Postdoctoral Fellowship, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore


Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore (NUS), invites applications for TWO Postdoctoral Fellows to work on a research project entitled CHILD HEALTH AND MIGRANT PARENTS IN SOUTH-EAST ASIA (CHAMPSEA): WAVE II. Both positions will be based in Singapore.

Deadline: 1 September 2016



The successful candidate will be someone who holds a PhD degree (or is awaiting conferment) and has research interests in a relevant area of the social sciences (e.g. Migration Studies, Health Studies, Development Studies, Anthropology, Sociology or Geography). S/he should have research experience in the area of migration, family and health studies, preferably in an Asian context, and will be expected to co-ordinate the qualitative stage of field work in either Indonesia or the Philippines. The candidate will join an international team of researchers at a crucial stage of the project when the first round of data collection has been completed.

  • Good project management, team-building skills and aptitude for working in a Southeast Asian context.
  • The ability to speak and understand at least one of the following Southeast Asian languages – Indonesian or Tagalog – is necessary.
  • A willingness to play a co-ordinating role in the collection of qualitative data from the study country.
  • Some experience in using qualitative data analysis software such as NVivo



For millions of families across Asia, international labour migration has become a part of a household livelihood strategy that is motivated by a desire to improve the life chances of the next generation. Yet, there has been relatively little research on transnational householding and the impacts of parental migration on children who stay behind. In this context, the research team first set out in 2008 to collect survey data from around 1,000 households in four study countries (Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam) as part of an investigation into ‘Child Health and Migrant Parents in South-East Asia’ (CHAMPSEA). The findings, using children in non-migrant households as a comparison group, have enhanced knowledge and understanding of the impact of parental (and increasingly mothers’) absence on the health and well-being of (a) pre-school children aged 3, 4 and 5 years and (b) children in middle childhood aged 9, 10 and 11 years left in sending communities.

CHAMPSEA II will now investigate the longer-term impacts of parental absence on the CHAMPSEA children in Indonesia and the Philippines. Using a mixed-methods research design that capitalizes on the complementary strengths of quantitative and qualitative methods, this project will collect primary data using carefully designed survey instruments in order to create a unique longitudinal data set that will allow the investigation of multiple dimensions of children’s health and well-being. The longitudinal data set will include anthropometric measures (height, weight, age), measures of psychological well-being (Self-Reporting Questionnaire [SRQ20]; Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire), and a range of information (including parental migration histories) on selected households in Indonesia and the Philippines. The follow-up survey will interview members of the same CHAMPSEA households and the younger children in the baseline samples, who will now be 11, 12 and 13. As the older children (who were then 9, 10 and 11) will now be 17, 18 and 19, it is likely that many will have left home. A structured survey will be conducted with those still in the household and/or contactable, and a brief proxy interview with a parent or other adult on those who are uncontactable.

Anchored by an international research team with years of collaborative research experience, CHAMPSEA II will be the first mixed-method longitudinal study on the health and well-being of left-behind children in the region. Its findings will not only contribute to the academic literature but also help families, communities and government to understand better any vulnerabilities and risks that must be weighed against any material benefits of parental migration.

Do refer to for a list of publications stemming from CHAMPSEA I.



The terms and conditions* for the Postdoctoral Fellowship are as follows:

  1. Contract tenable for 18 months (with a possibility of an extension to 24 months), commencing in January 2017 to be awarded on a competitive basis to deserving candidates.
  2. A stipend of S$5,500 per month.
  3. All salary and benefit-in-kind are subjected to taxation in accordance with local tax laws.
  4. Travel Assistance, payable once only, will be provided. The travel allowance is also contingent upon the Postdoctoral Fellow's completion of his/her initial one-year contract. In the event that the appointee does not fulfill the initial one-year contract, the appointee shall be liable to refund the University a proportionate amount of the travel assistance granted to him/her on appointment.
  5. There is support for research fieldwork and conference attendance (it has to be project-related and subject to approval).
  6. Research staff at ARI should participate actively in research activities including attendance at seminars, conferences and ARI social events.
  7. Other benefits that the University provides and other information about working in NUS and living in Singapore are available at

    *Terms and conditions, according to university guidelines, are subject to change without prior notice.



Interested scholars should submit the following via email by 1 September 2016:

  • Interested applicants are invited to email their Application form, Consent Form (please click here to download forms)
  • Curriculum vitae, with complete list of publications
  • Academic certificates and transcripts
  • At least one sample of their published work (non-returnable)
  • A write-up, no more than 800 words, explaining the candidate’s past research experience and aptitude in relation to the research project.

In addition, please arrange for at least 3 referees, one of whom should be the PhD supervisor, to submit a confidential report on their academic standing and researchdirectly to the search committee. The referee reports should also reach us by 1 September 2016.


to: Professor Brenda Yeoh (Principal Investigator)
c/o Theodora Lam
Asia Research Institute
National University of Singapore
Fax: +65 6779 1428


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