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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 are looking for researchers to join a multi-disciplinary team carrying out research on a range of energy issues that are of concern to Singapore and the region.

The Energy and the Environment Division has vacancy for researcher with a PhD in the fields of economics, systems engineering, mathematics, operations research, management science, and other related quantitative research fields.


  • A PhD in the fields of economics, systems engineering, mathematics, operations research, management science and other related quantitative research fields.
  • At least 3 years of experience in one of the fields of research listed above.
  • A good understanding of energy and environmental issues, such as energy supply, demand and trade, energy efficiency, and climate change.
  • Experience in energy system modelling for the whole economy and/or specific sectors, including power, industry, building, road/air/water transport and household.
  • Familiar with energy system modelling tools and related data processing.
  • Published in reputable energy and climate related journals.
  • Have a strong written and oral command of the English language.
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team.

Job Scope

  • Build up energy system models to support energy policy research for Singapore and the region.
  • Participate in and lead research projects undertaken by the Institute.
  • Produce policy reports and publish articles in reputable academic journals.
  • Cultivate networks, initiate collaborations and prepare funding proposals.
  • 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 15th October 2017. 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 15th October 2017. 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 two 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.