Job: 1 RF, 4 RA positions for climate change impact on biodiversity in Singapore (closes 19 Jan 2011)

Job opportunity: 1 Research Fellow, 4 Research Assistants for “Impacts of Climate Change on Biodiversity in Singapore”

We are recruiting suitable candidates for a one-year project on the impacts of climate change on Singapore’s biodiversity. This project is commissioned by National Environment Agency through A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing and coordinated by the Department of Biological Sciences, NUS.

This is the first comprehensive attempt at analysing climate change impacts on Singapore’s biodiversity and will set the stage for more specific follow-up investigations on mitigation and adaptation.

The Research Fellow and Research Assistants will form a team to work closely with a research team of modellers from IHPC. Senior researchers from the Department and external collaborators from NIE and the University of Adelaide will provide guidance and direction. The project offers an interesting research experience and the results will influence policy formulation relevant to Singapore’s future development.

The Research Fellow will facilitate and assist in overall project management and leadership. He/she will direct the team of four Research Assistants. The comprehensive biodiversity database will be developed in consultation with relevant agencies and climate change impact modelling will be developed in consultation with the data modeling team from IHPC. Literature reviews on climate change impacts on tropical biodiversity will be conducted. The databases for biodiversity and climate change variables will be integrated and modeled for expected consequences on Singapore’s biodiversity, research gaps will be identified, and mitigation and adaptation responses recommended.

The Research Assistants will collate, analyse and manage information relating to climate change impacts on biodiversity with a focus on tropical biodiversity and particularly that of Singapore. They will be involved with intensive literature search, information retrieval and analysis. Knowledge and interest in Singapore’s biodiversity and climate change impacts is a distinct advantage.

REQUIREMENTS:

Research Fellow

  • A PhD in Biology (with a particular focus on biodiversity)
  • Strong background in the biodiversity and ecology of Singapore. Additional experience in climate change impacts on biodiversity will be an advantage.
  • Ability to gather and analyse information, prepare synthesis reports and make effective presentations
  • Have some interest in modeling and handling large datasets
  • Highly-motivated team player with effective management, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Research Assistant

  • At least a 2nd class Upper Honours Degree in Biology.
  • Strong background in Singapore’s biodiversity and ecology, with an interest in climate change impacts.
  • Have strong sense of responsibility in the work.
  • Must be a team player and be able to communicate effectively.

All the positions are full-time for a 12-month duration. Salary commensurates with qualification and experience.

Interested candidates are requested to send their CV to Prof. Chou Loke Ming (dbsclm@nus.edu.sg) before the closing date of 19 January 2010. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in the last week of January and successful candidates will start work in the second week of February 2010.

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