Job: Two full-time junior researchers (BSc required) for Dense & Green Buildings project (by 26 May 2017)

Dense and Green Building Typologies, Future Cities Laboratory, ETH Zurich & SUTD

We are looking for two junior researchers to contribute in determining the environmental and economic benefits of plants on and around buildings under the Dense & Green Building Typologies project at the Singapore ETH centre in CREATE at University Town NUS, and assist in other duties as required.

Project description:
The Dense & Green Building Typology research team at the Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) investigates new building typologies with public and green spaces in high-density urban environment in terms of their environmental, social, architectural/urban and economic benefits. The findings will be integrated and translated into strategies and guidelines for architectural design and urban planning. The project is jointly led by ETH Zürich and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). The duration of the project is 3 years. More information about the project can be found here.

Successful applicants will be expected to assist in some of the following tasks:

  1. Visit selected buildings in Singapore’s urban areas to:
    • Identify plant species on and around buildings
    • Assist in collecting data from temperature sensors, thermal imaging cameras, terrestrial LiDAR scanners, Leaf Area Index measuring equipment and air quality monitoring equipment
  2. Conduct desk based research at FCL in CREATE (NUS University Town):
    • Reviewing literature to contribute to a database outlining the environmental benefits of plant species and different densities of plants
    • Create basic maps and statistics on the environmental benefits of plant species using online and field collected data
    • Collecting (online) economic and environmental data of buildings incorporating plants
    • Contribute to academic journal and book publications in terms of text, figures, diagrams and maps.

Requirements of Candidates
We expect successful applications to:

  • Have a strong enthusiasm for environmental research
  • Either have either:
    • Plant/forest biology or ecology knowledge;
    • Other biodiversity/ecology skills; or
    • Have a background in environmental science climate or air quality related research
  • Work independently on-site and in the office with guidance from project members
  • Be able to communicate their ideas for the project with team members and come up with creative ways to address the project research questions
  • Have at least a BSc in environmental science, ecology, or a related field
  • Certain basic skills are required (using Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.).
  • An ability to use ArcGIS and R would also be a bonus but is not required

The expected start date for the position is June/July 2017. Please submit applications for the position by the 26th of May 2017.

Supporting documents for application:
Curriculum Vitae highlighting:

  • Work experience in environmental research
  • Relevant skills including from university modules undertaken with knowledge gained

The successful applicants will receive:

  • A salary competitive with other positions of this type in Singapore
  • First-hand experience with urban architectural and ecological research related to green spaces, within an international team at an internationally recognised department.
  • Experience planning and executing their own research

For further information about the position, please contact Richard Belcher (
Work location: 1 Create Way, CREATE Tower, Singapore 138602 (NUS University Town)
The Singapore-ETH-Centre is an equal opportunity and family-friendly employer. All candidates will be evaluated on their merits and qualifications, without regards to gender, race, age or religion.

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