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Postdoctoral Position in Landscape Studies

Singapore (SG)
Closing date
3 Oct 2019

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Academic Discipline
Architecture, Arts & Humanities
Job Type
Academic Posts, Postdocs
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


Landscape Studies


The primary geographic focus of Landscape Studies group in NUS is Asia, where culture, urbanization, economic development, coarse-scale environmental context, and increasing climate change act in concert to create a myriad of landscapes that shape the livelihood and well-being of large populations. Landscapes here can be conceived along multiple continuums, from rural to urban, social to ecological, natural to constructed, and intact to disturbed, which provide rich grounds for scholarly pursuits that are theoretical and applied in nature. Research of the Landscape Studies group is primarily focused on high-density urban regions, where the large majority of Asians live, but we also work in the transitional zones within the rural-urban continuum, where urban regions are expanding at a rapid rate into rural landscapes.

The research interest of the group is broad, but its overall aim is to contribute to generating new knowledge of landscapes and the use of knowledge in governance systems and landscape design that improve the well-being of humans and which improve the ecological integrity of the environment. Members of our group are currently running research projects from research grants worth several million dollars. Our current research covers the following broad areas:

(1) Landscapes and health of urban populations

(2) Spatial equity of landscapes

(3) Landscapes as urban infrastructures, including urban agriculture

(4) Landscapes and urban ecosystem services

The overall approach is both interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary. We are concerned with not just generating knowledge, but also applying the knowledge in practice and public policy. More specific approaches employed in research projects include landscape ecological methods of spatial analysis, remote sensing, ethnographic and other social science methods, design research, and physiological methods for studying plant interactions with the environment.

We invite applicants to work with us on the topics above. Alternatively, applicants are also welcomed to suggest topics that are broadly related to challenges and opportunities of managing landscapes in Asia.

Duties and Responsibilities expected from the Post-Doc Candidate

The successful applicant is expected to have close interactions with the members of the Landscape Studies group, primarily focusing on initiating new research projects, applying for research grants, and developing joint publications. Where timely, the successful applicant will also be asked to assist in organizing seminars and workshops and other minor administrative tasks from time to time. We also provide teaching opportunities as guest lecturers and studio reviewers in the Master of Landscape Architecture programme. 

Qualification & Requirements

PhD in landscape architecture, urban design or urban planning (with focus on landscape for latter two), or other allied fields such as landscape ecology, urban ecology or environmental psychology.

Duration of Appointment

2 years.

For more information, please contact:

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tan Puay Yok

Leader, Landscape Studies group

Appointment Details

Duration of Appointment

2 years. (Note: Candidate is expected to commence work starting 9 September 2019)

Application Deadline

Until the position is filled. Appreciate your understanding in advance that only selected qualified applicants will receive responses.

Compulsory Information to Include

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For more information, please visit NUS > Careers > Academic Appointments.
Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Interested applicants, please send in the following documents to

  • Cover letter describing career goals and motivations
  • CV
  • Examples of two to three pieces of  scholarly writings
  • Other forms of research work
  • 3 recommendation letters

The National University of Singapore is a research-active university that offers an attractive employment package. Appointees will find, within the Department, a stimulating and well-resourced environment to pursue innovative and multi-disciplinary designs backed up by research that addresses the needs and conditions in Asia.

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