Research Associate, Asian Studies – ARI job with NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE

Asian Research Institute

The Asian Research Institute (ARI) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) is inviting applications for a ONE Research Associate to join the collaborative project team “Subclass Archiving: Knowledge, Law and Agency Everyday Life in Modern Southeast Asia”, led by Associate Professor Maitrii Victoriano Aung-Thwin (PI).

Funded by a grant from the Academic Research Fund (Tier 2) of the Singapore Ministry of Education, “Archiving the Underclasses” reveals the role of marginalized figures in the creation of government archives and other data collections in South Asia. Southeast from the end of the 18th century to today. Rather than focusing on conventional knowledge-producing subjects such as colonial explorers, government bureaucrats, and academics, this project instead examines “underclass” figures who provide information for archives, suspected criminals, and from war captives to migrant workers, language interpreters and local guides.

The project team – made up of ten Singaporean academics and the two new recruits – will produce (1) a collection of publications on how these personalities – through their involvement in administrative, legal or extra-legal information-gathering processes – fashioned the “ ” that fills the archive, and (2) an online archive of subclasses, a web resource providing access to primary source documents and interview transcripts about these characters in translation.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. Interested candidates, please submit your application by January 15, 2022. Shortlisted candidates may be called for an interview, in person or via Zoom, as appropriate.

The successful candidate will be offered a fixed-term contract of 34 months from the date of hire, likely to be in March 2022. They will receive an attractive monthly salary based on their experience and qualifications. The position will be based in Singapore, although some research travel may be permitted. Singapore citizens and permanent residents are eligible for Central Provident Fund benefits.

job description

In consultation with the PI and the researcher, the full-time research associate will coordinate our institutional and administrative obligations (including end-of-project data management), train and supervise undergraduate assistants, provide content for the website, assist the research team with research needs and plan project workshops.


The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree in history, Asian studies, anthropology, legal studies, or a related discipline, as well as a willingness to work across disciplines. Previous work experience with large university grant projects (or something similar) would be an advantage.

Application process

To apply for this position, please combine the following documents into 1 PDF and attach it under the CV column when submitting your application:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV);
  • Motivation letter of 800 words maximum, explaining your previous research/work experience and your interests in relation to the research project; and
  • Name and email addresses of three referees we can contact, one of which should be your MA supervisor.

Informal inquiries can be directed to Project Managers Maitrii Victoriano Aung-Thwin (PI) at [email protected] and/or Matthew Reeder at [email protected]

More information

Location: Kent Ridge Campus

Organization: Asian Research Institute

Department: Research