Job Opportunities


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 a vacancy for a researcher with a PhD in the field of  economics. They will join a multi-disciplinary team carrying out research projects in energy economics and policy.


  • A PhD degree in the field of economics/econometrics, public policy, statistics, engineering, physical sciences, or other relevant disciplines.
  • A good understanding of the energy sector, especially in the context of power generation, energy efficiency, energy trading market, renewable energy market, or electricity system modelling.
  • Strong analytical capability, quantitative skills and writing ability.
  • A proven track record of publications in leading economics/energy economics journals.
  • Experience in electricity system modelling tools is an asset.
  • Work experience in energy policy is an asset.
  • A strong written and oral command of the English language.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

Job Scope

  • Conduct research on the topics of energy economics and policy, such as energy efficiency, electricity markets, and renewable energy markets as agreed with the Head of Division.
  • Work as part of a team to produce project reports on topics assigned by the Head of Division.
  • 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.  One sample of an existing or on-going research project, in English. 
8.  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 31 October 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.
8.  The closing date for applications is 31 October 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.  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.
4.  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.