Research Scientist in 21st Century Competencies and Motivation (Office of Education Research)

  • The Office of Education Research (OER) of the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore, encompass 5 priority research areas in:

    • Cognitive, Emotional and Social Learning
    • Learning Sciences & Innovations
    • Schools, Leadership and System Studies
    • Teacher Professionalism and Learning
    • 21st Century Competencies and Motivation

    Since 1 April 2008, the Office of Education Research (OER) has led efforts to spearhead programmes grounded in the principles of advancing research, development and innovation at NIE. OER is committed to providing the resources and support systems – through the governance, monitoring, quality assurance and dissemination of education research – that will produce high-quality education research with impact on policy and practice.

    NIE’s research is guided by the Research and Development Framework – a policy-driven, evidence based framework that guides academic and research staff to improve the quality of teaching and learning in Singapore schools and to build on NIE's standing as a leading international research institution.

    The Office is looking for Research Scientists to join their research efforts in 21st Century Competencies and motivation. 

    We are interested in candidates with expertise in educational psychology, social psychology, quantitative and qualitative methods, health psychology, and related areas. Candidates with appropriate qualifications and relevant research experience are encouraged to apply and successful candidates will work with a team of researchers with highly cited publications.

    The Office provides Research Scientists with valuable research opportunities and the platform to enhance their global academic profile. The Office is dedicated to their interests by providing grant opportunities such as the Education Research Funding Programme (ERFP), a pool of research funds administered by the Office and supported by the Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore.

    • PhD in a relevant discipline (i.e. educational psychology, social psychology, quantitative and qualitative methods, health psychology, and related areas);
    • Minimum 3 years postdoctoral experience;
    • Experience in cutting edge research in education and health related areas;
    • Demonstrable track record in the following areas:
      - High quality publications (i.e. quality and impact of academic publisher, citations and ranking of journal publications etc.)
      - Writing of or contribution towards research proposals which are submitted for peer-reviewed funding processes
      - Independence in research (i.e. senior authorship/sole authorship of high-quality publications and invited presentations at conferences);
      - Supervision of undergraduate and/or graduate students
    • Attainment of funding through a competitive peer-reviewed process;
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; and 
    • Experience working with Government stakeholders
    • Take a leading role in the further development of research programmes and in seeking and pursuing appropriate external funding;
    • Design, implement, evaluate and disseminate theory-driven interventions in real-world settings;
    • Apply for and conduct quality research and work collaboratively to charge new directions 
    • Disseminate the outcomes of the research including in peer-reviewed academic publications of international standing;
    • Participate fully in the wider research and service activities to OER/NIE; 
    • Take responsibility for, manage and conduct administrative and management tasks associated with your programme of research; and
    • Supervise students by research and/or dissertation (i.e. supervise MA / MSc students and / or co-supervise EdD students)
  • Applicants should complete and submit the following document/s: 

    • Application Form for Academic Positions 
    • Cover letter addressing how you meet the requirements of this position;
    • Resume including your publication list, names of three referees and desired starting date of employment;
    • 1 to 3 of your best publications;
    • Research statement indicating your research interests; and
    • Any other documents that demonstrate your qualifications

    Please indicate the position code (RS 21CC&M) in the e-mail subject heading and send your application to

    Note to applicants:
    We regret that only successful candidates will be notified (via email).

  • Review of applicants will continue until suitable candidates are found.

  • Salary will commensurate with the candidate's qualification and experience. Queries regarding the position should be directed to