Research Assistant (Ageing and Social Networks)

19 May 2023
End of advertisement period
18 Jun 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

The Department of Geography, National University of Singapore (NUS), invites applications for the position of Research Assistant. The successful applicant is expected to commence duties at NUS in May 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter.

This position is connected to a research project titled, “Ageing and Social Networks: Mapping the Life-worlds of Older Singaporeans”. The research focuses on the social and geographical characteristics of older adults’ social networks. The research team will combine Social Network Analysis with Qualitative Research and Geographic Information Science (GIS), thus blending large scale numerical survey data with deep, targeted qualitative research that is then mapped to real spaces. The research sites are in two neighbourhoods in Singapore, looking at how older adults’ networks of social care are shaped by their surroundings, as well as extending beyond.

The project is funded through a large grant awarded by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). The project team consists of Principal Investigator Associate Professor Elaine Ho (Department of Geography), and Co-PIs Associate Professors Vincent Chua and Feng Chen-Chieh (Department of Sociology and Department of Geography respectively).

The deadline for the job application is on 30 April 2023

Scope and Responsibilities:

The RA will provide administrative support to the Principal Investigator for large grant management and liaise with the project team members or external parties on such matters. There will be opportunities to be involved in qualitative and GIS data analyses that are central to the project.



Applicants are expected to hold at least a Second Class Honours (Upper Division) or an equivalent honours degree, or a Masters degree in the Social Sciences.


  • Prior experience in conducting independent research and skills in qualitative research and analyses
  • Knowledge of and/or willingness to learn about and work with researchers using quantitative methods and Geographic Information Science (GIS) techniques
  • Basic computer knowledge and core Microsoft Office skills
  • Knowledge of Atlas-Ti or Nvivo (qualitative coding software) will be an advantage
  • Prior experience in large grant management will be an advantage
  • Excellent writing and strong communication skills in English, including an ability to present research in both academic and non-academic venues 
  • Excellent organization and interpersonal skills 
  • Curiosity and passion to explore new concepts, methods and technologies, and capable of identifying and quickly learning the most suitable tools for the research on the go
  • A good team player and the ability to multitask effectively

More Information:

Informal enquiries may be made to Associate Prof. Elaine Ho ( Please include a covering letter, full CV and 2 letters of recommendation in your application.

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: AS2-03-01
Organization: National University of Singapore
Department : Geography
Employee Referral Eligible:
Job requisition ID : 19887

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