Research Fellow, Forest Ecology (Biological Sciences)

01 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
31 Mar 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Description

The Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions at the National University of Singapore (NUS) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Forest Ecology. The position will focus on tropical forest carbon stock assessments. Prior experience on tropical forest dynamics plots, particularly 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 forest carbon accounting and assessments
  • Coordinate a team of researchers conducting forest carbon field measurements throughout Southeast Asia
  • Collect field data on forest carbon stocks and tree species identification, including the development of training workshops with research partners
  • Liaise with research collaborators and partners 
  • 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 biological sciences, forestry, botany, ecology, geography, environmental studies, or related field
  • PhD from a reputable university (or have the PhD conferred by the time the appointment commences)


  • Knowledge on identification of tropical tree species and processing plant museum specimens 
  • 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 tropical forest carbon accounting and assessments
  • Prior experience on tropical forest dynamics plots, particularly in Southeast Asia, is an advantage
  • Experience in managing and implementing research projects, including field surveys, in tropical forest ecosystems
  • Experience in processing and analysing various remote sensing datasets such as optical, LiDAR, SAR (preferred)
  • Experience in operating drones equipped with various sensors for forestry-related applications (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 : 18367

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