Research Fellow in Energy Studies Institute (Specialised in Energy Economics)

10 May 2023
End of advertisement period
09 Jun 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

Energy Studies Institute (ESI)

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

The Institute is looking to recruit a specialist in Energy Economics, at the rank of Research Fellow. The appointed staff will operate under the responsibility of the Institute Head and work closely with members across each of the institute’s divisions and various research programmes.

Candidates are expected to have had training to Undergraduate Degree level or above in economics. An understanding of Singapore’s economic system, and local work experience is desirable. Training, knowledge, or experience with energy systems, resource economics, and energy or environmental economics is also desirable, but not a pre-requisite. 

This will initially be a two-year position, with the possibility for renewal subject to satisfactory performance and finance.

Job Description

Commensurate with experience and rank:

  • As a Research Fellow you will be expected to lead or support development of project proposals.
  • To take a lead role in the development of project reports as PI or Co-I, but also to be willing to contribute expertise to projects managed by other research staff within the institute.
  • To take an active role in the development of project reports, but also to be willing to contribute expertise to projects managed by other research staff within the institute.
  • Contribute to development of project presentations and reports, and provide underlying research to support academic activities. Where suitable, this will result in co-authorship on articles submitted to academic journals.
  • Support selected administrative tasks, including the organising of seminars and workshops, and other tasks as assigned by the Division Head, such duties being commensurate with rank and experience.
  • A modest proportion of time will be set aside for self-guided research to support personal development. 

The specific area of work will depend on the priorities of the institute at any given point in time. In the near term, to support ongoing and expanding future research within the institute, the appointed candidate will be expected to commit to assess empirical and potential impacts of Singapore’s carbon tax and international carbon pricing schemes on Singapore’s decarbonisation and economy based on various quantitative analyses.

At any given point in time the institute undertakes multiple projects in parallel and opportunity will exist to participate in a variety of workstreams that align with your interests.


  • Possess a PhD degree in the Economics or a related quantitative research field, with specific application to energy, environmental or climate issues.
  • At least 2 years of experience in one of the fields above.
  • Applicants should have demonstrated experience in quantitative data analysis.
  • A good contemporary understanding and interest in energy and environmental issues.
  • Relevant working and practical experience in industry or government agencies in the area of energy and environment in Singapore would be highly valuable.
  • Track record of publications in reputable journals would be an advantage.
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team.

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.

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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: Kent Ridge Campus
Organization: Energy Studies Institute
Department : Energy Studies Institute
Job requisition ID : 19217

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