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Over the past 55 years, the Department of Architecture has contributed robustly to the steady growth, expansion and development that parallels the modernisation of the city-state of Singapore. Our Department has built and expanded on its long tradition of providing a high standard of professional architectural education and research in the setting of Asia’s top university. We invite dedicated and suitably qualified candidates for the following tenurable/educator track appointments who share our vision in Nurturing Creative Global Designers and Critical Thinkers for the Built Environment to shape Asia's Future and the World:

 

Master of Landscape Architecture

1. Tenure track faculty (Assistant Professor/ Associate Professor) and

2. Educator track faculty (Senior Lecturer) in landscape architecture for its Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) programme

 

Urban Design

1. Tenure track faculty (Assistant Professor/ Associate Professor) and

2. Educator track faculty (Senior Lecturer) in Urban Design

 

Architectural Design

1. Tenure track faculty (Assistant Professor/ Associate Professor) and

2. Educator track faculty (Senior Lecturer) in the area of Architectural Design, Architectural Design Technologies /Environmental Systems)

 

Successful candidates should have an earned doctorate in Architecture or in the associated areas (Urban Planning, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture), with requisite experience and credentials suitable for full-time appointment in NUS.

To apply, please send/email pdf copies

Detailed Curriculum Vitae (including academic history; research, teaching and administrative experience);

Publication list;

a Statement of Teaching (maximum two pages);

a Statement of Research (maximum three pages) – citing up to five significant publications, creative work or other scholarly contribution and explaining their significance;

a list of six referees with contact details (who will be contacted only with your concurrence); and NUS Personal Data Consent for Job Applicants;

 

Mailing address:

Department of Architecture

4 Architecture Drive

SDE 1 #03-01

Singapore 117566

Email: nus.aki.recruitment@nus.edu.sg


 

GIS Research Assistant in Tropical Terrestrial Ecosystem Services

GIS Research Assistant in tropical terrestrial ecosystem services

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

 

INVITATION TO APPLY

The Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC), Department of Architecture at the National University of Singapore (NUS) invite applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in tropical terrestrial 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 part of a multi-million dollar project on the topic of ‘A Natural Capital Assessment for Singapore’.

 

ABOUT THE RESEARCH PROJECT

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. This will be achieved by:

  1. quantifying the current status of Singapore’s terrestrial and coastal-marine ecosystems
  2. quantifying the value of Singapore’s terrestrial and coastal/marine ecosystems to Society.
  3. assessing tradeoffs between urban development (urban assets) and natural capital (natural assets)
  4. assessing future policy and development opportunities that integrate natural capital

 

This project also represents the first national-scale Natural Capital Project to be conducted in the tropics. 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 ROLE

The Research Assistant will have expertise in working on tropical terrestrial ecosystems. Tropical ecology knowledge, and GIS, and remote sensing skills are preferred. S/he will be responsible for assisting in collecting, managing and processing the data generated in the study in GIS as part of the terrestrial ecosystem study. S/he will work together with other research fellows and research assistants in the larger research team.

 

ABOUT THE INSTITUTIONS

The Singapore-ETH Centre was established in 2010 by ETH Zurich and Singapore's National Research Foundation, as part of its CREATE campus. The vibrant hub for research aims to provide practical solutions to some of the most pressing problems through its programmes - Future Cities Laboratory and Future Resilient Systems.

 

The QS World University rankings place NUS in the top 15 universities in the world and number one in Asia. In the same rankings the Department of Architecture is generally ranked among the top 10 Architecture and Built Environment programmes globally. This study is undertaken by the Landscape Studies Research Cluster of the Department of Architecture. Further information on the Department is available at: http://www.arch.nus.edu.sg/. The research assistant will work with team members from the Department of Biological Sciences and Department of Geography, both of which are also ranked among the top 10 programmes in the respective disciplines in the world.

 

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT

  1. The appointment will be tenable for a period of two years, with possibility of a short extension.
  2. The position comes with competitive remuneration
  3. Singapore citizens and permanent residents are eligible for provident fund benefits

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Applicants must hold a good honours degree or Master degree from a reputable university (or awaiting conferment), and preferably have research experience in a related field of natural sciences.

 

Interested scholars should submit the following via email to A/P Dr. Tan Puay Yok (akitpy@nus.edu.sg) by 1 Mar 2019:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae, with record of previous experience in using GIS for research
  • 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 TWO referees to submit a confidential report on their academic standing and research directly to (akitpy@nus.edu.sg). The referee reports should also reach me by 15 Mar 2019.

 

Applicants will be asked to appear for interview (including over SKYPE). For further information on the project contact the PI A/P Dr. Tan Puay Yok (akitpy@nus.edu.sg)

RESEARCH ASSISTANT POSITION

RESEARCH ASSISTANT FOR

“FUNCTIONAL TRAITS AND COOLING ABILITY OF URBAN TREES”

A Joint-Research Project between National University of Singapore, Yale-NUS College and the National Parks Board

 

INVITATION TO APPLY

The Landscape Studies Group of the Department of Architecture at the National University of Singapore (NUS) invite applications for a Full-Time Research Assistant for a research project on functional traits and cooling ability of tropical urban trees.

The appointment will in the first quarter of 2019 for a period of 2 years, subject to performance review. The successful applicant will be part of a multi-disciplinary comprising the PIs, co-PIs, research fellow and research assistant.

 

ABOUT THE RESEARCH PROJECT

The overall aim of the project is assess differences among urban trees in Singapore in providing cooling through transpiration and shading as an important urban ecosystem service provided by urban trees. Species performance will be assessed together with functional traits of trees to develop methods for predicting performance of urban trees.

 

RESEARCH ASSISTANT’S ROLE AND QUALIFICATIONS

The Research Assistant will assist the PI in the undertaking field work and subsequently analytical work with the research fellow as a team.

He/she should ideally have an honours or master degree in plant science, urban horticulture or environmental biology. Prior research experience in measuring transpiration in in woody plants and modelling of shading by trees will be an advantage.

 

ABOUT NUS

The QS World University rankings place NUS in the top 15 universities in the world and number one in Asia. In the same rankings the Department of Architecture is generally ranked among the top 10 Architecture and Built Environment programmes globally. This study is undertaken by the Landscape Studies Research Cluster of the Department of Architecture. Further information on the Department is available at: https://www.arch.nus.edu.sg/

 

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT

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

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Interested applicants should submit the following via email to Associate Professor Dr. Tan Puay Yok (akitpy@nus.edu.sg) by 31 Jan 2019:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae, with record of previous experience
  • 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 TWO referees to submit a confidential report on their academic standing and research directly to (akitpy@nus.edu.sg). The referee reports should also reach me 31 Jan 2019.

Applicants will be asked to appear for interview (including over SKYPE).

For further information on the project, please contact the PI, Associate Professor Dr. Tan Puay Yok (akitpy@nus.edu.sg).


 

Research Assistant Position No. C-295-000-075-001

"SILICON SG – Regeneration of post-industrial regions. Rethinking the Future Singapore Integrated Wafer Fab Parks"

We are looking for a full time (5 days a week, 42 hours) Research Assistant for 12 months appointment to commence in January 2019.

Project:

Silicon SG is a project focusing on the transformation of the Tampines and Pasir Ris Wafer Fab Parks as part of the JTC-NUS i3 Design Research Studio collaboration. In Singapore, JTC has developed four specialised wafer fabrication parks – located in Woodlands, Tampines, Pasir Ris, and North Coast and has been focusing efforts in preparing these wafer fab parks (WFPs) land for semiconductor investment purposes.

As part of the collaboration, the urban design research studio proposed innovative and advanced urban design solutions to address the current challenges such as: branding and marketing for WFPs in a scenario of strong competition with neighbour countries; enhance attractiveness as a work destination or enhance social cohesion in the Singapore urban environment:

The project involves the publication of the works and the research related tasks, including writing of articles and conclusions.

Domain:
Urban Planning and Design.
The appointed RA will be involved in the following tasks:

- Coordination and execution of all the tasks related to the publication of the book, including control of materials, coordination with designers, publishers, printers, etc
- Research, reading of documents and reports, editing and writing of articles
- Analysis, collection of data, and graphical representation of information using suitable tools (Autocad, in-design, illustrator, photoshop, excel, word)
- Coordination and preparation of an exhibition with JTC (if requested).

Requirements:

- Master's Degree in Urban Planning
- Very high provable organization and management skills
- Knowledge, understanding, experience and passion in research work related to the field.
- Knowledge and interest in urban regeneration of post-industrial regions.
- Previous experience in delivering book publications
- Very high analysis and writing skills to produce articles
- Experience in research work and writing
- High and provable knowledge in the above mentioned software tools
- Skilled in graphic design and representation
- High capacity to work and manage tasks independently
- Participation and support in some other research and publication tasks

The work will be developed at the University.
Interested applicants are encouraged to send their CV and portfolio by email to Prof. Oscar Carracedo at oscar_carracedo@nus.edu.sg

Short listed candidates will be interviewed once the application period is over and until position is covered. Candidates who have not been short listed will not receive a specific notification from the Project director.

 


 

Available Research Assistant Position

Job Purpose:

This position(s) is open for a motivated research assistant with proficiency in either Building Information Modelling or computer programming. The main objective of the research project is the automatic mapping of IFC-BIM models into semantically enriched 3D CityGML building models (exterior and interior).

Your role(s) in the project will be to support a post-doctoral fellow with the development and implementation, testing and demonstration of algorithms for the automated mapping and conversion of native BIM models into IFC models into CityGML building models.

Duties & Responsibilities:

- Work closely with post-doctoral fellow(s)

- Support analysis of BIM models to identify modelling issues that may hinder export and conversion into IFC and CityGML

- Support development, implementation, testing and demonstration of computer algorithms for automatic mapping of IFC-BIM models into semantically enriched 3D CityGML building models

- Support training workshops

- Support documentation and reporting

Qualification & Requirements:

  •     Proficiency with Building Information Modelling (or)
  •     Proficiency with computer programming
  •     Knowledge of CityGML or IFC is preferred, but not required
  •     Ability to work both independently and in group
  •     Well-organized documentation skills with excellent command of English
  •     Excellent communication skills
  •      Qualified to degree level or equivalent in Architecture, Building, or Computing based discipline

 

Duration of Appointment: 

Until end of April 2019.

Estimated no. of work hours per week:

42 h / week  (Full-time appointment)

Payment:

NUS standard hourly rate (which depends on candidates’ qualifications)

Application deadline:

Till the position(s) is filled.

Interested applicants should send their CV to Assoc. Prof. Rudi Stouffs, Principal Investigator (stouffs@nus.edu.sg)

 

Research Assistant / Research Fellow / PhD Student

SeCURE - Singapore Center on Urban Resilience

SeCURE is a Singapore initiative to enhance urban resilience in Asia-Pacific and is looking for a full time (5 days a week, 42 hours) Research Assistant / Research Fellow / PhD Student for 9 months appointment to commence in April 2019.
Our ultimate objective is to reduce the impact of shocks and stresses on urban (sub)systems (systemic risk) in highly dense urban environments (in Singapore and Asia-Pacific) by empowering decision-makers and communities with better information and decision-making tools for the design and implementation of optimal urban resilience strategies and solutions. SeCURE focuses on Climate Adaptation and Mitigation, and Resilience Improvement of SE Asian coastal megacities.

Domain:

Urban Resilience / Urban Management / Urban Planning / Urban Infrastructure / Climate Change

Tasks:

SeCURE is searching for a highly motivated RA/RF/PhD to be involved in the initiative and to carry out the following tasks:

1. Generation of the documents and reports summarizing the challenges and frontier areas in the field of urban resilience, and incorporating recommendations for potential areas in Systemic Risk and Resilience
2. Coordination, preparation and execution of all the tasks related to organizing an international workshop and compilation of the outcomes from the workshop.

Requirements:

• Master's Degree and/or PhD level
• Very high provable organization, management, and communication skills (in English)
• Knowledge, understanding, experience and passion in research work related to the field.
• Previous experience in delivering reports
• Very high analysis and writing skills to produce academic papers, proposals and reports
• High and provable knowledge in Office platform and software tools
• High capacity to work and manage tasks independently
• Participation and support in some other research and publication tasks
• Experience in planning and coordinating workshops and analyzing workshop findings is recommended

Salary:

ABS: SGD 50,000 max. – (SGD 3,300 ~ 4,500 max. per month according to qualifications) The work will be developed at the University.

Application Procedure:
Your application should be no longer than 4 pages including a 2 page CV/Résumé and a 1 page cover letter explaining your suitability for the position.

Please send your application as one single document (either PDF or Word) with the subject " SeCURE Workshop Job Application" to Ankit Joshi (a.joshi@nus.edu.sg)

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until position is covered, therefore, applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Research Assistant

We are looking for a full time Research Assistant for 6 months appointment to commence in April 2019.

Project: Given the high rate of urbanization, compact urban planning enables more efficient utilization of resources in the cities by decreasing traffic cost and land use. However, high-density urban living has been associated with serious environmental issues, such as Urban Heat Island (UHI). In Singapore, commercial and residential building energy consumption takes up more than half (52%) of total energy consumption in 2015. Most of the electricity consumed by buildings is ultimately emitted into the urban canopy layer in the form of anthropogenic heat, which is one of the main contributors of UHI. Our research aims to decrease building energy consumption, and develop passive design strategies to promote the cross-ventilation inside buildings with the productive façade and the low local wind potential. The research project is under NUS-CDL tropical technologies laboratory (T2 Lab), and to amplify the benefits of passive technologies in NUS-CDL T2 lab by plugging in the cross ventilation function.

Domain: Our research topics include urban air flow, pollutant and heat transfer, vegetation evapotranspiration and drag force, two-phase modelling, and building energy consumption. We work with statisticians, meteorologists, physicist, geographers, and public health experts. We also work with policy makers, government officials, and industry stakeholders to draw up the planning and design guidelines and strategies. We use ANSYS, ENVImet, EnergyPlus, and many other simulation tools, and also use GIS and programme our macros and plug-ins to do the environmental study at urban scale.  The techniques used include numerical modelling, GIS, wind tunnel test, field measurement, urban thermal psychological and physiological analysis, and statistical analysis. 

The appointed RA will be involved in the following tasks:

  • Conduct numerical simulation;
  • Collect and analysing data;
  • Write research articles and reports;
  • Other tasks related with the domain.

Job Requirements:

  • A relevant Master’s degree or equivalent;
  • Good command of both spoken and written English;
  • Self-motivation and an independent work attitude;
  • strong team spirit;
  • Good technical skills in GIS, Matlab, Computational Field Dynamics (CFD) and/or EnergyPlus, field measurements and user surveys.

Job Requirements:

From April 01 2019 to September 30 2019, Contract is renewable.

Estimated no. of hours per week:

42 h/week (Full-time appointment)

Application deadline: 

  • Till the position is filled

Compulsory Information to be included.

Interested candidates should contact Assistant Professor YUAN Chao at akiyuan@nus.edu.sg with the following:

  1. Cover letter stating your special skill and speciality;
  2. Curriculum Vitae, which should include names and contact of 3 referees;
  3. Publications/English writing examples/modelling work, if available;
  4. A copy of official transcripts (Bachelor degree and Master degree).

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and will be asked to complete and submit the NUS Personal Data Consent for Job Applicants to the contact person indicated in the advertisement. (P/S: please double-click on "NUS Personal Data Consent for Job Applicants) and paste the url (http://www.nus.edu.sg/careers/potentialhires/applicationprocess/NUS-Personal-Data-Consent-for-Job-Applicants.pdf ) onto another new webpage to retrieve the document.

Shortlisted candidates may also be asked to submit additional documents for review, if necessary.

Full-time or Part-time Research Assistant (RA)

 

Duration: 6 weeks to 2 months. To start in May 2019. 

Title: Productive façade systems: implementation and evaluation of Building IntegratAed Photovoltaic panels and vertical farming at the Tropical Technology Laboratory 

Domain: Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV)Urban farming, Building performance simulation, Building façade systems 

Summary: The research, in its final stage, focuses on the integration of PV panels and vertical farming systems on modular façades suitable for residential buildings. Eight facades have been installed at the Tropical Technology (T2) Lab and they are monitored with a number of environmental sensors.  

The integration of both systems could have a large impact in reducing energy and food dependence and greenhouse gas emissions. This research will run in parallel with other two researches related to the Tropical Technology (T2) Lab and the productive facades. Therefore, a regular collaboration among two or three RAs is also expected. 

Tasks: The appointed RA will assist in the compilation and analysis of the data from sensors and on conducting simulations using a Grasshopper model. After validation, further simulations and analysis are needed for the improvement of the façade prototype. The RA will also assist in several administrative activities and on writing final report 

Requirements: 

  • Master in architecture or building science and engineering 
  • Skilful in using digital modelling, graphical representation and building performance simulation tools, especially for solar and daylighting analysis. (Rhino/Grasshopper) 
  • Experience in research work and writing reports/ scientific papers 

Application:  
Interested applicants are encouraged to send the following supporting documents by email to Dr Abel Tablada abel@nus.edu.sg and Ms Katherine Chong katchong@nus.edu.sg  

  1. CV (including GPA/CAP ranking) 
  1. Personal Statement (up to half page with a brief description of why you want to apply) 
  1. Proven research experience with architecture/engineering background, knowledge of computer simulation and programming is essential. 
  1. Sample publications, if available (no more than two) 
  1. A copy of official transcripts (Bachelor degree and Master degree) 
  1. A copy of TOEFL/IELTS score sheet for those whose undergraduate education is not in a native English-speaking environment 

Applications will be accepted until March 15th 2019. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and will be asked to complete and submit the NUS Personal Data Consent for Job Applicants to the contact person indicated in the advertisement. (P/S: Pls double-click on "NUS Personal Data Consent for Job Applicants) and paste the url onto another new webpage to retrieve the document. 

Shortlisted candidates may also be interviewed if necessary. 

The school: 
The School of Design and Environment (SDE) is one of the 16 schools and faculties at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Consistently ranked as one of the best universities in Asia and in the world, NUS is internationally respected for its high-quality research in science, technology and the humanities—and, increasingly, at the interfaces between these fields. Research at SDE covers a wide spectrum of areas such as housing and community, mobility and urbanism, household finance, consumer choices in residential context, building technologies, urban environmental sustainability, and urban policies.