Research Associate/Research Assistant (Bangkok, Thailand)

Position: Research Associate/Research Assistant
Topic: Managing Resources for Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia (MR4SD) Research Group
Salary range: Competitive salary with benefits, commensurate with experience and qualifications. SEI reserves the right to appoint at a lower level, if appropriate.
Start date: As soon as possible, however, not later than early October is expected.
Contract period: 24 months renewable contract with 6-month probation period
Duty station: Bangkok, Thailand
Application deadline: 15 August 2013

Job description

The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) seeks a Research Associate to assist in undertaking research and coordination on projects relating to biophysical processes and the conditions that enable sustainable land, water and energy management considering uncertain future climate conditions.

The appointee will be working with colleagues in the MR4SD research group at Asia Centre in Bangkok and SEI colleagues worldwide. The appointee will be responsible for carrying out library and internet searches; conducting literature reviews and preparing bibliographies; assisting in proposal preparation; contributing to planning and implementation of fieldwork; recording; collating and analyzing data; preparing project documentation and reports; preparing scientific papers; and other tasks depending on the skills and background of the appointee.

The Research Associate/Research Assistant will report directly to the MR4SD Research Group Leader and specific project leader/manager and under overall supervision by the Centre Director of SEI in Asia.


Essential Criteria

  • Masters-level degree in relevant subject, e.g. agricultural or environmental engineering, physical geography, geo-ecology, hydrology, environmental studies or other fields related to land and water resources.
  • Strong motivation, personal initiative and commitment to excellence and results, as well as enthusiasm for doing scientific research.
  • Good background in, and ability to apply, quantitative approaches, statistics and numerical modeling (e.g. hydrological model, ecosystem model), as well as quantitative GIS/RS methods (e.g. spatial data).
  • Good understanding of the concept of environmental sustainability.
  • Experience in field data collection.
  • Demonstrated record of oral and written communication.
  • Demonstrated record of interdisciplinary collaboration, partnership and team building and the desire to work in a collaborative environment.
  • Good organization and time management skills.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English.


Desirable Criteria

  • At least 3 years of research experience in the Mekong River region
  • Experience in communicating complex concepts and information to a range of different audiences.
  • Interest in working at the interface with social science and policy engagement, and qualitative approaches.
  • Knowledge of a Southeast Asian language is desirable.
  • Knowledge of a programming or scripting language is an advantage.

Ms. Orn-uma Polpanich ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

How to apply
Please send your application and supporting documents to Ms. Nipa Laithong ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. Please include the following:

  • Cover letter highlighting relevant qualifications and experience, what appeals to you about this job, and how you envision your work at SEI (max. 2 pages).
  • Curriculum vitae, including major projects led (with an emphasis on Southeast Asia region), publications, three professional references who will be contacted only if short-listed (max. 8 pages), and current and expected salary (in Thai baht/month).
  • 2 to 3 samples of publications of which you are the lead author.

Application will be acknowledged. Only shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview.

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JAMSTEC will be recruiting a total of 10 positions as Scientist/Research Scientist/Postdoctoral Researcher/Engineer who will be engaged in the third medium-term plan.

[Research fields]
Comprehensive Studies on the Evolution of Life and the History of the Earth.

Subsurface Geobiology Advanced Research
This group is conducting researches on the as-yet-unknown environment and biosphere existing in sunlight-independent deep earth, its function and role in the current earth, and its role on the evolution of the earth and life.
In detail, the group will work on:
・exploration on as-yet-unknown biosphere using advanced oceanographic research instruments and methodology.
・determing limits of life and biosphere and boundary habitats and conditions between habitable and uninhabitable.
・clarification of functions and roles of the as-yet-unknown ecosystems in the global energy and element cycles.
・elucidating unique biological interactions (symbioses and/or co-nutritional mechanisms).
・engineering use of extreme environment, biosphere and biological macromolecule which applied to the extreme environment (e.g. Clean chemical processes, fabrication of new materials and biomimetics) and engineering research on artificial life.

Marine Ecosystem Structural Analysis Research
This group is conducting researches and technology developments aiming to discover biological evolutionary mechanisms, biological interactions, and the structure and function of ecosystems in the deep sea. This group uses and develops cutting-edge survey technologies and methodologies to discover the relationships between symbioses and evolution, effects of environmental parameters on biological community structure and stability, and material and energy flows in deep marine benthic and pelagic ecosystems.

Earth History and Biogeochemistry Research
This group is conducting researches on the processes in the formation of the current oceanic environment, especially those relating to bioelements such as carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen. The research includes developments of novel methodologies to tackle this topic. This group also pursues deep understanding of the relationships between biological activities and the oceanic environment, and their changes in the history of the Earth.

Please visit our website for the details of the research fields:

Scientist: To contribute to the Agency, Scientists are expected to have world-leading performance ability to accomplish research as an independent scientist.

Research Scientist: To contribute to the Agency, Research Scientists are expected to take a leading role in research, technology development, and technology innovation.

Postdoctoral Researcher: To contribute to the Agency, Postdoctoral Researchers should be able to demonstrate ability to conduct creative research independently.

Engineer: To contribute to the Agency, Engineers are expected to manage, improve and advance the infrastructure. Establishment of technology based on a background of general technical knowledge such as information system, improvement of technical management functions is also inclusive.

*The group to be assigned will be determined based on the applicant’s expertise.
*There may be change in affiliation in case of reorganization in the Agency.
*There may be a possibility to change the positions above. The details are currently under consideration.

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Job: Analysis of phytoplankton functional types in the Gulf of Lions from satellite data and study of their influence on spatio-temporal dynamics of small pelagic fish

Analysis of phytoplankton functional types in the Gulf of Lions from satellite data and study of their influence on spatio-temporal dynamics of small pelagic fish

Throughout the world, small pelagic fish stocks are known to fluctuate a lot. Yet, the mechanisms responsible for the important spatio-temporal variability in these stocks remain mostly unknown. Environment is often supposed to be the main driver of small pelagic dynamics, thus assuming a bottom-up control of their populations. This project aims at testing this hypothesis by evaluating the potential link between plankton and small pelagics in the North-West Mediterranean Sea (NWMS). The first step will be to assess the phytoplankton composition of the NWMS since 1997 using PhySat algorithm based on ocean colour satellite data. The study of its spatio-temporal distribution through geostatistics and wavelet analyses should yield important insights on potential changes or shifts in plankton community composition during the last 15 years. Then, the link between phytoplankton spatio-temporal distribution and abiotic conditions (such as temperature, meso-scale dynamics) will be investigated. The final step of this project will be to test the main hypothesis of a bottom-up control of small pelagic fish by comparing the phytoplankton production datasets and those of abundance, biomass and condition indices of small pelagics obtained since 1993.

Keywordsphytoplankton, remote sensing, functional type, bottom-up process, optic reflectance, Physat, environmental effects, spatial dynamics.


We are looking for a highly motivated candidate in possession of a PhD in marine biology, oceanography or fisheries science. Skills in scientific computation and modelisation are necessary, as well as in remote sensing data manipulation. A good knowledge of plankton would also be highly appreciated. Finally, a good level of English writing is expected.

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Jobs: Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Bigelow Laboratory

Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Bigelow Laboratory
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The preferred candidate will have published (or submitted) their dissertation chapters in peer-reviewed journals. Work will be based at the new Bigelow Laboratory campus in East Boothbay, ME ( The position will involve extended (2+ months) fieldwork in the first year. Annual salary is negotiable based on experience. The position is a full-time, 3-year appointment.

Send CV, cover letter with brief description of research interests, and contact information for 3 references Please reference PD-2013-2 in the subject line.  For full consideration, the application should be received by August 20, 2013 and the position will remain open until it is filled.  Please contact Dr. Stephen Archer at ( with specific questions regarding this position. Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer.