Research Assistant, Finance/Economics and Politics, post at NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE

job description

The Research Assistant will provide administrative and research support to Assistant Professor Jolle Fong for ongoing funded projects related to financial literacy, financial education, and economic decision-making.

We are specifically looking for candidates with an interdisciplinary interest in public policy and finance/economics, and with some experience in quantitative research methods. The successful candidate(s) must be proficient in statistical software such as Stata and must have the ability to work independently with minimal supervision and a strong willingness to learn new topics and tools. Excellent written and spoken English is essential. Knowledge of Singapore’s social policies on pensions and health is a plus.

The RA will have the opportunity to gain essential research skills and knowledge in the field, as well as benefit from exposure to intellectual exchange and networking with seasoned practitioners and scholars working at the forefront of this subject. This work will provide the candidate with access to specialized datasets and provide excellent training for individuals wishing to develop a career in public policy or social science research.

This is a one-year contract with the possibility of continuous renewal.

The scope of the job

The scope of the position includes:

  • Assist in the administration and management of research projects, including correspondence with key stakeholders
  • Conduct and write a literature review on relevant topics
  • Research developments in relevant policy areas
  • Clean, format and analyze research data
  • Write/contribute to research reports, policy briefs and academic journal articles.
  • Prepare presentation material for meetings, conferences, etc.
  • Undertake other assigned duties


Applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s/master’s degree in economics, finance or a closely related field from a reputable university. New graduates are welcome.
  • Have some experience in preparing literature reviews, quantitative analyses, etc.
  • Demonstrate good organizational and analytical skills
  • Have a good command of the English language and be able to write clearly, with a passion for grammar, detail and accuracy.
  • Able to commit to at least 1 year of service
  • Knowledge of Singapore’s social policies is a plus

Application procedure

Please attach the following documents to your application:

  • Cover letter, with a brief statement of relevant research expertise
  • Curriculum vitae (four pages maximum)
  • Two writing samples (e.g. essays, written reports, short articles)

Your cover letter should include details such as your highest qualifications, last salary received (if applicable), expected salary, and country of citizenship. Please also indicate when you think you will be able to start working, if this position is offered to you.
(We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview.)

Covid-19 message

At NUS, the health and safety of our staff and students is one of our top priorities, and the COVID vaccination supports our commitment to keeping our community safe and making NUS as safe and welcoming as possible. . Many of our roles require a significant amount of physical interaction with students/staff/audience members. Even for professional roles that can be performed remotely, there will be instances where on-campus presences will be required.

As per Singapore legal requirements, unvaccinated workers will not be able to work on NUS premises from January 15, 2022. Thus job applicants will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to gain successful employment with NUS .

More information

Location: Bukit Timah Campus
Organization: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
department : Research Team
Eligible Employee Referral: Nope
Job Application ID: 13906

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