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Research Fellow, Soil Science (Biological Sciences)

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Job Description

The Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions at the National University of Singapore (NUS) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Soil Science. The position will focus on belowground soil carbon stock assessments. Prior experience on belowground soil data collection and analyses, particularly in peatland and/or mangrove ecosystems in Southeast Asia, is an advantage. The position is expected to begin in March 2023 or soon thereafter. The appointment is for an initial period of one year with possibility of renewal. 

The main responsibilities of the position include:

  • Manage country- and/or site-level research projects involving soil carbon accounting and assessments
  • Coordinate a team of researchers conducting forest and soil carbon field measurements throughout Southeast Asia
  • Collect field data on soil carbon stocks, including the development of site-specific methodology and training workshops with research partners
  • Liaise with research collaborators and partners, including the development of concept notes or proposals for research collaboration related to regional carbon stock assessments in Southeast Asia
  • Develop and lead policy-relevant, multidisciplinary, and impactful research on nature-based solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Collaborate with other Centre researchers as an effective team member
  • Mentor the Centre’s graduate and undergraduate students


Qualifications / Discipline:

  • PhD in soil science, geography, ecology, or related discipline, with knowledge of soil science basics, such as the chemical, biological, or physical properties of soils
  • PhD from a reputable university (or have the PhD conferred by the time the appointment commences)


  • Proficiency in statistics or ecological modelling, or other quantitative skills
  • Strong organisational and problem-solving skills
  • Highly self-motivated, excellent communicator, and a team player
  • Willing to work flexible hours and to take on extra duties as required
  • Ability to work independently


  • Research experience in belowground soil carbon accounting and assessments in tropical peatland and/or mangrove ecosystems
  • Prior experience on soil carbon dynamics, particularly in Southeast Asia, is an advantage
  • Experience in managing and implementing soil research projects, including field surveys, in tropical peatland and/or mangrove ecosystems
  • Experience in processing and analysing various remote sensing datasets such as optical, LiDAR, and SAR (preferred)
  • Experience in digital soil mapping (preferred)
  • Publication record commensurate with career stage


The QS World University rankings regularly place NUS in the top 15 universities in the world and number one in Asia. 
The mission of the NUS Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions is to produce policy-relevant science on nature-based climate solutions – tackling the challenge of climate change by protecting and better managing natural ecosystems – to address knowledge gaps, build capacity and deliver pragmatic solutions and innovations to inform climate policies, strategies and actions in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region. 


  1. The appointment will be tenable for a maximum period of five (5) years
  2. The position comes with competitive remuneration
  3. Singapore citizens and permanent residents are eligible for Central Provident Fund benefits


Interested applicants should submit the following via email to ( with the subject ‘Application for Research Fellow in Carbon Integrity R&D Programme’. The package should contain the following information:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae, with complete list of publications
  • At least one sample of published work
  • A research statement (maximum 2 pages) explaining the candidate’s past research experience; most impactful publications; and aptitude in relation to job description
  • Contact information for 3 referees

Applicants will be asked to appear for interview (including over Zoom). Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. For further information, please contact Mr Jose Don De Alban (

Covid-19 Message

At NUS, the health and safety of our staff and students are one of our utmost priorities, and COVID-vaccination supports our commitment to ensure the safety of our community and to make NUS as safe and welcoming as possible. Many of our roles require a significant amount of physical interactions with students/staff/public members. Even for job roles that may be performed remotely, there will be instances where on-campus presence is required.

Taking into consideration the health and well-being of our staff and students and to better protect everyone in the campus, applicants are strongly encouraged to have themselves fully COVID-19 vaccinated to secure successful employment with NUS.

More Information

Location: [[Kent Ridge Campus]]
Organization: [[National University of Singapore]]
Department : [[Department of Biological Sciences]]
Employee Referral Eligible: [[No]]
Job requisition ID : 18366


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