Senior Research Associate, Integrative Social Sciences Horizontal Technology Centre
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is setting up a new research initiative in the form of an integrative social sciences horizontal technology centre. The centre, to be hosted in the Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC), will focus on integrating social scientific principles with other disciplines to produce impactful, translational research.
Our key research domains include:
· Health and wellbeing: Examining the social and psychological determinants of health and well-being, such as health disparities, effects of modern societies and technology on health attitudes and behaviours, or application of technology for health communication/intervention.
· Social sensing: Measuring psychological or behavioural variables such as attitudes, personality or identity, and/or examining their implications for socially-relevant outcomes such as trust, cohesion, and misinformation susceptibility.
· Education: Using social and behavioural science or technological innovations to improve learning, motivation, cognitive flexibility, or social-emotional competencies, whether in the context of adult skill training or classroom-based teaching.
· Urban sustainability and solutions: Integrating cognitive and behavioural effects to better model urban decision making and dynamics and ultimately improve urban environments and enhance residents' quality of life (e.g., enable seniors to better age in place).
The centre is seeking candidates in the broad areas of social sciences or socially-focused computational sciences. Selected candidates will support research projects in the horizontal, providing technical expertise in areas such as primary data collection, software development, or data engineering. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to excel in a fast-paced environment through developing unique or unconventional capabilities that integrate knowledge in the social sciences with computational approaches.
Candidates should have a background or experience in areas that are relevant to one or more of the following areas:
· Science of health and wellbeing
· Behavioural research (experiments, surveys, modelling)
· Behaviour change & intervention
· Social behaviours & urban dynamics
· Social sensing methods
Suitable candidates should meet the following criteria:
· A bachelors or masters from a reputable university in a socially or behaviourally relevant area. Possible disciplines include, but are not limited to: psychology (social, cognitive, quantitative / psychometrics), computational social science, behaviourally-orientated computation (e.g. mobile sensing, behavioural modelling or analytics, activity recognition)
· A compelling track record and experience, commensurate with career stage
· An ability to contribute to one of the four research domains listed above
The following characteristics would be highly desirable in a candidate:
· Willingness to undertake hands-on development work in rapid prototyping of solutions and development of proof-of-concept systems.
· Experience working across disciplines (especially collaborations between social and computational sciences) and / or developing solutions to applied societal problems.
· Mid-career candidates should demonstrate a track record of contributing to successful research projects
· Fresh graduates should have good academic standing and a portfolio of relevant skills
A*STAR is a catalyst, enabler and convenor of significant research initiatives among the research community in Singapore and beyond. Through open innovation, we collaborate with our partners in both the public and private sectors, and bring science and technology to benefit the economy and society.