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    faculty postitions in plant biology (31 oct 2014)

    Research Assistant (28 Oct 2014)

    Postdoctoral (20 oct 2014)

    research assistant (8 oct 2014)

    field assistant (29 sept 2014)

    Assistant research officer (11 sept 2014)

    reseach assistants (8 sept 2014)

    research assistant (17 jul 2014)

    research assistant (20 jun 2014)

    assistant research officer (16 jun 2014)


    Assistant Professor/Associate Professor (Positions in Plant Biology)

    The Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore (NUS), invites applications for faculty positions at the junior (tenure-track) or senior level in Plant Biology. Candidates with a strong research background in plant biology and a strong commitment to undergraduate and postgraduate education are invited to apply. Applicants should have proven background in molecular plant cell biology research using state-of-the-art techniques to address key Cell and Developmental Biology questions.

    NUS is a world-class university and the department has strong research focus in different aspects of plant biology. In addition, the department provides a strong platform for multidisciplinary research, including, bioimaging, biophysics, evolutionary and environmental biology, molecular biology, proteomics and structural biology.

    Successful applicants will join a highly research-active Plant Biology group within the Department of Biological Sciences with over 60 full-time faculty members having diverse research expertise and over 300 graduate students from 19 countries. Facilities and research support are world-class and the university ( and department ( are internationally highly regarded. The university offers internationally competitive salary packages in Singapore’s low tax environment.

    Interested, strong candidates with PhD and postdoctoral experience should forward a letter of intent describing their career goals, research plans, teaching interests, curriculum vitae and provide the names for at least five academic referees. Please send the material to:

    Chair, Plant Biology Search Committee (c/o Ms Lisa Lau)
    Department of Biological Sciences
    National University of Singapore
    14 Science Drive 4
    Singapore 117543
    Fax: (65) 6779 5671; Email:

    Closing date of application: 15 January 2015


    Job Description: The candidate will work on cloning, protein expression in suitable expression systems, protein purification and crystallization. Additional lab duty will involve inventory, ordering/purchasing, equipment maintenance, helping UROPS, honors and graduate students, safety records update, preparation for safety inspection and other normal and routine laboratory needs.

    Qualification: Qualified candidate should have at least a BSc degree or BSc Honours (equivalent degree is M. Sc..if coming from countries where B.Sc. is only 3 years)

    Remuneration & Benefits: Salary and benefits will be commensurate to academic qualification and work experience.

    Terms of Appointment: The appointment can commence immediately and will be a 2 years contract.

    Contact: Interested candidates are encouraged to email their application, including a cover letter, resume and full contacts of three referees to:

    Associate Professor Kunchithapadam Swaminathan
    Block S3, Room 04-06
    Department of Biological Sciences
    National University of Singapore
    Singapore 117543

    Postdoctoral position on Phenotypic Plasticity,

    A postdoctoral position is available in the lab of Antónia Monteiro to study the origin and evolution of phenotypic plasticity in butterfly wing patterns. The project will involve comparative hormone titer quantification and gene expression quantification (transcriptomics) across butterfly species, followed by functional validation of candidate genes/hormones in a subset of species.

    The position is for three years and can start immediately. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Candidates with demonstrated interests in phenotypic plasticity, and with experience in comparative transcriptomics and in handling NGS data, are especially welcome to apply. Experience in the use of phylogenies for hypothesis testing is also valued.

    The Department of Biological Sciences offers world-class research labs and infrastructure and a convivial and collaborative environment. Singapore is a lush, green city offering tropical weather year around, a diversity of food, and nearby exotic locations.

    Interested applicants should contact Antónia Monteiro ( with a CV, a statement of research interests, and the names of three references.

    Relevant publications:

    Oliver JC , X Tong, LF Gall, WH Piel, and A Monteiro (2012). A single origin for butterfly eyespots followed by widespread loss of associated gene expression. PloS Genetics 8:8 e1002893.

    Prudic KL, C Jeon, H Cao, and A Monteiro (2011) Developmental plasticity in sexual roles drives mutual sexual ornamentation. Science 331:73-75.

    Brakefield PM, J Gates, D Keys, F Kesbeke, P Wijngaarden, A Monteiro, V French,  and S Carroll (1996) Development, plasticity, and evolution of butterfly eyespot patterns. Nature 384: 236-242.

    Research Assistant
    Work involves the clinical care of a wide variety of animals used in research programs. Work also involves assist small and large animals surgeries procedures and performance specimens collection, mainly, for hematology and serology exams  which require a considerable degree of accuracy and manual dexterity, and the maintenance and care of laboratory specimens and materials. Employees allocated to this class must work in close association and collaboration with other professional, scientific, and technical personnel. Work is performed with considerable independence within established methods and procedures under the general supervision of an administrative superior.

    Graduation from a recognized college or university with a major in biology or a closely related field and one year of related experience; or successful completion of a college level two year Laboratory Animal Technician program/or Veterinary Technician program, and two years of related experience; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.


        1. Makes daily rounds of all Laboratory Animal facilities; observes status of health of all animals, environmental conditions, temperature, humidity, and sanitation.
        2. Administers medicine and treatment according to prescribed instructions.
        3. Performs basic physical examination on animals; examines incoming animals to determine health status and whether or not they meet purchase request specifications.
        4. Anesthetizes and euthanatizes animals; assists veterinarian or physicians  with surgery and postmortem.
        5. Maintains clinic area and stock of pharmaceuticals.
        6. Performs field and laboratory research using animals, based upon protocol worked out by our group
        7. Operates, maintains, and cleans laboratory and research equipment; maintains laboratory and supplies, and prepares solutions and reagents.
        8. Collects specimens such as blood and urine.
        9. Observes and records vital data, abnormal signs, body weight, feed, and water intake.
        10. Conducts library searches, writes procedures and reports, and prepares charts and graphs.
        11. Maintains necessary clinical records for animals kept by the Laboratory Animal unit including animal use records
        12. Performs related work as required.
        14. Considerable knowledge of the care, breeding, and handling of a wide variety of animals.
        15. Considerable knowledge of the biology and physical characteristics of a wide variety of animals used in research and teaching.
        16. Considerable knowledge regarding the methods and materials used in animal laboratory work.
        17. Some knowledge of the day-to-day operation of the Laboratory Animal unit.
        18. Ability to recognize signs of illness or abnormality.
        19. Ability to make accurate observations.
        20. Ability to keep current, accurate, and complete records of animal and procedures
        21. Ability to observe and analyze the results of research experience.
        22. Ability to work with many professionals, paraprofessionals, caretakers, and students.
        23. Ability to be certified as a laboratory Animal Technician by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS).


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    Field assistant in mosquito vector and dengue research

    Field sites in Singapore, mostly Geylang and at DBS
    Duties include:  inspecting water bodies for mosquito larvae, assisting with laboratory experiments on adult mosquitoes
    Employer:  SMART-CENSAM, in conjunction with DBS
    Duration:  16 hours per week, 4 months

    Enquiries: A/P  Theodore Evans,

    A position for Assistant Research Officer (ARO) is available in Dr. Pek Jun Wei’s group starting November 2014. Individuals who are interested in studying the roles and biogenesis of long noncoding RNAs in Drosophila melanogaster are invited to apply.

    - BSc (Hons) (Life Sciences or related fields)
    - Highly motivated and willing to learn
    - Prior experience in bioinformatic analysis of deep sequencing data and/or molecular biology will be an advantage, but not necessary
    - Laboratory maintenance and purchasing
    - Assistance in projects

    The salary given is commensurable to educational qualifications and working experience of the candidates. Benefits include annual leave, medical leave and flexi-benefits etc.
    Interested individuals should send their applications (including a cover letter, CV, and names and contacts of three referees) to: 
    Dr. Pek Jun Wei
    Young Investigator
    Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory

    Two Research Assistant positions

    We are looking for two Research Assistants to join our lab. 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.

    Project 1:  Development of a probe for tumor imaging and diagnosis.
    Project 2:  Development of a novel anticancer drug.

    Details of the project will be provided to shortlisted candidates during interview.

    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.

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

    Research Assistant

    A research assistant position is available in A/Prof Low Boon Chuan’s lab at the Mechanobiology Institute, to examine regulation of Rho GTPases signaling in cancer cell metastasis. The candidate should possess at least a Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences and is expected to provide support in mammalian tissue culture, molecular cloning, western blots, immunofluorescence and live imaging microcopy. Prior experience in these areas will be an advantage.

    Interested individuals can submit their curriculum vitaes to

    Research Assistant

    Location: Mechanobiology Insitute, Singapore.  Level 9, T-Lab Building. NUS
    Lab website

    We are looking for a candidate with at least a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences or related areas.  Successful candidate will work closely with senior lab members in studying cell-matrix interactions by advanced imaging methods.  Expected tasks include performing mammalian cell culture, molecular cloning and PCR, immunoblotting, immunofluorescence and live cell microscopy. Prior experience in these areas will be an advantage. Good organization, written/oral communication, teamwork, and motivation are important. 

    To inquire, please send curriculum vitae and 3 references to:


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