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Applications are invited for the following positions at the Centre for Family and Population Research at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore, for commencement as soon as possible. Non-NUS applicants are advised to fill-out the Personal Data Consent Form available here.

Please specify the position you are applying for, and the relevant research project and Principal Investigator (if applicable) in the email subject.



NUS CFPR is inviting applications for a large-scale research project titled “Building Human Capacity in Singapore's Population” (PI: Prof Jean Yeung). This multidisciplinary project aims to use multiple research methods to understand early childhood development of Singaporean children. The research team includes scholars from various disciplines - Sociology, Economics, Psychology, Geography, Social Work, and from other universities. The aim is to examine how factors such as caregiving arrangements, preschool education, the roles of mother, father and extended family, cross-cultural family background, family resources, parenting behavior, living arrangements, family dynamics/relations, community, and government programs can affect children’s social-emotional and cognitive development, health, and identity.

About the project

This project examines human development in Singapore by using innovative methods to understand factors that can promote Singaporean children’s early childhood development. This multidisciplinary project with a total value of $8.5 million is funded by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) over 4 years.The project will collect longitudinal data in a national survey and five satellite projects. The core national survey will be a 2-wave panel study with children aged 0 to 6 and will assess motor, social-emotional, linguistic, cognitive, health and well-being, as well as factors that potentially shape child development and family resilience. The factors that we are looking at include early childcare arrangements, preschool attendance, time and technology use, financial and non-monetary investment in children, mother and father’s roles, and family stress. There will be five satellite projects:
(1) an ethnographic study focusing on the children of cross-cultural families,
(2) a laboratory experiment of early childhood linguistic development with a special interest in how the language development of children in multilingual families compare to others, and identifying developmental delay,
(3) intervention programs that train children’s minds to build social-emotional skills such as cooperation, empathy, and self-control, and identify neural correlates of social cognition and decision making for children,
(4) a randomized control trial (RCT) that evaluates various incentives’ success at improving pre-school attendance for disadvantaged children, and
(5) an RTC study of parental motivations to save for children and the impact of matched savings programs on children’sdevelopment.

About the positions:

  • NEW! Research Assistant (Core Panel Survey by Prof Jean Yeung)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow (Pre-school Attendance by A/P Jessica Pan and A/P Walter Theseira)
  • Research Assistant (Asset Building and Matched Savings by A/P Chia Ngee Choon)
  • All applications should be sent to with the subject line “SG LEADS Application for [position title] for [name of project]- name of applicant”. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

    Other Opportunities:

  • Translators (Cross-Cultural Families)


    If you are an NUS faculty member or PhD student who is working on family and population issues and would want to be associated with CFPR, please send an email to with your updated CV to apply.


    Internship opportunities for 2019 summer is closed

    The Centre for Family and Population Research (CFPR) is inviting applications for the CFPR Internship Program. Consistent with its goal of training and mentoring the next generation of family and population scholars and practitioners, the Centre is providing on-the-job training opportunities for undergraduate students. From having the opportunity to work with leading family and population scholars in NUS with their research projects, to organizing events such as research seminars and conferences, or having an actual experience on how to run a training program, or learning how to manage the daily operations of a research centre, interns will benefit largely from their internship with CFPR.

    CFPR is dedicated to the scientific advancement of research and training to understand the trends, determinants, and consequences of family and population changes, particularly in Asia. CFPR’s works revolve around these major themes: fertility and marriage, family policies; aging and health; children and youth development; intergenerational relations and transfers; changing family living arrangements and family values in Asia; migration and integration; human capital and labor market; and, gender relations. Our research adopts a multi-disciplinary, life course, and international comparative approach. Currently, CFPR has a strong team of research staff and associates from various disciplines who are working on the Centre’s various research themes.



    The intern/s may assist CFPR staff and associates with their research projects which may include conducting literature search, writing literature reviews, gathering data, summarizing and synthesizing research works and publications may also be required from time to time.

    Interns will also be ask to provide assistance in organizing centre's event/s that involves setting-up venue, sending out invitations, coordinating with caterers, and other logistical preparations.

    Rendering administrative support for the daily operations of the Centre will also be required.



    Undergraduate students working towards a degree in a relevant field are encouraged to apply. Applicants from local and overseas universities are welcome.

    Interested applicants should have a demonstrated interest in social science research, preferably in family and population studies. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English is required. Skills in MS Office is necessary while familiarity with statistical, design and editing software will be helpful. Experience in event organizing is also an advantage. More importantly, we welcome students who have the willingness to learn, demonstrate initiative at work, is a team player but can also work independently when necessary.



    Interested applicants should send in an application dossier consisting of cover letter, research interests, CV, proposed internship dates and completed Personal Data Consent form to


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