Job: Two 3 months full-time paid internships for urban faunal surveys (Mar 2017)

Job: Full-time paid interns wanted to conduct wildlife (fauna) surveys and other tasks to determine environmental benefits of Dense & Green buildings in Singapore.

We are looking for two full-time paid interns to together conduct fauna surveys at green spaces on and around buildings in Singapore. The position will also require assisting in other aspects of the environmental benefits package under the Dense & Green Building Typologies project at the Singapore ETH centre in CREATE at University Town NUS (see details below).

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 under http://www.fcl.ethz.ch/module/dense-and-green-building-typologies/

Please see the Job Description PDF for the complete details.

2-year Postdoctoral Research Fellow for “Adaptation and resilience of coral reefs to environmental change in Singapore” 

We are seeking to appoint an exceptional candidate to the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on a unique new project “Adaptation and resilience of coral reefs to environmental change in Singapore” hosted at the National University of Singapore, and funded by Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF). This is a 4.5-year interdisciplinary research project comprising multiple themes represented by teams with extensive expertise in coral biology, experimental ecology, palaeontology, geochemistry and microbiology.

The Research Fellow will lead the sub-project to investigate the evolutionary, ecological and population genetic history of corals in Singapore. Candidate with a PhD degree and prior research experience in marine field research and molecular biology using next-generation sequencing tools (e.g. DNA hybridisation capture, RNA-seq, RAD-seq) is required. Rescue SCUBA diver preferred.

This is a full-time position over two years, with possible extension. Remuneration will be commensurate with the candidates’ qualifications and experience. Please address enquiries to huangdanwei@nus.edu.sg

Best regards,
Danwei

Danwei HUANG
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore
Lab: http://coralreef.nus.edu.sg

Job: 1-year full-time RA for “Understanding Fire Activity in Indonesia” @ NTU ASE (by 31 Jan 2017)

Full-time Research Assistant – Understanding Fire Activity in Indonesia
Asian School of the Environment, Nanyang Technological University (apply by 31st January 2017)

The successful applicant will assist in a study to understand the patterns of fire activity in Indonesia. This would include conducting literature reviews of relevant articles and information, managing a database to include geospatial and socioeconomic datasets related to the drivers of fires in Indonesia, and also organise and conduct field work to collect new data. The successful applicant will be required to visit the field and conduct interviews with local communities or representatives of non-governmental organizations to understand land conflicts in Indonesia. This is a full-time (1 year) position. The candidate will work closely with the principal investigator.

Job responsibilities:

  • Literature review and data compilation of land conflicts in Indonesia
  • Geospatial analysis of forest loss and degradation in Indonesia
  • Coordinate and manage ecological and social datasets
  • Field trips to non-governmental organizations in Indonesia and conduct interviews with local representatives from NGOs or communities
  • Report to and work with the principal investigator

Job requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in Sciences/Environmental Studies/Geography
  • Has conducted comprehensive literature reviews
  • Has experience with qualitative methods (e.g., observations, interviews, etc.) and analysis (e.g., thematic coding, etc.)
  • Familiar with geographic information systems and use spatial analysis software (e.g., ArcGIS, QGIS, R)
  • Excellent data management and analysis skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Able to work in the field in Indonesia
  • Highly organized and proactive
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines

Desirable:

  • Being able to speak and write in the Bahasa Indonesia Language
  • Experience conducting field work in rural communities

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter explaining why they are interested in this position and how this may help them in their future career, and their CV specifying their software knowledge, research experience and two referees. Please submit these two documents to janicelee@ntu.edu.sg. Only successful applicants will be contacted for interviews. The closing date for this application is 31st January 2017.

Janice Ser Huay Lee
Assistant Professor
Asian School of the Environment, NTU
janicelee@ntu.edu.sg

Job: Full-time Research Assistant – NUS-NParks Marine Debris Project (apply by 15 Nov 2016)

The full-time Research Assistant will manage the NUS-NParks Marine Debris project which includes desktop and field research, data mining, analysis and establishment of a database and management of an education programme including workshops.

Apply for the position at JobsBANK.
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The job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Literature review to establish, from published works and existing data, a baseline assessment of the current status of marine debris in Singapore
  • Design and conduct experiments and field surveys to document and monitor marine debris
  • Data management, integration, synthesis and analysis
  • Establish a data submission and sharing mechanism
  • Develop an integrated national citizen science programme to monitor marine debris
  • Develop educational resources
  • Prepare and conduct workshop to build capacity and facilitate information-sharing
  • Draft reports, recommendations and publications
  • Organise a conference at the end of the project
  • Report to and work with the principal investigator and project manager

Job Requirements:
Essential

  • An undergraduate degree in Sciences/Biology/Environmental Studies or a biology-related field
  • Familiar with literature review and research
  • Excellent data management and analysis skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and able to work with different groups of people
  • Some experience with volunteer work in nature or environment projects
  • Highly organised and proactive
  • Able to work independently and meet deadlines

Desirable

  • A B.Sc. (Hons) degree with experience in biology or ecology research
  • Have good knowledge and experience on marine debris and micro-plastics
  • Proficient in field surveys and monitoring of marine debris
  • Familiar with citizen science programmes
  • Excellent in interacting with local agencies and groups
  • Experience in organising workshops and conferences

Job: Full-time internship (2–4 months) for Dense & Green Building Typologies project in Singapore

Job: Full-time paid interns wanted to assist in determining environmental services and benefits of Dense & Green buildings in Singapore.

We are looking for full-time interns to identify/validate/map plant species and plant locations at green spaces on and around buildings in Singapore. The position will also require assisting in other aspects of the environmental benefits package under the Dense & Green Building Typologies project at the Singapore ETH centre in CREATE at University Town NUS (see details below).

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 under at this webpage.

Responsibilities:
Successful applicants will:

  1. Visit selected buildings in Singapore’s urban areas to:
    • Validate existing plans to ensure that species and plant locations have been correctly listed.
    • Identify and record the location and spatial extent of plant species in buildings where they are not known (or the plan information is incorrect).
  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
    • Collecting (online) data on other environmental and economic variables
    • Map species and compile basic statistics on their distribution area and abundance on-site

Expectation on candidates:
Applicants are expected to have strong enthusiasm for environmental research and have plant identification skills. They are also expected to be able to work independently. Certain basic skills are required (using Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.). An ability to use ArcGIS would also be a bonus but training will be given on how to use this software and conduct any statistical analysis.

This internship position will last a minimum of 2 months, potentially extending to 4 months.

Benefits:
The successful applicants will receive

  1. An internship certificate from FCL.
  2. First-hand experience with laboratory research related to green spaces typologies within an international team at an internationally recognised department.
  3. Training on how to use ArcGIS software
  4. Payment based on working hours or a fixed monthly depending on the particular working schedule.

Supporting documents for application
Curriculum Vitae highlighting relevant skills (including relevant university modules undertaken with knowledge gained) as well as a brief statement on personal interests are required for this internship position application.

For further information about the position, please contact Richard Belcher (belcher@arch.ethz.ch)
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.

Job: Undergraduate part-time assistants wanted (Sep 2016 – Aug 2017) for image processing & digital archiving of Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey specimens

We are looking for undergraduate part-time assistants to help out with processing  images and other data from the recently concluded Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey (CMBS) to the Animals and Plants of Singapore database from September 2016 to August 2017.

Project description: 

The Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey (CMBS) to survey and document Singapore’s marine biodiversity has recently concluded, and has so far uncovered at least 100 species new to science, 200 new records for Singapore, and 10 rediscoveries. Identification and bioimaging of specimens are now completed and they are now ready to be uploaded onto the Animals and Plants of Singapore (APS) database. APS is a LKCNHM-based initiative to document the flora and fauna of Singapore. As an image-focused database, it aggregates species from various scientific projects and individual, verified experts. It was launched in February 2015, and has since grown to over 2,700 species.

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Several undergraduate part-time assistants will be needed for help in this process, with responsibilities and requirements listed below:

Responsibilities:

  1. Data entry of specimen information into the database
  2. Imaging of specimens
  3. Image processing of existing specimens
  4. Digital specimen curation

Requirements:

  1. Be able to help out over the semester break and during term time. Working from home for a part of the time is acceptable.
  2. Experience in using Microsoft Excel and Adobe Photoshop is desired, but the candidate can also learn on the job.
  3. Standard undergraduate hourly wages (8.74SGD) will be paid

Contact

Please contact Mr Jonathan Ho, Research Assistant, Ecology and Evolution Laboratory, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore at aps.lkcnhm@gmail.com