Research Assistant, Digital Health Promotion

11 May 2022
End of advertisement period
10 Jun 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

Applications are invited for the following fixed-term position within the Physical Activity and Nutrition Determinants in Asia (PANDA) Research Group at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health

Research Assistant

We are looking for a Research Assistant to coordinate a project on digital health promotion programmes in Singapore. You will be part of an interdisciplinary research team exploring factors influencing reach and engagement with digital health programmes in underserved populations. The position is available for a fixed term (15 months).

Project Background

Public health research and digital health programmes should benefit everyone in society. Currently, some people with the poorest health who stand to gain the most from such programmes are also the least likely to use them. It is therefore essential that we better understand how to reach and engage underserved population segments, including people from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds, with digital health promotion programmes.

The project takes a data-driven and person-centred approach to understand what people want and need from digital health programmes, which factors influence their participation, and how to reach and engage those who are most in need of health behaviour support. We aim to generate new experimental insights into the preferences of users, particularly those from lower socio-economic backgrounds, to help design, implement, and disseminate digital health programmes to ensure uptake and use in a diverse population.

Job Description

  • Work with the project team to develop project plans, which includes determining requirements, scope, deliverables, budget, and schedules.
  • Contribute to research planning by reviewing literature, drafting research protocols, and assisting with ethics applications.
  • Coordinate a team of facilitators to conduct field-based interviews and/or focus groups with members of the public.
  • Manage and analyse research data.
  • Organize team meetings, including preparing agendas, project updates, and note-taking.
  • Collaborate with research partners from the Singapore-ETH Centre and Edith Cowan University (Perth).
  • Contribute to the dissemination of findings by preparing reports and scientific papers for submission to high quality, peer-reviewed journals.


As a Research Assistant, you should have experience in managing research projects and handling research data. You should be a team player with a can-do attitude and good problem-solving skills.

  • Very good written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience in conducting research with human participants.
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work with different groups of people.
  • Possess a can-do attitude towards complex challenges
  • Hold a degree in public health, health promotion, or a related discipline. We also welcome applicants from any other discipline with evidence of ability and interest to contribute to the research areas of focus.

This position provides the candidate an exciting opportunity to work with world leading experts in digital health and health behaviour change. This position will offer the opportunity to work at all levels of research from establishing research questions through to high quality research outputs. Additionally, through this research you will be able to make an impactful contribution to the Singapore health promotion sector.

Recruitment is open immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.

For further enquiries or a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Dr Sarah Edney via email:

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Hold a degree in public health, health promotion, or a related discipline. We also welcome applicants from any other discipline with evidence of ability and interest to contribute to the research areas of focus.

Covid-19 Message

At NUS, the health and safety of our staff and students are one of our utmost priorities, and COVID-vaccination supports our commitment to ensure the safety of our community and to make NUS as safe and welcoming as possible. Many of our roles require a significant amount of physical interactions with students/staff/public members. Even for job roles that may be performed remotely, there will be instances where on-campus presences are required.

In accordance with Singapore's legal requirements, unvaccinated workers will not be able to work on the NUS premises with effect from 15 January 2022. As such, job applicants will need to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated to secure successful employment with NUS.

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