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Research Assistant (Biological Sciences)

Date: 17-Jul-2022

Location: Kent Ridge Campus, SG

Company: National University of Singapore

Job Description

This full-time Research Assistant position at the Department of Biological Sciences NUS will be working on a 5-year interdisciplinary project entitled “Forest Restoration Digital Companion: A Social-Ecological-Technical Systems Approach”. The project, which collaborates across the fields of forest ecology, remote sensing, machine learning and spatial data science, will develop a suite of models and digital tools consolidated into a single platform to assist forest restoration work end-to-end in forecasting restoration outcomes, site prioritization, recommending actions and logistics, and monitoring for adaptive feedback. The project aims to improve our understanding of forest regeneration in Singapore and the efficacy of restoration approaches in achieving carbon sequestration and biodiversity conservation targets. The project is a collaboration among the Department of Biological Sciences (NUS), the Department of Geography (NUS), the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (NTU), and the Asian School of the Environment (NTU). 

The Research Assistant will assist in various aspects of including administrative tasks, field work coordination, plot data collection, implementing restoration experiments, ecological measurements, laboratory analyses and data management. Successful candidate should also have excellent organization and interpersonal skills to coordinate community partners, as well as proficiency in quantitative research and analysis skills. The Research Assistant could be involved in data analysis and forest modelling at species to stand level using demographic and plant traits data. The position will also work collaboratively with others to integrate results from the project tasks to develop a digital tool GUI web-hosted on GPU server, with a companion app for forecasting and reporting forest recovery status. Successful candidate should be scientific-driven, able to perform field work, and manage the project tasks and outputs independently.

Application: Please submit the following by email to: Dr. CHUA Siew Chin (, A/P WANG Yi-Chen ( and Dr. SIT Ji-Jon (>) with the email subject: Forest Restoration Digital Companion Application.
•    Curriculum vitae
•    2-page research statement and career goals
•    Contacts of three referees 
Application deadline is 1 June 2022. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview.


Successful candidates should have a Honours degree or Diploma with relevant work experience. Candidates should have (1) academic background in forest ecology, environmental studies, botany or related fields; (2) good written and oral communication skills. The candidate is ideally able to start work in June 2022. 

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More Information

Location: [[Kent Ridge Campus]]

Organization: [[National University of Singapore]]

Department : [[Department of Biological Sciences]]

Employee Referral Eligible: [[No]]

Job requisition ID : 14514