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2 Research Fellowships: National University of Singapore

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Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Call for Applications: Two Research Fellowships (Postdoctoral/Research Fellow)
Deadline for applications: 29 September 2017
Full job details and the application procedures: https://ari.nus.edu.sg/Page/TRACE

The Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore (NUS), invites applications for two full-time research positions where the successful applicants will undertake research connected to the Ministry of Education Tier 2 funded research project titled, ‘Transnational Relations, Ageing and Care Ethics’ (TRACE).

The first appointment at Postdoctoral Fellow level is tenable for up to 18 months, and the second appointment at Postdoctoral or Research Fellow level is tenable for up to 24 months.

The research focuses on how transnational relations, ageing, and care ethics extend across national borders. It considers three interrelated aspects of care circulation: (1) grandparenting migration; (2) caring for the aged and the left-behind care chains of foreign carers; and, (3) retirement migration. Empirically, the research examines the everyday geographies of older people in Singapore, China and Australia, and the care migration industry and left-behind care chains of foreign care workers from Myanmar.

The positions will be based in Singapore with an intended start date of January 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter, for a period of one year in the first instance, renewable on satisfactory review.

Position 1 (Postdoctoral Fellow, 18 months)

  • The project will employ a Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) with excellent skills in doing qualitative research (e.g., ethnography and in-depth interviews). Prior experience in doing research with older adults or families will be an advantage. Language skills in Mandarin and/or Chinese dialects used in Singapore (e.g., Hokkien, Cantonese, Teochew or Hainanese) will be useful for this job position (though not a prerequisite). The PDF will be involved in empirical research that is central to the overall research project.

Position 2 (Postdoctoral or Research Fellow, 24 months)

  • The project will employ a Postdoctoral (PDF) or Research Fellow (RF) with intermediate to advanced competencies in critical GIS (spatial analysis) and knowledge of (or willingness to learn) qualitative research methods. This PDF/RF will be involved in empirical research that is central to the overall research project. The level of appointment at PDF or RF level will depend on the successful applicant’s career stage and experience.

The successful PDF/RF will work with the Principal Investigator in leading the research team to develop GIS visualisation using GPS and other data obtained through qualitative research methods. Skills in ArcGIS and WebGIS (JAVA script preferred) are essential. Knowledge of coding and website development will be an advantage (though not a prerequisite).

Other than working on the research project, applicants appointed at the Research Fellow level will also work under the supervision of an ARI Cluster Leader. The RF will take the lead on duties such as organising workshops and conferences, applying for grant funding, participating in current cluster projects, and carrying out new projects. Administrative duties such as mentoring early career researchers and committee work may be assigned from time to time.

Informal enquiries may be directed to the Principal Investigator A/P Elaine Ho (elaine.ho@nus.edu.sg).

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