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Senior Research Fellow - Associate Director, Middle East Institute - National University of Singapore

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  • Mesut Aydiner
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 15, 2011
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      From: Tugrul Keskin <tugrulkeskin@...>
      Date: 2011/6/15






      The Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore, is pleased to
      announce a new position: Senior Research Fellow/Associate Director

      The Middle East Institute (MEI), National University of Singapore, seeks to
      recruit a Senior Research Fellow, who will hold the title of Associate
      Director, to assist the Director in developing the Institute's research,
      publications and events agenda, in generating a fruitful and collegial
      research environment, and in contributing to the Institute's research and
      analysis output. The Associate Director will:

      * help set and implement MEI's events agenda-lectures, conferences,
      workshops, overseas collaborations and the like, working closely with the
      Institute's events executive;

      * work closely with the Director and the Communications, Multimedia and
      Publications staffer to develop content for the MEI website and blog, and
      planned print publications ranging from occasional papers to conference
      volumes and books;

      * supervise the MEI library, chairing the acquisitions committee and
      liaising with the Office Manager who will be responsible for the day-to-day

      * conduct his/her own research and contribute analysis pieces for MEI and
      global Middle East analysis platforms;

      * assist in the possible development of Middle East courses and/or programs
      at NUS; and

      * be able and available to handle news media requests for interviews and/or
      analysis articles.


      The successful candidate will possess "ground knowledge" of the Middle East
      as well as competence and familiarity with the world of Middle East
      scholarship and analysis. He/she will also demonstrate the leadership and
      administrative skills, including the ability to deal with researchers and
      non-academic staff that will promote a positive office environment and a
      productive research community within the Institute.

      Particular qualifications include:

      * a graduate degree from a recognized university. The Ph.D. is preferred but
      not required, preferably involving work on the Middle East. Relevant
      disciplines include (but are not limited to) history, political science,
      economics, anthropology, sociology, and business administration;

      * experience living, working, or teaching in the Middle East;

      * knowledge of at least one Middle Eastern language, preferably Arabic;

      * a record of publication on Middle East-related topics;

      * superior "people" skills and a high energy level;

      * a deep interest in the Middle East and a commitment to MEI's mission of
      developing Middle East knowledge and research in Singapore and Southeast
      Asia; and

      * a willingness and the ability to organize joint activities between MEI and
      Middle Eastern universities and research institutions, as well as
      collaborations with institutions elsewhere in the world.

      The successful candidate, for example, might be a mid-career academic or
      professional; perhaps an associate professor or a professional in fields
      such as development, human rights, journalism, etc., or with NGO experience.


      Interested applicants are requested to submit the following via email to

      * a cover letter;

      * resume/curriculum vitae; and

      * 3 reference letters

      The deadline for application is June 15, 2011 or until the position is
      filled. This position is a two-year appointment beginning preferably
      September 2011. It is renewable one time for a two-year period.

      NUS provides a competitive salary and benefits package.

      For further information and any enquiries, please contact Ms Norizan Binti
      Selamat at norizan@....

      About MEI

      The Middle East Institute was established in 2007 as an autonomous research
      organization within the National University of Singapore. Its mission is to
      generate scholarly and policy research on the broader Middle East (the Arab
      world, Turkey, Iran, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Horn of Africa), with a
      particular emphasis on the growing interactions between the region and
      Singapore/Southeast Asia. Its principal foci are politics and security,
      economics and business, and culture and society. The Institute recently
      appointed Prof. Michael C. Hudson of Georgetown University, a well-known
      specialist on the region, as Director, with a mandate to develop MEI's
      research capabilities and activities.

      About NUS

      The National University of Singapore (NUS) is a top-tier teaching and
      research institution which consistently ranks among the best in the world.
      Its faculty includes many scholars from American and European universities.
      Among NUS's 22 research institutes and centers are the Asia Research
      Institute, the East Asian Institute, and the Institute of South Asian
      Studies. NUS maintains ties with international institutions such as Duke
      University, Technische Universitat Munchen, Centre National de la Récherche
      Scientifique, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University,
      University of California-Berkeley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US
      Naval Postgraduate School, Georgia Institute of Technology and the Peabody
      Institute at Johns Hopkins University. For further information please visit
      the website at http://www.nus.edu.sg/.

      About Singapore and the Middle East

      As early as the 15th century, families of Arab traders began to settle in
      Singapore and elsewhere in Southeast Asia. The familial ties between
      relatives in Hadhramaut, for example, and Singapore have engendered close
      cultural and economic ties between the Middle East (especially the southern
      Arabian Peninsula) and Southeast Asia, including Singapore. The cultural
      enclave of the Arab Quarter in Singapore is a vibrant manifestation of this
      relationship. The Malay Muslim community, with its strong affinities to the
      Arab and Muslim worlds, comprises approximately 14 percent of Singapore's
      population. Increasing numbers of Singapore companies in the fields of oil
      and gas, finance, investment and infrastructure are active in Middle Eastern
      markets. Singapore also has established a presence in many other fields such
      as environmental technologies, logistics, retail and tourism. In 2008, the
      GCC-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (GSFTA) signified a new era of
      cooperation. These developments will undoubtedly be deepened and


      Doc. Dr. Mesut Aydiner
      Mimar Sinan Guzel Sanatlar Universitesi
      Fen-Edebiyat Fakultesi Tarih Bolumu
      Cumhuriyet Mah. Silahsor Cad. No: 71,
      34380 Bomonti-Sisli-Istanbul

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