Postdoctoral Fellow to work on a research project entitled CHILD HEALTH AND MIGRANT PARENTS IN SOUTH-EAST ASIA (CHAMPSEA): WAVE II



Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore (NUS), invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow to work on a research project entitled CHILD HEALTH AND MIGRANT PARENTS IN SOUTH-EAST ASIA (CHAMPSEA): WAVE II. The position is based in Singapore and the contract is tenable for 12 months with a possibility of an extension until February 2019.



The successful candidate will be someone who holds a PhD degree with research interests in a relevant area of the social sciences (e.g. Ph.D. in a social science disciplines such as Education, Geography, Psychology, Social Work/Policy, or a related discipline).

S/he should have research experience in the area of migration, family and health studies, preferably in an Asian context. S/he will be expected to take a lead role in complex survey data analysis and contribute to mixed-method analysis on the CHAMPSEA Wave II (Child Health and Migrant Parents in Southeast Asia) project. The candidate will join an international team of researchers at a crucial stage of the project when the second round of data collection has been completed.

The candidate should also possess the following skills/qualities:
•    Post-Ph.D. experience conducting independent research, preferably as a part of collaborative research team(s).
•    Advanced knowledge of quantitative data analysis such as structural equation modeling, multilevel modeling and measurement invariance
•    Advanced knowledge of diverse statistical software (SPSS, STATA, MPLUS)
•    Experience conducting and preferably having a record of publications in mixed-method research
•    Good collaborative team working skills and ability to communicate about complex statistical analyses to diverse audiences
•    Strong topical knowledge in migration research and child development



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 Wave 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 [SDQ]), 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 Wave 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 Wave I.



Interested scholars should submit the following via email by 30 September 2017:

•    Fully completed Application form and Consent Form (please click here to download forms)
•    Curriculum vitae, with complete list of publications
•    Academic certificates and transcripts
•    At least two samples 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 research directly to the search committee. The referee reports should also reach us by 30 September 2017.

to:    Professor Brenda Yeoh (Principal Investigator)
    c/o Dr Theodora Lam
    Asia Research Institute
    National University of Singapore
    AS8 Level 7,
    10 Kent Ridge Crescent
    Singapore 119260
    Fax: +65 6779 1428