Researcher (Politics and Governance)

The Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) is a policy research think-tank in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. IPS would like to appoint a senior researcher to its Politics and Governance cluster. The new member of staff will be expected to conceptualise, plan and conduct research projects with the objective of improving the design of public policy and its outcomes by harnessing behavioural insights. Depending on his or her work record and level of proven expertise as well as qualifications, the selected candidate could be offered the post of research associate, research fellow or senior research fellow.

The job scope includes:

  • Identifying key public policy challenges, and proposing as well as conducting research to develop behavioural insights to promote evidence-driven policy design in those areas.
  • Propose, implement and evaluate trials and pilots to design announced public policy initiatives using behavioural insights.
  • Working collaboratively with all stakeholders, the cluster and other IPS researchers in conducting the research.
  • Communicating research output effectively.
  • Plan and implement any other non-research activities that are related to the effective delivery of the above.

Applicants must have:

  • A master or doctoral degree in a field of behavioural economics.
  • Work record in the field of behavioural economics that is applicable to public policy research.
  • Knowledge about the political and policy environment of Singapore.
  • Excellent ability to communicate complex research work and expert opinion effectively.
  • Excellent ability to work in teams.
  • Ability to manage projects independently.

What you can expect from the job:

The research cluster is trying to build up a new area of work to support evidence-driven policy development both in the public and people sectors of Singapore. The new researcher will work with the cluster head to initiate projects, seek clients for them, operationalise the projects and report on the outcomes. There is scope to publish the work on appropriate platforms – from those associated with the Institute and the School, to other academic or professional platforms.

To apply:

Please e-mail a statement of interest (of not more than 600 words) and resume:

Ms Celestine Koh
Manager (Human Resources)
Institute Of Policy Studies
DID: +65 6516 8386

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