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    research assistant (5 May 2015)

    laboratory technologist (5 May 2015)

    Full time teaching assistant (5 May 2015)

    Specialist associate (30 Apr 2015)

    Research Positions (26 Mar 2015)

    assistant research officer (18 feb 2015)

    research Assistant (17 feb 2015)


    Research Assistant

    Looking for a full-time research assistant (RA) for a project investigating the urban ecology of bats in Singapore and the ecosystem services they provide (seed dispersal, pollination, consumption of insect pests). The RA will assist in collecting data in the field, labwork, and other tasks, under supervision. 

  • Fieldwork (including at night) at various sites in Singapore. This work will involve:
  • surveying bats (acoustic monitoring, i.e., bat detectors; capturing bats in mist nets and harp traps),
  • handling and processing bats to collect physiological and other data,
  • collecting fecal samples for dietary analysis,
  • radio telemetry to find daytime roost locations and estimate nightly home ranges,
  • collecting nocturnal insects and conducting vegetation measurements in field sites.
  • Lab and analytical work, which will involve:
  • examining diet (by fecal analysis and microscopy)
  • analysing acoustic data (to identify bats and quantify activity)
  • identifying and quantifying captured insects (microscopy)
  • home range analysis
  • Data entry, management and analysis
  • Assisting with project logistics, including but not limited to purchasing equipment and/or materials, setting up study sites, and monitoring research progress.
  • Administrative work and tasks, including office-related work
  • Assist in supervising student projects


    Italicised items in bold are mandatory, others are ideal:

  • BSc degree in life sciences, ideally ecology or biology
  • Experience conducting ecological fieldwork, especially using mist nets and handling bats.
  • Experience collecting and dealing with full-spectrum acoustic data and with radio telemetry.
  • Ability to deal with shifting work schedules (i.e., some nighttime work)
  • Valid SG driver’s license or the ability to obtain one
  • Up-to-date rabies and hepatitis B vaccinations, or willingness to obtain both
  • Basic Microsoft Office skills, especially MS Word and Excel
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills, including proficiency in English
  • Experience with the statistical analysis of data
  • Experience with academic writing

  • This position is available for up to three years, with salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Conditions may be negotiable for exceptional applicants.
    Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resumé/curriculum vitae, and the contact information of three referees to both:
    Prof Theodore Evans
    Dr Joanna Coleman

    Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

    Laboratory Technologist Position
    The Department of Biological Sciences at the National University of Singapore invites applications for the full-time position of a Laboratory Technologist who will be providing research support for the laboratory’s operations and facilitating the laboratory activities in all practical classes.

    Essential Duties, Tasks and Responsibilities:

    The following outlines the essential functions of the position and is not a detailed description of all duties inherent in the position.

  • provide technical support in teaching laboratories
  • running trials of experiments prior to classes
  • working with students and supporting them on research projects
  • manage fish facility (or other experimental organisms) at biological science, which is an essential resource for teaching and research activities
  • assist in research grant administration which includes budgeting, ordering resources, conducting risk assessment for laboratories
  • other ad hoc duties assigned
  • Requirements:

  • At least a good Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences
  • Relevant experience with molecular biology techniques and familiarity with laboratory work or microscopy preferred
  • Significant technical experience in multiple molecular biology technique will be an advantage
  • Good planning and organizational skills, a team player with good interpersonal skills
  • Willing to learn with a positive attitude
  • Good organizational, interpersonal and communication skills and  ability to multi-task
  • Able to work well independently as well as a team     
  • Fresh graduates are welcome to apply

  • For more information about the department, please visit website

    To Apply:
    Send the completed application form, with the full Curriculum Vitae to Ms Lisa Lau at
    Application deadline: 31 May 2015

    Full-time Teaching Assistant (FTTA)
    Undergraduate Courses for Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology

    The Department of Biological Sciences is inviting applications for the post of Full-Time Teaching Assistant (FTTA) for Life Sciences undergraduate modules, in field of Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and basic Molecular Biology.

    The successful candidate will work in a team with academic and management staff to develop the Life Sciences curriculum and improve training in bioinformatics and computational biology. The successful candidate must possess familiarity with administration and data management, be digitally competent, be consultative and exhibit leadership with peers, understand undergraduate student issues, be communicative and a team player and be passionate about teaching.

    Applicants must read the Selection Criteria carefully and address each of the points stated in a separate document. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated.

    The specific duties of the FTTA include:
  • Teach undergraduate students in bioinformatics and basic molecular biology;
  • Manage communication and administrative needs of modules;
  • Recruit, train and supervise part time TAs;
  • Oversee bioinformatics laboratory practical sessions;
  • Undertake and manage all continual assessments (CAs);
  • Initiate improvements to management and pedagogy with advice and support from module coordinators;

  • The appointment will commence in July 2015. This appointment is a one-year contract, and is renewed based on performance.

    Selection criteria
  • A Bachelors (Honors) Degree in Computer Science, Computational Biology, Life Sciences, or other relevant field;
  • Demonstrated computer programming skills. Skills in R, Python, or other relevant technologies for bioinformatics training;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the department’s research focus and teaching environment;
  • Strong communication skills in writing, speaking, and delivering technical presentations;
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently, prioritizing workload and meeting deadlines with minimal supervision;
  • Evidence of experience in the successful supervision of undergraduate and/or postgraduate research students;
  • An ability to convey information in both teaching and research in a clear, concise and interesting manner;
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively as a member of a team and manage groups at the undergraduate level;
  • Experience in administrative processes, with high attention to accuracy and detail;

  • Closing Date: Monday 1 June 2015

    Applications are accepted via email only. Applicants must send a cover letter, a note addressing the selection criteria and curriculum vitae listing three references. Send all documents in one PDF.

    Reference letters will be requested only after applicants are shortlisted for interview. Send all applications to:

    Mr. Laurence Gwee
    Department of Biological Sciences
    National University of Singapore

    Two research positions available

    We are looking for the following researchers to join our lab to work on a project investigating the role of the secreted proteinase ADAMTS5 in cancer and angiogenesis. Our lab recently identified that ADAMTS5 is a novel angiogenesis inhibitor and suppress cancer growth in xenograft mouse models. In this project, further characterization of this proteinase and its mechanisms of action will be pursued, and its significance in human cancer investigated. Candidates with a keen interest in scientific research and a curious mind are invited to apply.

    1. Research fellow (RF, postdoctoral fellow):

    Candidate with PhD degree and prior research experience in molecular biology, cell biology or biochemistry is required. Prior experience in mouse model is a plus.

    2. Research assistant (RA):

    Candidate with BSc (Honors) or MSc degree and prior lab experience in molecular biology, cell biology or biochemistry is preferred. PhD candidate who has submitted his/her thesis and are in the transition stage for degree completion are welcome to apply.

    Successful candidates can expect a competitive salary and benefit package.  Interested candidates are encouraged to send their CV and full contacts of at least three referees to:

    Prof. Ruowen Ge, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 119260. Email:;

    For more information about our lab and research, please visit:
    Department of Biological Sciences faculty web:;
    Molecular Angiogenesis lab web:

    Position: Specialist Associate
    Department: Biological Sciences
    Job Purpose
    To perform as an Engine Driver on board NUS Research Vessel "Galaxea" and take charge in the operations and maintenance of the main engines, auxilliary engine and the machineries/ equipment on board the vessel.

    Duties and Responsibilities:
    1)       Monitoring and carry out the planned maintenance schedule of the Main Engines, Auxiliary engine, transmission and jet propulsion system as recommended by the manufacturer requirement including simple Lub oil and filters change.
    2)         Carry out pre-sea checks on the Main Engines, Auxiliary engine, gear-box transmission system, jet propulsion system, including deck machinery (“A” Frame & winch hydraulic system).
    3)         Operate, test and maintain the marine electric system such as capstan & sea water pump
    4)         Checking and clearing of the sea chest before the starting of the main & auxiliary engine.
    5)         Checking of the fuel status and ensuring that is sufficient for the trip before proceeding to sea.
    6)         Carry out refuelling of diesel at the approved station.
    7)         Carry out ah-hoc repair on the machinery as and when the need arises.
    8)         To perform deck and other duties whilst at sea.
    9)         Ensure sufficient spares - like fuel & oil filters, and all necessary oil used on board.
    10)       Monitor the progress of repair done by termed contractor or other appointed contractors if the repair is being carried out by them.
    11)       Monitor the cleanliness and storage of the engine room and the removal of fire hazard material in the engine room.
    12)       Ensuring that the fire extinguishers are serviceable in the engine room
    13)       Ensure that the entrance of the hatch cover is not blocked at all times
    14)       Greasing of the jet drive shaft and U-joint as recommended by the manufacturer.
    15)       Ensuring that the non- essential power switches is switch off and all bilges pump is put to Auto mode before securing the boat.
    16)       As and when required to work exceeding normal working hours including on weekend and holiday.

    - GCE ‘O’ level with a NTC 3 in heavy duty diesel mechanic engineering
    - At least 2 to 3 years’ experience as a licenced engine driver
    - MPA Class 3 Engine Driver Certificate of Competency
    - MPA Port Limit Steersman Certificate of Competency

    Interested applicants to submit application package (CV, Educational Certificates and Job Application  Form) to the attention of Ms Lisa Lau at by 31 May 2015.

    ASSISTANT RESEARCH OFFICER at Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory

    An Assistant Research Officer (ARO) position is immediately available at the Dr. YU Fengwei’s group in Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore. The group is interested in studying the mechanisms controlling neural development and pruning using Drosophila melanogaster, an excellent model organism. The successful candidate is motivated and expected to provide assistance and support for a couple of interesting projects.
    The annual salary/stipend is very competitive commensurable to the educational qualifications and working experience of the candidates.

    Interested individuals may send your application that includes your CV and three recommendation letters to:


    Yu Fengwei, PhD
    Senior Principal Investigator
    Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory
    1 Research Link
    National University of Singapore
    Singapore 117604

    Research Assistant

    A research group headed by Asst. Prof. Utkur Mirsaidov in the Centre for BioImaging Science is looking for a research assistant to support projects in in situ Electron Microscopy. A successful candidate will be in charge of creating a framework for scalable algorithmic processing for heterogeneous microscopy data and he/she will apply statistical methods to experiments in nanoparticle dynamics.

    Min Requirements:
    - Bachelor’s Degree in Physics or Computer Science from reputable university.
    - Knowledgeable about the fundamentals of fluid mechanics, statistical mechanics, biophysics, and computational physics is a must.
    - Has previous experience of work in research setting or thesis project on a research topic under supervision,
    - Must be independent and motivated.

    Interested candidates can send their resume to (only shortlisted candidates will be contacted):
    Asst Prof. Utkur Mirsaidov,
    Center for BioImaging Sciences,
    National University of Singapore,
    14 Science Drive 4,
    Singapore, 117543