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The Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) cluster at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) seeks applicants for a full-time tenure or teaching track faculty position in Urban Studies and Policy. Appointments will be made on an initial 3-year contract with the possibility of renewal.


Urban Studies and Policy (USP)

We seek candidates with a focus on (spatial) data science, urban informatics, or other computational social science approaches to studying urban issues. Specific areas of interest may include urban network analysis, neighbourhood dynamics, housing, or the complex interrelations between technology and the city. An interest in Asian cities or comparative urbanism is desirable. The ideal candidate will have a strong foundation in statistical, data science and or/machine learning methods and applies these methods with a critical perspective in the urban domain.

The selected candidate will play a vital role in teaching computational methodology in the MSc in Urban Science, Policy and Planning (MUSPP) programme as well as SUTD’s interdisciplinary undergraduate education. This position is part of a broader university-wide focus on both ‘Cities’ and ‘Artificial Intelligence’. The ideal candidate will complement and strengthen the HASS cluster and collaborate with colleagues across SUTD that work on similar topics from architecture, engineering and computer science perspectives.

Applicants should have expertise in one of the following areas: urban spatial analysis; spatial data science; or urban policy, planning and governance. Candidates should hold a PhD in Urban Planning, Geography, Public Policy, Political Science, or related field and be active researchers with commitment to interdisciplinary research collaborations. The successful candidate will strengthen the department’s teaching and research focus on urban issues and play a key role in managing and developing SUTD’s MUSPP Programme.


Application Details

Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) offers Engineering and Architecture degrees with a strong emphasis on creating a better world by design through nurturing socially cognizant innovators, technologists and entrepreneurs.  The HASS cluster plays a pivotal and critical role in the university’s commitment towards world class teaching and research excellence.  The current HASS faculty bring core expertise in anthropology, economics, film studies, geography, history, literature, media and communication, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and urban studies.  This unique combination of interdisciplinary faculty has given rise to thought-provoking research and teaching that contribute significantly to particular disciplines, as well as interdisciplinary projects with other pillars at SUTD such as Architecture and Sustainable Design (ASD), Engineering Product Development (EPD), Engineering Systems and Design (ESD) and Information Systems Technology and Design (ISTD).  For more information please visit the following websites: https://www.sutd.edu.sg/

SUTD’s academic year consists of three terms, with every third term designated as research term.

We specifically seek creative scholars/practitioners with the potential for developing new directions in humanities and social sciences teaching and research, and who are interested in joining an interdisciplinary group of scholars at an engineering and design university.

The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the development and functioning of both the HASS program and SUTD. This includes teaching and developing courses in their speciality, in addition to teaching in the department’s team-taught core courses. He or she must hold a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in an appropriate field by the start date.

Candidate should submit the following materials to hassjobs@sutd.edu.sg:

  1. A cover letter
  2. A statement of current and future research plans
  3. A statement of teaching experience and philosophy
  4. A 500-word description and select bibliography of up to ten readings for two courses you may wish to offer
  5. A curriculum vitae
  6. Two representative publications (e.g. articles, book or dissertation chapters, or works in progress)
  7. Names, affiliations and email addresses of three referees

In your application, please indicate the position for which you are applying by specifying “HASS (Urban Studies and Policy) 2019/2020 Search” in your email subject line. Full consideration will be given to applications received by 2 January 2020, though we will accept applications until the position is filled.


For more information about these positions, please contact hassjobs@sutd.edu.sg.