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Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme 2019

The NTU Institute of Science and Technology for Humanity (NISTH) is a new interdisciplinary institute dedicated to fostering research on the impact of science and technology on humanity. The NISTH Postdoctoral Fellowship programme is a newly-launched programme that will bring new scholars to NTU with the aim of enhancing teaching and research on the impacts of science and technology,  , enhancing the training of new scholars as interdisciplinary investigators, and enriching the intellectual environment of the University. 


NISTH invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships commencing in  Semester 2, Academic Year 2018. Successful candidates will be affiliated with one or more  of the schools in NTU, Singapore.


Preference will be given to applications that address the themes listed below as well as to projects that cut across disciplinary boundaries. Successful candidates are expected to begin their fellowships in January 2019.



1.      Responsible Innovation

This theme addresses the ethical implications of innovations such as nanotechnology, personalised medicine, unmanned ground and aerial vehicles, and bioengineering that will have wide impact on society. Technology use will be a secondary focus. Responsible innovation includes studies in how innovations are responsive to real human needs. Research in this area is likely to require input from designers, behavioural psychologists and cognitive neuroscientists.


2.      Governance and Leadership in the Technological Age

As both the range and speed of technological development escalate, governance of science and technology will also become increasingly complex and challenging. Negotiating between competing interests and balancing benefits and risks will be instrumental to sound governance that strengthens the foundations of human flourishing. In addition, advances in artificial intelligence and data analytics are transforming the processes of decision making itself. Whether in the public domain or the private sector, technology is redefining the very notion of informed judgment, strategic decision and leadership. Research under this theme explores implications of scientific and technological advancement for not only policy making but also education, as the attributes and requisite skills of an educated person will also evolve with advances in technology.

3.      Emerging Urban Asia

Technology is fast transforming the urban landscape of Asia. Autonomous vehicles, underground spaces, and smart city systems, for  example, will shape the urban environment in the not too distant future. How do human beings relate to one another within the built environment of cities? What  kinds of communities will emerge as a result? Will the new urban Asia be highly stratified, or is it possible to infuse the web of human relationships now pervaded by technology with the kind of caring community spirit, or what is called in Singapore, “kampong spirit” that ensures social urban health in 21st century Asia? Relevant research can include comparative studies of urban centres, or other studies of  the direction of growth in urban Asia.



Applicants must possess a doctoral degree issued no more than 3 years prior to the time of application (i.e. the degree must have been obtained after 1 January 2016). Candidates who are completing their degrees must have been conferred their doctoral degrees by December 2018.



Applications must include: ​

1.      the Official Application Form​​​​ submitted as one single document (in Microsoft Word format);

2.      the Research Staff Application Form.


Applicants should explore the research interests of NTU faculty members to identify potential faculty mentors and state the research theme for which they are applying on the application form. Applications should demonstrate in their research plan how their expertise crosses different disciplines and relates to a NISTH theme.


Reference letters:

At least two reference letters, on official letterhead and signed by the referees, are to be sent directly by the referees.


Completed applications and reference letters are to be submitted by email to:

NTU Institute of Science and Technology for Humanity (NISTH)


Subject header: Application for NISTH Postdoctoral Fellowship


Applications and reference letters must reach NISTH by 30 September 2018 (11:59pm Singapore Time, GMT+8).


Only applications with the two completed forms and required number of reference letters will be considered.

About the NISTH Postdoctoral Fellowship

The NISTH Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) scheme provides support of up to two years to recent PhD graduates who demonstrate outstanding promise in research and teaching in their fields of study. By offering new scholars the opportunity to develop research publications, hone their teaching, and network with academics, the scheme serves as a bridge between the scholars’ doctoral training and their entry into faculty careers. The Fellowship is part of NISTH’s effort to promote interdisciplinary learning and research and the excellent resources across the University serve to enhance the training of new scholars as interdisciplinary investigators.


The postdoctoral fellowships are for one year, renewable for a second year, subject to satisfactory performance. Appointed fellows may be required to assist in teaching up to the equivalent of one semester-based course per academic year.


NTU Sing​​apore is a world-class research university. It offers attractive remuneration and benefits. For information about the NTU Institute of Science and Technology for Humanity, please visit​.


Questions about application procedures, eligibility, stipend or deadlines, are to be directed to:


NTU Institute of Science and Technology for Humanity (NISTH)



Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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