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Research Fellow in Energy Studies Institute (Life Cycle Assessment)

Closing date
5 Jan 2024

Energy Studies Institute

The Energy Studies Institute (ESI) is a research institute in 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 Research Fellow 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 impacts associated with the lifecycle of a construction site, that includes but not limited to, operation planning, infrastructure and building design & construction, and related building systems, all within the context of strategies in monitoring and lowering carbon emissions. The focus will also include the development and delivery of a comprehensive carbon calculation tool specifically tailored for Singapore’s construction industry stakeholders.

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 on areas including but not limited to: 
    • Building Construction & Engineering design and development processes; from concept, design development to construction phases.;
    • Basic knowledge of architecture, building systems (including cooling systems potentially at the precinct and/or district level), M&E technology, equipment and their performance.       
    • Trends in low-carbon-emission building system technology;
    • Green Building design; rating systems such as Green Mark or LEED, as well as environmental protection initiatives such as UNSD Agenda, Singapore’s Green Plan, etc.
    • 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 collection and consolidate 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 Singapore’s context. The research undertaken will be both quantitative and qualitative in nature, and active contribution of knowledge and experience in building design and construction is required. 
  • ​​​​Engagement with local stakeholders from various sectors to exchange views and gain insights. This is a continuous and ad hoc process that will take place across the full project timeline. 

Job Requirements

  • A PhD degree in the fields of architecture and design, engineering, urban planning, environmental management, or other related disciplines
  • Relevant research experience in Life Cycle Assessment or technology evaluation methodology (e.g. Techno-Economic Analysis) would be an advantage
  • Relevant knowledge and working experience in construction industry, as well as architectural project management and design processes would be advantageous
  • Possess strong interpersonal, organisational 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.
  • An understanding of general building software, such as BIM and BMS.
  • Experience in scenario planning (including by 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.

More Information

Location: Kent Ridge Campus

Organization: Energy Studies Institute

Department : Research

Job requisition ID : 18119

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