Research Fellow in Southeast Asian Water Security at Singapore Management University

This Singapore Ministry of Education grant funded position (30 months duration) looks at water security in Southeast Asia. The overarching goals of this project are to (i) enhance the dataset underpinning regional water security, by reconstructing rainfall variability and the frequency of rainfall-related extreme events in Singapore, West Malaysia, and northern Sumatra between 1900 and 1960, and (ii) explore the socio-economic consequences of extremes to investigate patterns and strategies of risk and resilience.

The successful applicant will have prior experience in climate history, historical climatology, or a related field, and will hold a PhD in the same, and will be able to undertake archival research for historical weather information (in narrative and data form); be able to supervise and manage a crowd sourcing Zooniverse project to digitise extant and newly acquired weather data; will be able to compile a database of extreme weather events, their impacts and associated societal responses (through archival analysis of international collections of documents and newspapers from the study period) and, finally, to use this evidence to explore the impacts of rainfall extremes upon societies in Singapore, Malaysia and Sumatra during the study period.

Applications due 22 February 2024. More information can be found here.