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 email@example.com by January 21, 2019.
Astrid Andersson, HKU
Dr Caroline Dingle, HKU
Dr Jess Lee, WRS
Image from Wikipedia by J. Patrick Fischer
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Miss Ong Xin Rui (email@example.com) 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
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.
- 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.
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Miss Ong Xin Rui (email@example.com) 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Research Assistant will assist in the NUS‒NParks Marine Debris Project, which involves establishing a national baseline data of marine debris. The role involves mainly assistance in the marine debris monitoring programme, volunteer management and processing of microplastic samples.
The is a 6-month full-time position with monthly pay and remuneration depends on qualification.
The job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Assisting in marine debris monitoring programme and workshops.
- Laboratory-based work involving sorting and identifying of microplastics from sediments.
- An undergraduate degree in Sciences/Biology/Environmental Studies or a biology-related field.
- Able to work on weekends to carry out marine debris monitoring programme.
- Meticulous, responsible and careful with samples and data management.
- Good organizational skills and excellent attention to detail is essential.
- Strong oral, communication, and interpersonal skills.
- Self-motivated and able to work independently.
- Any experience in sorting (e.g., macroinvertebrate) is desirable.
- A good knowledge and experience in marine debris and microplastics.
- Experience in volunteer management.
- Good at data management and experience with data analysis.
To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to Ms Joleen Chan at email@example.com by 31 October 2018. Shortlisted applicants will be notified for the interview by mid–Nov 2018.
The Philippine Journal of Systematic Biology has published “A Special Tribute to Dr. Benito Tan” – please see their webpage for the articles. It includes an article by Ho Boon-Chuan Ho and James R. Shevock entitled, “A tribute to Benito C. Tan (1946–2016), distinguished muscologist”.
“Benito’s interest in Asian mosses brought him back to Asia where he took up the position of Associate Professor in Botany in the National University of Singapore (NUS) from 1998 to 2007.”
He is fondly remembered by us all.
Thanks to Adrian Loo for the alert.
The keeping of songbirds is a popular pastime in Southeast Asia. However, unsustainable trapping pressures is one of the main drivers of species loss in the region. The dearth of consumer demand data impedes the effective implementation of conservation plans. This project aims to understand the underlying drivers of demand for songbirds in Singapore. We hope to implement an evidence-based approach to wildlife trade campaigns, to influence consumer preferences with demand-centric conservation efforts.
- We are looking for enthusiastic students, with an interest in wildlife conservation, to conduct market-research style surveys with a specific target audience across Singapore.
- This project is a joint collaboration with Wildlife Conservation Society, Wildlife Reserves Singapore and BirdLife International. This is an exciting opportunity to work with both local and non-governmental organisations on a conservation project in Singapore
- 1st Nov 2019 – 28th Feb 2019 (Part-time position with a non-traditional schedule — time of day, and days of week, will vary depending on research needs).
- The candidate would need to dedicate a few hours each week for data collection.
- Non-traditional pay scheme (non-hourly); project-based pay with flexible working days/hours. Exact duration to be confirmed.
- Keen interest in environment, nature, conservation and its social aspects.
- Self-motivated and highly independent individual.
- Highly methodical and meticulous with data collection and management.
- Strong conversational, communication and interpersonal skills. Fluent in both written and spoken English.
- Proficiency in Mandarin and/or Bahasa Melayu would be advantageous. Proficiency in dialects (hokkien etc.) would be a plus.
- Non-honours students are also welcome to apply
- To apply, send your CV by 29 September, a brief paragraph highlighting why you are a good fit for this position to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Shortlisted applicants would be notified for an interview in early Oct. There is also a possibility for selected candidates to explore a Honours internship position with Birdlife in AY18/19 Semester 2.
The Department of Biological Sciences (DBS), National University of Singapore (NUS), invites applications for an educator track faculty position at the Lecturer or Senior Lecturer level in Applied Conservation or Sustainable Development. [link]
Positions are also open for tenure track faculty in the following areas:
- Vector Biology
- Fish Biology / Aquaculture
All jobs openings can be viewed at the Jobs in DBS webpage.