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Career Opportunities

ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute is a regional research centre dedicated to the study of socio-political, security and economic trends and developments in Southeast Asia and its wider geostrategic and economic environment. 

Applications are invited for the following positions 
(Only short-listed candidates will be notified) 

  1. Legal Researcher (Part-Time) (1 Year Contract)
  2. Research Assistant (1 Year Contact)
  3. IT Application Analyst
  4. Visiting Fellowships 
    1. Malay Politics
    2. Democratic Transitions
    3. State-Business Relations
    4. Federalism
    5. Industrial-Technological Transformation of the Malaysian Economy 
    6. US-China Trade conflict and GVC Restructuring in Southeast Asia
    7. Labour market structures and reforms
  5. Visiting Fellowship [Temasek History Research Centre (THRC)]
  6. Senior Manager (Admin & Logistics)
  7. Assistant Executive (Admin & Logistics)


1. Legal Researcher (Part-Time) (1 Year Contact)


Primary Responsibilities:

1. Provide research support to the project entitled Algorithmic Pricing and Market Competition: Implications for Competition Law and Policy.
2. Undertake legal research and field-research
3. Provide editorial assistance to the research team in a range of outlets, in the form of e-publications, book chapters, journal articles, and book manuscript.
4. Assist in carrying out fieldwork
5. Assist in the organization and management of conferences, workshops, seminars and meetings.

Requirements:
1. University degree (including senior undergraduate students) in Law, with foundational knowledge of Competition Law and Policy
2. Good analytical skills with an aptitude for policy research.
3. Excellent communication and writing skills in English.
4. Familiarity and interest in computer algorithmic technologies would be an advantage.
5. Team player

A remuneration package commensurate with experience and ability will be provided. Please note that the tenure of this appointment is a non-renewable one year contract.

Qualified candidates are invited to submit their application which should include their resume, degree transcripts, and relevant supporting documents via www.careers.gov.sg by 25 Jun 2019


2. Research Assistant (1 Year Contact)


We are seeking a motivated research assistant with experience in web programming and data analysis starting immediately. The position is for a project examining price competition on online platforms. We will be gathering data and using state-of-the-art analysis tools to uncover possible relationships between online prices. Interested candidates may also pursue computational modeling of pricing strategies and machine learning/decision theoretic models under such contexts.

Primary Responsibilities:

1. Develop software tools for the gathering and analysis of pricing data
2. Conduct research and analysis on pricing data and related methods.
3. Assist in the organization and management of conferences, workshops, seminars and meetings.

Requirements:

1. An Undergraduate or Masters degree in Computer Science, EEE or related field.
2. Expertise in data analysis/mining tools (e.g., Weka, RapidMiner, Tableau, Python libraries)
3. Experience in web development and common web frameworks.

A remuneration package commensurate with experience and ability will be provided. Please note that the tenure of this appointment is a non-renewable one year contract.

Qualified candidates are invited to submit their application which should include their resume, degree transcripts, and relevant supporting documents via www.careers.gov.sg by 25 Jun 2019



3. IT Application Analyst

Principal Responsibilities

· Manage and provide technical support, including web services, for the smooth running of all IT applications to address security, performance, interoperability and recovery.

· Coordinate Digitalisation and IT Initiatives to align with Digital Government Blueprint and to improve operational efficiency in ISEAS.

· Coordinate with Central System Owners (e.g. PSD and AGD) to deploy and manage civil service-wide application systems in ISEAS’ environment.

· Engage department users and conduct user requirement analysis, user acceptance tests, for the implementation of new projects and for enhancement to existing systems.

· Analyse and translate application requirements into technical specifications, and drive solutions, testing, and support from suppliers.

· Assist in IT software assessments to ensure architecture alignment, security compliance and sustainability of IT applications before deployment into production environment.

· Conduct regular System Security Acceptance Tests (SSAT) for all application systems, including mobile applications, to ensure security measures are functioning as intended.

· Review application and web logs on a regular basis in compliance to IM8 policies.

· Coordinate with Application Suppliers to resolve issues relating to Vulnerability Assessment Scanning, Penetration Tests and Source Code Review.

· Coordinate and conduct periodic application recovery tests.

· Manage end-to-end life cycle of contracts and maintenance for all IT applications.

· Assist IT Manager to manage backend infrastructure, administration and problem solving

· Assist Administration Unit in providing IT needs for mailing list, seminars and events such as Singapore Lectures and Regional Outlook Forums.

Requirements:

  • Tertiary qualification in Computer Science, IT or equivalent.
  • Minimum 5-6 years of relevant working experience
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Highly adaptable, and able to multi-task in a dynamic and changing environment
  • Resourceful, analytical and meticulous
  • Independent and highly motivated

Remuneration and benefits will depend on the candidate’s qualifications and experience.  Qualified candidates are invited to submit their application which should include their resume, degree transcripts, and relevant supporting documents via www.careers.gov.sg by 24 Jun 2019

 




4. Visiting Fellowships (RES & MSP)

The Malaysian Studies Programme (MSP) and Regional Economic Studies Programme (RES) at the ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute invite applications for the following Visiting Fellowships. 


Visiting Fellow – Malay Politics (2-12 months)

The Visiting Fellow will track and analyse key political dynamics among Malay voters including: new and evolving trends among Malay voters; internal dynamics within Malay-majority parties such as PKR, UMNO, PPBM, Amanah, and PAS; and the evolving relationship between UMNO and PAS.

Visiting Fellow – Democratic Transitions (2-12 months)

The Visiting Fellow will analyse the political transition underway in Malaysia, focussing on actual and planned reforms in areas such as: anti-corruption; parliament; elections and associated organizations and practices; the judiciary; and political party finance

Visiting Fellow – State-Business Relations (2-12 months)
The Visiting Fellow will analyse how state-business relations in Malaysia are evolving under the Pakatan Harapan administration, in areas such as: reform of major government-linked corporations; the fostering of individual entrepreneurs; and the role of business associations.

Visiting Fellow – Federalism (2-6 months)
The Visiting Fellow will analyse centre-state relations in a sub-set of Malaysian states, with particular emphasis on states that have new political parties in power after the 14th general election

Visiting Fellow – Industrial-Technological Transformation of the Malaysian Economy (2-12 months)
The Visiting Fellow will analyse Industrial-Technological transformation in a specific industry in the primary, secondary, or tertiary sector. Services, as well as the automotive and the oil and gas industries are of particular interest.

Visiting Fellow – US- China Trade conflict and GVC Restructuring in Southeast Asia (2-12 months)
The Visiting Fellow will analyse the impact of the US-China trade conflict on global value chains (GVCs) in Southeast Asia

Visiting Fellow – Labour market structures and reforms (2-12 months)
The Visiting Fellow will examine the state of Malaysia’s labour markets and evaluate current policies and prospective reforms, including the areas of: migrant labour, wage structure, skills and training, and social protection.

 

Requirements: 

  • Applicants should have a PhD degree in an area of the humanities or social sciences (especially political science/government, economics, sociology, demography, or business studies). Alternatively, applicants with a Masters’ degree and commensurate experience in government, the private sector, think tanks or civil society organizations are also invited to apply.
  • Successful applicants are expected to start during the 2019 calendar year.
  • Fluency in English is a must. For research on Malaysia, working knowledge of Malay is a bonus.


Responsibilities: 

Depending on the expertise of the candidate, he or she will be conducting one or two projects related to the themes listed above. In so doing, Visiting Fellows are expected to contribute to ISEAS in the following ways:

  • Write for a range of research products for the Institute such as ISEAS Trends, ISEAS Perspectives, and ISEAS Commentaries.
  • Monitor economic, political and/or social trends in Indonesia/Southeast Asia.
  • Where relevant, contribute to ISEAS's collective research efforts.


Fellowship Benefits: 

  • A highly competitive remuneration package commensurate with his/her rank and experience


Application: 
Applications should include a Cover Letter, a full CV, two Reference Letters, and a Research Plan (each plan should address the research question, methodology, timeline and expected output; 3 pages each, double-spaced).

Please submit your applications which include your CV, research proposal, reference letters and expected remuneration via Careers@Gov (https://www.careers.gov.sg/).  The closing date of applications is 10 July 2019. 
 




5. Visiting Fellowship (THRC)

The newly established Temasek History Research Centre (THRC) at ISEAS is accepting research proposals from scholars for one-year Visiting Fellowship.

Temasek History Research Centre:

The Temasek History Research Centre (THRC) is dedicated to the historical and archaeological investigation of Singapore and its relationship with the immediate region from the 14th to the 19th century. The Centre’s interest spans the decline of the Sriwijaya empire, when Temasek emerged, to cover the Majapahit empire onwards, as well as Singapore’s relations with the Malacca Sultanate and the later Johor Sultanate.


Temasek History Research Centre has three objectives
:

  • To strengthen national identity by deepening our understanding of Singapore’s history and heritage through original research on Singapore’s role in the 14th century Temasek era and beyond;
  • To deepen young Singaporeans’ understanding and familiarity with ASEAN cultures and heritage through archaeological field schools;
  • To create public awareness and promote public education of the Centre’s work by engaging local schools, local media, and interested communities. 

Research proposals:

Research proposals should be original, and history or archaeology focused. They may include but are not restricted to, themes such as:

  • Singapore’s premodern role as a maritime trading port or centre;
  • The island’s premodern economy, culture, and society, and its links to the region;
  • Understanding Temasek as a political and cultural entity;
  • Singapore’s premodern relationship and engagement with political entities in the immediate region.


Deliverables:

At the end of the year, the Visiting Fellow is expected to:

  • Submit a full-length academic paper based on research conducted;
  • Give one Public Seminar at ISEAS and one Public Lecture at a venue to be confirmed;
  • Assist THRC in media engagements and the organisation of conferences and seminars;
  • Contribute to ISEAS collective research and public outreach efforts.


Successful applicants will receive:

  • A highly competitive monthly stipend commensurate with his/her rank and experience;
  • Short-term fieldwork allowance;
  • A round-trip economy airfare between the home country of the researcher and Singapore (applicable to non-Singaporeans only).

Applications should include a cover letter, a full CV, two reference letters, and a research proposal of not more than five pages (double spaced). The proposal should discuss the topic to be examined, plans for any fieldwork and duration, the projected timeline of research and output. The preferred period for the fellowship should also be indicated.

Please submit your applications which include your CV, research proposal, reference letters and expected remuneration via Careers@Gov (https://www.careers.gov.sg/).  The closing date of applications is 28 June 2019. 

 


6. Senior Manager (Admin & Logistics)

The Institute is looking for a knowledgeable, experienced and dynamic professional to helm its Administration and Logistics Unit. You will lead and supervise a team of administrative and logistic staff to achieve excellence in office administration and operations including event management, project management, procurement, and logistics.

Principal Responsibilities

- Provide administrative and logistical services for event management, dissemination of research publications, and in-processing/out-processing arrangements of research staff.
- Manage projects related to facilities, buildings and digitalisation and others
and contractors to ensure that project requirements are met and in full compliance with public sector regulations
- Supervise Manager with regard to management of fixed assets and inventory of the Institute and procurement matters
- Develop and review policies and procedures on administration and logistics matters in line with instructions manual, PSD and Finance Circulars.
Assists the Chief Records Officer in implementing records management policies and practices in ISEAS

Requirements:

- Relevant working experience of minimum 10 years in event management, project management, procurement, fixed asset management, and logistics
- Experience in and knowledge of public sector procurement and asset management policies will be advantageous
- Minimum of 8 years of experience in a managerial or supervisory role
- Good leadership, managerial, interpersonal and project management skills
- Key competencies in team working, systems thinking, project management

Personal Traits

- Abide by values of integrity, service, and excellence
- Proactive, resourceful
- Oriented toward results and customers


Remuneration and benefits will depend on the candidate’s qualifications and experience. Qualified candidates are invited to submit their application which should include their resume, degree transcripts, and relevant supporting documents via www.careers.gov.sg by 4 July 2019. 



7. Assistant Executive (Admin & Logistics)

You will provide administrative and procurement support for the Admin & Logistics unit and also take on the role of the Fixed Assets Officer for the Institute.


Principal Responsibilities

1. Fixed Asset Management
- Maintain the fixed asset register for asset acquisitions, adjustments, transfer and retirements and timely update is captured in the fixed asset system.
- Tagging of fixed assets
- Management of the disposal of fixed assets
- Coordination of stocktake and conduct physical checks of fixed assets against the fixed asset register

2. Administrative and Procurement Support
- Arrangement of flights and/or accommodation for staff
- Assist in set-up and photo-taking for functions, seminars and etc
- Procurement and management of pantries, office and stationery supplies
- Management of the beverage machine leasing contract
- Support procurement functions such as publishing, awarding procurement and issuance of electronic contract or purchase orders with the use of GeBIZ

Requirements:

- Preferably with at least 2 years of relevant experience
- Preferably with good knowledge with Government Procurement and Asset Management
- Preferably with knowledge on the usage of SAP
- Meticulous and has an eye for details
- IT savvy and competent in using Microsoft Office Applications

Remuneration and benefits will depend on the candidate’s qualifications and experience. Qualified candidates are invited to submit their application which should include their resume, degree transcripts, and relevant supporting documents via www.careers.gov.sg by 4 July 2019.