Job opportunity: 1-year RA position – “Improving the conservation planting of native spp. at reforestation sites” (closes 15th Apr 2011)

Research Assistant opportunity on a DBS-NParks collaboration: Improving the Conservation Planting of Native Species at Reforestation Sites

Singapore has had a long history of reforestation and related activities (enrichment of low-diversity forests, repair and enhancement of forest margins etc.) using native woody species, largely within the Nature Reserves and Nature Areas. Although a great deal of practical experience has been acquired during these activities, very little has been published, making it difficult for other people ― both within Singapore and overseas ― to learn from this experience.

Singapore’s National Parks Board has asked the National University of Singapore (Profs Richard Corlett & Hugh Tan) to undertake a study on this topic. We are seeking an enthusiastic Research Assistant to join the research team. The successful candidate will be offered a one-year contract with a salary scale commensurate with experience and qualifications to be determined by the NUS Administration

Job Scope:

  • Carry out a retrospective field-based assessment of all well-documented past activities involving non-urban planting of native woody species in Singapore in order to identify, communicate and archive the major lessons that can be learned.
  • Assess the survival, growth and competitive ability of the planted species in the field in relation to environmental variables (past land-use, soil, vegetation, canopy closure etc.) and compare the effectiveness of different nursery, planting, and post-planting management techniques that have been used.
  • Analysis and reporting of scientific data.
  • Administrative support for the project.

Candidates should possess:

  • BSc, BSc (Hons), or MSc degree in biology, botany, ecology, forestry or a related subject
  • a passion for ecological research
  • an interest in plants and, preferably, some field experience in SE Asian forests.
  • A valid driving license would also be useful

Interested candidates are invited to send their CV to Prof. Richard Corlett at corlett@nus.edu.sg

The closing date for applications is 15th Apr 2011, but we may make a decision earlier.

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