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Research Assistant / Research Associate / Research Fellow
National University of Singapore

Date Posted Apr. 13, 2021
Title Research Assistant / Research Associate / Research Fellow
University National University of Singapore
Singapore, Singapore, Singapore
Department Faculty of Law
Application Deadline May 10, 2021
Position Start Date Aug. 2, 2021
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Law - General
    Environmental/Natural Resource Law

The Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL) at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore is inviting applications from suitable candidates in the field of Environmental Law and Policy. The appointed candidate will carry out environmental legal and policy research and play an active role in the centre’s intellectual life.


An appointment as Research Assistant may be offered to an applicant who has a Bachelor’s degree in environmental law and/or who has recently graduated with an LLM (Environmental Law).


An appointment as Research Associate may be offered to an applicant who has an LLM (Environmental Law) degree and a further minimum of two years’ post-graduation experience.


An appointment as a Research Fellow may be offered to an applicant who has obtained a PhD degree in environmental law in the past five years.


The position(s) will carry the following benefits:

  • The appointed candidate will be employed on a full-time contract with NUS Law for one year, renewable for a second year, subject to satisfactory performance.
  • A remuneration package that is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  • Eligibility to apply for research and conference funding from APCEL to support attendance at academic conferences and to conduct field research, where required.
  • Allocation of a lockable workstation within the premises of the Faculty.


The duties associated with the position(s) are as follows:

  • The successful applicant will be expected to be in residence throughout the term of his/her appointment, subject to the standard NUS terms as to annual leave.
  • The successful applicant will be expected to develop his/her own research agenda, including undertaking research projects on environmental law, leading to publications during his/her term of appointment. Such research may include, but is not limited to, authoring articles for publication in refereed journals, authoring book chapters in edited collections, and writing research papers.
  • The successful candidate will also be required to present his/her research and to participate in and contribute to APCEL seminars and reading groups.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to perform work of an editorial nature, including (i) helping with the substantive content of APCEL events and assisting with publications associated with events; (ii) producing APCEL working papers and reports, including managing manuscripts, liaising with authors, ensuring compliance with house style, and basic editing.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to assist in APCEL’s research projects and initiatives, as assigned by the Director and Deputy Director of APCEL.


The selection committee will consider the following criteria in making an appointment for the position of Research Assistant/Research Associate/Research Fellow in APCEL:

  • The candidate will be of exceptional calibre and have an Honours degree (or equivalent) in law or a postgraduate degree in environmental law (or an interest in pursuing such a degree in the future) or demonstrate an interest in environmental law.
  • The principal selection criterion will be the applicant’s potential for excellence in research and a demonstrated ability and passion in contributing to APCEL’s development. The applicant should therefore submit a proposed research plan for consideration. The selection committee will consider the alignment of the proposed research with APCEL’s research priorities.
  • The candidate should be exceptionally organised and have an eye for detail. A strong command of the English language is required.


Applications should be sent by email to These must comprise of:

1. Cover letter

This should, inter alia, explain the reason for your interest in the position and address your ability to perform each of the duties listed above. Note that you need not identify a preference for one of the specific listed positions; this will be determined solely on qualifications, background, and expertise.

2. Application Form and NUS Personal Data Consent for Job Applications

The application form and NUS Personal Data Consent for Job Applications should be completed and submitted together with the other required documents. Applicants may download the:

  • Application form HERE
  • Personal Data Consent for Job Application form HERE.

3. Curriculum Vitae

A detailed curriculum vitae should be submitted containing complete and detailed information on academic institutions, honors, awards, all publications to date, and all professional experience (current and previous, including dates of employment and job descriptions).

4. Research Proposal

A detailed research proposal outlining the applicant’s research plans for the next year, including the expected results of such work, should be submitted.

5. Writing sample

As the successful applicant is expected to develop his/her own research agenda, to publishable standard, a writing sample (which should ideally be on some aspect of environmental law) must be included with the application. The sample must be submitted in Word format only.
6. Letters of Recommendation
The application must be supported by two references from academic referees. Applicants must arrange for their referees to send their references to the address below by the closing date.
7. Closing Date

The closing date for the receipt of applications and references is Monday, 10 May 2021. Late applications cannot be considered.

8. Shortlisting and Interview

Shortlisted applicants should expect to be interviewed in Singapore (local applicants) or via Zoom (foreign applicants) by mid-June 2021. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted concerning the status of their application.

  • NUS Faculty of Law is a leading law school in Asia widely noted for its global outlook and high standards of scholarship and education. The law school has more than 60 academic staff members and more than 1200 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The Faculty is actively engaged in research and its members regularly publish books and monographs as well as articles in leading journals in Singapore and abroad.

    Apart from the LL.B. programme, NUS also offers double degree programmes in law and business, law and economics, law and life sciences, and law and accountancy, and a concurrent degree programme in law and public policy. It has a vibrant graduate community of students working towards the LL.M. (with or without specialisation) and Ph.D. degrees. Together with New York University School of Law, the NUS law school offers the NYU@NUS programme which allows students to earn an LLM concurrently from both institutions and the LL.B. (NUS) and LL.M. (NYU) concurrent degree programme. For more information on the NUS Faculty of Law, please visit:

    The strength of the NUS Faculty of Law lies in its outstanding students and faculty. The law school offers subjects ranging from the theoretical to the practical, with comparative and cross-disciplinary perspectives. The overriding objective is to provide students with a liberal legal education that will allow them to realise their full potential intellectually and professionally.

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Contact Information

  • Gail Lee
    Faculty of Law
    National University of Singapore
    469G Bukit Timah Road
    Eu Tong Sen Building
    Singapore, Singapore 259776
  • +6565163602
  • +6567790979


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