NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE
Social Science and Humanities Research (SSHR) Fellowship
Postdoctoral Fellow for Research Project on ‘Peopling Infrastructure: Aeromobilities, Automation and Labour Mobilisations in Asia’
Awarded by Singapore’s Social Science Research Council (SSRC), a Social Science and Humanities Research (SSHR) Fellowship, led by Principle Investigator Dr Lin Weiqiang (National University of Singapore) with collaborators Professor Peter Adey (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Dr Tina Harris (University of Amsterdam), is seeking to appoint a postdoctoral fellow to contribute to the team’s research activities on airport infrastructure, automation and labour.
Motivated by the rapid acceleration of aeromobilities in Asia, the SSHR Fellowship project aims to better understand the inner-workings of the aviation industry as well as inform related policies surrounding infrastructure building, technology and airport labour in the region. The project will focus on the daily labour that goes into the maintenance and reproduction of airport infrastructure as well as its evolving relationships with automation in a post-COVID world. Our focus is on contemporary Asia and is concerned with the sustainability of the present turn towards mega-infrastructures.
Area of Expertise and Job Scope
The successful candidate should be well-versed in cultural theory and at least one of the following research themes. There exists a possibility for combining the themes below with the candidate’s own theoretical interests:
– Politics of infrastructure
– Labour and automation
He/she should have:
– A PhD in Anthropology, Geography, History, Sociology or another relevant (Social Science or Humanities) discipline, or be awaiting conferment of a PhD (the PhD must be awarded by the time the post is taken up). An official letter from the Registrar’s Office of your university will be required to confirm the award of your PhD degree before contracts are issued.
– Regional expertise and/or demonstrable interest in Asia’s infrastructural projects.
– A promising trajectory in research and publication; a publication record in areas related to the above specified research interests and field areas is a significant advantage.
– Excellent communication skills in English and language proficiency in either Bahasa Indonesia or Mandarin Chinese.
The successful candidate is expected to contribute significantly to the SSHR Fellowship project besides carrying out his/her own research plans. This includes, but is not limited to:
– Conducting international fieldwork (predominantly in the form of semi-structured interviews) with up to 120 research participants.
– Contributing to fresh research directions and co-writing.
– Co-organisation of and/or paper presentations in workshops and conference sessions.
– Collaborations with other researchers (in the department and beyond) where appropriate.
Terms and Conditions
The postdoctoral fellow will work closely with the SSHR Fellowship project team in the roles listed above. Detailed terms and conditions are as follows:
– Contract to be awarded for 12 months in the first instance, starting March 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.
– There is a possibility that the appointment will be eligible for a 6 to 12 month extension (to be awarded on the basis of research progress and funding availability).
– A competitive annual salary package pegged at postdoctoral level. All salary and benefits-in-kind are subjected to taxation in accordance with local tax laws. Please note that University Housing will not be provided and appointees will have to make their own private housing arrangements. A small monthly contribution (of up to S$500/month) for housing expenses may be available, however this is not guaranteed.
– Singapore citizens and permanent residents are eligible for Provident Fund benefits.
– Medical benefits in accordance with the Medical Benefit Plan. See: http://www.nus.edu.sg/careers/whatyougettoenjoy.html
– Formal vacation leave of 28 days per calendar year and capacity to apply for fieldwork and conference leave of up to 90 days per year.
– Conference travel expenses will be available. Research travel expenses directly related to the project are paid for.
– There are opportunities to develop synergies with and/or participate in the activities of the FASS Max Weber Foundation Research Group (MWS RG), whose cognate focus is on ‘borders, mobility and new infrastructures’.
Candidates should send the following documents with their application:
– A cover letter detailing research background and interests, envisaged publication plans and proposed start date.
– Full curriculum vitae with a complete list of publications and details of any relevant teaching experience.
– Names and contact details of two referees.
Please visit our websites at https://www.moe.gov.sg/news/press-releases/results-of-the-inaugural-social-science-and-humanities-research-fellowship-call-and-2018-social-science-research-thematic-grant-call for information on the SSHR Fellowship project, and http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/geog/ for information on the Department of Geography. Details of the MWS RG can be found at: https://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/researchclusters/max-weber-foundation-research-group-on-borders-mobility-and-new-infrastructures.html
Other benefits that the University provides and other information about working in NUS and living in Singapore are available at http://www.nus.edu.sg/careers/whyjoinus.htm. Terms and conditions, according to university guidelines, are subject to changes without prior notice.