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Head/Deputy Head/ Assistant Head, Urban Solutions & Sustainability

Apply now Agency: National Research Foundation
Job no.: 542541
Work type: Full-time
Location: Singapore
Categories: Engineering, Others, Research and Analysis, Sciences (e.g. life sciences, bio-technology etc.)

The National Research Foundation (NRF), a department under the Prime Minister's Office, sets the national direction for R&D and coordinates the research agenda of different agencies to transform Singapore into an innovative, entrepreneurial and knowledge-intensive economy, with R&D as a key driver.

We invite outstanding candidates with the right background, experience and the passion to shape the long term R&D landscape in Singapore to apply.


The role of the Urban Solutions and Sustainability (USS) Directorate is to work with relevant agencies to develop plans and policies to support research, innovation, enterprise and diffusion of solutions to urban and sustainability challenges in Singapore, and the region. The diverse areas covered by USS include the energy, water, built environment, waste, mobility and food sectors. As Deputy Head/ Assistant Head, USS, you will:

  • Develop new R&D strategies, review and strengthen existing strategies in USS areas of interest;
  • Partner and coordinate between government agencies, Institutes of Higher Learning, Research Institutes and companies to identify challenges that can be addressed through R&D and to develop USS research initiatives;
  • Develop schemes to leverage good research outcomes from R&D projects for translation to commercialisation or deployment;
  • Collect and analyse data from the USS R&D ecosystem to make recommendations on new plans and policies;
  • Directly manage strategically important NRF-funded projects (e.g. review and manage budget and resource allocation); and
  • Perform any functional work necessary for the effective running of USS and NRF (e.g. secretariat and accompanying officer duties and participate in workgroups and committees)


  • Tertiary background in science and engineering related disciplines;
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English;
  • Strong communications and inter-personal skills;
  • Independent, and yet a team-player who is able to take the initiative in fluid situations; and
  • Meticulous, adaptable and a quick learner - comfortable working in a fast-paced and fast-changing environment.

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