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Temporary Junior Research Assistant

Date: 22-Sep-2022

Location: Kent Ridge Campus, SG

Company: National University of Singapore

Job Description

Job Purpose

Public health research and digital health programmes should benefit everyone in society. Currently, some people with the poorest health who stand to gain the most from such programmes are also the least likely to use them. It is therefore essential that we better understand how to reach and engage underserved population segments, including people from a broad range of socio-economic backgrounds, with digital health programmes.
We will adopt a public engagement approach to reach the heart of the local community and capture the voices of people from a broad range of backgrounds. Using the “Public & Patient Involvement Hawker” (PPI Hawker) method, pairs of Facilitators will approach people in Hawker centres to introduce the research and initiate conversations about digital health programmes using questions from a pre-defined topic guide. One Facilitator will guide the conversation and the other will observe and take reflexive field notes that will be used to summarise opinions and iteratively refine questions for subsequent PPI Hawker sessions. Our PPI Hawker approach will allow us to open dialogue with people who do not normally participate in health research.


Duties and responsibilities

1. Attend training workshop on how to conduct PPI Hawker session
2. Assist in preparation of materials for PPI Hawker (e.g., printing, checking travel directions)
3. Conduct PPI Hawker sessions (between 3-10 sessions each) along with 1 other Group Facilitator and at least 1 member of the research team, this will involve approaching groups of people in Hawker centres and asking if they are willing to have a conversation about their use of digital health interventions. If groups are willing, 1 facilitator will then guide the discussion (using a predetermined topic guide) and the other will take notes on what was discussed.
4. Report on the findings from each PPI Hawker session, this will involve ensuring that the notes are legible and typed up and participating in a debrief session with the PPI Hawker team and members of the research team.


There are no specific qualifications required for this role, successful applicants will need to have:

1. An interest in public health research/digital health interventions
2. Confidence/willingness to approach members of the public to ask if they are willing to have a conversation about digital health interventions
3. Ability to listen and take notes
4. Good English communication skills. Mandarin, Malay, or Tamil would be an advantage but not essential.

Covid-19 Message

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Taking into consideration the health and well-being of our staff and students and to better protect everyone in the campus, applicants are strongly encouraged to have themselves fully COVID-19 vaccinated to secure successful employment with NUS.