Research Fellow

Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is ranked 11th globally. It is also placed 1st among the world's best young universities. The Earth Observatory in Singapore (EOS) at NTU Singapore is a national science Research Center of Excellence. Its mission is to conduct fundamental research on earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunami and climate change in and around Southeast Asia, toward safer and more sustainable societies.

We invite applicants for a Research Fellow (RF) to study volcanic fields in Southeast Asia. Research will primarily focus on the physical volcanology, eruptive history and potential threat from future activity at the ~11,000 km2 Bolaven volcanic field in southern Laos. The Bolaven volcanic field sits at the northern end of a cluster of basaltic volcanic fields in Indochina; little is known about these volcanic fields, but recent studies into the Bolaven field, suggested as the location for a large impact crater c.800,000 years ago, have produced nearly a hundred 40Ar-39Ar dates and detailed mapping of individual lava flows and sources. The RF will use data from these studies and conduct follow-up field studies, in order to detail the eruptive history, with a view to evaluating the potential hazards, and associated likelihoods, that a future eruption from the field may pose. There is the opportunity for the RF to expand beyond this research agenda to, for example, look at other fields in the region, depending upon the successful candidate's skillset and interests.

Expertise in physical volcanology and hazard assessment, with a specialisation in monogenetic volcanism, are preferred. The RF will collaborate with Assistant Professor Susanna Jenkins and Professor Kerry Sieh, colleagues within EOS, and international colleagues within Laos and across the Asia-Pacific. The RF will join a dynamic and active volcanology group at EOS conducting fundamental research on volcanic activity in and around Southeast Asia, towards safer and more sustainable societies. The RF should be keen to actively participate in the group and discuss research with EOS PhD students, Fellows and faculty members, as well as to foster collaborations with local partners. The Fellow is expected to publish their research in international peer-reviewed journals and present at international conferences.


  • PhD in volcanology or geo-statistical studies, with an MSc or BSc in geology or a related field.
  • Evidence of innovation and research publications in the areas of physical volcanology and/or volcanic hazards.
  • Enthusiasm, good team work and collaboration, good English oral and written communication skills, an interest in international travel and an ability to conduct independent research.

Interested applicants are invited to submit a full CV, and a cover letter outlining your interest and fit for the post to:, with and in cc.

CVs should include academic qualifications, publication list, and names and contact details of two referees. The position will close when a suitable candidate has been identified.

We regret that only successful candidates will be informed.

posted: 01 July 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.