Job: Junior Research Assistant: Ecosystem Services in Urban Landscapes Future Cities Laboratory, Singapore-ETH Centre

The Ecosystem Services in Urban Landscapes research project brings together a team of ecologists, environmental modellers, planners, and landscape architects, to investigate how different types of vegetation can be used to make cites safer and more comfortable for their residents. A core part of the project will be a large-scale field survey of vegetation in Singapore, that quantifies ecosystem service provision.

We are looking for a Junior Research Assistant to assist with and contribute to the ecological component of this project. The work will involve setting up and maintaining a network of environmental monitoring equipment, including temperature sensors. Field surveys will be conducted to collect data on vegetation, soil functions, public perception on birds and urban greenery, canopy interception as well as other ecosystem services to examine ecological and physical processes.

In addition to the intensive field surveys and laboratory work, the Junior Research Assistant will assist with data entry and management, literature review, analysis of the resulting data using geographic information systems and statistical analyses, and contribute to writing publications.

Key responsibilities

Main tasks include

  • Setting-up and maintaining environmental monitoring equipment at locations across Singapore.
  • Field sampling and mapping of ecological communities including vegetation and birds.
  • Field sampling of ecological and physical processes, including soil functions and canopy interception.
  • Conducting surveys to study public perception on birds and urban greenery.
  • Data entry and management, literature review and storing field data in a GIS framework.
  • Analysis of field data and assisting with publication writing.

Key Skills

The candidate should have / be

  • BSc, preferably with Honours, in Life Sciences or Environmental Sciences, or related fields.
  • Experience in ecological fieldwork and data collection.
  • Prior exposure to GIS software and statistical analyses (ArcMap, QGIS, R etc).
  • Keen interest in nature, environment and scientific research.
  • Able to work outdoors for extended periods of time.
  • Meticulous, responsible and able to work independently.
  • Fluent in both written and spoken English.

Work location: 1 Create Way, CREATE Tower, Singapore 138602 (NUS University Town)

 Duration: Full-time position for ten months until 31 Dec 2018

To apply/for more information, Interested applicants should submit a CV, highlighting relevant experiences and skills, a cover letter explaining why they are interested in this position, and contacts of two character referees to Fung Tze Kwan at Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interviews.

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.

About Singapore-ETH Centre

The Singapore-ETH Centre was established as a joint initiative between ETH Zurich – the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF), as part of the NRF’s CREATE campus. The centre serves as an intellectual hub for research, scholarship, entrepreneurship, postgraduate and postdoctoral training.

The centre currently runs two research programmes, the Future Cities Laboratory (FCL), followed by Future Resilient Systems (FRS). It is home to a community of over 100 PhD, postdoctoral and Professorial researchers working on diverse themes related to sustainable cities and resilient infrastructure systems. In the course of their work, researchers actively collaborate with universities, research institutes, industry, and government agencies with the aim of offering practical solutions.


Undergraduate part-time assistants (NSWS) wanted for mesocosm experiments with aquatic plants (Jan–Sep 2018)

We are looking for undergraduate part-time assistants under the NUS Student Work Scheme (NSWS) to help out with mesocosm experiments involving aquatic plants from January 2018 to September 2018.

Project description: Restoration of reservoir water using aquatic plants in mesocosm experiments

What you will learn

  1. Identification and collection of aquatic plants for experimental work
  2. Collection of growth and other relevant plant data as part of routine sampling of outdoor experiments in the reservoir
  3. Monitoring of water quality parameters using multimeter probes
  4. Methodology for chlorophyll-a analysis of reservoir water
  5. Fish trapping and macroinvertebrate sampling
  6. Identification and counting of freshwater phytoplankton, zooplankton and fish
  7. Learn more about Singapore’s freshwater fauna and aquatic ecology in general

Candidates should be:

  1. Able to work during term time and during the semester break
  2. Physically fit and able to work outdoors for extended periods of time
  3. Willing to learn new techniques

Non-biology majors are welcome to apply


Please contact Dr. Maxine Mowe, Post-doctoral research fellow, Freshwater and Invasion Biology Laboratory, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore at

Jobs: Museum Officers (PhD required) @ LKCNHM (extended to 31 Jan 2017)

Details at the LKCNHM webpage.

The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) of the National University of Singapore invites applications to two Museum Officer positions. The successful candidates must be highly motivated and passionate about specimen-based research on Southeast Asian biodiversity as well as educating NUS students about Singapore and regional biodiversity.

As such, we are looking for candidates with a strong research CV, good communicators who can multi-task and are effective team players. Salary and benefits are commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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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.