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Research Assistant (Special Projects)

Closing date
28 Dec 2023

Job Description

The Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) is an autonomous research centre focused on Singapore public policy, under the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

IPS is looking to hire a Research Assistant (Special Projects) with international relations or social science background to support the S R Nathan Fellowship. Main tasks include providing research and administrative support to the S R Nathan Fellow and the IPS Public Affairs team. 

The Research Assistant will also have the opportunity to work on the editing of commentaries for mainstream media and IPS Commons, planning of podcasts, newsletters well as be closely involved in supporting the Institute’s public communications work, via traditional and new media. 

He or she should be intellectually and socially curious, media-savvy, meticulous about accuracy and able to write concise and compelling copy on deadline. 

He or she should be resourceful and street-smart in getting things done, and have an interest in Singapore public policy issues and politics.

The Research Assistant will benefit from opportunities to participate in IPS research projects where time permits, and exposure to policy discussions at events organised by IPS and the institutions and departments under the National University of Singapore, 

The job scope includes:

  • Researching developments in a range of public policy areas;
  • Generating ideas for podcasts, and editing commentaries on various public policy topic for IPS Commons;
  • Attending IPS events and writing reports for the e-newsletter;
  • Managing the IPS e-newsletter and publications (administrative, writing and editing duties); and
  • Monitoring and reporting on relevant media reports.


The candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree, ideally in international affairs or social science to support the new S R Nathan Fellow. Journalistic experience and proficiency in digital media will be an advantage.

Job Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Have a passion for grammar; details; accuracy; fact-checking; and writing clear, logical and concise content;
  • Be intellectually curious and possess strong research skills;
  • Be resourceful and street-smart in getting things done;
  • Able to manage his/her time well and meet tight deadlines;
  • Have an interest in Singapore public policy issues and politics; and
  • Ideally, have some experience in journalism and/or digital media (a plus, not a requirement) 

Job Application

Please apply with the following documents 

  • 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.  

(We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.)

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: 21376

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