how human capital has influenced economic growth and ultimately contributed to sustainability in ASEAN countries. This study tests the critical importance of human capital in economic growth and prosperity of an ASEAN economy quantitatively and qualitatively.

b) Climate Change, Environment, and Food Security: We want an interdisciplinary approach to evaluate the complex nexus between climate change and regional food security in the Asia-Pacific. Questions to be addressed include: How to grow more from less in a sustainable manner? How to optimize the entire food value chain from field to fork to reduce the carbon footprint, protect the environment and support biological diversity, cause less water pollution and soil erosion, raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity, better the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world economy? Research should examine the regional initiatives on, the current state of, and future prospects for, mitigations and resilience with regard to climate change and food security vis-à-vis other regions of the world. 

3) Global Asia

a) Regionalism and Regionalization: Charting Asia's Futures: The idea of “Asia” has gained prominence in political, economic and cultural discourses in recent years. However, what is “Asia” or “Asian” has never been clear-cut and unproblematic. With the recent hype surrounding the “rise of Asia”, there is now a greater urgency and significance for the social sciences and humanities to critically examine the emergence and use of this category.

We invite applicants with a recent Ph.D. from internationally reputable academic institutions working in any discipline of the social sciences and humanities. The postdoctoral fellow will be part of an interdisciplinary team investigating the broad question of how and why different actors--embedded within state structures, inter-state institutions, and the civil society and grassroots--engage in the discursive practices of constructing “Asia” as an important category.  Applicants should demonstrate strong research and publication records in areas such as, but not restricted to, cultural linkages and mobilization, political and economic institution-building, social movements, and geopolitical networks.

b) Culture and Society: The Value of Traditional Culture in Contemporary Society. Asia is rich in traditional cultures. Yet various traditions have faced challenges in the contemporary times. What is the value of traditional cultures in an increasingly globalized and modernized world? Should traditional cultures to preserve? If so, how and at what price?

4) Literary and Cultural Studies

a) Science, Technology and Literature: The relationship between contemporary advances in science and technology - and contemporary literature and literary theory.  This can include changing philosophical attitudes about the nature of science (and scientific research methods) as well as changing socio-cultural dynamics within the scientific community.  We are interested in the effects that these changes have had in how science and technology are represented in contemporary literature - their morphological effects on literature itself (hyper-narratives, technodrama, etc.) - and the changing shape of what constitutes “literacy” in a digital age.

b) Southeast Asian Literature and Culture: A focus on the literature (fiction, poetry, drama, film) of any Southeast Asian Country. While the bulk of the scholarship should be in English, the field of study should be situated in the multi-cultural and multi-lingual contexts of Southeast Asia more generally (meaning that bilingual speakers of English and at least one Southeast Asian language would have an advantage).

5) New Frontiers in Neuroscience
Cognitive Neuroscience: The candidate should preferably have expertise in language and culture, multilingualism development in infancy, infernence in communication, vision and memory, aging, spatial (or navigation) perception and learning, learning, speech and language disorders.
For more information about HSS research clusters, visit here (http://www.hss.ntu.edu.sg/Research/Clusters/Pages/ResearchClusters.aspx ).

The seventh fellowship will be under the Division of Sociology, School of Humanities and Social Sciences (with Associate Professor Xiao Hong) and the eighth fellowship will be housed under Nanyang Centre for Public Administration (NCPA)) (with Professor Liu Hong).

6) Sociology

Global Asia and Family Dynamics: Changing social and economic contexts and their impact on family ideology and family life outcomes - formation of social identity, demarcation of generational cohorts, shift in family functions, change in the role of and aspirations for children, and new societal framing of age, aging and intergenerational relations; priority given to applicants whose research involves Asian societies.

7) Governance and Public Policy in a Globalizing Asia, with a focus on China and/or Southeast Asia (Singapore in particular) (funded by Nanyang Centre for Public Administration (NCPA))

Candidates must have a PhD in one of the relevant fields of public administration, public policy, Asian Studies, political science, and international political economy. Interdisciplinary and comparative approach to Asian governance in the context of globalization is particularly welcome. The ideal candidates must be effectively bilingual in English and Chinese.

The successful applicant will work closely with Director of NCPA (Professor Liu Hong), who will serve as the primary mentor, and other research staff at NCPA as well as the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. He/she will also help coordinate NCPA’s research activities within NTU (including Lien Legacy Fellowship Programmes) and with external partners.

For more details about NCPA, please visit NCPA’s website at http://www.ncpa.ntu.edu.sg .

Eligibility

  • Outstanding and promising candidates who have received his/her PhD in the humanities and social sciences from a reputable University
  • Candidates’ research interests should lie within the broad themes of the chosen clusters

The successful candidates are expected to undertake cutting-edge research in one of the chosen fields either jointly with the NTU counterparts or independently as well as to assist research clusters’ research activities such as organizing workshops
Subject to mutual agreement, postdoctoral fellows may undertake some light teaching, no more than one course per academic year, in a relevant disciplinary department at HSS.

Duration

  • One year (renewable for up to another year, subject to funding availability and performance appraisal)

Salary

  • Competitive remuneration plus research expense support

Application Information

a) Interested candidates are invited to send a complete Curriculum Vita including a cover letter and the attached official application form. At least three reference letters, on official letterhead and signed by the referees, are to be sent directly by the referees to VD-HSS-RES@ntu.edu.sg

Please email your application documents to VD-HSS-RES@ntu.edu.sg.  The application closing date is July 31, 2014. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

b) For the position under NCPA, interested candidates are invited to send a complete Curriculum Vita including a cover letter and the attached official application form. At least three reference letters, on official letterhead and signed by the referees, are to be sent directly by the referees to:

Director, Nanyang Centre for Public Administration
Email: D-NCPA@ntu.edu.sg

Applications must reach NCPA by July 15, 2014 (11:59pm Singapore Time). Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.


Postdoctoral Research Fellow

We are looking for a motived individual for the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow starting as early as June 1, 2014. The successful candidate will be involved in a MOE-funded project on a bilingual development study of preschool children. The ideal candidate should be interested in research on bilingual development and cognitive development.

Key responsibilities
  • Conducting research experiments and data analysis
  • Writing research reports and papers • Supervising and training research staff
  • Assisting in management of the project
  • Helping with the writing of new experiment protocols
  • Other duties assigned by the Principal Investigator Requirements
  • Prior experience in research on child language acquisition or research in related areas
  • Research interests in bilingual development and cognitive development are highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of statistical techniques is relevant.
  • Excellent academic writing skills in English are essential. Native or near-native like proficiency in spoken English is a must and knowledge of Chinese is an asset.
The position offers a competitive salary and benefits consistent with those for MOE postdoctoral research fellows and is renewable on a yearly basis.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The preferred start date is June1st, but slightly later start dates will also be considered. If interested, please send (1) a letter of application indicating research interests, qualifications, career goals, and available start date, (2) a curriculum vita, (3) reprints or preprints, (4) NTU Application Form (click here to down load it), and (5) three reference letters to ntu-bdl@ntu.edu.sg. Inquiries can be sent to the same email account.

Nanyang Technological University is located in Singapore a bustling cosmopolitan city that offers a world-class living environment, with her landscape populated by high-rise buildings and gardens. (http://www.yoursingapore.com/content/traveller/en/browse/aboutsingapore.html)

We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.