Research Associate in Energy Studies Institute

24 May 2023
End of advertisement period
23 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.

ESI has an opening for a Research Associate to ensure the timely delivery of research and policy recommendations with national, regional, and/or international clients. This position’s research focus is on the assessment of the environmental and social impacts associated with the lifecycle of renewable energy systems, which includes but is not limited to, operation planning, infrastructure and construction, and operation and decommissioning, all within the context of strategies in implementation and lowering carbon emissions within the energy sector. The focus will also include the development and delivery of an environmental impact calculation tool specifically tailored for power developers.

Job Description

Commensurate with experience, and working as part of a team, tasks may include the following:

  • Preparing and reporting- knowledge regarding governments strategies and policies, at least at a basic level of understanding, will be required in areas including but not limited to: 
    • Renewable energy and its life cycle stages
    • Basic knowledge of architecture, building systems, M&E technology, equipment, and performance.       
    • Trends in low-carbon-emission building system technology;
    • Understanding of lifecycle assessment and the related ISOs.
  • The appointed candidate will need to work with a team of researchers and help to coherently report on the current development of environmental protection strategies and policies in reducing carbon emissions for the building and construction sector, assist in the collection and consolidating necessary data, and participate in the development of a carbon calculator. 
  • Desktop research based on primary and secondary sources. Besides information gathering, the purpose would be to examine how they are relevant to the low-carbon alternative context. The research undertaken will be quantitative and qualitative, and the active contribution of knowledge and experience in the energy sector is required. 
  • Engagement with stakeholders from various sectors to exchange views and gain insights. This continuous and ad hoc process will take place across the full project timeline. 


  • A Master’s degree in the fields of engineering, urban planning, environmental management, or other related disciplines.
  • Relevant research experience in Life Cycle Assessment or technology evaluation methodology would be required.
  • Relevant knowledge and working experience in energy system development, as well as project management and environmental impacts evaluation would be advantageous.
  • Possess strong interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills, with the ability to work well both independently and in a team.
  • Possess strong influencing and collaboration qualities, analytical abilities, and a broad sense of perspective.


  • Quantitative skills and the ability to use data and metrics to inform research.
  • Experience with Life Cycle modeling tool
  • Experience in scenario planning (including stakeholder engagement e.g. stakeholder workshops) is an asset.

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 : Research
Job requisition ID : 18946

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