Research Assistant (Built Environment, Technopolitics, and History)

09 May 2023
End of advertisement period
08 Jun 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Description

This research assistant position supports a research project titled "Governing Thermal Environments: Cooling Technologies, Changing Climate and Societies in Urban Asia". The project examines the post-colonial histories of cooling technologies, particularly air conditioning, built environment and society in Singapore and Doha from the mid-twentieth century to the present. By studying how these two cities became dependent on carbon-intensive air conditioning in the past and are investing significantly to find low-carbon cooling technologies and spatial configurations for the future, this project seeks to contribute to the current discussion on how to cool the world's population in an equitable manner without further warming the planet.

Job Requirements

This research assistant will work closely with the Principal Investigator and his collaborators. The research assistant is expected to help with the following tasks:

  • Supporting data gathering through literature review, archival research, and interview
  • Assistance with the organisation, collation and analysis of the data gathered
  • Helping with the coordination of research and publication activities, including dealing with image rights and permissions for reproduction.
  • Other research and administrative duties related to the project determined by the Principal Investigator.

Applicants will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • A good Undergraduate or Master degree in a social science, humanities or design subject;
  • Some experience with archival research and/or interview;
  • Some knowledge in the topics of the research relating to the urban built environment, history of technology, and/or STS (science, technology and society);
  • The resourcefulness to find sources and collect data;
  • The ability to work independently;
  • Excellent written and spoken English;

The position has been designed to be a full-time position for 2 years.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV and a few writing samples to A/Prof Chang Jiat Hwee at

More Information

Location: Kent Ridge Campus
Organization: College of Design and Engineering
Department : Architecture
Employee Referral Eligible: No
Job requisition ID : 20075

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