Global Production Networks Centre (GPN@NUS)


Invitation to Apply

Professor Henry Yeung, together with Professor Neil Coe as co-Principal Investigator, at the Department of Geography was awarded a S$4.95 million research grant by the NUS Office of Deputy President (Research and Technology) in October 2014 to establish a Faculty-based research centre for the study of global production networks (GPN) and economic development, with a particular focus on Asia. Founded by a team of researchers from Geography, Economics, Sociology, and Political Science, this Centre is named GPN@NUS and the grant will end in September 2018 (though funding beyond 2018 will be sought).

The Centre now has about 20 full time assistant/associate professors, senior research fellows, postdoctoral fellows, and research assistants. In light of this significant research initiative and the availability of funding until the end of September 2018, we are now seeking to appoint up to THREE outstanding Postdoctoral Fellows to lead the Centre's research activities in ONE of the following key sectors: (1) electronics; (2) automotive; (3) pharmaceuticals; (4) oil and gas; (5) finance and (6) logistics. The Postdoctoral Fellowship will also provide the appointee time for publishing his/her research and funding for international conference attendance (on application and subject to approval). The appointment can start anytime now and will end in September 2018.

Area of Expertise

The successful candidate will be someone who holds a PhD degree or is awaiting conferment (the PhD must be awarded by the time that the post is taken up).  The candidate should be well versed in the research domains of global production networks and global value chains in any of the social science disciplines of economic geography, economic sociology, development studies, international political economy, and international business studies. Prior experience in the study of global production in relation to critically important topics such as technological innovation, industrial and social upgrading, national competitiveness, industrial and corporate change, entrepreneurship and business strategy, global governance, global environmental change, and so on, is preferred. The successful candidate is expected to lead the Centre's research activities in ONE key sector and participate in the relevant research group in the host department (Economics, Geography, Political Science or Sociology).

Terms and Conditions

The terms and conditions for the Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) are as follows:

1.     Contract to be awarded till end September 2018.

2.     An Annual Base Salary between S$66,000 and S$85,000 per year, depending on experience and disciplinary background.

3.     Singapore citizens and permanent residents are eligible for provident fund benefits.

4.     Travel Assistance may be provided for eligible candidates.

5.     Medical benefits in accordance with the Medical Benefit Plan.

6.     Vacation leave of 28 days per calendar year.

Other benefits that the University provides and information about working in NUS and living in Singapore are available at Terms and conditions, according to university guidelines, are subject to changes without prior notice.


All applications, including a covering letter detailing research interests, publication track record and plans, as well as a CV and the names of two academic referees, and queries should be submitted via email to Dr. Aidan Wong ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>) as soon as possible. The review for the positions will begin on 1 November 2016, and the search will continue until the appointment is made.


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