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PhD positions for the South East Asia Sea-level (SEA2) program

The Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) and the Asian School of the Environment (ASE) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore are seeking PhD students to join the Singapore Government funded South East Asia SEA-level (SEA2) program. This is an international, multi-institutional and trans-disciplinary program that will push scientific frontiers to observe, reconstruct and model the regional processes of sea level from instrumental and proxy data.

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PhD Projects

The application deadline for August intake is 31st January and January intake is on 31st July.

The following table lists the PhD projects that are currently available. Please click on the link to find out more on the research area. You may email the principal investigator/supervisor if you have any questions regarding the project.

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Supervisor Research Project  No of positions
Prof Ben Horton

Coastal Evolution / Quatenary  environmental change

This project is part of an ongoing program of field-based and computational research to reconstruct Quaternary sea levels and to apply the paleo-record to improve projections of future sea-level change.

For field-focused candidates: skills in micropaleontology/paleo environmental reconstructions and/or sedimentology of coastal systems are highly desirable.

For computationally-focused candidates: a strong numerical or statistical background is highly desirable. Applicants able to participate in both field and computational research are particularly encouraged. 

Asst Prof Emma Hill

Geodesy and natural hazards

We have several PhD positions available for candidates with a passion for using geodetic data (e.g., GNSS and InSAR) to understand natural hazards (e.g., earthquakes and/or sea-level rise) in Southeast Asia. Potential projects could also include the use of SAR data for mapping natural disasters (e.g., floods and/or building damage from earthquakes). Students with experience processing GPS and InSAR data, tectonic modeling, and machine learning are encouraged to apply. Strong coding skills (ideally Python and MATLAB) and strong mathematical skills are required. A background in Earth science is preferred.

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Assoc Prof Janelle Thompson
Microbial water quality in the tropics.
Bacterial, algal and viral populations interact as a complex system to create emergent properties relevant to water quality such as total biomass (e.g. algal blooms), biosynthesis of toxic compounds, and the occurrence of human pathogens. We will develop and validate improved methods for quantitative detection of microbial populations and their functions relevant to water quality leveraging state of the art molecular tools and computational methods. Potential projects include human pollutant source tracking in South East Asia, exploring the eco-physiology of algal bloom microbes, and investigating the microbial ecology of extremophiles in local geothermal springs.  Students interested in these areas of PhD research should be intellectually curious, with a strong background in Biology, Ecology, or Biotechnology. Basic molecular biology laboratory skills are highly desirable.
Microbial engineering under supercritical CO2 and high pCO2
Natural deposits of supercritical (sc) CO2 represent unique and uncommon environments. We have shown that microorganisms exposed to scCO2 exist naturally in several deep subsurface deposits around the world where pressures exceed 71 atm and temperatures exceed 31.1˚C. PhD research will explore applications of scCO2 tolerance in bacterial isolates for biotechnological or geotechnological application. Biotechnologies include coupling bioreactor-integrated supercritical CO2 extraction to waste streams as feedstock deploying toolkits of systems biology and synthetic biology. Geotechnological applications include using biofilm barriers to reduce subsurface permeability during Geological Carbon Sequestration (GCS) by microbially induced carbonate precipitation (MICP).  Students interested in these areas of PhD research should be intellectually curious with a strong background in Chemical Engineering, Geology, Microbiology and/or Biotechnology and an enthusiasm for cross-disciplinary collaboration.
Asst Prof Hamel Perrine
We are seeking two PhD candidates to join a new research laboratory focusing on the development of resilient and inclusive cities in Asia-Pacific.
The first position (Project 1) will focus on the role of natural infrastructure in integrated urban water management in Asia-Pacific cities. Research areas include: i) modeling the performance of natural infrastructure for stormwater retention and water quality management in Southeast Asian cities; ii) understanding and designing nature-based solutions for flood risk mitigation; and iii) modeling the interactions between inland flooding and coastal flooding, in particular under climate change.
Required qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, civil and environment engineering, or related field; and a solid training in environmental modeling or statistics.
The second position (Project 2) will focus on equity issues in Asia-Pacific cities. Research areas include i) understanding the effects of natural infrastructure on physical and mental health, ii) examining the role of natural infrastructure in informal settlements, now and under future climate, and iii) identifying and designing policy levers to incorporate equity questions in urban planning.
Required qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in geography, environmental sciences, urban studies, or related field; and a solid training in social sciences or interdisciplinary studies.
Please contact supervisor Asst Prof Perrine Hamel ( for more details.
























































MOE Tier 1 Research Grant

Proposal ID

Title Of Project

Title of PI

Main PI

 Recommended Amount  ($)

 Duration (Months)


Riparian protection versus pest and disease control in oil palm plantations

Assistant Professor

Eleanor Slade

 $        196,500.00



Phosphorus feedbacks determining forest resilience in Singapore

Assistant Professor

Kelly Andersen

 $          99,000.00



Identifying and Mitigating Deforestation Risks in Agricultural Commodity Supply Chains

Assistant Professor

Lee Ser Huay Janice Teresa

 $          73,638.00