CfA: Assistant Professor, Malay World in Southeast Asia


Tenure track positions at the Department of Malay Studies and the Department of Southeast Asian Studies of the National University of Singapore

The Department of Malay Studies at NUS seeks to hire two tenure track assistant professors with a PhD in either the Social Sciences or the Humanities, one of whom will be on a joint appointment with the Department of Southeast Asian Studies. Candidates who have a strong track record with promising trajectory in research, publication and teaching in any one or a few of these areas are invited to apply: history, literature, globalization, politics, economy, religion, gender, population, migration, family, health, social services, digital culture, cultural politics and human-nature intersections.

Candidates should have area studies knowledge of the Malay world in Southeast Asia. A comparative approach and/or inter-disciplinary expertise on the Malay world and its connections with other regions will also be considered. Hires should have a commitment towards fostering a collegial and collaborative work culture.

Successful candidates are expected to take up the appointments by July 2022.

Application Process

To apply, please submit the following as a package:

Cover letter explaining your interest in the position and how your qualifications and plans fit into the long-term development and enhancement of the Department of Malay Studies primarily, and the Department of Southeast Asian Studies as a supporting department in your field of expertise. Curriculum vitae Concise statement of your research and publication plans (1-2 pages) Concise statement of your teaching expertise and interests in the field of Malay World/Southeast Asian Studies, as well as possible courses you are able to offer to raise the profile of the two departments (1-2 pages) Concise statement describing your personal qualities and prior experience in collaborative and leadership roles in academic and community engagements (1-2 pages) Evidence of teaching experience (course reviews, sample syllabi, teaching awards). Two to three writing samples or thesis chapters A list of three external referees (names, contact details and applicant’s relationship to them)  

Application materials should be submitted online via the NUS Careers Portal and addressed to:

Chair, Search Committee
Department of Malay Studies & Department of Southeast Asian Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
National University of Singapore

Application Timeline  

Candidates should submit all application materials by 31st December 2021. Early submissions are encouraged. Campus visits will be in early 2022, if necessary, virtually. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

Other Information  

Remuneration will be internationally competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The successful candidate may also enjoy housing benefits, relocation allowance, and other benefits depending on the type and duration of appointment and citizenship.

Visit our website at  for information on the Department of Malay Studies and for information on the Department of Southeast Asian Studies.

Contact for further enquiries

For administrative questions regarding the application process, please contact the Secretary of the Search Committee at