Remembering Dr Ong Bee Lian with the “Dr Ong Bee Lian – Department of Biological Sciences (DBS) Bursary Award” (raising funds by 15th Mar 2019)

OBL memorial photoWhen we shared the passing of Dr Ong Bee Lian, former students from over three decades at NUS shared their memories of her inspiring figure, her days in lectures and practicals, and strikingly, her nurturing mentorship and kindness in her various roles as lecturer, administrator, mentor and friend [link].

Now, I am happy to share that Friends of Dr Ong Bee Lian at the Department of Biological Sciences (DBS) & Food Science and Technology Programme (FST), NUS have announced the initiation of a bursary in her name, and invite contributions very fittingly to help needy students in DBS & FST.

Their deadline is 15 Mar 2019.

“The Department of Biological Sciences together with Food Science and Technology Programme are initiating a bursary award for the late Dr Ong Bee Lian. Dr Ong was an exemplary and dedicated educator who was passionate about teaching. She was well liked by all her students, friends and colleagues at DBS as well as FST. She was always caring and constantly instilled enthusiasm for life in others. Her demise was sorely felt by many, though her strength of character and dynamic personality continues to be an inspiration to us all. In remembrance of her, whom we have missed dearly, we hope to name an award after her.

The bursary award will be named “Dr Ong Bee Lian – Department of Biological Sciences (DBS) Bursary Award”.

Please refer to the Appeal Letter for further details: [link]

If you wish to make a donation, please fill up the Gift Form: [link].

You can send the gift form by mail or email to Ms Lee Chooi Lan, Mrs Ang or Ms Sally Soh (email addresses are listed in the Appeal Letter). We hope to receive the funds by 15 March 2019 to qualify for the matching fund claim.

The sum we are trying to raise is only $25K. All donations are eligible for 2.5 times tax exemption.

Every amount makes a difference and it would be greatly appreciated. We look forward to your kind support and generosity to make this possible.

Please help to disseminate this message to friends who may be interested to know more about this worthy cause.

Feel free to contact Chooi Lan, Mrs Ang or Sally if you need clarification.”

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Conservation job vacancy: Asian Species Action Partnership Coordinator (apply by 28 Feb 2019)

https://www.speciesonthebrink.org/news/job-vacancy-asap-coordinator/

“ASAP is an inter-institutional Partnership convened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC), which focuses attention on a region that, without more serious conservation intervention, will see the demise of much of its unique diversity. ASAP was established to address the extinction risk among the most threatened land and freshwater vertebrates of Southeast Asia.

We are seeking a self-driven and motivated individual to support the ASAP Partnership. The successful candidate will be passionate about and committed to conservation, flexible and with personal drive and initiative. They will be expected to have knowledge and understanding of conservation issues in Southeast Asia, and enthusiasm for conserving species, building capacity, and engaging with diverse stakeholders across the global conservation community. They will need excellent communication and relationship skills.”

For more details, visit the ASAP webpage.

[Postdoc] Full-time Postdoc Opportunity in the Insect Diversity Lab, NUS

The Insect Diversity Lab at the Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, is in search of a full-time Postdoc. We study global insect diversity with current focus on bees and related wasps of Southeast Asia. A key goal is to develop taxonomic infrastructure and to use this to advance research on insect urban ecology, behaviour, and conservation.

Core Responsibilities include:

  • Organise and conduct DNA barcoding work for bees of Singapore and Southeast Asia.
  • Specimen preparation, database entries, DNA extractions, PCR and data analyses.
  • Coordinate with collaborators within the NUS Department of Biological Sciences and overseas.

Additional Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Data entry and management of specimen and bibliographic databases.
  • Technical and report/scientific paper editing.
  • Processing of collected specimens (pinning, labelling, curating, and dissection for DNA).
  • Specimen imaging using an imaging system.
  • Acting as a liaison with various external agencies, e.g. NParks to obtain permits.
  • Field sampling of bees/wasps using a sweep net.

Abilities:

  • Prior experience with molecular taxonomy, especially DNA barcoding and molecular diagnostics.
  • Prior experience in the field of entomology will help but can be picked up on the job.
  • Written and verbal competency in the English language is a necessity.
  • Familiarity with NGS barcoding techniques is desirable.
  • Prior technical expertise or familiarity with software used in data management, analysis, and visualization is preferred.
  • Additional abilities/experience in statistics is desirable.
  • The candidate should be conscientious and adaptive, and enthusiastic about working with insects both alive and dead.
  • The job requires attention to detail and the ability to maintain focus when working independently.

Application details

  • This position is for 1 year.
  • Applicants should be ready to start work in April 2019.
  • Ph.D degree in Life Sciences or related field.
  • Remuneration: SGD $4,500/month (dependent on qualifications and includes CPF contribution for Singaporeans/PR).
  • Interested applicants should submit their CV, a short write-up about how this job may contribute to the applicant’s long term goals, and a sample of their academic writing.
  • Please submit these to Dr John Ascher (dbsajs@nus.edu.sg) and Miss Ong Xin Rui (dbsoxr@nus.edu.sg) by 10 February 2019.
  • Short-listed applicants will be notified for an interview by late February 2019.

Assistant Professor John Stoskopf Ascher
Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore

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[Job] Avian Fieldwork Research Assistants needed from 05 Feb to 05 Mar 2019 [submit by 21 Jan 2019]

Gelbwangenkakadu 8559

Researchers from The University of Hong Kong are seeking 2 Research Assistants for 4 weeks of fieldwork, from February 5-March 5 2019 in Singapore (including weekends), for the project:

“Population assessment and assessment of ecological niche of the critically endangered Cacatua sulphurea in Singapore”

RA duties will include assistance with:

  • Nest focal watches
  • Observing behaviours of birds around nest hole sites
  • Field identification of local plant / bird species
  • Habitat transects

Basic training for these activities will be provided. Hours will be 7am-12noon and 3pm-6pm daily, weekends included. With the support of Wildlife Reserves Singapore, we are able to provide a per diem rate of SGD 75.

Applicants must be living in Singapore and have the following skills:

  • Good communication skills
  • Proactive attitude
  • Strong knowledge of plant and bird species local to Singapore
  • Good fitness condition

Interested parties please send an email with basic information and experience to alexast@hku.hk by January 21, 2019.

Astrid Andersson, HKU
Dr Caroline Dingle, HKU
Dr Jess Lee, WRS

 

Image from Wikipedia by J. Patrick Fischer

[PhD] PhD Opportunity with research focus on bee diversities in Singapore and the region [by 31 Jan 2019]

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The Insect Diversity Lab at the Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, is in search of an enthusiastic PhD student with a strong academic background and interest in accomplishing a research project focused on bee diversities in Singapore and the region.

This student should have interests in entomology, taxonomy, and conservation biology, and will design and implement question-based research based on assembled integrative taxonomic resources, which includes DNA barcodes and image databases. This student will generate and analyse DNA barcodes, and apply existing analytical tools to assess faunal overlap, rate of discovery of new species, turnover of faunas across ecological gradients, and other phenomena of importance to conservation and management.

We are looking for a student that is capable of developing and testing original hypotheses to increase the scope and applicability of these taxonomic resources, especially in the areas of conservation and management. Prior experience with molecular taxonomy, especially in DNA barcoding and molecular diagnostics, is essential. Familiarity with NGS barcoding techniques, statistical analyses with R programming, and excellent writing skills would be ideal.

Application

Interested students should submit

  • their CV specifying their research experience,
  • a short write-up about how this positon may contribute to their long term goals,
  • a sample of their academic writing and
  • two referees.

Please submit these documents to Dr John Ascher (dbsajs@nus.edu.sg) and Miss Ong Xin Rui (dbsoxr@nus.edu.sg) by 31 Jan 2019. Short-listed applicants will be notified for an interview by mid-February 2019.

Assistant Professor John Stoskopf Ascher
Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore

[Job]: Full-Time Research Assistant position in Insect Diversity Lab

The Insect Diversity Lab at the Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, is in search of a full-time Research Assistant. We study global insect diversity with current focus on bees and related wasps of Southeast Asia. A key goal is to develop taxonomic infrastructure and to use this to advance research on insect urban ecology, behaviour, and conservation.

Core Responsibilities include:

  • Organise and conduct DNA barcoding work for bees of Singapore and Southeast Asia.
  • Specimen preparation, database entries, DNA extractions, PCR and data analyses.
  • Coordinate with collaborators within the NUS Department of Biological Sciences and overseas.

Additional Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Data entry and management of specimen and bibliographic databases.
  • Technical and report/scientific paper editing.
  • Processing of collected specimens (pinning, labeling, curating, and dissection for DNA).
  • Specimen imaging using an imaging system.
  • Acting as a liaison with various external agencies, e.g. NParks to obtain permits.
  • Field sampling of bees/wasps using a sweep net.

Abilities:

  • Prior experience with molecular taxonomy, especially DNA barcoding and molecular diagnostics.
  • Prior experience in the field of entomology will help but can be picked up on the job.
  • Written and verbal competency in the English language is a necessity.
  • Familiarity with NGS barcoding techniques is desirable.
  • Prior technical expertise or familiarity with software used in data management, analysis, and visualization is preferred.
  • Additional abilities/experience in statistics is desirable.
  • The candidate should be conscientious and adaptive, and enthusiastic about working with insects both alive and dead.
  • The job requires attention to detail and the ability to maintain focus when working independently.

Application details

  • This position is for 1 year, with potential for renewal.
  • Applicants should be ready to start work in January 2019.
  • Degree in Life Sciences or related field.
  • Remuneration: SGD $3,000/month (dependent on qualifications and includes CPF contribution for Singaporeans/PR).
  • Interested applicants should submit their CV, a short write-up about how this job may contribute to the applicant’s long term goals, and a sample of their academic writing.
  • Please submit these to Dr John Ascher (dbsajs@nus.edu.sg) and Miss Ong Xin Rui (dbsoxr@nus.edu.sg) by 16 November 2018.
  • Short-listed applicants will be notified for an interview by end-November 2018.

Assistant Professor John Stoskopf Ascher Department of Biological Sciences National University of Singapore 14, Science Drive 4, Singapore 117543 Email: dbsajs@nus.edu.sg

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