PhD in functional ecology of tropical secondary forest succession

At the Department of Biological Sciences of the National University of Singapore, there is an opportunity for a PhD student interested in the functional ecology of tropical secondary forest succession and/or forest restoration.

We are looking for an independent and creative applicant who is interested – and preferably with experience – in ecological field research in tropical forests. He/she will help setting up a new research project on the functional ecology of secondary forests and forest restoration in a human-dominated landscape in East Kalimantan. Within this framework, the PhD student will investigate mechanism of forest succession using a functional trait approach, seedling experiments and permanent plot data. Field work will be primarily in East Kalimantan and Singapore. There may be an opportunity to use data from one of the largest permanent plot studies on secondary forest dynamics in the Tropics ( for comparative analyses.

Application: Send a CV, a short motivation (max 1 page) and contact information of two references to Michiel van Breugel ( September 15.

The successful applicant will need to apply online for the graduate program at the Department of Biological Sciences (DBS) before October 1st. For a successful application, he/she must meet the minimum admission criteria established by the university. When admitted the student will start his/her graduate studies at DBS in January 2015 and receive a research scholarship with a monthly stipend and full tuition fee subsidy.

Visit for more information on admission criteria and procedures and details on the scholarship. Please contact Ms Reena Devi D/o Samynadan of the office of Graduate studies at DBS ( for additional questions.