Department of Geography, National University of Singapore

We welcome applications from candidates with expertise in the areas of regional climate & climate change research including all aspects of climatology. Being able to complement current strengths in the Department will be viewed positively, as will a clear plan for developing a future research trajectory within the region. We encourage applicants with strong skills in experimental research, environmental modelling, GIS and/or remote sensing to apply. All applicants should have an established research profile or show clear promise of excellence as is expected for one of the top universities in the world.

The position will sit within the Department’s ‘Tropical Environmental Change’ (TEC) research group. 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.

The Department comprises an international mix of about 35 faculty members and has over 300 undergraduate majors and 70 graduate students, the majority of whom are PhD students. 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. Recent initiatives include a taught MSc in Applied GIS. Research and teaching are supported by a broad suite of facilities such as an urban climate lab, a new lab for geochemical analyses and a GIS lab. For additional information, please consult the Department web site at: <>.

All applicants should have an established research profile commensurate with this tenure-track position. They should have a PhD in geography or an allied field (the PhD must be awarded prior to taking up the position) with demonstrable expertise in researching and understanding complex environmental problems that affect society today. Prior experience of university teaching is also highly desirable.

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 a tenure-track Assistant Professor appointment.

The successful candidate will ideally start work at NUS from January 2020.

Interested candidates should submit an application comprising: a letter of interest with details of research credentials and impact, plans for the next 3-5 years; a full curriculum vitae (10 pages max.); evidence of teaching experience, including feedback if available; and the names and contact details of four referees. Review of applications will commence on 23rd April 2019. Shortlisted candidates will be notified soon thereafter and plans will then be made for a campus visit and interview (likely in May 2019). A highly competitive remuneration package, including a period of subsidized housing, medical benefits and relocation expenses (where applicable), plus a generous start-up grant will be offered to the successful candidate.

For enquiries, please contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Professor Matthias Roth at: <>.

Please send completed applications to:

Geography TEC Search Committee c/o Ms Wong Lai Wa

Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences,
National University of Singapore
1 Arts Link, Singapore 117570

Email applications are strongly encouraged. Please send to Ms Wong Lai Wa at: <>.