Senior/Principal Research Scientist in Teacher Professionalism and Learning (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 & Technology
    • 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 Senior / Principal Research Scientists to join their research efforts in Teacher, Teaching and Learning. 
    We are interested in candidates with expertise in teachers’ work, teacher professionalism, learning, curriculum and pedagogy. 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.

    • Ph.D. in a relevant discipline (i.e. teachers’ work, teacher professionalism, learning, curriculum and pedagogy);
    • Minimum 5 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.)
      -Supervision of undergraduate and/or graduate students
      -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
    • 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 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; and
    • Supervise students by research and/or dissertation (i.e. supervise M.A. / M.Sc. students and / or co-supervise Ed.D. students)
  • Applicants should complete and submit the following document/s: 

    • Application Form for Academic Position
    • Cover letter addressing how you meet each of 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 (SPRS TPAL) 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 be commensurate with the candidate's qualification and experience.