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.

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For job application enquiries, please contact ISEAS HR at HR@iseas.edu.sg.

  1. Visiting Fellows, Malaysia Studies Programme (Closing 31 December 2021)
  2. Manager, Financial Reporting & Analysis (Closing 11 October 2021)
  3. Fellow, Regional Economics Studies Programme (Closing 15 October 2021)
  4. Fellow, Regional Strategic and Political Studies Programme (Closing 25 October 2021)
  5. Research Officer, Myanmar Studies Programme/Thailand Studies Programme [1-year contract]  (Closing 28 October 2021)

Applications are invited for Visiting Fellowships under the Malaysia Studies Programme (MSP).

Visiting Fellow – The Peninsular Northeast (6-12 months)

The Visiting Fellow will analyse salient political trends in the Northeast of Peninsular Malaysia, encompassing Terengganu, Kelantan, Kedah and Perlis. Key emphases could include the track records and policy initiatives of state government administrations, intra-party relations between UMNO, PAS, and Bersatu, or local-level political dynamics in one or more of these states.

Visiting Fellow – The Impact of Youth on Politics (2-12 months)

The Visiting Fellow will analyse the impact of the introduction of Undi-18 on electoral outcomes in Malaysia. This will include, but not be limited to pinpointing states and cities that will be affected by this, as well as implications for the traditional voter bases of the established political parties.

Visiting Fellow – Dynamics of Change in Malaysia (2-12 months)

Malaysia has undergone change of immense scope and fluidity since the pivotal May 2018 general election. The shifting landscapes of polity, society and economy raise questions about the roles, contributions and limitations of key institutions and agencies – notably, the branches of government, the media, and civil society.

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.

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 2022 calendar year.
  • Fluency in English is a must. For research on Malaysia, working knowledge of Malay is a bonus.

Benefits: 

  • A highly competitive monthly (all-inclusive) stipend
  • A round-trip economy airfare between the home country and Singapore (applicable to non-Singaporeans only)

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). Applications focusing on an ongoing manuscript project will not be viewed favourably.

Please submit your application materials to hr@iseas.edu.sg with the subject heading “Application for MSP Visiting Fellowship” and indicate the position that you are applying for in the email. The closing date is 31 December 2021.


Manager, Financial Reporting & Analysis

This role will oversee the maintenance of the general, financial and management reporting, tax compliance and fixed assets.

Job Responsibilities:

Financial operations and grant administration

  • Maintain general ledger and prepare general ledger journals
  • Process receipts transactions into accounting system. Perform bank reconciliation, submit cash flow projections to AGD
  • Submit grant requests to funding agency

Financial and management reporting

  • Prepare periodic management/financial reports and financial statements to management, AGD and other government agencies
  • Prepare and submit quarterly and annual surveys to the Department of Statistics

Budget planning and resource management

  • Post journals on fixed assets and depreciation, and perform asset-to-ledger reconciliation
  • Audit and risk management
  • Prepare audit schedule and response to auditor’s queries

Tax compliance

  • Ensure compliance with statutory tax obligations by applying tax policies, and schemes, GST reporting to IRAS, and e-submission of tax-deductible donations in myTax Portal

Requirements:

  • Minimum 3 years of relevant working experience
  • A team player who is meticulous, open-minded. Collaborative and independent
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Powerpoint)
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills 

Remuneration and benefits depend on the candidate’s qualifications and experience. To apply, click here.


Fellow, Regional Economics Studies

This is a mid-level research position with focus on a range of economic issues in Southeast Asia. The contract would be for a duration of two years, with possibility of extension.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research in consultation RES Coordinator and Director (Research)
  • Undertake policy-relevant research on economic development in Southeast Asia with emphasis on countries in the Mekong region, particularly Vietnam and Thailand
  • Produce policy papers, commentaries, academic papers and conduct lectures, talks and briefings
  • Manage or assist in ISEAS events such as moderating and planning
  • Establish and maintain professional links with relevant stakeholders
  • General editorial work and other tasks and duties related to ISEAS and RES

Benefits:

  • A highly competitive monthly (all-inclusive) stipend
  • A round-trip economy airfare between the home country and Singapore (applicable to non-Singaporeans only)

Requirements:

  • PhD in economics, political economy, development studies or business economics
  • Non-PhD applicants with experience in government, the private sector, think tanks are welcome to apply
  • 3-5 years of experience in a research centre, think tank, or academic institution
  • Strong interdisciplinary work with good track record in research and publications
  • Strong communication and writing skills in English
  • Good interpersonal and networking skills

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, projected timeline of research, and output.

Remuneration and benefits depend on the candidate’s qualifications and experience. Please submit your application materials to hr@iseas.edu.sg with the subject heading “Application for Fellow, RES” in the email. The closing date is 15 October 2021.


Fellow, Regional Strategic and Political Studies

The Fellow’s primary focus of research will be Southeast Asia’s relations with the major powers particularly the United States and China; the geopolitical and policy implications of such interactions for Southeast Asian countries and the region as a whole; and the impact of geopolitics on the regional architecture and ASEAN’s centrality. Another area of research will be Southeast Asia’s evolving relations with other key partners such as Japan, Australia, and India. The contract will be for a duration of two years, with possibility of extension.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research and provide analysis in consultation with Coordinator and Director (Research)
  • Produce policy-relevant articles, including ISEAS publications such as Fulcrum and Perspective, and academic papers
  • Present research findings at public and private platforms such as seminars/webinars, lectures, closed-door briefings, among others
  • Manage or assist in ISEAS events such as curating speakers and moderating
  • Contribute to ISEAS collective research efforts (media engagements; briefings to overseas visitors and delegations; and reports)
  • General editorial work and other tasks and duties related to ISEAS and RSPS

Benefits:

  • A highly competitive monthly (all-inclusive) stipend
  • A round-trip economy airfare between the home country and Singapore (applicable to non-Singaporeans only)

Requirements:

  • PhD in International Relations, Political Science, Government or Public Policy, Southeast Asian Studies or related disciplines, with at least 03 years of experience in a research centre, think tank, or academic institution
  • Non-PhD applicants with 5 years of relevant experience in government, the private sector, and think tanks
  • Strong interdisciplinary work with good track record in research and publications
  • Strong communication and writing skills in English
  • Good interpersonal and networking skills

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, projected timeline of research, and output.

Remuneration and benefits depend on the candidate’s qualifications and experience. Click here to apply.


Research Officer, Myanmar Studies Programme (MmSP) /Thailand Studies Programme (TSP) (1-year contract)

The Research Officer will support research projects and programme activities under the Myanmar Studies Programme (MmSP) and Thailand Studies Programme (TSP). He or she will have the opportunity to learn from experts and undertake a personal research project.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assist the MmSP/TSP Coordinator with the programmes’ activities, such as conducting research, organising webinars/seminars, and coordinating with speakers and writers;
  • Support the operations, administrative and editorial work of the MmSP/TSP;
  • Undertake research projects either independently or in collaboration with other researchers;
  • Contribute to the Institute’s collective research and public outreach efforts

Requirements:

  • University degree in social sciences or related fields, preferably in Southeast Asian Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, History, Geography, Political Science; an advanced degree would be an advantage;
  • Interest in developments and issues in Myanmar and Thailand
  • Good communication and writing skills in English; newspaper-level literacy in Chinese a plus; Burmese/Thai language skill is not required though beneficial
  • Experience in copy-editing and other forms of editorial work
  • Positive work attitude, a high sense of professionalism, and ability to work under demanding circumstances

Applications should include a cover letter, a full CV and two reference letters.

Remuneration and benefits depend on the candidate’s qualifications and experience. Click here to apply.