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Full-Time Assistant Professor of Law

Singapore Management University
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Jun 28, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Law & Legal Studies, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Computer Sciences & Technology
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Singapore Management University (SMU) invites applications for a full-time Assistant Professor of Law.

We are interested in candidates who have research and teaching expertise in the areas of ethics and digital transformation, broadly defined. Candidates with different subject matter expertise are encouraged to look at other career opportunities within the SMU Yong Pung How School of Law:

The successful applicant will be jointly appointed to the SMU Yong Pung How School of Law (YPHSL) and to the SMU Office of Core Curriculum (OCC). S/he will be expected to:

• Conceptualise and execute research focused on the evolving relationship between law and society, with a special focus on the implications of digital transformation for legal systems and societies.
• Develop and teach courses on legal ethics within the law school curriculum.
• Develop and teach courses examining key aspects of the impact of digital transformation on law and society, to be delivered both as multidisciplinary courses within the “Technology and Society” basket of the SMU Core Curriculum to non-law majors. Possible topics include the ethical use of technology, including artificial intelligence; digital governance and its societal consequences; digital citizenship and inclusion; fundamentals of regulatory design, etc.
• Participate actively in the research and educational communities at SMU, and in the service of these communities.

Depending on qualifications, the successful applicant will either be appointed on the Education track (renewable contract, with a teaching load of six courses per year), or on the Research track (tenure track, with a teaching load of four courses per year and a one-course reduction during the first pre-tenure contract).


• Post-graduate degree in law or Ph.D. in a related field. Relevant law specialisations include, but are not limited to, IT law, ethics and social responsibility, public law. Those who do not have a postgraduate degree in law are also encouraged to apply if there is evidence of relevant subject matter expertise.
• A record of high quality research in the subject area. The ideal candidate would also showcase an ability to conduct interdisciplinary research.
• A record of excellence in undergraduate or post-graduate teaching in the subject area.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, including strong public speaking skills.

Application Procedure:
Applications should be submitted in English and can be directed to: OCC-YPHSL Search Committee. Applications should include:
• A cover letter indicating your interest in and suitability for the position;
• A current curriculum vitae;
• A 1-2 page research statement;
• Three samples of academic work;
• A 1-2 page teaching statement and, if applicable, teaching evaluations.

Applicants should also arrange for three academic references with contact information to be sent directly to: The Dean, Office of Core Curriculum, Singapore Management University, 81 Victoria Street, Singapore 188065.

Applications can be made at:
or e-mail to:

SMU is committed to fostering diversity and cultivating an inclusive work environment. Applications from women and minorities are particularly encouraged.

Application deadline: 10 September 2021

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed and may be invited to a campus visit, if local COVID-19 measures allow. The expected start date is either 1 January 2022 or 1 July 2022.

Singapore Management University is a research university committed to a multidisciplinary and integrated curriculum. Salary and benefits, such as housing allowance and research support, are highly competitive.

The Yong Pung How School of Law offers LL.B, LL.M and J.D. degrees. Its faculty are drawn from or have experience in a range of jurisdictions and are united in their commitment to nurture intellectual curiosity and creativity.
The Office of Core Curriculum oversees the delivery of the SMU Core Curriculum, which offers students a broad-based multidisciplinary curriculum under three pillars, Capabilities, Communities, and Civilisations.
For further information about the Office of Core Curriculum and the Yong Pung How School of Law can be found at and


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