Post-doctoral Fellow / Research Fellow

Job Description & Qualification

The School of Law at the Singapore Management University (SMU) has an opening for one Research Fellow/Research Associate position for its Applied Research Centre for Intellectual Assets and the Law in Asia (ARCIALA).

The appointment will be on a contract basis ending on 31 March 2020, with the possibility of renewal for a further year subject to good performance and the needs of ARCIALA.


Advance degree in law required, which includes a completed LLM or Master of Law degree
Candidates who have recently completed a PhD (or its equivalent) with a focus on intellectual assets and law, including artificial intelligence and IP will be preferred
Fluency in English and strong writing skills required
Inter-disciplinary research approach preferred
Existing publication record in international journals in English preferred
Focus on Asian and Comparative Intellectual Property Law preferred
Command of a major Asian language will be preferred
Team work spirit and academic integrity is a must


The appointment will be on a one-year term contract basis, with the possibility of renewal for a further year subject to good performance and the needs of ARCIALA. Research support will be provided as well as a competitive salary commensurate with relevant qualifications, experience, track record and research potential. The Research Fellow/Associate will be required to:

Assist in the academic work of the Centre in general
Conduct research projects, attend academic seminars/conferences, write research reports and publish in both mainstream media and journals
Assist in the administration work of the Centre, School of Law or SMU, such as the organisation of seminars and conferences or other events and the update of the Centre's websites etc

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should submit a detailed curriculum vitae, a description of research interest and direction, selected publications, a list of two referees with full contact information, and any other supporting documents to Please quote reference number as shown below.

The interviews for the position will take place during the month of March/April 2019 and the tentative start work date for the Research Fellow/Associate will be April/May 2019.

All correspondence should be addressed to Professor Kung-Chung LIU, Director, ARCIALA.

The closing date for the receipt of applications and references is 22 March 2019.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

(Please quote reference number in all correspondence: RF/RA-SOL-ARCIALA2019).

About the Organization

SMU School of Law traces its origins to 2000. Then, its predecessor, the Law Department within the Lee Kong Chian School of Business, was created and headed by Professor Andrew Phang (presently Judge of Appeal). In 2007, with Professor Michael Furmston at the helm, the department became a full-fledged law school and welcomed its first batch of students to its LLB and JD programmes. Professor Yeo Tiong Min, Singapore’s first Honorary Senior Counsel, took over as dean in 2012. The current dean is Associate Professor Goh Yihan, who is the youngest dean to have been appointed at SMU.

SMU School of Law has since expanded its academic offerings to include, among others, JD and LLM degrees as well as a suite of seminars for legal practitioners to obtain their CPD points under its SMU Law Academy. It houses leading research centres in the form of the Centre for Cross-Border Commercial Law in Asia (CEBCLA), the Applied Research Centre for Intellectual Assets and the Law in Asia (ARCIALA), and the Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy (SIDRA).

You can learn more about SMU School of Law by navigating our website;
You will read about our unique pedagogy in equipping our students with the knowledge and skills that are fundamental to legal practice, our faculty’s commitment to research excellence and engagement with the legal profession, our students’ various world-class results in international competitions, and our alumni’s achievements both academically and professionally.

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Job ID

ID: J4820