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Trainer / Researcher (Contract)

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Work type: Contract, full-time
Location: Singapore
Categories: Educational Technology, Programme Management, Others


Singapore University of Technology and Design is searching for excellent candidates in urban and city-scale transport related design, or infrastructure planning, to join a new programme lead by SUTD: Virtual Singapore Competency Programme. The programme is championed by the National Research Foundation (NRF), the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) and the Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech).

The Virtual Singapore Competency Programme

Virtual Singapore is a dynamic three-dimensional (3D) city model and collaborative data platform intended for use by researchers, the public sector and commercial users to develop sophisticated tools and applications for modelling and test-bedding concepts and services, for planning and decision-making in the area of city, transportation and infrastructure planning.

The aim of the program is the dissemination of the use of the Virtual Singapore platform by offering trainings, build example use cases, and test and extend the system for educational purposes.

The candidate will contribute to the following objectives of the programme:

  • To train batches of users from research institutions, government agencies and possibly commercial organizations, with different levels of expertise
  • To model digital twins, create complex use cases, develop apps, widgets and software robots as well as to define and develop APIs


SUTD The project is a collaboration between the SUTD Academy, SUTD’s Architecture and Sustainable Design Pillar and SUTD-MIT International Design Centre, who leads the project.

The SUTD Academy is the Professional and Continuing Education arm of SUTD. It was established to enable its faculty and industry practitioners to update and upgrade the knowledge and skills of professionals, managers, executives and its Alumni through professional education and training. SUTD Academy believes in lifelong education that goes beyond formal learning and that is self-driven, self-planned and self-initiated. SUTD Academy courses are designed to develop the skills and knowledge of individuals to help them stay relevant in the knowledge-intensive and technology-driven economy, overcome the numerous challenges of tomorrow and excel in their career.

The Architecture and Sustainable Design Pillar at SUTD encompasses teaching and research and research in building design, planning, analysis, construction and manufacturing. The pillar is one of only two universities in Singapore accredited and endorsed with the Board of Architects. Its work is focused on understanding and supporting Singapore and the region but also seeking transformative new approaches to architecture and master planning with global relevance inspired by a local approach. It seeks to address the major challenges of sustainably, liveability, and urbanization though intensive research and development of new technologies and approaches. With collaborations with government agencies such as URA, BCA, and HDB.

The mission of the SUTD-MIT International Design Centre (IDC) is to drive design research and innovation, in collaboration with a wide spectrum of researchers, global enterprise, government and social stakeholders. Its three core objectives are to advance design theory and methodology, using design to address key societal challenges, and integrating design theory and methods with practice.  IDC has to date trained over 13,000 people in Singapore in Design Innovation


The candidate will have a dual role: working with the project’s business developer and project officer to provide training for the SUTD Academy, and working with the project’s researcher on the development of the digital twin, cases and APIs. The candidate will also be working closely with the public and private sector users of Virtual Singapore.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Become proficient and conversant with the capabilities of Virtual Singapore platform developed by Dassault Systemes.
  • Work with the Business Developer to develop introductory, intermediate and advanced training courses for current and prospective users (mainly researchers and government agencies) of Virtual Singapore
  • Deliver introductory, intermediate and advanced training courses for Virtual Singapore platform to current and prospective users.
  • Work with the project’s main researcher to develop in JavaScript (and possibly Python) working examples of ‘widgets’ (utilities linked to Virtual Singapore urban analytics) both as training examples and research use.
  • Develop systems for processing data from multiple sources to build graphs and network representations of data in an urban/transport context.
  • Work with researchers to investigate and implement new computational methods in urban and transport analysis
  • Be able to develop UI/UX interface components for Virtual Singapore guided by researchers or trainee input.

Academic and Professional Qualifications:

  • At least a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Architecture or Geography/Urban planning.
  • Experience in 3D graphics/computational design and analysis in urban and city-scale transport related design, or infrastructure planning. For the position of Senior Trainer, a minimum of 7 years experience is expected.
  • Knowledge and experience in geospatial and/or digital twinning software, in data manipulation, and in scripting/coding would be desirable.
  • Some experience in research would be desirable.
  • Excellent presentation skills. Educational experience would be desirable.

Other Attributes:

  • Motivated and resourceful
  • Passion to share knowledge and strong communication skills
  • Customer-oriented
  • Creative problem-solver
  • Collaborative and a team player
  • Ability to be self-lead and agile towards a results driven working style


  • Letter of interest
  • C.V.
  • Recent publications (if any) or work portfolio (if relevant)


Applications close: Singapore Standard Time

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