Postdoc/Research Fellow, heat in urban Asia - Singapore

The Asia Research Institute (ARI) at the National University of Singapore invites applications for a full-time postdoc/research fellow.


Fixed-term contract for two-and-a-half years from January 2020 to June 2022.


The Science, Technology and Society (STS) Cluster of the Asia Research Institute (ARI) is seeking an exceptional post-doctoral candidate to work under a Singapore Ministry of Education funded multi-disciplinary project titled 'Heat in Urban Asia: Past, Present and Future' directed by Associate Professors Gregory Clancey (PI) and Chang Jiat-Hwee (Co-PI), and Dr Fiona Williamson (Co-PI).

The successful candidate will work on or around one or more of the project’s central themes according to her/his specialism and interests. The core themes are:

1. Taking the City’s Temperature, an integrative analysis of quantitative data derived from instrumental temperature records with qualitative data from historic sources and oral histories.
2. Living with Heat, an exploration of how Asian city dwellers have (and will) cope with the quotidian discomforts of life in a hot environment, especially how heat exposure intersects with poverty and vulnerability.
3. Disastrous Heat, a focus on heat-related hazards including heatwaves and/or drought.


The ideal candidate will have a first-class degree or equivalent, and a PhD in either history, STS, historical geography, historical climatology, sociology/public policy, along with a willingness to work across disciplines.

Preference will be given to candidates with the ability to conduct research in either Hong Kong, New Delhi, Wuhan (China), or Tokyo in addition to Singapore.

The successful applicant will receive an attractive monthly remuneration depending on experience and qualifications. Singapore citizens and permanent residents are eligible for central provident fund benefits.


Applications close 27 September 2019.

To apply for the position, please submit the following to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

- Job Application form (Access the form here:
- Curriculum vitae (CV)
- Academic transcript
- Cover Letter of no more than 800 words, explaining your past research experience and aptitude in relation to the research project
- Name and email addresses of three referees whom we may contact, one of whom should be your PhD supervisor.

In the subject line of the email type 'URBAN HEAT PROJECT – RF Application'.

Only shortlisted applicants will be notified. Shortlisted applicants may be called for interview, either in person or by Skype, as appropriate.

Further information

Informal enquiries may be directed to the project PI Greg Clancey: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or CO-PI Dr Fiona Williamson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Read the whole job description here, under "Urban Heat Project - Job Opportunities":