The Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities (LKYCIC) at the Singapore University of Technology and Design is looking for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join a multi-disciplinary team of researchers examining the impact of digital technologies on societies. You will be part of a project, Digital Economies and Digital Societies, that examines the impact of digital technologies on economies and societies. The team explores economic, social, and cultural issues around the accessibility, affordability, and adoption of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) digital innovations by citizens, communities, companies, cities, and countries.

We are specifically looking for someone to join a study that looks at the impact of digital technologies on workers in Singapore’s Energy & Chemical and Precision Engineering sectors. We are, among other things, interested in the following: i) how digital technologies transform the work of technicians and what this does to their understanding of mastery and expertise in their professional setting; ii) how technicians are currently trained to develop their mastery despite given digital disruption, both in pre-employment education (e.g. polytechnics) and via workplace-based learning within their organizations; iii) to design a prototype workplace-based learning environment in which we explore how organizations can train workers better and quicker without compromising on their expertise.

You will be working with other researchers who conduct an ethnographic study on the expertise of technicians via observations and interviews. Your task is to distil and contextualize their in-depth observations and look at the broader implications for policy and industry. Potential tasks include conducting a systematic literature review on the relationship between expertise and digital technology, both in academic literature and also via policy plans to see how the issue is addressed in Singapore specifically; recruit survey participants and design, conduct and analyse a survey with organizations in both sectors to understand how workplace-based learning activities are currently designed and organized; think about the implications of the findings, formulate recommendations for policy and/or industry, and help writing reports to share our insights; at a later stage you would also be involved in the design and prototyping part.

Essential Qualification and Skills:

  • PhD degree in one of the following disciplines: public policy (with a focus on economic, industrial and labour policy), micro-economics and business, or organization and management studies.
  • Demonstrated skills in literature searches and reviews
  • Experience in survey design and analysis
  • Demonstrated writing skills to assist in the development of reports
  • Willingness to work in an interdisciplinary team and the ability to work with ethnographic and observational data
  • Excellent communication (written, verbal and listening) and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated time management and organisational skills

 Desirable Skills:

  • Interest in looking at new issues from your disciplinary perspective
  • Some skills related to design-thinking or willingness to develop these skills
  • Familiarity with economic or labour policy in the context of Singapore
  • Affinity with or some knowledge about education or training programs
  • Experience in assisting with preparation of conference presentations and (co-)authoring journal articles for peer reviewed international journals
  • Bilingual capability (Singapore local languages)

How to Apply:

  • Interested applicants are encouraged to send their application with subject heading – Postdoctoral Research Fellow application – to Mr Poon King Wang at email:, along with the following:
    • Letter of interest addressing the essential and desirable skills and requirements of this position
    • CV (with names of 3 referees)
    • A portfolio/sample of publications or research work
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. This position remains open until filled.