Yale-NUS College, Social Science Division

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Position ID:YaleNUS-Social Science Division-JYP_SS1 [#12010]
Position Title: J.Y. Pillay Chairs in Social Sciences
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Singapore, Singapore 138527, Singapore [map]
Subject Area: Social Sciences / Social Sciences
Appl Deadline:2018/10/31help popup finished (2018/09/18, finished 2019/11/20)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Yale-NUS College (www.yale-nus.edu.sg) in Singapore, a collaboration between the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Yale University, seeks to hire two senior scholars to serve as J.Y. Pillay Professors in Social Sciences. The J.Y. Pillay Chairs were established in honour of Professor J Y Pillay, an eminent policy maker and corporate leader in Singapore, and are distinguished full professor posts, set aside for scholars whose work is of the highest standard and at the forefront of research in their field.

We encourage applicants in any area of Social Sciences including those that can serve our majors in Anthropology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Global Affairs, Law & Liberal Arts, PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics), Psychology and Urban Studies. The College particularly welcomes applications from scholars whose work fosters its interdisciplinary ethos. For example, exceptional scholars in any of the following areas would be extremely suitable:

  • Demography
  • Political Science
  • Global Studies
  • International Relations
  • International Development
  • Medical Anthropology, including Global Health
  • Political Economy
  • Law and Society, including International Law
  • Science & Technology Studies
  • Urban & Environmental Studies

These are just a few examples, and applications from scholars with a wide variety of interests within Social Sciences are welcome.

The research and teaching interests of the successful candidates will resonate with the identity of Yale-NUS as “a community of learning, in Asia, for the world”. We are especially interested in candidates who combine an active research agenda with interest in a collegiate liberal arts environment and a demonstrated commitment to creative and effective leadership in undergraduate teaching, curriculum development and mentoring.

The J.Y. Pillay Chairs will provide academic leadership through research and teaching, help inform and develop the curriculum in the College, aid in the development of both junior and senior faculty, maintain an active research portfolio in their given disciplines, and play an active role as a teacher.


  • A distinguished international academic career in the Social Sciences
  • Proven excellence in and commitment to undergraduate teaching
  • The vision and spirit to play a major role in the continuing development of a new type of higher education institution

Prospective candidates should feel free to contact the chair of the search committee, Professor John Driffill, Director of the Social Sciences Division, Yale-NUS College, at john.driffill@yale-nus.edu.sg or +65 6601 3325. Submit the following materials for full consideration: a cover letter explaining why the position is of interest; a full CV; statements on research interests and teaching experience/philosophy, including how these might fit with the College’s particular mission and curriculum; and the names and contact information of three academic referees. These can be uploaded at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/YaleNUS.

Review of applications for the J.Y. Pillay Chairs will commence on Wednesday 31st October 2018 and continue until the positions are filled.

Yale-NUS College is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a diverse community of faculty, staff and students who are committed to excellence and respectful of gender, sexuality, disability, age, socioeconomic status, nationality, ethnicity, race, religion, and culture.

For additional information about Yale-NUS College and the faculty hiring process, including submission guidelines, we invite you to our web site at: https://www.yale-nus.edu.sg/careers/faculty/.

Candidates should understand that by sharing information with Yale-NUS College, they authorize the College to use their personal data for the purposes of this application. Candidates may also understand that the College will not use their data for any purposes beyond those relevant to the application process, and that their data remains secure and confidential.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
YALE-NUS College
16 College Avenue West
#01-220 Singapore 138527

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