Research Fellow (Community-based Restoration Ecology 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 across both Asst. Prof. Janice Lee’s and Prof. David Wardle’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 restoration ecology over degraded peatlands. The Research Fellow will be responsible for (i) designing and planning for fieldwork to monitor the establishment of native plant species over degraded tropical peatlands, (ii) collecting and analyzing both field and remotely sensed vegetation data, (iii) executing statistical data analysis to better understand and quantify the process of ecological restoration over degraded peatlands, and (iv) seeing this work through to publication in major research journals.

Duties and Responsibilities

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

Knowledge and Experience Requirements:

  • PhD degree in plant ecology, restoration ecology or conservation science
  • Fieldwork experience in forested ecosystems, focused on vegetation ecology, and preferably in the tropics
  • Experience with 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

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 ( or Prof. David Wardle (

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

Review of applications will begin on 31 March 2019.
Kindly note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.


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