Research Fellow in Energy Studies Institute, International Security Of Supply

17 Jan 2023
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16 Feb 2023
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Full Time

Energy Studies Institute

The Energy Studies Institute (ESI) is a research institute in 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.

There are openings at the research fellow level to ensure the timely delivery of research and policy recommendations with national, regional and/or international clients. The focus is on the international security of supply in the context of the global low carbon energy transition. Topics to be covered include the international energy supply chain, energy geopolitics, as well as the challenges and opportunities associated with Singapore’s various energy options as the country explores low carbon energy options. This will include the option to import electricity from regional power grids, the use of solar energy, the potential of hydrogen and transboundary carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS), as well as the development of gas markets in the region.

Job Description

Commensurate with experience, and working as part of a team, tasks may include the following:

  • Preparing and reporting knowledge regarding governments strategies and policies, at least at a basic level of understanding, will be required on areas including but not limited to: 
    • The ASEAN Power grid, and broader electricity grid integration considerations;
    • Renewable energy deployment policies and potential, with an emphasis on solar;
    • Trends in hydrogen power market development and potential;
    • Understanding the state of play of carbon capture and storage technologies and their deployment;
    • Natural gas supply chains and their evolving configuration.
  • The appointed candidate will need to work with a team of researchers and help to coherently report on the economic and geopolitical implications regarding the applications of hydrogen, carbon capture storage (CCS), energy storage and carbon markets in power generation will also be analysed.
  • Desktop research based on primary and secondary sources. Besides information gathering, the purpose would be to examine how they are relevant in the Singapore context.
    •   Much of the research reviewed and undertaken will be qualitative in nature, however there may be opportunities for more quantitative aspects to feature within some elements of the work.
  • Engagement with local stakeholders from various sectors to exchange views and gain insights. This is a continuous and ad hoc process that will take place across the full project timeline for all work packages.
    •   Field research is expected to be undertaken (subject to the resumption of overseas travel) to exchange views and gain insights from researchers across the Southeast Asia region and further afield. 
  • Scenario building: Our work will likely explore three scenarios based on a (1) worst-case, (2) business-as-usual and (3) ideal-case. Other more specific scenario cases will be explored where appropriate.


  • A PhD degree in the fields of international relations/politics, public policy, energy science, engineering, environmental management, or other related disciplines.
  • Relevant work experience of minimum 2 years, at least partly in consulting or in policy review and formulation.
  • Possess knowledge and experience in sustainable energy transition trends and/or low carbon technology developments  .
  • Possess strong interpersonal, organisational and communication skills, with the ability to work well both independently and in a team.
  • Possess strong influencing and collaboration qualities, analytical abilities, and a broad sense of perspective.


  • Track record of securing funding through responding to project tenders from public institutions or development agencies.
  • Track record of (or potential to deliver) impactful research publications and/or thought leadership pieces.
  •  Experience in scenario planning (including by stakeholder engagement e.g. stakeholder workshops).
  • Quantitative skills and the ability to use data and metrics to inform research.

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. 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 : Research

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