Research Assistant, Social Lab

17 May 2023
End of advertisement period
08 Jun 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

The Institute of Policy Studies (IPS)' Social Lab is looking for researchers who will assist with ongoing and upcoming workstreams on social policy issues and sentiment of policies in the Singapore context.

While researchers are expected to contribute in many ways to ongoing projects at IPS, typical work includes some combination of the following (though usually not all at once!):

Core Responsibilities

  • Scoping and collating literature reviews
  • Collecting, cleaning, formatting, and analysing primary/secondary data
  • Preparing questionnaires/survey instruments
  • Managing aspects of fieldwork administration including field interviewer briefings, project progress monitoring, data quality controls, and supervision of field interviewers
  • Engaging and managing stakeholders across workstreams
  • Summarising project results and preparing progress reports for the PI and funding agencies

Ad-hoc Responsibilities

  • Assisting with events and outreach associated with research workstreams, such as rapporteuring, planning, and hosting conferences and workshops


To be considered for this role, you should fulfil the following criteria at a minimum:

  • Be a Singapore Citizen (owing to the nature of IPS' workstreams)
  • Have an excellent academic track record, including (or be on track to attain) a Bachelor's or Master's in a social sciences discipline from a reputable university by Q1 2023
  • Possess strong English language communication skills, with an ability to write in a clear, engaging, coherent, and expedited fashion
  • Exhibit keen interest in research pertaining to social issues, sentiments, and policies
  • Demonstrate commitment to meeting deadlines and have a track record of producing work that reflects a maturity of thought
  • Be independent, initiated, and attentive to details

The following are optional criteria that will significantly advantage your application:

  • Experience in quantitative methodology (e.g, proficiency in SPSS / R / STATA programming, Qualtrics)
  • Proficiency (written and spoken) in a second language (either Mandarin Chinese, Malay, or Tamil)
  • Experience in a prior research role (e.g., an internship, or a Research Assistantship)

Other Information

What you can expect from the job:

  • Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work in a research team that examines a wide variety of social issues. Researchers in IPS Social Lab work on a variety of projects initiated by the Institute and various public sector agencies, utilising both qualitative and quantitative methods. RAs will be able to engage with multiple research projects.
  • This job is an entry-level research role that provides excellent grounding for fresh graduates or early-career individuals, seeking to develop career pathways in the fields of public policy or social science research; across academia, public, and private sectors.

Application Procedure

To apply (quote ID: SL112022):

  • 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.)

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: Bukit Timah Campus
Organization: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
Department : Institute of Policy Studies
Employee Referral Eligible: No
Job requisition ID : 18160

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