Associate Researcher at the Energy Studies Institute, International Security Of Supply job with NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE

Institute of Energy Studies

The Energy Studies Institute (ESI) is a research institute of the National University of Singapore that seeks to advance understanding of energy policy issues by conducting independent research and analysis. We are looking for researchers to join a multidisciplinary team conducting research projects on a range of energy issues of concern to Singapore and the region.

There are openings at the research associate level to ensure timely delivery of research and policy recommendations with national, regional and/or international clients. The focus is on international security of supply in the context of the global low-carbon energy transition. Topics to be covered include the international energy supply chain, the geopolitics of energy, and the challenges and opportunities associated with Singapore’s various energy options as the country explores low-carbon energy options. This will include the possibility of importing electricity from regional power grids, the use of solar energy, the potential for hydrogen and cross-border carbon use and storage (CCUS), as well as the development of gas markets in the region.

job description

Depending on experience and teamwork, tasks may include the following:

  • Preparation and communication of knowledge regarding government strategies and policies, at least at a basic level of understanding, will be required in areas including, but not limited to:
    • The ASEAN power grid and broader power grid integration considerations;
    • Policies and potential for renewable energy deployment, with a focus on solar;
    • Trends in the development and market potential of hydrogen energy;
    • Understand the state of play of carbon capture and storage technologies and their deployment;
    • Natural gas supply chains and their evolving configuration.

  • The nominated candidate will be expected to work with a team of researchers and help to coherently report on the economic and geopolitical implications regarding the applications of hydrogen, carbon capture (CCS) storage, energy storage and carbon markets in power generation.
  • Documentary research based on primary and secondary sources. Besides collecting information, the objective would be to examine its relevance in the context of Singapore.
    • Much of the research reviewed and undertaken will be qualitative in nature, but there may be opportunities for more quantitative aspects to feature in some elements of the work.

  • Engagement with local stakeholders from various sectors to exchange views and obtain information. This is a continuous and ad hoc process that will occur throughout the project timeline for all work packages.
    • Field research should be undertaken (subject to the resumption of overseas travel) to exchange views and obtain information from researchers across the Southeast Asian region and beyond. .

  • Scenario Building: Our work will likely explore three scenarios based on a (1) worst case, (2) status quo, and (3) ideal case. Other cases of more specific scenarios will be explored as appropriate.


  • A master’s degree in the fields of international relations/politics, public policy, energy science, engineering, environmental management, or other related disciplines
  • At least 1 year relevant work experience, at least partly in consulting or policy review and formulation
  • Possess knowledge and experience in sustainable energy transition trends and/or low carbon technology developments
  • Possess strong interpersonal, organizational and communication skills, with the ability to work well independently and as part of a team
  • Possess strong influencing and collaborative skills, analytical skills and a broad sense of perspective


  • Quantitative skills and ability to use data and metrics to inform research.
  • Experience in scenario planning (including through stakeholder engagement, eg stakeholder workshops) is an asset.

Application process

To apply for this position, please combine the following documents into 1 PDF and attach it under the CV column when submitting your application:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • A cover letter, no longer than 800 words, explaining the candidate’s previous research experience and skills in relation to the research project

Interested candidates, please submit your application with all required documents. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. Shortlisted candidates may be called for an interview, either in person or via zoom, as appropriate. If you have not heard from us within 3 months, you should assume that your application has not been successful.

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More information

Location: Kent Ridge Campus

Organization: Institute of Energy Studies

Department: To research