Jobs: Research Fellow and Research Assistants (three positions) for “An Estimation and Assessment of Carbon Stocks in the Nee Soon Swamp Forest”

Dr. Chong Kwek Yan at the Department of Biological Sciences (NUS) is recruiting a team of four full-time researchers to conduct forest inventory plots to study the relationship between hydrology and carbon stocks in a freshwater swamp forest landscape in Singapore. This project is being conducted in collaboration with the National Parks Board, the Tropical Marine Science Institute (NUS), and the Department of Geography (NUS).

Who is this for?

  • If you are interested to pick up the mysterious arts of the forest botanists, e.g., tree identification, dendrology, vegetation science, etc., this is for you.
  • If you are thinking of developing some basic research skills, such as fieldwork, GIS, data analysis (with R), and scientific writing, in preparation for postgraduate studies, this is also for you.


  • Four Research Assistants or 3RAs and 1 Research Fellow.
  • Contract period: 1 year, renewable upon performance and funds up to and beyond March 2019. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Desired attributes/skills:

  • BSc, preferably with Honours, in Life Sciences or Environmental Sciences specialising in Environmental Biology, or related fields.
  • Team players with a good work ethic
  • Some prior exposure to ecological field work involving the setting up of vegetation plots, tree measurement, and other forms of data collection in a tropical forest environment.
  • Must be physically fit enough to carry equipment and trek fair distances over swampy ground.
  • Keen interest in plant identification, nature, outdoor work, and scientific activities such as data analysis and experiments.
  • Some experience with the statistical scripting language R, as well as geographic information systems software such as GoogleEarth, would be advantageous.
  • Evidence of good verbal and written communication skills (in English) and good work etiquette.
  • Preferably possess a Singapore Class 3 driving license that is non-probational (>1 year since obtaining license).
  • Note: academic qualifications are secondary to work ethic, competent workers in teams and interest in the work.

Apply to Dr. Chong Kwek Yan (
Department of Biological Sciences, NUS
Include the contacts of at least two character referees.


Fully-funded PhD project at NTU’s Asian School of the Environment

PhD Scholarship Announcement

Fully-funded PhD project at the Asian School of the Environment, Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.

The Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CHNS) Lab is seeking an enthusiastic PhD student with a strong academic background who has interests in developing and executing a research project pertaining to socioecological systems in Southeast Asia. This student should have an interest in conservation biology and land use and land cover change and be open to conducting interdisciplinary research in rural landscapes. Potential research topics within the CHNS lab including: (i) Understanding the drivers of fire activity in tropical landscapes, (ii) Investigate the land use and land cover changes from periurbanization in Southeast Asia, (iii) Understanding how environmental health impacts food security and food trade in the region. We are looking for students who are comfortable conducting fieldwork independently and have interest in conducting household surveys as well as using geographic information systems. Excellent writing skills, a good understanding of conservation biology, and some experience with statistics and R programming would be ideal.

This fully-funded scholarship will begin on 1 January 2018 and the student will be advised by Asst/Prof Janice Ser Huay Lee.

The Nanyang Technological University of Singapore is ranked 11th globally and 1st among the world’s best young universities. The Asian School of the Environment is a new school engaged in earth environmental systems science research which spans various fields including human-environment interactions, ecology and geosciences. For more information, please visit:

Interested students 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 Only successful applicants will be contacted for interviews. The closing date for this application is 1st November 2017.

Janice Ser Huay Lee
Assistant Professor
Asian School of the Environment, NTU

Jobs – 1 Postdoctoral Research Fellow & 1 Research Assistant in economic valuation of tropical ecosystem services [apply by 31 Oct 2017]

1 Postdoctoral Research Fellow and 1 Research Assistant in economic valuation of tropical ecosystem services
In the Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC), Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore (NUS)

The Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC) and the Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore (NUS) invite applications for 1 Postdoctoral Research Fellow and 1 Research assistant positions in economic valuation of ecosystem services, to begin on 1 January 2018 or soon thereafter. The position will be for a period of 2 years. The successful applicant will be part of the project ‘A Natural Capital Assessment for Singapore’.

The overall aim of the project is to quantify the economic, social, and cultural value of Singapore’s environmental assets (its ‘Natural Capital’), and present and model the information in such a way that it can inform future policy and urban development. To protect and enhance natural capital in Singapore and secure the long-term foundational benefits from this capital, we need to understand how the values of Singapore’s ecosystems services vary across space and under different scenarios. This will be achieved by:

  1. quantifying the current status of Singapore’s terrestrial and coastal-marine ecosystems
  2. quantifying the value of Singapore’s terrestrial and coastal/marine ecosystems to society.
  3. assessing tradeoffs between urban development (urban assets) and natural capital (natural assets)
  4. assessing future policy and development opportunities that integrate natural capital

The Research Fellow will have expertise in working on ecosystem services valuation using a range of GIS, spatial and survey-based techniques. GIS and data analysis skills are preferred. The RF will take a significant lead in research relating to ecosystem services valuation to develop maps and spatial models to assess future trade-offs under different scenarios. The RF will take the lead in writing the research for publication. In addition, the RF will also contribute to the coordination of research assistants, and work alongside other Research Fellows working on the terrestrial and coastal working packages of the project.

The Research Assistant will support the research fellow in data collection and management and model development. The Research Assistant will help conduct surveys. Experience with GIS and data analysis is considered an advantage.

The Singapore-ETH Centre was established in 2010 by ETH Zurich and Singapore’s National Research Foundation, as part of its CREATE campus. The vibrant hub for research aims to provide practical solutions to some of the most pressing problems through its programmes – Future Cities Laboratory and Future Resilient Systems.

The Times Higher Education World University rankings place NUS as the 22nd top university in the world and number one in Asia. The Department of Biological Sciences has over 70 principal investigators and 300 graduate students. Facilities and research support in the department are world-class and are highly regarded internationally. The successful candidate will join the BioEcon Lab:


  1. Both appointments will be tenable for a period of two years
  2. The positions come with competitive remuneration
  3. Singapore citizens and permanent residents are eligible for central provident fund benefits

Applicants for the Research Fellow position must hold a PhD (or awaiting conferment), have research experience in a related field of natural and economic sciences, and a record of (or potential to deliver) good quality research publications.

Applicants for the Research Assistant position much hold at least a relevant degree related to environmental sciences, economics or geography.

Interested applicants should submit the following via email to L. Roman Carrasco ( by 31st October 2017:

  • Brief letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae, with description of experience applying relevant statistical and modelling skills
  • At least one sample of their published work in the case of Research Fellow applicants

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted to arrange an interview. For further information on the project please contact the PI of the economic valuation Working Package L. R. Carrasco (

Job: Research Assistant 1-year with potential for renewal @ NUS Biological Sciences (deadline 08 Oct 2017)

Assistant Professor Nalini Puniamoorthy
The Reproductive Evolution Lab
Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore

The Reproductive Evolution Lab studies reproductive trait divergence and its consequences for biodiversity. Why do the sexes look and behave so different? How does sexual selection on males and females facilitate speciation? We are interested in how reproductive traits respond to selection by studying the underlying genetic variation and fitness consequences associated with variation in trait expression.

We use insects as our model systems and study particularly widespread species across large geographical clines. We are looking for a full-time Research Assistant to join our lab.

Requirements and responsibilities

  1. Degree in biology, environmental science or a related field as well as an interest in ecology and evolution.
  2. Prior experience of working in a molecular lab (e.g: DNA/RNA extraction, amplification, sequencing, analysis etc.).
  3. Written and verbal competency in English as well as an ability to work collaboratively with many people.
  4. Keen on working with and maintaining insects for research purposes. Fieldwork experience is desirable but absence is not a preclusion.
  5. Conscientious and responsible. The job will require attention to details and day-to-day management of data, students and laboratory work.

Application details

  • Deadline for application is 8th October 2017.
  • The position is for 1 year (with the potential for renewal).
  • Applicants should be ready to start as soon as possible or by the end of the year.
  • Salary will be dependent on qualifications and includes CPF contributions for Singaporeans/PR (Approx. $2700-$3000).
  • If interested, submit your CV and a short write-up about why you want this job and how you could contribute to the lab.
  • Send both in a single email to (include the following in the subject head: RA application Your_name).
  • Short-listed applicants will be notified for an interview in mid October.

Job: Biodiversity Specialist/Ecological Engineer

Singapore Environmental Consultancy and Solutions Pte Ltd

Job: Biodiversity Specialist/ Ecological Engineer

Requirements & Responsibilities:

  1. Degree in Biodiversity or equivalent qualification is preferred 
  2. Be responsible in preparation of biodiversity reports for submission to clients 
  3. Be responsible for approaching individual biodiversity experts for the execution of the project, in the areas of flora and fauna
  4. Be instrumental in collaboration projects between NUS and SECS 
  5. Willing to travel overseas for biodiversity jobs and assignments 
  6. Be proficient in GIS modelling/software. Having Auto-cad skills is preferred but not compulsory.
  7. Having a class three driving licence is preferred but not compulsory

For anny enquiries about the job, please write to or visit the website at No telephone enquiries are entertained.

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.

Job: Student Assistant surveyors for Illegal Wildlife Trade project (jun – Jul)

Hosted by Nanyang Technological University, in collaboration with the Oxford Martin Programme on the Illegal Wildlife Trade at the University of Oxford.

Position Overview

  • We are looking for enthusiastic Chinese Singaporeans, who are current university students or recent graduates, to conduct market-research style surveys with the public.

Project Overview

  • We are working to understand and influence consumers who use an endangered species as a form of traditional medicine.
  • Particularly, we hope to implement an evidence-based approach to wildlife trade campaigns addressing consumer demand using methods from the health field, which have not previously been applied in conservation.


  • 1st & 2nd June (training days – paid)
  • 5th June – 14th July (Full-time position with a non-traditional schedule — time of day, and days of week, will vary depending on research needs).


  • 12SGD/hour (plus reimbursement for research expenses, such as transport between survey locals)

Details & Qualifications:

  • A team of four surveyors will conduct market-research style surveys throughout Singapore. This will involve engaging passer-byes at malls, parks, etc. and asking them to complete a short tablet-based survey about their fever medication preferences.
  • We need people who can not only be engaging with the public, but are also highly methodical and repeatable with their procedure.
  • Strong Mandarin speaking skills are also important, as some participants may wish to speak to you in Chinese.
  • The position will be about 40 hours/week spread across 5 days/week. We will need to collect surveys in the evenings, and on weekends, so some weeks, for example, you may work Saturday but not Friday. Variability also gives us flexibility though, and so working around days you need off, is also possible.

To Apply:

  • Send your CV and a brief paragraph highlighting why you are a good fit for this position to Hunter Doughty as soon as possible.

Hunter Doughty
Doctoral Researcher
University of Oxford