Research Fellow (Community-based Management in Tropical Peatlands)

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Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is ranked 12th globally. It is also placed 1st among the world’s best young universities. The Asian School of the Environment (ASE) invites applications for the position of Research Fellow (Post-doc) for two years who will work with Asst. Prof. Janice Lee’s research group.

The Research Fellow will join an interdisciplinary research team that investigates the underlying social and ecological processes of tropical peatland restoration in Southeast Asia. In particular, the selected Research Fellow will work with local communities, government agencies and non-governmental organizations to develop and lead research on community management and restoration activities over degraded peatlands. The Research Fellow will be responsible for (i) designing and planning ethnographic fieldwork to understand local communities’ knowledge and use of peatlands, (ii) collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative field data regarding community participation in processes of peatland restoration efforts, (iii) executing analyses to better understand and quantify the role of communal behavior in achieving peatland restoration, and (iv) seeing this work through to publication in major research journals.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conceive, design and implement fieldwork to collect data on community-based management in peatland restoration project sites
  • Create and update field-based and remotely sensed database on community participation in peatland restoration sites
  • Create and update code documentation, libraries and advise on best data management practices
  • Work closely with research teams and PIs to integrate knowledge on community-based management for peatland restoration with concurrent research on peatland restoration ecology
  • Mentor junior colleagues, as needed

Knowledge and Experience Requirements:

  • PhD degree in political ecology, geography, conservation science or a related field
  • Fieldwork experience in community-based management conservation, preferably in the tropics
  • Experience in social data collection (ethnographic fieldwork, key informant interviews, household surveys, focus group discussions)
  • Experience working with geographic information systems and spatial analyses would be preferred
  • Experience with qualitative data analysis using MAXQDA or NVivo and/or quantitative statistical analysis with R or any other programming language would be preferred
  • Prior experience in publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals

Key Competency Requirements:

  • Logical thinking and creative problem solving is essential.
  • Ability to work independently to develop research projects and execute fieldwork in tropical peat landscapes
  • Self-driven, highly motivated, collaborative, with interest to work with other researchers and scientists (team player) to produce high-quality and impactful research
  • Interest in the field of restoration ecology and socioecological systems
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Fluent in Bahasa Indonesia and possess fieldwork experience in remote locations

The position is for two years and the start date would be ideally around 1 October 2019, although there is some flexibility around this.

Further enquiries can be directed to Asst. Prof. Janice Lee (

Interested applicants are invited to submit a full CV and names and contact details of three referees, to indicating Research Fellow – Community-based Management in Tropical Peatlands in the title.

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