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Career Paths for Scholars

Recognising the diversity of talent, strengths and interests amongst our Singaporean PhD talent, A*STAR has created multiple pathways for scholars to develop and chart their careers along differentiated paths.

A*STAR will continue to support and provide a conducive environment for the majority of A*STAR scholars who want to focus on advancing their careers as scientists at the research institutes. A*STAR has also opened up opportunities for selected PhD scholars to be deployed after their first 2 years at A*STAR to industry, corporate R&D labs, public administration, technology enterprises, spin-off companies, and academia.

These avenues present opportunities for young Singaporean PhD talents to explore careers that would bring out the best of their education, research experience and other strengths to related fields that would benefit from the infusion of such PhD talent.






A*STAR scholars spend the first 2 years after PhD graduation with an A*STAR Research Institute (RI) to build up their scientific skills and research portfolio.  Thereafter multiple paths are available and may be pursued in consultation with their RI supervisors.

Scientific Track  Administrative Track  Industry Track Academic Track
Andrew Wan
Upon completing Ph.D studies, I joined a start-up research group at IBN. I joined Exploit Technologies on realizing the importance of funding mechanism and the commercialization process in supporting and bringing applied research into economic fruition. The job offers me with numerous valuable trainings in business case development as well as commercial value creation for A*STAR’s technologies.
Dr Ng Sean Pin
Technology transfer manager, ETPL

Administrative Positions – For talents a flair for administrative and policy work, the positions will be at the Councils or RIs. More experienced talent may be seconded to our stakeholders to help build up their capabilities in research administration and regulation (e.g. MTI, MOH, NMRC, HSA).

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