Research Associate in Energy Studies Institute, Energy Technologies Specialist

23 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
23 Oct 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 Institute is looking to recruit an energy technologist specialist at the rank of Research Associate to undertake energy policy research. The appointed staff will operate under the responsibility of the Institute Head and work closely with members across the institute’s divisions and contribute to various research programmes.

Candidates are expected to contribute to various energy policy research topics which include the international energy supply chain, energy geopolitics and techno-nationalism, as well as the role of technology in the decarbonisation strategies of countries. Specific research areas include electricity grids, the use of solar energy, the potential of hydrogen and carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS), natural gas technology and energy storage. This research staff will help to identify, examine and evaluate various energy technological trends and options; with the aim to help Singapore achieve its net-zero emissions target by or around mid-century.

The appointed candidate is also expected to have a sound awareness of current and emerging energy technologies and knowledge of low carbon energy transition developments. 

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

Job Description

Commensurate with experience and rank:

  • You will be expected to co-lead or support in the development of project proposals, primarily for submission to local government agencies and/or industry stakeholders.
  • To take a lead role in the development of project reports, but also to be willing to contribute expertise to projects managed by other research staff within the institute.
  • To demonstrate thought leadership 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.
  • To assist public events, such as workshops and conference.
  • To assist in administrative duties at the institute where required.
  • A modest proportion of time will be set aside for self-guided research to support personal development. 


  • Possess a post-graduate degree, or equivalent experience in the field of economics, engineering, environmental science or other related fields.
  • Applicants should have demonstrated experience in techno-economic assessment and its application.
  • Relevant working and practical experience in industry or government agencies in the area of energy and environment would be highly valuable.
  • Relevant research experience on the ASEAN region would be an advantage.
  • The appointed individual must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Track record of publications in reputable journals and policy reports would be an advantage.

Application Process

To apply for this position, please combine the following documents in 1 PDF and attach it under the CV column when submitting your application:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • A cover letter, of no more than 800 words, explaining the applicant’s past research experience and aptitude in relation to the research project

Interested candidates, please submit your application with all the required documents.  Only shortlisted applicants will be notified. Shortlisted applicants may be called for interview, either in person or by zoom, as appropriate. 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.

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.

More Information

Location: Kent Ridge Campus
Organization: Energy Studies Institute
Department : Energy Studies Institute

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