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INVITATION TO APPLY

The Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions and the Department of Biological Sciences at the National University of Singapore (NUS) invite applications for a Research Fellow in Blue Carbon Science and Policy. The position is expected to begin in December 2020 or soon after, and will be for a period of one year. The successful candidate will work with Prof Koh Lian Pin and Associate Professor Dan Friess.

 

THE ROLE

  1. Coordinate the Centre’s blue carbon research and initiatives
  2. Lead the Centre’s synthesis papers on blue carbon science
  3. Contribute to the Centre’s development of funding proposals on blue carbon research
  4. Liaise with the Centre’s government, corporate and civil society partners to identify blue carbon research gaps and opportunities
  5. Mentor the Centre’s graduate and undergraduate students working on blue carbon projects

 

REQUIRED SKILLS

  1. PhD in ecology, geography, environmental sciences, environmental policy, life sciences or similar disciplines
  2. Research and policy experience in blue carbon and associated coastal ecosystems (e.g. mangrove, seagrass, saltmarsh, macroalgae)
  3. Policy experience in the academic-policy interface
  4. Strong publication track record commensurate with career stage
  5. Highly organized and proactive
  6. Ability to work independently 

 

DESIRABLE SKILLS

  1. Research experience in seagrass ecosystems
  2. Experience leading group workshops and research publications
  3. Strong analytical skills in GIS or remote sensing
  4. Strong quantitative skills in R or similar

 

ABOUT NUS

The QS World University rankings regularly place NUS in the top 15 universities in the world and number one in Asia. The mission of the NUS Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions is to produce policy-relevant science on nature-based climate solutions – tackling the challenge of climate change by protecting and better managing natural ecosystems – to address knowledge gaps, build capacity and deliver pragmatic solutions and innovations to inform climate policies, strategies and actions in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region. 

 

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT

  1. The appointment will be tenable for a period of one year
  2. The position comes with competitive remuneration
  3. Singapore citizens and permanent residents are eligible for Central Provident Fund benefits

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Interested applicants should submit an application package to Ms. Rozita Ahmad (rozita@nus.edu.sg) at the Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions. The application deadline is 15th October. The package should contain the following information:

  1. Letter of application
  2. Curriculum vitae, with complete list of publications
  3. At least one sample of published work
  4. A research statement (maximum 2 pages) explaining the candidate’s past research experience; most impactful publications; and aptitude in relation to job description
  5. Contact information for 3 referees

Applicants will be asked to appear for interview (including over Zoom). For further information, please contact Associate Professor Dan Friess (dan.friess@nus.edu.sg) or Professor Koh Lian Pin (lianpinkoh@nus.edu.sg).

Application closes 15th October 2020

 

Immediate positions of two postdocs and two research assistants are available in Dr. Luo Min’s group in the Department of Biological Science (DBS) at National University of Singapore (NUS). Dr. Luo just finished his Postdoc training from Harvard Medical School, where he has published several papers in top journals such as Science (DOI: 10.1126/science.aas9699 and 10.1126/science.aat0839), Cell (doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2017.06.012), and Communications Biology (doi: 10.1038/s42003-020-01173-z).

Luo lab will utilize high-resolution single-particle cryo-EM, in combination with a variety of biochemical and biophysical techniques, to study the structure and function of membrane proteins which play essential role in nutrients uptake for pathogens or iron homeostasis in human. There are several exciting projects related to essential human diseases currently available for outstanding researchers who are keen to combine different techniques to understand better in fundamental cellular function.

Postdoc Position

For the Postdoc positions, we are looking for outstanding scientists who have strong background in biochemistry and structural biology of proteins, or equivalent area, and are highly motivated to learn membrane biology and single-particle cryo-EM. Experience in membrane protein and EM will be a plus, but is not important.

Research Assistant Position

Ideal candidates should have an excellent bachelor or master degree in biochemistry, biophysics, cell biology or a related area of biology. Particularly, strong background in protein cloning, expression, and purification will be required.

Salary will be according to the funding policies of NUS, and will be increased every year based on the behaviour.

To apply

Interested applicants please apply with CV to Dr Luo Min | email: minluosdu@gmail.com

Job Description:

This position reports to the Principal Investigator of the Functional Genomics Laboratories at the Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore and will interface with collaborators from the industry e.g., P&G, Danone-Nutricia and L’Oreal. The laboratory is committed to a high performance culture that exposes the trainee to multi-disciplinary work ranging from planning, epidemiological assessment, physiological evaluation processes, laboratory based techniques (whole-genome analysis, proteomic and immunological evaluation), data analytics and presentation to multiple stakeholders including industry partners. 

 The RA will gain exposure to the following functional areas:

 

  1. Project Planning, Budgeting and Management
  2. Industrial Collaborator Engagement and Relations
  3. Epidemiological Processes and Techniques
  4. Data Analysis and Presentation
  5. Laboratory Based Analysis (Whole Genome Evaluation, Proteomic and Immunological Techniques)
  6. Scientific Writing and Presentation
  7. Manage IRB and other applications and submissions

 

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Plan and execute specific projects with industrial collaborators such as P&G, Danone-Nutricia, and L’Oreal
  2. Assist in the large scale epidemiological collection and physiological assessment studies
  3. Perform experiments (based on whole Genome Evaluation, Proteomic and Immunological Techniques)
  4. Manage and curate experimental and epidemiological datasets
  5. Data analysis and presentation
  6. Assist in the report writing and presentation
  7. Manage the IRB applications and submissions

 

 

Qualifications:

  1. Honours Degree in Life Sciences
  2. Preferably some experience in scientific work (e.g., through final year projects or undergraduate project experiences)
  3. Effective oral and written communication skills

Interested Parties:

Singaporean and PRs Only; NUS/NTU graduates preferred

Interested Candidates to send to Associate Professor CHEW Fook Tim at dbscft@nus.edu.sg

 

The Experimental Marine Ecology Laboratory (EMEL) within the Department of Biological Sciences at the National University of Singapore is seeking to appoint a full-time Research Assistant to examine the impacts of sedimentation and macroalgae (seaweed) on corals. This work is part of a larger project funded by Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF) to further understand the adaptation and resilience of coral reefs to environmental change in Singapore.

The successful applicant will assist Research Fellows and graduate students to conduct a range of field based and laboratory experiments.

Applicants should possess BSc (Honours) qualifications or higher in marine biology, ecology or a related field. Applicants should be highly motivated, well organized, with strong statistical, analytical and writing skills and have the capacity to work within a diverse group of marine ecologists/biologists.

• Experience in field and laboratory research.
• SCUBA Diver
• Scientific writing, experimental design and analytical skills.
• Excellent organizational skills and detail-oriented approach to work.
• Class 3 Singapore driving license and the ability to drive a manual pick-up truck.
• BSc (Honours) or higher (i.e. MSc) in marine ecology, biology or related field.

Please submit via email:

• CV
• Two references (only their name, relation to you, and contact information is needed)
• A 1 paragraph synopsis, in your own words, of either (a) a research project you performed, or (b) a recent study in marine ecology that you find interesting.

Closing Date: 30 June 2020

Associate Professor, Peter A. Todd
E-mail: dbspat@nus.edu.sg

The FTTA will be working with a team with professors and laboratory officers to achieve holistic goals for undergraduate education in NUS. The FTTA 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. The applicant will be a teaching staff in the Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore for six months.

Job description |LINK

Interested individuals should send their application letter and CV to

Xu Weiting
E-mail: dbsxuwt@nus.edu.sg

This position is within the Department of Biological Sciences at the National University of Singapore. The staff member will be a teaching apprentice for the module LSM4255 Methods in Mathematical Biology. The staff member will help run tutorial sessions, and will grade students assignments and midterm exams.

Job description |LINK

Interested individuals should send their application letter and CV to

A/P Ryan Chisholm
E-mail: chisholm@nus.edu.sg

Qualifications:

Fresh PhD (less than 5 years) in Life sciences, Biochemistry, Pharmacology and any related areas; training in animal or pharmacological experiments; organ bath training preferred

Position Open: From now until 30 December, 2020

Job requirement:

To study recombinant expression and/or peptide synthesis of mosquito saliva proteins; their purification and characterization, particularly vasodilation properties.

Remuneration: $4800-5600 per month based on the experience and expertise

Interested candidates should send the following to Professor Kini R Manjunatha dbskinim@nus.edu.sg

1) cover letter
2) CV

The Department of Biological Sciences at the National University of Singapore invites applications for several tenure track faculty positions in the emerging field of nature-based climate solutions – tackling the challenge of climate change by protecting and better managing natural ecosystems.

We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in: i) coastal blue carbon science and conservation; ii) restoration of terrestrial, coastal and/or marine ecosystems; and iii) the use of innovative techniques and technologies for mapping and monitoring nature-based climate solutions. Candidates with excellent track records in other research areas related to conservation or climate science will also be considered.

Successful applicants will be appointed Principal Investigators at the Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions, a newly established university-level research centre jointly supported by the University and the National Research Foundation of the Singapore Prime Minister’s Office. The candidate is expected to develop a highly competitive research program and will have many opportunities to collaborate with colleagues in the Department of Biological Sciences.

The Centre’s mission is to produce policy-relevant science on nature-based climate solutions to inform climate policies, strategies and actions in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region. The Centre’s research focuses on five key programmes: i) understanding the impacts of climate change on human and natural systems; ii) quantifying the potential and limits of nature-based climate solutions; iii) identifying and overcoming technical, socioeconomic and other barriers to their implementation; iv) prioritising solutions for the greatest return on investment and outcomes; and v) leveraging technology to support climate research and actions.

Successful applicants will also join the Department of Biological Sciences as tenure track faculty members where they will contribute to teaching and service duties. The Department has over 60 full ¬time faculty members with diverse research expertise and over 300 graduate students from 19 countries. Facilities and research support are world-class and the university (www.nus.edu.sg) and department (www.uat-dbs.nus.edu.sg) are internationally highly regarded.

The University offers internationally competitive salary packages in Singapore’s low tax environment. The Department and Centre are committed to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty; female and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should have a PhD and postdoctoral experience in environmental science, conservation science, sustainability science, geography or related fields. They should have demonstrable, strong record and trajectory in research output, grant capture and teaching excellence.

Interested candidates should submit an application package comprising: a letter of interest, curriculum vitae with full publication list, research statement, teaching statement, and the names and contact details of at least five academic referees. Please send the application package to:

Chair, Nature-based Climate Solutions Search Committee
(c/o Ms. Norizan binti Selamat)
Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore, 14 Science Drive 4
Singapore 117543
Fax: +65 6779 5671; e-mail: norizan@nus.edu.sg

The closing date for applications is 31 July 2020 (search will continue until suitable candidates are identified). We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Further information about working at NUS is available at http://www.nus.edu.sg/careers/whyjoinus.htm.

We have a newly funded Research Fellow (Postdoc) position in the Gan lab. Our lab is based in the Centre for BioImaging Sciences, Department of Biological Sciences at the National University of Singapore. Our website (www.anaphase.org) has additional details about our group.

The candidate will investigate how the synaptonemal complex and chromatin reorganize during meiosis, inside the cell nucleus. This project will take advantage of the yeast meiosis program and its well-characterized cytology and genetics. It will exploit state-of-the-art technologies such as cryo-FIB milling, cryosectioning, electron cryotomography (cryo-ET), correlative cryo-EM/LM (cryo-CLEM), 3-D classification, and subtomogram averaging.

Please see our first study of the yeast synaptonemal complex: LINK

Our other studies on chromatin and the kinetochore are linked here: LINK

To see how structural cell-biology is the future, see our recent review: LINK

The Centre for BioImaging Sciences operates state-of-the art cryo-EM equipment, including a Titan Krios cryo-TEM with a Falcon II direct-detection camera and Volta phase plate, a T12 cryo-TEM, a Vitrobot plunge freezer, a high-pressure freezer, a UC7/FC7 cryomicrotome, and a Helios FIB-SEM. Proteomics, light microscopy, and cell-culture facilities are also available. Training in the theory and operation of key equipment and software is provided by dedicated staff. We run our own cluster of high-core-count CPU servers and the GPU servers.

A K3-GIF camera has been ordered. In the interim, we have recently gained access to a K2-GIF-equipped Krios and light cryomicroscopes (for cryo-CLEM) at our neighboring university, NTU, which is also in Singapore. Furthermore, we have just started collaborations with international centers that operate prototype cryo-EM/LM instruments.

The candidate must have a strong publication record in the broad areas of biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering or physics.

Interested candidates should send the following to Lu Gan | Email

  1. cover letter
  2. one-page project proposal
  3. CV
  4. contact info of three references

The Department of Biological Sciences (DBS), National University of Singapore (NUS), invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in electron cryomicroscopy (cryo-EM). Candidates with an excellent publication record in cryo­EM research, including single­particle approaches and tomography, are encouraged to apply. The candidate is expected to develop a highly competitive research program and will have many opportunities to collaborate with colleagues in DBS.

The position is based at the Centre for BioImaging Sciences (CBIS) in the Department of Biological Sciences. CBIS members have broad imaging expertise including crystallography, light microscopy, single­ particle cryo­EM, electron tomography, AFM, and computational imaging (http://cbis.nus.edu.sg/). CBIS hosts a state­of­the­art EM facility containing T12, JEOL 2200FS, JEOL 2010, and Titan Krios cryoTEMs. All four cryo-TEMs are equipped with direct-detection cameras. We are in the process of acquiring a new K3 and GIF camera upgrades for our Krios. Furthermore, the Titan Krios and JEOL 2200FS are both equipped with second­generation Volta­style phase plates. This advanced imaging facility is supported by dedicated microscopy and IT personnel. Image analysis and data handling are done on high­end computer clusters, which are actively being upgraded to handle even more challenging data.

Successful applicants will join the Department of Biological Sciences with over 60 full­time faculty members having diverse research expertise and over 300 graduate students from 19 countries. Facilities and research support are world­class and the university and department are internationally highly regarded.

The university offers internationally competitive salary packages in Singapore’s low tax environment. The Department is committed to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty, and female and minority candidates are encouraged to apply for the position. 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 application materials to:

Chair, Structural Biology Search Committee (c/o Ms. Norizan binti Selamat)
Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore 14 Science Drive 4
Singapore 117543
Fax: (65) 6779 5671; Email:norizan@nus.edu.sg

Closing date of application: 30 April 2020 (Search will continue until a suitable candidate is found)

A newly funded Research Fellow (Postdoc) position is available in the Gan lab, based in the Centre for BioImaging Sciences, Department of Biological Sciences at the National University of Singapore. Details about our group can be found on our website www.anaphase.org.

The candidate will investigate how chromatin organization changes at the macromolecular level when cells are genetically or chemically perturbed. This structural cell biology project will reveal the organizational principles of oligonucleosomes inside of cells. It will exploit state-of-the-art technologies such as cryosectioning, cryo-FIB, electron cryotomography (cryo-ET), 3-D classification, and subtomogram averaging. Examples of our recent related work is available here: www.anaphase.org/papers

The Centre of BioImaging Sciences is equipped with state-of-the art cryo-EM equipment, including a Titan Krios cryo-TEM with a Falcon II direct-detection camera, a T12 cryo-TEM, a Vitrobot plunge freezer, a high-pressure freezer, a UC7/FC7 cryomicrotome, and a Helios FIB-SEM. Proteomics, light microscopy, and cell-culture facilities are also available. Training in the theory and operation of key equipment and software is provided by dedicated staff. Our lab has customized cluster high-core-count CPU servers and the latest GPU-accelerated servers.

A K3-GIF camera has just been ordered. Access to other equipment that are not immediately available, such light cryomicroscopes (for cryo-CLEM), is available through local and international cryo-EM facilities.

The candidate must have a strong publication record in the broad areas of biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering or physics.

Interested candidates should send the following to Lu Gan (lu@anaphase.org)

  1. cover letter
  2. one-page project proposal
  3. CV
  4. contact info of three references

A newly funded Research Assistant (Technician) position is available in the Gan lab, based in the Centre for BioImaging Sciences, Department of Biological Sciences at the National University of Singapore. Please find additional details on our research here: www.anaphase.org

Our lab uses a number of techniques, including molecular biology, biochemistry, light microscopy and electron microscopy to study how chromatin functions and is organized inside the cell. Examples of our work is available here: www.anaphase.org/papers

This position will contribute to ongoing projects that study the relationship between chromatin folding and chemical or genetic perturbations to chromatin. The candidate will work closely with a senior student or postdoc to prepare and characterize these perturbed cells and then determine how the chromatin reacts. The project focus may also change if exciting opportunities arise.

The candidate should have a B.Sc in biology or chemistry. Our lab has access to molecular biology and biochemistry facilities and to advanced light microscopes, all of which will be used by the candiate. Training will be provided as needed.

Interested candidates should send the following to Lu Gan (lu@anaphase.org):

  1. cover letter
  2. CV
  3. contact info of three references