Research Associate, Research on Successful Ageing

17 Nov 2022
End of advertisement period
16 Dec 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full Time | Contract
  • Executive
  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent | Master's or equivalent
  • Singapore | Closing On 16 Dec 2022

contract ending 30 June 2025

About Us

Singapore Management University is a place where high-level professionalism blends together with a healthy informality. The 'family-like' atmosphere among the SMU community fosters a culture where employees work, plan, organise and play together – building a strong collegiality and morale within the university.

Our commitment to attract and retain talent is ongoing. We offer attractive benefits and welfare, competitive compensation packages, and generous professional development opportunities – all to meet the work-life needs of our staff. No wonder, then, that SMU continues to be given numerous awards and recognition for its human resource excellence.

Job Description

Development and Management of Panel Methodological Research Agenda

  • Work closely with the Research Associates, Research Panel Manager and the research teamin monitoring and evaluating current panel practices for the Singapore Life Panel.
  • Ongoing analysis after each panel wave to monitor sample composition and attrition.
  • Assisting the with day-to-day panel operations for the refresh of the Singapore Life Panel.
  • Maintaining familiarity with the latest developments in panel survey methodology.

Research and Publications

  • Assist with data analysis, survey design and research support for academic studies.
  • Contribution to research collaborations with government ministries and agencies.
  • Publication of academic papers (co-authoring alongside researchers in economics / sociology / psychology).
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the research team.

External Engagements

  • Handle requests for information from researchers and other interested parties related to the panel.
  • Assist with the documentation of methodological practices for external audiences and stakeholders.
  • Engage in outreach activities, including:(a) organizing workshops, seminars, roundtables and conferences;(b) community outreach programs; (c) international research collaborations; (d) fundraising activities with private and government organisations.
  • Depending on their abilities and preferences, this person also may represent the Center externally, whether in the media, professional organizations, government or other forums.


  • Post-graduate degree in Social Sciences, Economics or Statistics.
  • Advanced user of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).
  • Proficient in SPSS, STATA and other software for analysis of longitudinal data.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Detail-oriented with exacting standards to maintain accuracy and impartiality in all work products.
  • Ability to work independently to carry out special projects from start to finish.
  • Ability to balance numerous tasks simultaneously.
  • Clear capacity to train and develop skills in co-workers.
  • Ability to work well in a team setting and take a leadership role in managing the work of colleagues when needed.
  • Editorial judgment and proven ability to communicate research methodology and survey results clearly andconcisely in the Centre’s style in both verbal and written form.
  • Interest in expanding skills to cover new analytical tools and methods

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