National Institute of Education

The National Institute of Education (NIE) is an autonomous institute of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. Ranked 10th in the world and 2nd in Asia by the QS World University Rankings in the subject of Education in 2015, the institute is the sole teacher education institute for teachers in Singapore. NIE provides all levels of teacher education, ranging from initial teacher preparation, to graduate and in-service programmes, and courses for serving teachers, department heads, vice-principals and principals. Its enrolment stands at more than 5,600 full-time equivalent students.


(Visual and Performing Arts Academic Group)

The National Institute of Education invites suitable applications for the position of Research Assistant on a 12-month contract at the UNESCO-Centre for Arts Research in Education, Visual and Performing Arts Academic Group.

Project Title: Contemporary identity of Singapore musicians: Interpretations and translations within historical, social, cultural and musical contexts

Project Introduction: Living within a multi-racial and globalized space like Singapore presents a plethora of possibilities in terms of musical diversity to which local musicians can tap from to listen, create and perform. The identities of local musicians are also constantly shaped by historical, national, cultural, social and music contexts with which they have experienced and will be contending with on a regular basis.

This research study aims to examine local musicians’ view of their contemporary identity within the globalized space of Singapore and their interpretations/translations within historical, social, cultural and musical contexts. Their creative collaborative frameworks and extensions of community as contemporary local artists are also of key interests.


  • A Bachelor’s degree (preferably in the area of Arts, Social Sciences, Music)

  • Experience in conducting literature reviews and writing research articles

  • Experience in conducting fieldwork

  • Passionate about the cultural diversity of music in Singapore

  • Experience in music skills and knowledge (i.e. listening, analysing)

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  •  Excellent project management and organizational skills

  • Able to work independently and in a team


  • Conducting qualitative research such as interviews and field work according to the subjects’ schedules

  • Assisting in the coding and analysis of data

  • Assisting in the preparation of publication, research reports, presentations and other related work

  • Preparing research materials such as writing literature reviews

  • Liaising with artists

  • Project management and liaising with other relevant departments in NIE

  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Principal Investigator

How to Apply:

Applicants should complete and submit the following item/s:

  • Application form for Research Positions

  • Cover letter addressing how you meet the requirements of this position

  • Supporting documents as stated on the job application form

  • Other documents that demonstrate your qualifications


Please send your application to:

Ms Samantha Vu
UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)
Visual and Performing Arts Academic Group
National Institute of Education
1 Nanyang Walk
Singapore 637616

Tel: (65) 6219 6084

Fax: (65) 6896 9143


Only shortlisted candidates will be notified

The closing date for application submissions is 20 April 2016.