Research Assistant (Society and Culture)

13 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
12 Apr 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Description

The Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) is a policy research think-tank in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. IPS is looking to hire two Research Assistants for the Society & Culture Department.

The Research Assistants will be working in a research team that contributes to the Institute’s research programmes. The department’s workstreams include digital inclusion in various domains (e.g., work and integration) and media policy, impact of new technologies on governance, the future of work and career mobility, and the design of and impact of community engagement.

The job scope includes:

  • Assisting with the administration and management of research projects, including recruiting and managing participants
  • Conducting secondary research (e.g., literature review), data analysis for qualitative and quantitative research, and supporting the publication and dissemination of results and findings in reports, policy briefs, and conference and academic journal papers
  • Conducting research fieldwork, including focus group discussions, surveys, participant observations, writing field notes, and in-depth interviews
  • Undertaking other administrative duties relating to research projects, such as corresponding with stakeholders and working with other departments (e.g., finance and event management)
  • Organising and reporting of seminars and conferences


  • Be intellectually curious and possess strong research skills, preferably with some background and a keen interest in issues relating to media and technology Demonstrate experience and competency in working with and synthesising large bodies of data (gathered through primary and secondary research) Have a strong command of the English language and be able to write in a clear and engaging manner, with a passion for grammar, detail and accuracy
  • Be resourceful in getting things done and be able to meet deadlines and work well with others
  • Have at least a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant social science discipline from a reputable university

The following are optional criteria that will give your application an advantage:

  • Has experience in conducting research, whether qualitative (e.g., meta reviews, interviews and focus groups discussions), or quantitative (e.g., surveys, experiments)
  • Has basic proficiency in SPSS/R/STATA programming

Application Information

What you can expect from the job:

Researchers at IPS work on a variety of projects initiated by the Institute, the government and the non-profit sector, using both qualitative and quantitative methods. The Research Assistants will be able to engage in a number of research projects and have opportunities to co-author articles and research papers with other members of the research team. They will also benefit from exposure to intellectual exchange and networking with various stakeholders linked to the Institute’s work. This job will provide excellent training for a fresh graduate or an early career researcher who is seeking to develop a career in the fields of public policy or social science research, whether in academia, the public service, or the private sector.

To apply (quote CS102022):

Please upload the following documents via NUS Career Page.

  • One-page cover letter (with a brief statement of relevant research experience)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two writing samples (min. 500 words)

Your cover letter should include details such as your highest qualifications, last drawn salary, expected salary and reasons for leaving your last/current position. Please also state when you expect to be able to begin work, if this position is offered to you.

(We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.)

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More Information

Location: Bukit Timah Campus
Organization: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
Department : Institute of Policy Studies
Employee Referral Eligible: No
Job requisition ID : 17817

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