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Assistant/Associate Professor

National University of Singapore, Dept of Geography
SGD8,000.00 to SGD14,000.00
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Nov 4, 2022

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Department of Geography, National University of Singapore (NUS)

Two Faculty Positions in Tropical Environmental Change at either

Assistant (tenure track)/Associate Professor (with tenure) levels


The Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore (NUS) seeks to fill two positions up to the level of tenured Associate Professor in its Tropical Environmental Change (TEC) research group.

Position 1: Climate change at local or regional scales, ideally with a tropical focus. Specific areas of interest include climate extremes, impacts on public health and food security, urban and marine environments. The candidate should have experimental (observations) or modelling skills, and GIS/remote sensing expertise.

Position 2: Biogeochemical cycles. The candidate should ideally have expertise in aquatic, coastal/oceanic, or atmospheric environments and be able to make full use of the Department’s recently improved GeoLab facilities.

The broad focus of TEC is on the temporal and spatial interactions of climate, water and landscapes at low latitudes, with emphasis on the Asia-Pacific Region. This focus takes advantage of our physical location in Asia and recognizes the many contributions that physical geographers routinely make in improving understanding of tropical environmental processes and their importance to global change, as well as the physiographic consequences of rapid development, land-cover transformation, and climate variability.

The Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore stands among the top Geography departments in the world and offers Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees. Although there are many overreaching and interconnecting projects and themes, our research and teaching are constituted through three groups: the aforementioned TEC; Politics, Economies and Space; and Social and Cultural Geographies.

Faculty in the Department continue to develop and shape research agendas in the global academic arena, while maintaining a strong commitment to graduate and undergraduate education. TEC members have strong collaborative relations with colleagues in cognate disciplines, particularly as part of the newly-established College of Humanities and Sciences. Recent initiatives include a taught MSc in Applied GIS and a new lab for geochemical analyses with state-of-the-art analytical equipment. NUS more widely is among the world’s most highly reputed universities and provides a generous and well-resourced environment in terms of funding and other research support. For more information on the NUS Department of Geography, please see:

Applicants should have a PhD in geography or an allied field with demonstrable expertise in researching and understanding complex environmental problems that affect society today. They should show promise for or already have a record of excellence in research, evidenced by high-impact publications and substantial grant capture (depending on the level of appointment), as is expected for one of the top universities in the world. Outstanding teaching abilities are also desired. Successful candidates will be able to leverage synergies within the Department of Geography.

In terms of teaching and academic responsibilities, the successful candidate will be expected to:

a.       contribute to the Department’s internationally recognized research activities;

b.       teach a minimum of two modules a year at the undergraduate and/or graduate level and supervise graduate    students;

c.       perform administrative/service duties commensurate with the level of appointment.

Interested candidates should submit an application comprising: (i) a letter of interest with details of research credentials, plans for the next 3-5 years, citation index analysis (e.g. Web of Science), teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching experience and teaching feedback; and (ii) a full curriculum vitae (10 pages max.) with the names and contact details of four referees. For candidates applying for Assistant Professor positions, one of the four referee names must be the name of their PhD supervisor. Candidates should submit their application here, clearly indicating which position (Position 1 or 2) and the level of post they are applying for (Assistant or Associate Professor). For full consideration, please note that only complete applications will be considered.

An internationally competitive remuneration package, including a period of subsidised housing (for non-Singaporean applicants), medical benefits and relocation expenses (where applicable), will be offered to the successful candidate. NUS also provides start-up grants, the value of which is commensurate with experience and position of appointment.

For further enquiries, please contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Professor Matthias Roth:

Evaluation of applications will commence on 9 November 2022 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Shortlisted candidates will be notified soon thereafter, and plans will then be made for a campus visit and interview. We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.


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