Research Associate, Maritime Law Center for Employment with NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE

job description

The Center for Maritime Law (CML) at the Law School of the National University of Singapore was launched on September 3, 2015 and has a broad focus on issues related to international trade, transport and shipping. It undertakes research and organizes events of scientific value for academics, professionals and government institutions. Its aim is to enhance the development of commercial maritime law in Singapore, the region and beyond. CML’s ongoing accomplishments include a highly regarded Working Paper Series (WPS), available at, and the CML CMI database, Judicial Decisions on International Conventions, available at

The Director of the CML is Professor Stephen Girvin, MPA Professor of Maritime Law, and the Deputy Director is Associate Professor Paul Myburgh.

CML is calling for applications from suitable candidates, who are at the start of their professional careers, to conduct research and participate in CML’s work. Based on qualifications, background and expertise, the successful candidate (s) will be appointed CML Research Associates.

The successful candidate will join CML’s current full-time and auxiliary research staff (see


The position (s) will offer the following benefits:

  1. Full-time employment with NUS Law for one year and, subject to satisfactory performance, may be renewable for a second year.
  2. A remuneration package, commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  3. Allocation of a designated workspace within CML.


The tasks associated with the position (s) are as follows:

  1. The successful candidate must be in residence for the duration of his appointment, subject to the normal conditions of the NUS in terms of annual leave.
  2. Depending on experience, the successful candidate will be expected to develop their own research program, including undertaking maritime law research projects, leading to publication in English-language peer-reviewed journals, during their tenure. The proposed research agenda MUST also include the writing of working papers for publication in the CML Working Paper Series (
  3. The successful candidate will also have to present his research and participate and contribute to CML seminars.
  4. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to CML research projects and initiatives, including the CML CMI database, judicial decisions on international conventions (
  5. The successful candidate may be invited to act as a research assistant to the director or deputy director of the CML, as assigned by the director of the CML.


The selection committee will take into account the following criteria when nominating for the position of Principal Investigator in CML:

  1. The successful candidate will be of exceptional caliber.
  2. To be appointed Senior Research Fellow, a doctorate (PhD or equivalent) and postdoctoral experience are essential, as is the demonstrated ability to achieve research excellence.
  3. Applications are invited from those with interests in any branch of maritime or maritime commercial law or admiralty law or maritime insurance law, including the international sale of goods transported by sea, conflicts of maritime laws, maritime dispute resolution (including maritime arbitration, particularly in the Asian context) and offshore oil and gas law. A demonstrated interest in contemporary research on maritime law, such as the impact of COVID-19 on the maritime sector, ship financing in the 21st century, and decarbonization and the shipping industry, may be an advantage.
  4. Applications are not solicited from individuals whose primary interests are international law of the sea, ocean law and policy, or international environmental law.

Application procedure

Interested candidates are welcome to apply and submit their applications directly through our NUS Career Portal. These should include:

  1. Cover letter
    1. This should explain the reason for your interest in the position and address your ability to perform the duties listed above.
  2. Application form
    1. The application form should be completed and submitted along with other required documents. Applicants can download:
    2. Application form HERE
  3. Curriculum vitae
    1. A detailed curriculum vitae should be submitted containing full and detailed information on academic institutions, honors, awards, all publications to date and all professional experience (current and previous, including dates of employment and descriptions From post).
  4. Letter of recommendation
    1. The application must be supported by two references of academic references. Applicants should arrange for their references to send their references to the address below by the closing date.
  5. Submission of application documents
    1. Interested candidates are welcome to apply and submit their applications directly through our NUS Career Portal.
  6. Closing Date
    1. The deadline for receipt of applications and references is Monday January 24, 2022. Late applications cannot be taken into account.

    Preselection and interview

    1. Shortlisted applicants should expect to be interviewed, via Zoom, from late November to early December 2021. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted regarding the status of their application.

More information

Site: Bukit Timah Campus
Organization: Law
Department: DBureau d’ean (Law)
Eligible for employee recommendation: No
Job Application ID: 8811