Research Assistant, heat in urban Asia - Singapore

The Asia Research Institute (ARI) at the National University of Singapore invites applications for a full-time research assistant.


Fixed-term contract for two years from date of hire, with possibility of one-year extension based on performance.


The Science, Technology and Society (STS) Cluster of the Asia Research Institute (ARI) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) is seeking an exceptional candidate to work as Research Assistant under a Singapore Ministry of Education funded multi-disciplinary project titled 'Heat in Urban Asia: Past, Present and Future' directed by Associate Professors Gregory Clancey (PI) and Chang Jiat-Hwee (Co-PI), and Dr Fiona Williamson (Co-PI).

The successful candidate will manage the grant in close collaboration with the PIs and collaborators, being responsible for record-keeping, correspondence, data management, and communication. He/she will also assist the PIs and collaborators conduct research as they work on or around the project’s central themes:

1. Taking the City’s Temperature, an integrative analysis of quantitative data derived from instrumental temperature records with qualitative data from historic sources and oral histories.
2. Living with Heat, an exploration of how Asian city dwellers have (and will) cope with the quotidian discomforts of life in a hot environment, especially how heat exposure intersects with poverty and vulnerability
3. Disastrous Heat, a focus on heat-related hazards including heatwaves and/or drought.


The ideal candidate will have a first-class degree or equivalent, and an MA or MS in either history, STS, historical geography, historical climatology, sociology/public policy, along with a willingness to work across disciplines.

There may be some travel involved to Hong Kong, New Delhi, Wuhan (China), or Tokyo, although the project will be based in Singapore.

The successful applicant will receive an attractive monthly remuneration depending on experience and qualifications. Singapore citizens and permanent residents are eligible for central provident fund benefits.


Applications close 27 September 2019.

To apply for the position, please submit the following to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

- Job Application form (Access the form here:
- Curriculum vitae (CV)
- Academic transcript
- Cover Letter of no more than 800 words, explaining your past research experience and aptitude in relation to the research project
- Name and email addresses of three referees whom we may contact, one of whom should be your PhD supervisor.

In the subject line of the email type 'URBAN HEAT PROJECT – RA Application'.

Only shortlisted applicants will be notified. Shortlisted applicants may be called for interview, either in person or by Skype, as appropriate.

Further information

Informal enquiries may be directed to the project PI Greg Clancey: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or CO-PI Dr Fiona Williamson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Read the whole job description here, under "Urban Heat Project - Job Opportunities":