Senior Education Research Scientist in Schools, Leadership & System Studies (OER) [NIE]

Updated: about 9 hours ago
Location: Singapore,
Job Type: FullTime


Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice

The Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice (CRPP) at the Office of Education Research (OER) in the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore, encompass 5 programme research areas in:

  • Cognitive, Emotional and Social Learning (CESD)

  • Lifelong Learning, Cognition and Wellbeing (LLCW)

  • Learning Sciences & Innovation (LS&I)

  • Schools, Leadership and System Studies (SLSS)

  • Teacher Professionalism and Learning (TPAL)

Since 2002, CRPP has led efforts to spearhead programmes grounded in the principles of advancing research, development and innovation at NIE. CRPP is committed to producing high-quality education research with impact on policy and practice.

CRPP’s research is guided by the Research and Development Framework – a policy-driven, evidence based framework that guides academic and research staff to improve the quality of teaching and learning in Singapore schools and to build on NIE's standing as a leading international research institution.

CRPP therefore aims to conduct rigorous, relevant multidisciplinary research and development that inform policy, pedagogy and practice in Singapore and internationally. With a strong focus on advancing knowledge in the 5 programmes above, CRPP provides researchers with valuable research opportunities and platforms to enhance their global academic profile.

Position Summary

CRPP is looking for Senior Education Research Scientists to join their research efforts in the Schools, Leadership and System Studies (SLSS) research programme.

Research in SLSS seeks to conduct research into effective teaching and learning practices and their impact on student educational outcomes; investigate the systemic influences across Singapore’s social and educational ecology; examine life course, and educational pathways and transitions; measure, model and explain systemic pedagogic, curricular and assessment shifts; conduct leadership research; conduct policy and programme evaluations and implementation research.

We are interested in candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Policy and programme evaluation and implementation

  • Classroom observations research and methodologies

  • Quantitative and qualitative longitudinal research

  • Pedagogical and assessment research

  • Sociology and economics of education research

  • Other related areas

Preference will be given to candidates with research experience in policy and programme evaluation and implementation research, quantitative methodologies, educational transitions and pathways.

Candidates with appropriate qualifications and relevant research experience are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will work with a team of driven researchers with highly cited publications.

In addition, CRPP provides Research Scientists with valuable research opportunities and the platform to enhance their global academic profile. OER  is dedicated to their interests by providing grant opportunities such as the Education Research Funding Programme (ERFP), a pool of research funds administered by the Office and supported by the Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore.


  • Ph.D. in a relevant discipline (i.e. sociology of education, educational policy and programme evaluation, policy implementation, assessment and evaluation, economics of education, and related areas);

  • Preferably with 5 years postdoctoral experience or equivalent;

  • Experience in cutting edge teacher, teaching and learning research and addressing challenges in education;

  • Demonstrable track record in the following areas:

    • Research leadership in a research centre or in a large competitive, peer-reviewed research grant

    • High quality publications (i.e. quality and impact of academic publisher, citations and ranking of journal publications etc.)

    • Writing of or contribution towards research proposals which are submitted for peer-reviewed funding processes

    • Independence in research (i.e. senior authorship/sole authorship of high-quality publications and invited presentations at conferences);

    • Supervision of undergraduate and/or graduate students

  • Attainment of funding through a competitive peer-reviewed process;

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; and

  • Experience working with Government stakeholders especially policy-makers

  • Experience engaging with diverse stakeholders including Government policy-makers, Community Organizations and the Public

Candidates with suitable qualifications and experience may be considered for a Principal Education Research Scientist position.


  • Take a leading role in the further development of research of strategic importance to CRPP and in seeking and pursuing appropriate external funding;

  • Apply for and conduct quality research and work collaboratively to charge new directions for teacher, teaching, and learning research;

  • Disseminate the outcomes of the research including in peer-reviewed academic publications of international standing;

  • Participate fully in the wider research and service activities to OER/NIE;

  • Take responsibility for, manage and conduct administrative and management tasks associated with your research projects and research programme;

  • Mentor junior faculty and research staff in CRPP;

  • Supervise students by research and/or dissertation (i.e. supervise M.A. / M.Sc. students and / or co-supervise Ed.D. students)

Closing Date

Review of applicants will continue until suitable candidates are found.

Other Information

Please email to [email protected] if you have any queries.


Please indicate the position code (NIE: SLSS) in the application. Please include the following information / documents:

  • Resume including a list of your qualifications, publications, grants and leadership experience, previous experience and a brief description of your achievements;

  • Research statement indicating your research interests and achievements;

  • 1 to 3 of your best publications;

  • Name of 3 referees;

  • Cover letter addressing how you meet the requirements of this position (optional);

  • Any other documents that demonstrate your qualifications

Note to applicants:

We regret that only successful candidates will be notified (via email).

Hiring Institution: NIE

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