Research Fellow (Department of Psychology)

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

Job Description

The National University of Singapore (NUS) is recruiting a full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on a new initiative: Health District @ Queenstown. 

What is Health District @ Queenstown?

According to the United Nations, population ageing is poised to be one of the most significant social transformations of the twenty-first century. Most countries, however, are ill-prepared to meet needs and seize opportunities for longer lives; Singapore is no exception. 

The National University of Singapore (NUS), National University Healthcare System (NUHS), and the Housing and Development Board (HDB) launched the Health District @ Queenstown to pilot a multi-stakeholder, location-based intervention programme to help Singapore residents stay healthy, strong, resilient and productive. Working closely with the Queenstown community (roughly 100,000 residents strong), the Health District aims to co-create and test interventions that will enable Singapore to reap the longevity dividends of our increased life span. Solutions evaluated to be effective will be shared with the international community and scaled up sustainably across the country.


An inclusive community that leads healthy, active and productive lives across their life course, in a quality living environment that sustainably addresses the determinants of health and enables ageing-in-place.

  • Increase healthy longevity
  • Enable purposeful longevity
  • Promote intergenerational bonding
  • Support a community for all ages

Job scope:

To work with an interdisciplinary team comprising Associate Professor Lile Jia (psychology), Associate Professor Yee Wei Lim (medicine), and Professor Leonard Lee (marketing) on conducting a foundational, baseline study for the Health District.

The project aims to

  1. identify, quantify, and understand the unmet needs of residents, and
  2. establish a rigorous baseline of important outcome indicators. In addition to 'taking the pulse' of the community, the project aspires to test scientifically novel hypotheses. 

Specific tasks include:

  • Design and conduct quantitative, qualitative, and behavioural research.
  • Analyse and interpret data for both presentations and scholarly outputs.
  • Prepare and coordinate research ethics protocols.
  • Contribute to preparing and writing research manuscripts and conference presentations
  • Support the dissemination of research outcomes through appropriate channels and outlets including policy briefs.
  • Grant writing for future projects. 
  • Assist with the supervision of research assistants where required.
  • Perform other duties or roles as may be reasonably required.

Appointment and Support:

Recruitment is open immediately. The starting date of the appointment is flexible but should be no later than May 2023. The position will be based in Singapore, and the initial contract is for two years, with the possibility of extension depending on funding availability. Interest in other projects of the Health District is welcome and encouraged. The scholar is expected to serve the full two years. 

The position offers competitive compensation and benefits (e.g., medical benefits, conference travel support). 

How to Apply

  • Applicants should send the following documents to Winnie Chong ( 
    • Cover letter highlighting career goals and relevant experience
    • Curriculum Vitae, containing names and contact details of three named referees
  • Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


  • PhD Degree in a relevant subject area, including Public Health, Psychology, Economics, Sociology, Population Science, Human Geography, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Health Services Research, Health Information, Global Health, Health/Clinical Sciences, Risk Perception and Communication, or equivalent.


  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English.
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting human subject research. 
  • Strong data analytical skills in quantitative and/or qualitative research; proficiency in statistical software such as R, SPSS, Stata, or SAS. Willingness to learn and master new statistical skills independently.
  • Experience in publishing in peer-reviewed international journals.
  • Highly organized and able to work effectively under pressure, use independent judgement and produce a quality work product within tight time constraints.
  • Able to work independently as well as with a team.
  • Experience with fieldwork/data collection would be a plus.

Research experience/background in one of the following is highly regarded:

  • Population health
  • Health behaviours and promotion
  • Psychology in Public Health/Aging
  • Gerontology
  • Risk Perception and Communication

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 presence is required.

Taking into consideration the health and well-being of our staff and students and to better protect everyone in the campus, applicants are strongly encouraged to have themselves fully COVID-19 vaccinated to secure successful employment with NUS.

More Information

Location: Singapore
Organization: National University of Singapore
Department : Department of Psychology

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