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 Programme. The Programme, 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 Programme is seeking candidates in the broad areas of social sciences or socially-focused computational sciences. Selected candidates will initiate and conduct innovative research, aimed at developing and deploying scientifically-informed solutions to societal issues. 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 can have a background in any discipline. However, we are particularly interested in applicants with experience in 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 PhD from a reputable university in a socially or behaviourally relevant area. Possible disciplines include, but are not limited to: social psychology, cognitive psychology, quantitative psychology / psychometrics, computational social science, behaviourally-orientated computation (e.g. mobile sensing, behavioural modelling or analytics, activity recognition)
● A compelling scientific track record and experience, commensurate with career stage
● The ability to contribute to one or more 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 proofs-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 ability, experience, and success in initiating, leading, and completing competitively funded research programmes.
● Fresh graduates should have good academic standing and strong potential for impactful scholarly contributions.
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.