Deputy Director

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Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is ranked 13th globally. It is also placed 1st amongst the world’s best young universities. In 2015 the newly established Asian School of the Environment (ASE) at NTU embarked on a long-term partnership with the Forest Global Earth Observatory programme of the Smithsonian Institution (ForestGEO) to capitalise on the strengths and dynamism of both institutions. Together, NTU and ForestGEO will collaborate on research, training and capacity development in forest science, and to create a cosmopolitan hub for forest ecology in Asia.

This position is for a biologist and program coordinator for the ASE collaboration with ForestGEO-CTFS in Asia, which endeavors to further develop its global network of tropical forest observatories by expanding the regional headquarters of ForestGEO at the NTU Asian School of the Environment, thereby increasing research and training opportunities.



  1. Oversee and coordinate the activities of the ForestGEO Asia Program, including: implement and guide future research directions; coordinate periodic plot censuses; ensure high quality data; facilitate plot access and data sharing; foster collaboration that encourages broad use of the regional network; expand the network by adding new plots in high priority areas; and maintain strong relationships with ForestGEO partner institutions.
  2. Building on the ForestGEO Asia Program, design and implement independent research related to the ecology of Asian forests with an emphasis on one or more of the following: species biology; community and population ecology; plant systematics; global change science; and ecosystem ecology.
  3. Develop and implement training and capacity strengthening activities in tropical forest ecology for students and researchers associated with ASE and the Asian ForestGEO sites.
  4. Participate in scientific meetings, workshops and symposia, developing scientific papers for publication in the peer-reviewed literature, and corresponding with scholars and other members of the scientific community involved in related research.
  5. Pursue external funding for research and to support the maintenance and development of the ASE and ForestGEO Programs in Asia.
  6. Engage with the ForestGEO and ASE intellectual communities through participation in seminars, local collaborations, teaching and special events, etc.
  7. Promote ForestGEO and ASE to diverse audiences, including the general public, and to prospective donors.
  8. Act as a regional spokesperson/media liaison, when required, to highlight and expand ASE and ForestGEO’s commitment to forest science.
  9. Hold regular meetings to keep staff and colleagues informed of the ForestGEO Asia Program activities.
  10. Prepare and manage all budgets and ensure all procurement guidelines are adhered to.
  11. Frequent travel to field sites in Asia, as well as to the ForestGEO headquarters in Washington DC as required.
  12. Perform other duties as assigned.



  • PhD in ecology or related field
  • At least five years experience working on the forests of tropical Asia
  • At least 2 years of field experience in the forests of tropical Asia
  • At least 3 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Academic training in any of the following fields of tropical forest science: population and community ecology, physiological ecology, ecosystem science, forest-atmosphere interactions, forest-soil interactions, global change effects on forest diversity and function, plant systematics, and evolutionary ecology.


Application Procedure:

Interested candidates should submit a single PDF containing a summary of research accomplishments and interests, curriculum vitae, thee significant reprints, and the names and contact information of three referees to We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.