Senior Researcher and Project Coordinator in tropical ecosystem services

Singapore-ETH Centre - Future Cities Laboratory

In the Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC) and Department of Geography, National University of Singapore (NUS)


The Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC) and Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore (NUS) invite applications for a Senior Research Fellow in tropical ecosystem services, to begin on 1 January 2018 or soon thereafter. The position will be for a period of 3 years, subject to performance review. The successful applicant will be the project coordinator for a project on the topic of ‘A Natural Capital Assessment for Singapore’.


The overall aim of the project is to quantify the economic, social, and cultural value of Singapore’s environmental assets (its ‘Natural Capital’), and present and model the information in such a way that it can inform future policy and urban development. To protect and enhance natural capital in Singapore and secure the long-term foundational benefits from this capital, we need to understand the current status of Singapore’s ecosystems, and develop tools to predict the environmental impacts of future urbanization. The key deliverables of the project will be:

  1. a report assessing the current status and potential future of Singapore’s natural capital
  2. a tool for visualizing spatial variation in ecosystem services, trade-offs in ecosystem service provision, and the impacts of future urbanization on ecosystem service provision
  3. peer-reviewed publications relating to the natural capital assessment


The Senior Research Fellow will have expertise in working on environmental and/or urban planning issues at the policy-academic interface. Previous experience in ecosystem services research is preferred. S/he will be responsible for overall project coordination, including overseeing the implementation of the project work plan. In addition, the s/he will also coordinate the work of the Postdoctoral Fellows leading project work packages and ensure that project milestones are met. The candidate will also lead on conducting and publishing strategic research aspects relevant to the project.


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  1. The appointment will be tenable for a period of three years
  2. SEC comes with competitive remuneration
  3. Singapore citizens and permanent residents are eligible for central provident fund benefits.


Applicants must hold an advanced graduate degree (preferably a PhD) and have substantial research experience, including research publications. Applicants must have significant experience in coordinating and managing large research projects.

Interested scholars should submit the following via email to Prof Adrienne Grêt-Regamey ( and Dr. Dan Friess ( by 31st October 2017:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae, with complete list of publications
  • At least one sample of their published work
  • A write-up, of no more than 800 words, explaining the candidate’s past research experience and aptitude in relation to the research project
  • Please arrange for THREE referees to submit a confidential report on their academic standing and research directly to The referee reports should also reach us by 31st October 2017.

The Singapore-ETH Centre is an equal opportunity and family-friendly employer. All candidates will be evaluated on their merits and qualifications, without regards to gender, race, age, or religion.

Applicants will be asked to appear for interview (including over SKYPE). For further information on the project contact the Lead PIs Prof Adrienne Grêt-Regamey ( and Dr. Dan Friess (

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