job description

About the CHILD

The Center for Holistic Initiatives for Learning and Development or CHILD was established under the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (NUS Medicine) with the Lien Foundation. In collaboration with other partners such as the Center for Evidence and Implementation (CEI) and the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences (SICS) of A*STAR, CHILD brings together experts in the field of translational research, development of and implementation science to help give children the best start in life.

Purpose of the position

A key requirement of the role is the ability to recognize the importance of research on child development and to support the Centre’s work in synthesizing and communicating this research to policy makers and practitioners.

We are currently looking for a highly motivated individual Research Associate interact directly with university researchers on a regular basis. You will work on a wide range of research projects and help maximize, highlight and record their impact on policy and practice. This is a varied role, offering the opportunity to develop your existing skills in several areas including reviewing evidence, writing, communications and project coordination. You will also have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and understanding of child development research and how it can contribute to policy and practice and improve outcomes.

We are looking for dynamic, forward-thinking, highly organized individuals with excellent attention to detail, strong interpersonal skills, and a proven ability to influence and succeed in a complex, fast-paced environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

Undertake and provide expertise in a variety of research-related activities, including but not limited to:

  • Conduct desk research to demonstrate the relevance and potential impact of research on policy and practice
  • Support internal and external communication of research synthesis activities to maximize their profile at regional, national and international levels as appropriate, working closely in this regard with the operations team, to ensure a strong presentation of work to multiple audiences

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage the design, planning and delivery of projects or components of various projects, but mainly the research and synthesis of evidence. This includes:
    • Develop and ensure that the most rigorous methods possible (given project scope and resources) are applied to evidence synthesis and research activities
    • Develop and ensure a thorough understanding of objectives, critical issues and manage a team work plan
    • Manage the development of search strategies, literature selection, data extraction, quality of evidence assessment and report drafting
    • Provide projects with technical expertise focused on evidence synthesis methods
    • Follow evidence synthesis quality control processes

  • Manage the implementation and timely delivery of projects and evidence synthesis products
  • Design and implement searches in electronic bibliographic databases in the social sciences, health and education

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Build and maintain an internal database of researchers working on key relevant themes and methods in order to communicate opportunities, share networks and organize internal events. Build and maintain a database of non-academic organizations to whom the impact of CHILD and other relevant research can be communicated
  • Provide training, technical support and guidance to junior staff with respect to evidence search, screening, extraction, quality assessment and report writing
  • Develop, support and implement research quality control and assurance processes in evidence synthesis and data management

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide support to project team meetings by preparing agendas, reporting progress, raising issues of concern or risk, documenting decision-making, and enacting required changes
  • Design, planning and execution of research projects in the field of early childhood, child development and related health research
  • Analysis and interpretation of research data
  • Writing research reports, peer-reviewed publications and grant applications
  • Dissemination of research proposals and results through internal presentations and external scientific meetings/conferences



  • A master’s degree in a relevant discipline

Applicants with experience in the following areas are encouraged to apply:

  • Early childhood and child development
  • Psychology
  • Behavioral or social sciences applied to health and health care
  • Health services or applied health research

Favorite experience

  • Experience in scientific communications, including evidence syntheses and policy syntheses.
  • A solid understanding of higher education research and how it can contribute to policy and practice.
  • Ability to understand and analyze complex research and data to derive key messages and conclusions.
  • Strong writing skills and the ability to convey information clearly and concisely to a non-expert audience.
  • Previous administrative experience and experience in organizing and implementing events, activities and programs, preferably in a research environment
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to lead projects, prioritize workloads and meet deadlines without close supervision.
  • Ability to work flexibly and cooperatively with others within a team.
  • Ability to mentor junior research staff and students.

Covid-19 message

At NUS, the health and safety of our staff and students is one of our top priorities, and the COVID vaccination supports our commitment to keeping our community safe and making NUS as safe and welcoming as possible. . Many of our roles require a significant amount of physical interaction with students/staff/audience members. Even for professional roles that can be performed remotely, there will be instances where on-campus presence will be required.

Considering the health and well-being of our staff and students and to better protect everyone on campus, applicants are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to gain successful employment with NUS .

More information

Location: Kent Ridge Campus

Organization: Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

Department: Dean’s office (medicine)

Eligible Employee Referral: Nope

Job Application ID: 15023