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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. Senior Manager (Human Resources)
  2. Lead Researcher In Economic Affairs (ASEAN Studies Centre)
  3. Lead Researcher In Socio-Cultural Affairs (ASEAN Studies Centre)
  4. Visiting Fellowships
    1. Media, Technology and Society (6 months)
    2. Visiting Fellow - Demographic Change (1 year)
    3. China and Mainland Southeast Asia (6 months)
    4. Decentralisation and Indonesia (1 year)


 

1. Senior Manager (Human Resources)

The ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute invites applications for the post of Senior Manager (Human Resources).


Main Responsibilities

You will be a business partner who brings out the best in our people, ISEAS’s most important asset, in order to fulfil ISEAS mission and objectives. 


In the area of human capital and development, you will formulate, review, and implement human resources policies and activities, such as manpower planning, strategic workforce planning, talent management, as well as training and development. 
 

In the area of HR management, you will oversee the employment life cycle, from attracting and recruiting employees, enhancing employee engagement, conducting appraisal and performance management, to processing resignations and retirements.


Requirements

  • Background in Human Resource Management
  • At least 10 years of relevant work experience in the field of HR with more than 3 years in leading a team
  • Experience in the public sector is an added advantage
  • Experience in managing foreign employees including handling Employment Pass/S Pass/Work Permit applications
  • Strong in communication, people and project management, decision making, and policy writing and implementation
  • Highly motivated and resourceful

A remuneration package commensurate with experience and ability will be provided.

Interested applicants are requested to send their applications with a CV stating qualifications, experience and supporting documents through www.careers.gov.sg by 17 May 2019.



2. Lead Researcher in Economic Affairs (ASEAN Studies Centre)

This is a mid- to senior-level position and the successful candidate should be familiar with ASEAN economic cooperation and trade matters as demonstrated through published works and/or policy-papers and work experience.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Undertake high-level and policy-relevant research on ASEAN’s economic integration and community-building efforts.
  • Produce policy papers, commentaries, Op-Eds and academic papers on ASEAN economic matters.
  • Conduct lectures, talks and briefings on ASEAN economic matters.
  • Establish and maintain professional links with relevant stakeholders.
  • Assist in the organization and management of conferences, workshops and seminars.
  • Support the Centre’s outreach programmes.
  • Provide some degree of administrative support to the Centre and ISEAS.


Requirements:

  • A Master’s degree in economics or business administration, especially with a specialization in international trade, although a doctorate could be an advantage.
  • A strong interest in ASEAN, with a particular interest in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), as well as in regional trade and economic issues
  • Minimum 5 years of experience and consultancy work on regional economic and trade issues would be a distinct advantage.
  • A track record of policy-related research and writing would be highly regarded.
  • Good communication and writing skills in English.
  • The applicant must be a citizen from one of the ASEAN Member States.
  • Positive work attitude and ability to work under demanding circumstances.
  • Team spirit and a high sense of professionalism.

Qualified candidates are invited to submit their application which should include their resume, a writing sample, two letters of recommendation, degree transcripts and a one page description of the candidate’s proposed area of research and competencies.

Remunerations and benefits will depend on the candidate’s qualifications and experience.

Interested applicants are requested to send their applications with a CV stating qualifications, experience and supporting documents through www.careers.gov.sg by 25 May 2019.



3. Lead Researcher in Socio-Cultural Affairs (ASEAN Studies Centre)

This is a mid- to senior-level position and the successful candidate should be familiar with ASEAN socio-cultural cooperation and issues as demonstrated through published works and/or policy-papers and work experience.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Undertake high-level and policy-relevant research on ASEAN’s socio-cultural issues, including but not limited to culture, arts and heritage, the environment, movement of people, gender empowerment and the youth.
  • Produce policy papers, commentaries, Op-Eds and academic papers on ASEAN socio-cultural matters.
  • Conduct lectures, talks and briefings on ASEAN socio-cultural matters.
  • Establish and maintain professional links with relevant stakeholders.
  • Assist in the organization and management of conferences, workshops and seminars.
  • Support the Centre’s outreach programmes.
  • Provide some degree of administrative support to the Centre and ISEAS.


Requirements:

  • A Master’s degree in sociology, political science, economics or Asian Studies, although a doctorate could be an advantage.  Other relevant academic qualifications, including science disciplines, may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • The ideal candidate should have a strong interdisciplinary background and is able to conduct unsupervised research and publish on a range of socio-cultural issues.
  • Prospective candidates with academic qualifications in economics and interested to undertake research on socio-cultural issues are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • A strong interest in ASEAN, with a particular interest in the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC).
  • Minimum 5 years of experience and consultancy work on regional socio-cultural issues would be a distinct advantage.
  • A track record of policy-related research and writing would be highly regarded.
  • Good communication and writing skills in English.
  • The applicant must be a citizen from one of the ASEAN Member States.
  • Positive work attitude and ability to work under demanding circumstances.
  • Team spirit and a high sense of professionalism.

Qualified candidates are invited to submit their application which should include their resume, a writing sample, two letters of recommendation, degree transcripts and a one-page description of the candidate’s proposed area of research and competencies.

Remunerations and benefits will depend on the candidate’s qualifications and experience. 

Interested applicants are requested to send their applications with a CV stating qualifications, experience and supporting documents through www.careers.gov.sg by 25 May 2019.


4. Visiting Fellowships

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


Visiting Fellow – Media, Technology and Society (6 months)
The Visiting Fellow will study the social impact and consequences of the disruptive power of digital technologies in Southeast Asian societies, with Indonesia as one of the countries for comparison. Potential research topics may include the impact of social media on the social and cultural fabric of society, the digital revolution and democratisation of information access, digital technology and its influence on collective action and behaviour and the response of governments. Ethnographic and/or comparative analyses across Southeast Asia will be preferred.

Visiting Fellow – Demographic Change (1 year)
The Visiting Fellow will study the realities and implications of demographic change in Southeast Asian societies, with Indonesia as 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.

Visiting Fellow – China and Mainland Southeast Asia (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.

Visiting Fellow – Decentralization and Indonesia (1 year)
The Visiting Fellow will examine the impact of decentralization on Indonesian society, which can include the relationship between the central government and regional governments, how capital is redistributed and generated across Indonesia, and how social and cultural identities have been evolving.


Requirements: 

  • Applicants should have a PhD degree in an area of the humanities or social sciences (especially political science/government, sociology, anthropology, demography, media studies, and science and technology studies). The successful applicant is expected to start no later than 2 January 2020 and must have completed all requirements for the PhD 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. For position 4, fluency in Bahasa Indonesia is a must.


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" and indicate the position that you are applying in the email. The closing date is 14 June 2019.