The Middle East Institute (MEI), National University of Singapore, is looking for outstanding researchers for the following positions:
Senior Research Fellow
Applicants should only apply for ONE of the positions.
As a Singapore-based research institute, MEI is well-positioned between the Middle East and East Asia. We are therefore on the look-out for researchers who not only have an in-depth knowledge of the Middle East but also understand Northeast or Southeast Asia. In particular, we seek researchers with expertise in the following areas of relevance to the Institute’s Research Clusters:
a. Gulf Politics, including Saudi Arabia and Iran. Candidates should have in-depth expertise on individual countries, and a lively understanding of the animating dynamics of the Gulf region. Candidates who combine research with policy briefs and media commentary would be at an advantage.
b. Middle East Politics. Topics of interest are Political Economy, Resource Curse, Rentierism, Diversification, Geostrategy, International Relations, Conflict. Candidates who combine research with policy briefs and media commentary would be at an advantage.
c. Military and Security Affairs. PhD holders or practitioners with work experience are welcome to apply. Candidates who combine research with policy briefs and media commentary would be at an advantage.
2. The Diffusion of Ideas
Fundamentalist or militant religious ideas or networks, Salafi or jihadi movements in the Middle East or Southeast Asia. The different channels through which ideas are diffused across regions and through countries: whether these are networks, via technology, education or through family and people-to-people contacts. Candidates who combine research with policy briefs and media commentary would be at an advantage.
3. Economics Or Business
MEI is looking to hire researchers and practitioners in business and economics. Holders of PhD degrees or MAs with industry experience are welcome to apply. MEI has a major interest in the burgeoning commercial and economic links between the Middle East and Asia. Fields of interest include banking and finance, sovereign wealth and public "private equity", public finance and country analysis, infrastructure, trade, energy, industry. Candidates who combine research with policy briefs and media commentary would be at an advantage.
a. Islamic Law. Topics of interest include commerce, finance, Salafism, how Islamists use law in politics, social debates and controversies. PhD holders, MAs with work experience or lawyers with professional law degrees will be considered. Candidates who combine research with policy briefs and media commentary would be at an advantage.
b. Private International Law, and Commercial Law. MEI has interest in the legal aspects of growing links between the Middle East and Asia in trade, construction, finance, infrastructure, alternate dispute resolution, BRI. PhD holders, MAs with work experience or lawyers with professional law degrees will be considered.
Only fully completed applications will be considered including the submission of the two letters of reference.
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Please apply before 30 November 2018
Only successful candidates will be notified (via email). If you are not contacted within ten weeks after the closing date of the advertisement, the position has been filled.
Appointment is conditional on approval by the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Ministry of Manpower granting you an Employment Pass or other applicable work passes.
About Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore
The Middle East Institute is an autonomous research institute within the National University of Singapore. It conducts research and organizes conferences and seminars in pursuit of its objectives and aims to promote a deeper understanding in Singapore of the contemporary Middle East. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore offers outstanding education in the humanities and social sciences and contributes to society through the advancement of knowledge and learning in these areas.