Research Assistant, Digital Health Promotion job with NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE

job description

Applications are invited for the following term position with the Determinants of Physical Activity and Nutrition in Asia (PANDA) Research Group at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health

Research assistant

We are looking for a research assistant to coordinate a project on digital health promotion programs in Singapore. You will be part of an interdisciplinary research team exploring factors influencing reach and engagement with digital health programs in underserved populations. The position is available for a fixed term (15 months).

Context of the project

Public health research and digital health programs should benefit all members of society. Currently, some of the poorest people who stand to gain the most from these programs are also the least likely to use them. It is therefore critical that we better understand how to reach and engage underserved population segments, including those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, with digital health promotion programs.

The project takes a data-driven, people-centered approach to understanding what people want and need from digital health programs, what factors influence their participation, and how to reach and engage those who need it most. health behavior support. We aim to generate new experimental knowledge about user preferences, especially those from lower socio-economic backgrounds, to help design, implement and disseminate digital health programs to ensure adoption and uptake. use in a diverse population.

job description

  • Work with the project team to develop project plans, which includes determining requirements, scope, deliverables, budget and timelines.
  • Contribute to research planning by reviewing literature, writing research protocols and assisting with ethics inquiries.
  • Coordinate a team of facilitators to conduct on-site interviews and/or focus groups with members of the public.
  • Manage and analyze research data.
  • Organize team meetings, including preparation of agendas, project updates and note taking.
  • Collaborate with research partners from Singapore-ETH Center and Edith Cowan University (Perth).
  • Contribute to the dissemination of results by preparing reports and scientific articles for submission to high-quality, peer-reviewed journals.


As a research assistant, you should have experience managing research projects and handling research data. You must be a team player with a positive attitude and good problem-solving skills.

  • Very good written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience conducting research with human participants.
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work with different groups of people.
  • Possess a positive attitude in the face of complex challenges
  • Hold a degree in public health, health promotion or a related discipline. We also welcome applicants from any other discipline with demonstrated ability and interest in contributing to the targeted research areas.

This position offers the candidate an exciting opportunity to work with global experts in digital health and health behavior change. This position will provide the opportunity to work at all levels of research, from establishing research questions to producing high quality research results. In addition, through this research, you will be able to make a significant contribution to the health promotion industry in Singapore.

Recruitment is open immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

For more information or confidential discussion about the role, please contact Dr. Sarah Edney via email: [email protected]

Note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Hold a degree in public health, health promotion or a related discipline. We also welcome applicants from any other discipline with demonstrated ability and interest in contributing to the targeted research areas.

Covid-19 message

At NUS, the health and safety of our staff and students is one of our top priorities, and the COVID vaccination supports our commitment to keeping our community safe and making NUS as safe and welcoming as possible. . Many of our roles require a significant amount of physical interaction with students/staff/audience members. Even for professional roles that can be performed remotely, there will be instances where on-campus presences will be required.

As per Singapore legal requirements, unvaccinated workers will not be able to work on NUS premises from January 15, 2022. Thus job applicants will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to gain successful employment with NUS .

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