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Lecturer / Senior Lecturer (Director of MSc Climate Change and Sustainability)

Job Description

The Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore (NUS) is recruiting a Director for its innovative new, stackable MSc Climate Change and Sustainability.

We seek a Director who is passionate about climate change and sustainability issues, has a vision for change, and who understands the importance of inspiring the next generation of environmental leaders and researchers. The Director will oversee the detailed planning and implementation of the programme, which will enrol its first students in August 2024, and will guide development of the programme so that it becomes internationally recognised for its quality and impact. Specific elements of the role include:

  • Advocacy of the programme within NUS and with external stakeholders
  • Design and implementation of a student recruitment and marketing strategy
  • Oversight of resource planning for the programme
  • Contribution to delivery of the MSc programme through teaching of at least two courses and overseeing allocation and assessment of final research projects
  • Contribute to the Department’s internationally recognised research activities in the broad field of climate change and sustainability

The Department welcomes applications from individuals with experience across the broad thematic reach of the programme including climate science, climate impacts and adaptation, human dimensions of climate change and sustainability for climate change. Candidates should possess a PhD in a relevant field, have experience in delivering education programmes in a tertiary setting, and experience in climate related research within Asia or elsewhere.

Working Environment

The successful candidate will join the dynamic and collegial Department of Geography, which has an international profile as one of the world’s top Geography Departments (5th in QS ranking 2024) in one of the world’s leading and best-resourced universities. Faculty in the Department are regarded as leading scholars in climate change and sustainability issues, leading interdisciplinary research across several themes, notably Tropical Environmental Change, Politics, Economies and Space and Social and Cultural Geographies. Elements of this research are enabled by the Department’s GIS Unit and excellent laboratory resources. The Department maintains a vibrant research ecosystem that supports NUS’s University-Wide Sustainability Commitment. Faculty in the Department are part of well-developed global networks of research. Within Singapore they maintain active research linkages with the NUS Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions, the Asia Research InstitutePublic Utilities BoardNational Parks BoardNational Environment Agency, the Centre for Climate Research Singapore and other major universities in the country.

NUS more widely is among the world’s most highly reputed universities and provides a generous and well-resourced environment in terms of funding and other research support. For more information on the NUS Department of Geography, please see:

Application Process

Faculty on the Educator track (Lecturer/Senior Lecturer) have a focus and passion that are oriented towards teaching excellence, student learning, and pedagogical research and innovation. Appointments may also contribute significantly to the outreach activities of the Department.

Applicants should submit the following:

  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae (10 page max), including details on education (degrees obtained and dates), employment history, past teaching experience relevant to the position, research interests, publications,  professional experience (where relevant), service accomplishments, and the names and contact details of four referees (one of whom must be the main advisor for your PhD if applying for an educator track position)
  • Teaching portfolio consisting of:
    • A Preface (maximum 300 words) that makes the case for your appointment. This should be a highly distilled summary of your key contributions to student learning, guided by your teaching philosophy and/or professional skills and expertise
    • A Teaching Statement that focuses on approach to encouraging student learning. Note that the Teaching Statement should be no more than 3,000 words-long
  • Student and/or peer teaching evaluations (if available)

Applicants should submit their application here, clearly indicating which level of post they wish to be considered for.

More Information

An internationally competitive remuneration package, including a period of subsidised housing (for non-Singaporean applicants), medical benefits and relocation expenses (where applicable), will be offered to the successful candidate. NUS also provides start-up grants, the value of which is commensurate with experience and position of appointment.

For further enquiries, please contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Professor Paul Kench:

Evaluation of applications will commence on 1 February 2024 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Shortlisted candidates will be notified soon thereafter, and plans will then be made for the interview process.

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