Research Associate, Maritime Law Center job with NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE

job description

The Center for Maritime Law (CML) at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore was launched on September 3, 2015 and focuses extensively on issues related to international trade, transport and maritime law. 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 achievements include a highly acclaimed Working Paper Series (WPS), available at the CML database CMI, Judicial Decisions on International Conventions, available at

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

CML invites applications from suitable candidates, who are at the beginning of their professional career, to conduct research and participate in the work of CML. Based on their qualifications, background, and expertise, successful applicants will be appointed as LMC Research Associates.

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


The position(s) will have the following benefits:

  1. Employment on a full-time contract with NUS Law for one year and, subject to satisfactory performance, may be renewable for a second year.
  2. A global remuneration, commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  3. Assignment of a designated workspace within CML.


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

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



The Selection Committee will consider the following criteria when appointing the CML Principal Investigator position:

  1. The successful candidate will be of exceptional caliber.
  2. To be appointed as a Principal Investigator, a doctorate (PhD or equivalent) and postdoctoral experience are essential, as is a demonstrated ability to achieve research excellence.
  3. Applications are invited from persons with interests in any branch of commercial maritime law or navigation law or admiralty law or marine insurance law, including the international sale of goods carried by sea , conflict 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 maritime law research, such as the impact of COVID-19 on the maritime sector, ship finance in the 21st century, decarbonization and the shipping industry, can be an advantage.
  4. Nominations are not invited from individuals with primary interests in international law of the sea, ocean law and policy, or international environmental law.

Application procedure

Interested candidates are invited to apply and submit their applications directly on our NUS career portal. These should include:

  1. Cover letter This should explain the reason for your interest in the position and your ability to perform the tasks listed above.
  2. Application form The application form must be completed and submitted along with the other required documents. Candidates can download:
  3. Curriculum vitae A detailed curriculum vitae must be submitted containing complete and detailed information on academic institutions, honors, awards, all publications to date and all professional experience (current and past, including dates of employment and descriptions From post).
  4. Letter of recommendation The application must be supported by two references from 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 Interested candidates are invited to apply and submit their applications directly on our NUS career portal.
  6. Closing Date The deadline for receipt of applications and references is Monday, January 24, 2022. Late applications cannot be considered.
  7. Screening and interview 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: DJohn’s Office (law)
Eligible Employee Referral: No
Job Application ID: 8811