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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. Internship Opportunities
    1. Intern (Archaeology Unit)
    2. Intern (SOJOURN)
    3. Intern (Social Media & Polarisation in Southeast Asia)
  2. Research Officer (1 Year Contract)
  3. Visiting Fellowships (ISP/RSCS)
  4. Visiting Fellowships (MSP & RES)








Internship Opportunities

Through the student internship, you can expect to gain practical research skills with the supervision and mentorship of experienced colleagues and senior management, as well as the invaluable experience of working in a dynamic research institute. If you are inspired to take up new challenges and keen to be exposed to different research projects across the Institute, apply for a highly selective internship role at ISEAS.

Apply for an internship with us if you are:

- Available for a period of 4 weeks between November and January
- Strong communication, leadership and interpersonal skills
- Highly interested in ISEAS Research Projects
- Keen to know more about ISEAS and consider joining ISEAS upon graduation


Intern (Archaeology Unit)

The Archaeology Unit (AU) at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute invites applications for the position of Intern.

Project Description

After receiving appropriate training, AU interns will be expected to participate in the following tasks:

- Artefact processing – washing, sorting, and labelling of artefacts from the 12th century onwards;
- Desalination of maritime artefacts;
- Assist in AU’s Archaeology Programme for Schools;
- Artefact illustration (only if interns possess requisite skills).

Learning Outcomes

- Gain first-hand experience of archaeology and the skills needed to identify and process artefacts
- Deepen understanding and appreciation of Singapore’s past
- Identify work interest, and consider to join ISEAS upon graduation


Requirements
Internship requirements
- Possess competencies such as learning and adaptive mind-set
- Hardworking and reliable
- Good with research and hands-on work
- No prior archaeological knowledge or experience required.

Please submit your application via Careers@Gov.  The closing date of application is 25 September 2019.


Intern (SOJOURN)

Project Description

SOJOURN is an interdisciplinary academic journal devoted to the study of social and cultural issues in Southeast Asia. SOJOURN publishes quality articles about issues in Southeast Asia and is organising a campaign to promote its work more widely in the academic community and the general public, so as to generate more interest in scholarship on Southeast Asia and to improve the quality of the journal.

You will be involved in the promotional work for the journal which includes the following:

- Going through past SOJOURN articles to identify issues and topics that can be promoted for specific events, and at regular intervals.
- Writing up short promotional materials.
- Working on other ideas for promotional work for SOJOURN.

Learning Outcomes
- Learn about current topics and concepts in scholarship on Southeast Asia.
- Gain experience working with an academic journal.

Requirements
- Internship requirements
- An undergraduate, preferably majoring in SEA studies/ Sociology/Anthropology/Literature.
- Well-versed in current affairs.
- Able to read and write well in English.
- Proficient in using social media.

Please submit your application via Careers@Gov.  The closing date of application is 01 Oct 2019.


Intern (Social Media & Polarisation in Southeast Asia)

Project Description

The project uses qualitative and data analysis techniques to understand the phenomenon of political and cultural polarisation and its impacts on societies in Southeast Asia, both online and off.

You will be involved in the following:

- Scraping and analysing social media data;
- Visualising social media data using commercial tools such as Gephi and Tableau.

Requirements

- Internship requirements
- 3rd or 4th year computer science undergraduates with proficiency in Python
- Possess competencies such as learning and adaptive mind-set
- Keen interest in Southeast Asian politics and culture
- Experience in web scraping, social media analysis and data visualization would be advantageous

Please submit your application via Careers@Gov.  The closing date of application is 01 Oct 2019.



Research Officer (1 Year Contract)

Primary Responsibilities:

- Provide research support to the project entitled Algorithmic Pricing and Market Competition: Implications for Competition Law and Policy
- With general support to Principal investigator, undertake analytical and/or quantitative literature and field-research
- 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.
- Assist in carrying out fieldwork involving market surveys.
- Assist in the organization and management of conferences, workshops, seminars and meetings.
- Contribute to research team’s collective research and public outreach efforts.

Requirements:

- University degree in Economics (preferred), Business Administration, Statistics, or other relevant Social Science discipline.
- Good analytical and quantitative skills with an aptitude for policy research.
- Good communication and writing skills in English.
- Working knowledge of Stata and some programming experience (Mathematica, Python etc.) would be an advantage.
- Positive work attitude and ability to work under tight schedule

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.

Please submit your applications which include your CV, research proposal, reference letters and expected remuneration via Careers@Gov.  The closing date of application is 30 September 2019.





 

Visiting Fellowships


The Regional Social and Cultural Studies (RSCS) Programme and Indonesia Studies Programme (ISP) at the ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute invite applications for the following Visiting Fellowships.


1. Visiting Fellow – Demographic Change (2 months to 1 year)

The Visiting Fellow will study the realities and implications of demographic change in Southeast Asian societies. For longer term fellowships, e.g. 1 year, Indonesia must be one of the countries for comparison. Issues include the impact of ageing on the family and social relationships; socio-economic factors for demographic trends; the consequences on social support, health, and intergenerational exchanges. The research should be data-driven and empirically based, and the ideal candidate should have experience in executing survey projects in Southeast Asian contexts and analysing survey data.

2. Visiting Fellow – China and Mainland Southeast Asia (2 months to 6 months)

The Visiting Fellow will study the social and cultural impact of Chinese capital and labour flows into the villages, towns, and cities of Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and/or Laos. This theme studies the effects of Chinese capital and labour flows on national sovereignty, local communities, and cultural identities, as well as local responses to these flows. Ethnographic and/or comparative analyses across Southeast Asia will be preferred.

Requirements

- Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree in an area of the humanities or social sciences (especially political science/government, sociology, anthropology, demography studies). The successful applicant is expected to start no later than 2 January 2020 and must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. degree at the point of employment.

- Fluency in English and at least one Southeast Asian language is preferred, along with good communications, networking and interpersonal skills.

Responsibilities

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

- Monitor economic, political and/or social-cultural trends in Indonesia/Southeast Asia.
- Write for a range of ISEAS publishing outlets such as ISEAS e-publications (Commentary, ISEAS Perspective and Trends), academic journals and books.
- Contribute to ISEAS collective research efforts.

Fellowship Benefits

- An all-inclusive and fixed monthly stipend commensurate with qualifications and experience.
- A monthly housing subsidy (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).

Please submit your application materials to positions@iseas.edu.sg with the subject heading of "Application for Visiting Fellowship (ISP/RSCS - Aug) and indicate the position that you are applying in the email. The closing date is 30 September 2019. 




Visiting Fellowships (MSP, RES)


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


3. 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.

4. 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.

5.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. 

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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 application materials to positions@iseas.edu.sg with the subject heading of "Application for Visiting Fellowship (MSP/RES - Sep) and indicate the position that you are applying in the email. The closing date is 30 September 2019.