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    research assistant (9 nov 2015)

    Conservation organization assistant (12 Oct 2015)

    Research Assistant or Associate (12 Oct 2015)

    research fellow / research assistant (15 sep 2015)

    research assistant/research fellow (10 jul 2015)

    Postdoc research fellow (8 jul 2015)

    manager - finance & admin (7 jul 2015)

    specialist associate (10 jun 2015)

    Research Assistant

    We are searching for an enthusiastic research assistant to participate in our MOE T2-supported project in cell biology. The candidate should have a Bachelors or Masters degree in science or engineering (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science Physics, etc.). The candidate must be able to perform cryomicrotomy of frozen-hydrated samples, operate a 300 KeV FEG cryo-TEM, write scripts to control image-analysis software, and analyze 3-D volumetric data using HPC hardware.

    The salary will be commensurate with experience and previous research accomplishments. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV, and three recommendation letters to Lu GAN ( This position will close on 31 Dec 2015. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.

    Conservation organization assistant
    This position is a casual hire through December 2015, possibly converting to full-time contract January – July 2016

    Job purpose
    This is an opportunity to contribute to a landmark conservation conference in Singapore.
    The NUS Department of Biological Sciences, along with the Asia regional chapters of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation and the Society for Conservation Biology, are hosting the Conservation Asia 2016 conference 29 June – 3 July 2016. This conference is expected to attract upwards of 500 conservation practitioners, academics and students from across the Asian region and beyond. The conference will be held at University Town on the NUS campus. This will likely be the largest conservation-oriented conference ever held in Singapore. The website is

    The conference is being planned by a Local Organizing Committee (LOC), chaired by Associate Professor Edward Webb (DBS) and with membership from several other organizations including NParks, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, Fauna and Flora International, BirdLife International, Wildlife Conservation Society, and the two scientific societies (ATBC, SCB). Conference organization is being accomplished by subcommittees of the LOC (e.g. scientific content, social, finance, marketing, logistics)

    The Local Organizing Committee is seeking to hire a motivated and organized person to assist with conference organization.

    Duties and responsibilities
    The general terms of this position are to assist in the day-to-day activities of conference planning. The assistant will report directly to the Chair of the LOC, and will liaise with the subcommittees to facilitate their work. Examples of tasks include minute taking at monthly LOC meetings; website information management; conference advertising; communication with LOC members, conference speakers and conference attendees; spearheading environmentally-friendly conference policy (food, materials); logistical assistance to subcommittees; volunteer management; expenditure processing; and establishing realistic timelines for subcommittee actions.


  • Possess at least a diploma with basic understanding of environmental science is required as the candidate needs to communicate with scientists. Applicants with a diploma or other qualification in other disciplines can be considered if they have adequate and relevant working experience in conference organization.
  • High proficiency in MS applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and website maintenance
  • Good analytical, writing, communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Meticulous, resourceful and innovative with a positive work attitude and responsive and adaptive to changes
  • An independent worker but also a good team player

  • Interested applicants to submit application package (CV, Educational Certificates and Job Application Form) to the attention of A/Prof Edward Webb at

    Research Assistant or Associate: Land use change and conservation in Myanmar

    Job description
    The NUS Department of Biological Sciences, in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society, is conducting a multi-disciplinary research programme on forest and land cover change in Myanmar. The research seeks to understand the drivers of deforestation and the dynamics of the agriculture-forest interface within the changing policy and economic context of Myanmar. The research will utilize a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods intended to yield relevant, scientifically credible information that will directly support policy recommendations to reconcile Myanmar’s forthcoming economic development with the conservation of habitat and biodiversity.

    Job requirements
    We seek a talented and highly motivated early-career scientist to join our team as a research assistant/associate. The researcher will play an integral role in all aspects of the project, with particular emphasis on quantitative modelling. This project will adopt an interdisciplinary approach, so the researcher will need to have some familiarity working across disciplines. Specific duties of this position include facilitating consensus building exercises (horizon scanning); assisting in the design and implementation of social surveys; coding and executing quantitative models that may include systems dynamics, economic, or agent-based in nature; statistical analyses and consolidating data; and contributing to the writing of research reports for publication. The researcher will also assist with overall project management, including mentoring undergraduate researchers.

    Knowledge domains should include some of the following: land use change, deforestation, industrial agricultural expansion, conservation biology, and environmental policy, especially pertaining to SE Asia. Applicants should have an understanding of conservation and rural development issues in tropical Asia. Field experience in tropical Asia would be beneficial.
    Other required experience includes computer programming (R, C++, or equivalent) along with an ability to develop simulation and statistical models. Experience with spatially-explicit modeling and geographic information systems (GIS) would be beneficial.

    Also necessary is a track record of publishing, or a strong desire to publish peer-reviewed scientific articles.

    Applicants should have a BSc or MSc in Life Sciences, Environmental Science, Biology, Economics, Geography or other relevant to the position. Applicants with a BSc should have at least two years of relevant experience.
    Interested applicants to submit application package (CV, Educational Certificates and Job Application form) to the attention of A/Prof Edward Webb at

    Research positions available

    We are looking for the following researchers to join our lab to investigate novel antiangiogenic proteins and peptides. Candidates with a keen interest in scientific research and a curious mind are invited to apply. Those with demonstration of strong experimental skills have advantages.

    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 tumor 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:
    Ge Ruowen Web
    Molecular Angiogenesis lab web.

    Research Assistant or Research Fellow

    We are looking for enthusiastic candidates with experiences for Research Assistant or research fellow. Strong experiences with mammalian tissue culture, molecular biology and cloning, biochemistry and fluorescence microscopy are required. Expertise in in vitro reconstitution systems, model membranes, electron microscopy or image analysis are desirable. Other requirements: Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred); 3+ years of lab experiences in molecular biology or cell biology.

    All positions include competitive salaries, commensurate with experience. Please send the application, including curriculum vitae, names and contacts of 3 references, to Dr. WU, Min at

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow (RF) position is available immediately.

    Research topic:      
    We are interested in studying innate immune response and immune-over-activation during chronic inflammation, which leads to pro-tumorigenesis. We aim to study cellular signalling at the interphase of cancer-immunology, with the ultimate goal of developing immunomodulation strategies and therapeutics against cancer.

    PhD in Immunology (innate immunity); experience in molecular cell biology, biochemistry and some bioinformatics, would be advantageous.

    Prof Ding Jeak Ling, Dept of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore
    (Tel: 65162776; Email:

    NUS Centre for BioImaging Sciences
    Manager – Finance & Administration
    You will assist the Director in managing and overseeing the general administration of the NUS Centre for BioImaging Sciences (CBIS), its budget, special accounts and research funds and provide financial advice and support to the Director and PIs in areas such as management reporting and financial analysis etc.

    Duties & Responsibilities

  • Act as the key financial officer for matters relating to centre’s budget, special accounts and research funding
  • Prepare financial data to assist in the centre’s financial forecasting and reporting, and ensure timely submission of financial reports on a monthly basis to the Director.
  • Review, analysis and monitoring of the operating, research and strategic budgets
  • Assist the centre’s researchers with budget preparation, revision and financial queries on both internal and external grants
  • Perform pre and post-grant administration functions such as overall project budgeting, maintaining proper and up-to-date project records and database, requests for grant variation from researchers, submission of annual reports etc
  • Monitor the centre’s budgets and ensure timely action to top-up accounts, project extensions, etc
  • Ensure that the processes and procedures on all financial matters of the centre are handled in accordance to the University’s guidelines
  • Process orders / payments for all MBI and CBIS related grants, NUMI purchases, CeLS Vivarium mice housing fees
  • Handle procurement matters which involve getting quotations from vendors and recommendation, completing the paperwork required for order requisition, tender.
  • Management of CBIS assets and inventories, asset reporting, tracking of assets, etc
  • Preparation of any reports required by University Administration.
  • Manage and oversee the team of admin staff in the centre and manpower resource allocation, recruitment.
  • Participate in projects and assignments as may be directed from time to time

  • Requirements:

  • Possess a degree, preferably in Accountancy, Business Administration, Finance or equivalent, awarded by a recognized university. Applicants with a degree in other disciplines can be considered if they have adequate and relevant working experience and are highly numerate.
  • Those with at least 2 years of relevant working experience would have an advantage. However, consideration will also be given to fresh graduates with a good academic track record in relevant finance-related or quantitative-based disciplines.
  • Familiar with SAP financial and GeBiz would be an advantage
  • High proficiency in MS applications especially Microsoft Excel
  • Good analytical, writing, communication, interpersonal and organizational skills with a high degree of stress tolerance
  • Meticulous, resourceful and innovative with a positive work attitude and responsive and adaptive to changes
  • An independent worker but also a good team player

  • Interested applicants to submit application package (CV, Educational Certificates and Job Application Form) to the attention of Assoc Professor Thorsten Wohland at

    Specialist Associate

    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