Research Assistant, Asia Competitiveness Institute

19 Jul 2022
End of advertisement period
18 Aug 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

ACI is looking for a full-time Research Assistants (RAs)

The RAs will be members of the Asia Competitiveness Institute (ACI) research team, working under ACI Director, Professor Paul Cheung, to work on a number of projects.   

We are specifically looking for candidates with experience in quantitative research methods and familiar with economic development of China or Indonesia and their trade relationships to ASEAN and Asia. Candidate must be comfortable and proficient with statistical software such as STATA, and advanced programming languages.  

Candidates should have an interest in public policies and economies, as well as the ability to work independently with minimal supervision and a strong willingness to learn about new topics and tools. Excellent written and spoken English is essential. 

Job Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the full-time Research Assistant include: 

  • Conduct literature reviews 
  • Collect, clean, format and prepare research data
  • Perform quantitative data analysis, simulation and estimation on ongoing and new research projects 
  • Independently collect and manage primary and/or secondary data for research projects 
  • Contribute to papers, research briefings, book chapters and summaries 
  • Prepare presentation materials for meetings, conference, etc
  • Prepare manuscripts for submission, and other administrative work 

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor/Masters degree in Economics, Mathematics or equivalent. Fresh graduates are welcomed.  
  • Familiar with Economic Development of China or Indonesia and their trade relationships to ASEAN and Asia
  • Possess experience in conducting quantitative research will be preferred
  • Possess experience in preparing independently literature reviews, data collection and data analysis, etc 
  • Demonstrate good organisational and analytical skills 
  • Excellent verbal and written English and Mandarin or Bahasa Indonesia for literature reviews in these languages.
  • Able to commit to at least 1 year of service 

Application Procedure

Please include the following documents in the application: 

  • One-page cover letter, with a brief statement of relevant research experience 
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Certificates & Transcripts (undergraduate and Masters, as relevant): Scanned copies for initial application 
  • One writing sample (min. 500 words) 
  • Details of two referees (preferably academic) who can comment on the applicant’s academic abilities and research experience 

 Please send electronic submissions to  

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