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Senior Assistant Director/ Assistant Director (Technology), Research & Development

Agency: Ministry of National Development
Job no.: 529698
Work type: Permanent/Contract
Location: Singapore
Categories:Engineering, Sciences (e.g. life sciences, bio-technology etc.)

The Ministry of National Development (MND), the lead government agency responsible for land use planning and infrastructure development, aims to transform Singapore into an endearing home and a distinctive global city. At MND, we aspire to create a quality, vibrant and sustainable living environment for our people. We also strive to shape Singapore into a world-class city of knowledge, culture and excellence – one which keeps pace with global challenges and the rising aspirations of Singaporeans.

Our Vision:
An Endearing Home, A Distinctive Global City

Our Mission:
Develop world-class infrastructure
Create a vibrant and sustainable living environment
Build rooted and cohesive communities


 Your primary duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Drive R&D strategies to support MND’s strategic priorities such as ops-tech integration for future-ready infrastructure to ensure a safe, liveable and resilient environment.
  • Synergise R&D efforts with the Smart Nation drive, including developing a smart masterplan for the translation and deployment of smart initiatives which benefit citizens.
  • Enable the translation, deployment, commercialisation and internationalisation of R&D. This includes partnership with stakeholders, and development of strategies/policies and initiatives.
  • Be familiar with and keep abreast of latest developments in science and technologies relevant to MND’s and USS’ work, and identify new emerging areas of strategic interest such as Artificial Intelligence (AI).
  • Oversee R&D projects such as those under the Cities of Tomorrow/Land & Liveability National Innovation Challenge (L2NIC), MND Research Fund and USS-Integration Fund.
  • Be familiar with grant governance and administration such as funding guidelines.



  • Qualifications and/or relevant experience in Engineering, Design & Environment, Science, Social-Behavioural Science, or equivalent
  • At least 3 to 5 years of work experience
  • Prior experience in R&D strategy formulation, technology foresighting/roadmapping, technology translation, and/or good working knowledge of the R&D landscape in Singapore
  • Good analytical skills, with an ability to take a strategic perspective when formulating proposals and recommendations
  • Strong planning and organisational abilities 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Capable of multi-tasking and working in a fast-paced environment


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