The SDWA Peatlands Programme is looking for Postdoctoral Research Fellows and for PhD candidates

The SDWA “Peatland Water, Carbon and Ecosystems Management Research Program” supports large-scale science-based implementation of improved water management and spatial planning of production and conservation areas in peatlands, with a focus on peatlands in Indonesia.

Peatlands are more than any other ecosystem the result of a fine balance between hydrology, ecology and landscape morphology. Peat consists of mostly of water (some 90%; the remaining 10% is plant remains) and is only conserved where and when water levels remain near the peat surface. The fact that peatlands unlike other land areas require high water levels is often insufficiently recognized in management practices, resulting in widespread loss of peatlands globally.

SE Asia has 27 million hectares (10% of its land area) of tropical lowland peatland originally covered with rainforest, the greatest extent in the World. Recent and rapid degradation of most of these peatlands through drainage, deforestation and burning is not only a major contributor to fire and haze problems that affect the region, but also to loss of agricultural productivity, natural forest and soil carbon. The latest aspects cause the greatest soil carbon emission and some of the greatest biodiversity loss globally, which is now attracting worldwide attention to conservation of these peatlands. The SDWA Peatlands Programme aims to contribute to the knowledge base for conservation efforts, with a focus on water management in relation to hydrology, ecology and soil science. Specific items are development of study sites, training programmes and spatial planning tools.

To expand its activities, the SDWA Peatland Programme is now looking for 2 Postdoctoral Research Fellows and 3 PhD candidates. All candidates should share the following qualifications:

  • PhD (for Postdoc Fellow) or MSc/BSc (for PhD candidate) in relevant field
  • Prior experience in fieldwork
  • Independent problem-solving attitude
  • Interest in multidisciplinary research

The Peatland Programme is highly multidisciplinary in nature and applicants will be expected to work closely together on different topics. Because of the overlap between topic areas, we are open to candidates that would bring combinations of qualifications other than specified in the specific position descriptions. We specifically invite applicants with a record in tropical wetland or forest research.

SDWA is a collaboration between the National University of Singapore (NUS), Deltares | Delft Hydraulics (the Netherlands), and PUB. The home base of SDWA activities is in Singapore; activities in the Peatland Programme will require frequent fieldwork at study sites in Indonesia. The programme will last at least 4 years. The programme will last at least 4 years. Positions are available from now onwards. International applicants are welcome. Remuneration will be in accordance with the NUS standards, dependent on applicant qualifications and experience.

Further details on the project aims and research scope is available at http://www.sdwa.nus.edu.sg/projects_02.html

Postdoc 1: Geographer / Soil Scientist
Focus areas:

  • Soil and carbon emission studies
  • Peatland hydrology studies

The responsibilities (and requirements of previous experience) include following:

  • Field surveys and development of monitoring systems
  • Laboratory research of soil carbon gas emission
  • Hydrological analyses, preferably also using GIS
  • Student supervision
  • Project management

Postdoc 2: Ecologist
Focus areas:

  • Ecology and biodiversity studies
  • Land cover change monitoring and analysis

Responsibilities (and requirements of previous experience) include:

  • Field ecology surveys, focusing on tree species and condition
  • Assessment of peatland habitat requirements for species
  • Assessment of forest rehabilitation options
  • Analyses of land cover change using series from satellite images
  • Spatial analyses and modelling using GIS

PhD candidate 1: Hydrologist
Focus area:

  • Peatland hydrology studies

Responsibilities (and preferred previous experience) include:

  • Field surveys and development of monitoring systems
  • Hydrological analyses and modelling

PhD candidate 2: Geographer / Soil Scientist
Focus area:

  • Soil and carbon emission studies

Responsibilities (and requirements of previous experience) include:

  • Field surveys and development of monitoring systems
  • Laboratory research of soil carbon gas emission

PhD candidate 3: Ecologist
Focus area:

  • Ecology and biodiversity studies

Responsibilities (and requirements of previous experience) include:

  • Field ecology surveys
  • Assessment of peatland habitat requirements for species

Applicants may submit by e-mail a statement of research interest (indicating the position of specific interest), along with a detailed CV including supporting details for the above requirements, publication list, and contact details of 3 referees. Please send applications to:

Dr Aljosja Hooijer
Principal Investigator, SDWA Peatlands Programme
email: cvetph@nus.edu.sg

We regret to inform you that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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