Research Scientists/Engineers & (Junior) Principal Investigators in Science  

Singapore (SG)
04 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
31 Jan 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Scientists/Engineers & (Junior) Principal Investigators
in Science

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is Singapore's lead public sector science and technology agency. A*STAR has a strategic R&D agenda, driving use-inspired basic research, spearheading economic growth and advancing social well-being through scientific discovery, technological innovation and talent development.  

A*STAR is consistently ranked world’s top 10 in the Reuters Innovative Institutions, and top 30 in the Nature Index of Top Government Institutions for the last 5 years. It averaged about 3,000 international publications annually in recent years, and filed over 2,000 patents in the past decade.

At A*STAR, we Impact, Invest, and Inspire, to bring out the best in you.

One Organisation, Multiple Careers
A*STAR provides a diverse range of career opportunities, and we are seeking the most promising early-career scientists, engineers and (junior) principal investigators in science:

  • Artificial Intelligence & data science (e.g. machine learning; computer vision; big data; social, cognitive or experimental psychology; decision making; behaviour modelling; health and wellbeing, educational and learning sciences; computational social science)
  • Decarbonization & urban technology (e.g. CO2 capture and utilization; H2 technology; environmental catalysis)
  • Therapeutics (e.g. gene therapy; immunotherapy; cell therapy)
  • Synthetic biology and industrial biotechnology
  • Other frontier sciences & emerging technologies (e.g. food & nutrition; logistics; bioengineering; microelectronics; quantum engineering – list is representative, not comprehensive)

We are particularly interested in candidates who are creative and impactful in advancing cutting-edge sciences, able to deliver outcomes in a highly competitive environment, and share our ideals in delivering scientific & technological outcomes and benefits to the society and its people. We value cross-disciplinary ideas in a strongly collaborative setting.
Suitable candidates will be appointed as Research Scientists/Engineers or Junior Principal Investigators typically in one of the research institutes of A*STAR, with responsibilities depending on experience, aptitude and research areas.
We are seeking high-calibre early-career scientists within 5 years of their PhD graduation, and those who have the potential to become research leaders or senior principal investigators in A*STAR. However, more senior researchers, who may be appointed in senior positions, are also welcome to apply. 
We offer competitive remuneration and benefits, commensurate to research qualities and potential. All early-career scientists can compete for seed funding (of ca. S$300k over 3 years) in A*STAR and an array of external funding schemes in Singapore. The most outstanding candidates may be considered for the A*STAR Investigatorship which carries a research grant of ca. S$2.0m (and other benefits) or the National Research Foundation Fellowship which provides a ca. S$3.0m research grant over 5 years.

Interested applicants may visit bit.ly/joinastar to submit their CVs and contact details by 31 January 2021. Enquiries can be directed to talent@hq.a-star.edu.sg with the subject title “CAREER”. For ongoing news and latest research developments, visit www.a-star.edu.sg and https://research.a-star.edu.sg .   

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