The Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) is seeking to appoint two early / mid career researchers to join and lead research teams in multidisciplinary research into bacterial communities.

SCELSE is a unique interdisciplinary Research Centre of Excellence hosted at Nanyang Technological University and shared with the National University of Singapore. SCELSE is seeking to understand, harness and control microbial biofilm communities and linking new insights from the life sciences to engineering, environmental and biomedical applications. SCELSE has state of the art facilities for meta-genomics and transcriptomics, computational biology, reactor biology, microbiome analysis, biofilm models and imaging.

This exciting opportunity exists for two excellent early / mid career scientists in any of the core area of SCELSE’s research, including, but not limited to, environmental microbiology and engineering, genomics, microbiomes, bioinformatics, microbial biofilms and medical biofilms and public health.

For further information on SCELSE, visit: SCELSE is funded by the Singapore National Research Foundation, Singapore Ministry of Education, Nanyang Technological University and National University of Singapore.

The successful applicants may be appointed to the NTU/NUS school/department relevant to the applicant’s disciplinary field.


Tenure-track Faculty Positions at Associate/Assistant Professor Levels

The candidates are expected to:

  • Establish a globally recognised research programme

  • Enhance the centre’s visibility as an international leader in research in environmental life sciences engineering, specifically to understand the behaviour, structure and function of microbial biofilms, microbial communities and microbiomes.

  • Actively collaborate with faculty and researchers with existing strengths in the research domains of SCELSE.

  • Teach undergraduate and graduate classes

Pay and General Terms and Conditions of Service

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University offers a comprehensive fringe benefit package. Information on salary and general terms and conditions of service is available in the section on Terms and Conditions ( for Academic Appointments.

Application Procedure

Informal enquiries should be directed to the Director of SCELSE, Professor Staffan Kjelleberg, at

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Please refer to the Guidelines ( for submitting an Application for Faculty Appointment and send your application package, consisting of cover letter, curriculum vitae including a full publication list, personal particulars form, a statement of current and future research interest, teaching statement and the names of three referees if appropriate.



Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is ranked 12th globally. It is also placed 1st amongst the world’s best young universities.
The Asian School of the Environment (ASE) at NTU Singapore (NTU; seeks to hire an  Assistant Professor as part of a targeted initiative to expand ecological and environmental research in Southeast Asia. The Asian School of the Environment is a new interdisciplinary School that focuses on Asian environmental challenges. This position will complement the recently developed formal collaboration link of the ASE with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, which is aimed at advancing Singapore’s capacity in terrestrial (and notably forest) ecology with particular reference to the Southeast Asian region. Strong interdisciplinary links between the ASE and the Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering, the Earth Observatory of Singapore and Complexity Institute provide excellent opportunities for tackling large, cutting edge research questions. Successful applicants will also contribute to development and execution of new undergraduate programs in ecology and related environmental science.  
We seek a forest ecologist focused on the belowground subsystem. Research interests may include but are not limited to plant-soil-microbial interactions, mycorrhizal ecology, soil microbial ecology, root and rhizosphere ecology, carbon and nutrient (notably nitrogen and/or phosphorus) cycling, plant-soil interactions and feedbacks, the decomposer subsystem, or microbial or organic biogeochemistry  
The candidates are expected to:

  • Establish a world-class research program,
  • Play a leading role in the development of the ASE, and of the linkages of the ASE with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
  • Enhance the School’s visibility as an international leader in education and research in Ecology and Ecosystem Science,
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Ecology and related Environmental Sciences,
  • Actively collaborate with NTU faculty and researchers with existing strengths in Ecology, Earth Systems Science and Environmental Life Sciences

Applications, including the applicant’s experience/philosophy of research and of teaching, a CV, and contact information for three professional references, should be sent to the Chairman of the Search Committee, NTU, at (
Enquiries can be sent to David Wardle, Smithsonian Professor of Forest Ecology (  
Review of applications will begin on February 1 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. NTU offers highly competitive salaries as well as comprehensive benefits, including subsidized on-campus housing. A startup package will be available. NTU is an equal opportunity employer.  
More information can be found at: