Junior/Senior Research Fellow

To support the research activities of the SSRC and the OAFPC, the Centre is hiring a junior/senior research fellow, with interest/experience in evidence-based social policy research, including working with policy institutions and programs, micro and macro-economic data sets, and quantitative research. Credible interest and demonstrated experience in social security research is an added advantage.

Duties and Responsibilities

The individual in this position will:

  • Work as a member of SSRC team under the direction of the Centre’s Director and in support of the Chair in Old Age Financial Protection.
  • The individual will need to work collaboratively with members of the Centre and the staff of the University and various government agencies. The work scope extends beyond the assigned research topic to include identifying resources, facilitating accessibility and supporting collaboration.
  • Participate in or personally lead a specified research program that includes stock-taking exercises to map the land scape on social security, surveys of literature in the area, data analysis and hypothesis testing based on data from Malaysian institutions, and national and regional policy reviews and designs.
  • Contribute periodically to the social security literature with single or co-authored articles in reviewed and rated academic and policy journals.
  • Assists Malaysian public institutions in the implementation of their social security research program.
  • Participate in externally financed research projects on social security issues, as determined by Centre.
  • Participate as resource person on Centre-led training events.

Education and Experience

  • The candidate is expected to hold a PhD or equivalent in a relevant area (economics, public policy, sociology, etc.)
  • For the position of a junior research fellow no prior work experience is required.
  • For the position of a senior research fellow at least 5 years of relevant work experience is required.

Technical skills:

  • Good understanding of the analytical and empirical instruments of social security
  • Knowledge and experience with data bases (such as household surveys, census data, labour force surveys and other data sets)
  • Knowledge and experience with STATA and other statistical packages is advantage; willingness to learn these instruments is required.

Communication skills:

  • Good oral and written communication skills in English mandatory.
  • The ability to work collaboratively with individuals from diverse background across institutional boundaries

Interested candidates (local/international) are requested to send their CV and relevant background material in electronic form as well as the names and contact information of 2 relevant referees to the address below.

Only shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview.

Duration of contract: One year with the possibility of renewal to a longer term contract based on a satisfactory performance evaluation.

Contact Address

Professor Datuk Norma Mansor
(Attn: Ms. Nur Fakhrina Ab. Rashid)
Social Security Research Centre (SSRC)
Faculty Economic and Administration
University of Malaya
Tel : +603 – 7967 3795
Fax : +603 – 7967 3775
Email: ssrc@um.edu.my