Senior Research Fellow in Energy Studies Institute, Energy Economics

04 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
03 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Energy Studies Institute (ESI)

The Energy Studies Institute (ESI) is a research institute at the National University of Singapore seeking to advance the understanding of energy policy issues by conducting independent research and analysis.  We are looking for researchers to join a multi-disciplinary team carrying out research projects on a range of energy issues that are of concern to Singapore and the region.

The Energy Economics Division is looking to recruit an economist at the rank of Senior Research Fellow. The appointed staff will operate under the responsibility of the Division Head and work closely with all members of the Energy Economics Division.

Candidates are expected to be highly familiar with economics, and have had formal training in pure economics, energy economics, engineering economics or a closely related area. An understanding of Singapore’s economic system, and local work experience is desirable. Training, knowledge, or experience with energy systems, resource economics, and energy or environmental economics is also desirable, but not a pre-requisite.

This will initially be a two-year position, with the possibility for renewal subject to satisfactory performance and finance.

Job Description

  • As a Senior Research Fellow you will be expected to lead in the development of project proposals as Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-Investigator (Co-I). Primarily for submission to local government agencies.
  • To take a lead role in the development of project reports as PI or Co-I, but also to be willing to contribute expertise to projects managed by other research staff within the institute.
  • To demonstrate thought leadership by developing and maintain an international reputation as an expert in your field. This will include participating in international conferences, publishing research in well-ranked and peer-reviewed journals, and developing/maintaining a robust citation profile.
  • A modest proportion of time will be set aside for self-guided research to support personal development. 
  • The specific area of work will depend on the priorities of the institute at any given point in time. In the near term, to support ongoing and expanding future research within the institute, the appointed candidate will be expected to take a lead role in developing techno-economic assessment and substantive cost-benefit analyses. 

Examples of areas where these might be applied include for example:

  • Carbon pricing and climate finance
  • Transition pathways analysis
  • Electricity (power generation) market analysis
  • Efficiency analysis
  • Techno-economic pathway analysis for emerging technologies (e.g. Hydrogen)
  • The evaluation of district level cooling systems
  • Evaluation of energy storage system configurations
  • Support in conducting life-cycle analyses

The above list is not exhaustive, moreover, at any given point in time the institute undertakes multiple project in parallel and opportunity will exist to participate in a variety of workstreams that align with your interests.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, if you have not heard from us within 3 months, you should assume that your application has not been successful.


  • Possess a PhD Degree in the field of economics/engineering economics or a closely related area.
  • This may fall under any branch of economics, though given the nature of work within ESI and the position we require to fill, applicants with an empirical focus are preferred.
  • Applicants should have demonstrated analytical ability e.g. experience with econometric modelling or similar.
  • Demonstrated experience in cost benefit and/or techno-economic assessment and its application is desirable.
  • An interest and desire to deepen your understanding of the economics of energy systems, climate change and related market and policy issues.
  • Relevant working and practical experience in industry or government agencies in the area of energy and environment would be highly valuable.
  • Ideally this is within Singapore, or the South East Asia region, given the importance of these regions to work undertaken within ESI. 
  • Applicants with no regional work experience will still be given full consideration.
  • Relevant research experience on the ASEAN region would be an advantage.
  • A strong written and oral command of the English language is essential. Secondary languages are desirable.
  • The appointed individual must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Published in reputable economics journals, have papers under review, or papers ready for submission.
  • Evidence of a robust or emerging citation profile is highly desirable.
  • Evidence of previous project leadership is a strong advantage.

More Information

Location: Kent Ridge Campus
Organization: Energy Studies Institute