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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 have vacancy for researcher with post-graduate degrees (PhD preferred) in the fields of engineering, economics, or equivalent. They will join a multi-disciplinary team carrying out the research project entitled: “Study on Singapore’s Energy and Decarbonisation Pathways” under the Energy and the Environment Division. This is an ongoing project which will be completed by December 2018.


  • A PhD degree in the fields of engineering, economics, or equivalent is preferred, but candidates with a Master’s degree will also be considered.
  • A good understanding of energy and/or engineering systems, especially in power, building and transport sectors.
  • Prior experience working with energy systems modelling tools, especially technology rich bottom-up models.
  • A technical or economics background and data processing skills.
  • A strong written and oral command of the English language.
  •  Able to work independently and as part of a team.

Job Scope

  • Participate in building technology database for energy system modelling.
  • Collect data on the cost and technical performance of technologies used in the power, building and transport sectors in Singapore.
  • Work as part of a team to perform data analysis on technology learning, efficiency improvement, cost reduction, and other aspects of identified energy technologies.
  • Conduct fieldwork and on-site interviews as part of data collection.
  • Produce project reports.
  • Carry out administrative tasks, including the organising of seminars, workshops and conferences, as well as other general tasks assigned by the Head of Division and the Executive Director.

Application Process

1.  Applicants are invited to email their applications to, consisting of:
2.  A completed application form (please click here to download the application form). Please ensure you complete all sections of the form and submit it to us in MS Word or equivalent editable formats only. If a section is not applicable to your application, please state ‘NA’.
3.  A covering letter setting out your motivations for applying to ESI and what you will bring to the institute;
4.  Curriculum Vitae;
5.  Certifications (in PDF format);
6.  NUS-personal-data-consent form (please click here to download the application form);
7.  Synopsis of your proposed research project (maximum of 8 single-spaced pages);
8.  One sample of published work, preferably in English. (Should a PDF applicant not have a published piece of work, then this should be noted in your covering letter.)
9.  Three letters of reference. It is your responsibility to ensure that letters of reference are sent to us in confidence via email to reporting on your academic standing and research project by 16th February 2018. Please ask your referees to type ‘Letter of reference for [your family name]’ in the subject line. Reference letters should state your name and position applied for.
10.  The closing date for applications is 16th February 2018. You may wish to check with your referees that they have submitted their references before the closing date.

Additional Application Information

1.  Only fully completed applications will be considered (including submission of the three letters of reference).
2.  Please keep your email and attachments below 10MB by zipping any large files. Emails larger than 10MB will be rejected by our email system.
3.  As we receive a high volume of applications, we strongly encourage you to apply well before the closing date.
4.  The appointment is conditional upon approval by the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Ministry of Manpower granting you an Employment Pass or other applicable work passes.
5.  We regret that only successful candidates will be notified (via email). Candidates who do not hear from the University within 10 weeks after the closing date of the advertisement may assume the position has been filled.