RA or Postdoc in the field of Urban Studies and Sanitation (SPACE project)

Job offer posted on 20 December 2022

The CNRS@CREATE project SPACE & Singapore Management University (SMU) is recruiting 1 post-doc (18 months) in the field of Urban Studies, Science and Technology Studies and Critical Infrastructure Studies for a research project focusing on the management of environmental infectious diseases (dengue and Covid-19 ) in Singapore with a focus on sanitary risks mitigation.


The SPACE project is developing a research protocol for infectious disease prediction and prevention in Singapore. The project draws upon analyses of the risk factors and sociospatial patterns that drive dengue and COVID-19 transmission in Singapore, as well as the social and technical skills developed by individuals and community groups in response to disease propagation.

The project brings together 23 researchers, 10 from France and 13 from five Singaporean universities (NTU, NUS, SUTD, SMU and SUSS). The research will be conducted in several residential areas of Singapore.


Read more about the SPACE project here.


The candidate will be joining a working group on public policy analysis of disease mitigation, daily maintenance of the built environment, perception of risk and actors’ behaviors with the aim of refining an epidemic prediction model and providing policy recommendations to build the communities’ adaptive capacity.

Based on the study of four selected neighbourhoods, the project aims at tracing and analysing the cycle of wastewater, drainage and waste flows from their generation (through surveys of everyday practices of the inhabitants), to their disposal (with a focus on the daily management and maintenance of the systems – the routine of sanitation employees during their work) and their treatment (by considering the effects and risks induced by the treatment sites). 


The candidate will be in charge of:

  1. Developing a method for surveying and tracing the flows of wastewater, drains and waste from their place of generation until their sites of treatment in four neighbourhoods.
  2. Interviewing inhabitants, commercial business (restaurants, hotels) and local industries about their everyday practices in relation to sanitation; as well as interviewing concerned authorities and companies in charge of sanitation services in Singapore, including workers about the daily maintenance of related infrastructure;
  3. Helping integrate the empirical observations on socio-technical networks maintenance and management into a predictive model (developed by other researchers) in order to improve the adaptive capacity of related stakeholders;
  4. Compiling a literature review on socio-technical networks, sanitation management, sanitary risks and epidemic controls in Singapore;
  5. Communicating with the coordination team through monthly reports, and write academic articles in peer-review journals


      • Minimum Master level;  
      • Ideally PhD in Urban Studies, STS, Critical infrastructures Studies, Geography or a related field; 
      • Conducting autonomous research in coordination with supervising team;
      • Excellent writing skills and abilities to publish academic articles;
      • Strong communication and organizational skills and enjoy working in a team-oriented environment;
      • Good English skills are required, Asian languages appreciated;
      • Knowledge of the Singaporean context.


      The position is available for a duration of 12 up to 18 months. The position will be mainly based in Singapore

      Salary range: 5,200-7,200 Singapore Dollars (depending on suitability and experience)

      Benefits: as a full-time employee, you will be eligible for the benefits that CNRS@CREATE offers.


      Workplace Address: CREATE Tower (NUS Campus), 1 Create Way #08-01 Singapore 138602

      Please send a short cover letter describing your suitability for the position, detailed CV with publication list, a concise description of research interests and future plans, and academic transcripts to :

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