Research Scientist/Senior Research Scientist in Schools, Leadership and System Studies (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. OER oversees two research centres of excellence – the Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice (CRPP), and the Centre for Research in Child Development (CRCD).

    CRPP aims to conduct rigorous, relevant multidisciplinary research and development that inform policy, pedagogy and practice in Singapore and internationally. With a strong focus on advancing knowledge in the 5 priority areas above, CRPP provides researchers with valuable research opportunities and platforms to enhance their global academic profile. 

    CRPP is looking for Research Scientists/Senior Research Scientists to join their research efforts in the priority area of Schools, Leadership and System Studies (SLSS). Research into SLSS seeks to describe, formulate, explain system-level educational change leverage points; investigate educational choice, transitions and pathways, and youth identity formations; measure, model and explain systemic pedagogic, curricular and assessment shifts; conduct longitudinal research and leadership research.

    We are interested in candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: sociology of education research, classroom observations research and methodologies, quantitative longitudinal research, qualitative longitudinal research, assessment research and pedagogical research. Preference will be given to candidates with research experience in quantitative methodologies, educational choice, transitions and pathways, and youth identity formations.

    Candidates with appropriate qualifications and relevant research experience are encouraged to apply and successful candidates will work with a team of passionate and driven researchers in the SLSS priority area.

  • Requirements for Research Scientists

    • PhD in a relevant discipline (i.e. sociology of education, educational policy, assessment and evaluation, comparative and international education);
    • Minimum 3 years postdoctoral experience;
    • Experience in cutting edge teacher, teaching and learning research and addressing challenges in education;
    • Demonstrable track record in the following areas:
      - Research leadership in a research group or center
      - 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);
    • Attainment of funding through a competitive peer-reviewed process;
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; and
    • Experience working with Government stakeholders

    Requirements for Senior Research Scientists

    Additional requirements include:

    • Minimum 7 years postdoctoral experience
    • Demonstrable track record in the following areas:
      - Research leadership in a research centre or 1 or more large competitive, peer-reviewed research grants
      - Supervision of undergraduate and/or graduate students
    • Experience engaging with diverse stakeholders including Government, Community Organisations, and the Public.
  • Responsibilities of Research Scientists

    • Take a leading role in the further development of research programmes and in seeking and pursuing appropriate external funding;
    • Apply for and conduct quality research and work collaboratively to charge new directions for teacher, teaching, and learning research;
    • 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;

    Responsibilities of Senior Research Scientists

    Additional responsibilities include:

    • Mentor junior faculty and research staff in CRPP; 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/SRS SLSS) 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