Job: Full time Research Assistant, project on stray dogs: 1-year (by 7th August 2016)

Full-time Research Assistant required for research on stray dogs

The successful applicant will contribute to research on the ranging behaviour and population demographics (i.e., carrying capacity, size and distribution, growth rate, age structure and social organisation) of stray dogs in Singapore. Data collected by this project will be used to develop improved strategies and assessment tools for the management of stray dog populations. The data will also be used to develop a simulation model for the spread of rabies should the disease be found in the stray dog population in Singapore, and to predict the best approach for its eradication.

This is a full-time (1 year) position with a possible extension. The candidate will be working with researchers and staff from the University of Queensland (UQ) and National University of Singapore (NUS).

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting research on stray dog ecology and the effectiveness of control measures in Singapore by: point counts of stray dogs at determined sites;
  • identification of individual dogs by physical characteristics and photograph libraries;
  • application and monitoring of satellite GPS tracking collars; and other methods
  • Maintain clear and accurate records of work performed and data collected
  • Interact with members of the public and animal welfare groups to facilitate data collection and application of tracking collars.

Requirements of applicant:

  • Applicants should have a BSc in ecology or a relevant field,
  • be familiar with dogs and dog behaviour,
  • and show interest in the ecology and management of vertebrate species.
  • Must enjoy working outdoors,
  • be flexible with working hours due to dog activity patterns,
  • and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • A Class 3A driver’s license, computer literacy and high competence with Microsoft Excel are required.

Interested individuals should submit their CVs with their relevant software knowledge and research experience to Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interviews. The closing date for this application is 7 August 2016.

Mark Rusli
Research Officer
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, UQ

Job: Full-time Research Assistant in Insect Diversity Lab (1-year renewable; deadline: 31 Jul 2016)

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.

Tasks required include, but are not limited to:

  • Field sampling of bees/wasps using a sweep net
  • Lab-based work such as:
    • processing of collected specimens (pinning, labelling, curating, dissection for DNA)
    • specimen databasing
    • specimen imaging using an imaging system
    • GIS and other mapping


  • Additional abilities/experience in statistics and/or genomics is desirable, but absence of either is not a preclusion for consideration of hire.
    Written and verbal competency in the English language is a necessity.
  • Prior experience in the field of entomology will help greatly but can be picked up on the job.
  • The candidate should be conscientious and adaptive, and enthusiastic about working with insects both alive and dead.
  • The job requires attention to detail and ability to maintain focus when working independently.

Application details

  • This position is for 1 year, with potential for renewal.
  • Degree in Life Sciences or related field.
  • Remuneration: SGD $3,000/month (dependant on qualifications and includes CPF contribution for Singaporeans/PR).
  • Interested applicants should submit their CV, and a short write-up about how this job may contribute to the applicant’s long term goals.
  • Please submit these to and
  • Short-listed applicants will be notified for an interview.

Assistant Professor John Stoskopf Ascher
Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore
14, Science Drive 4, Singapore 117543

LSM4263 Field Studies in Biodiversity: Registration open!

Dear students

Registration is now open for LSM4263 – Field Studies in Biodiversity! 

This 4MC module will be conducted in Semester IV of AY2015/2016 from Tue 21 Jun 2016 to Fri 22 Jul 2016. Timetable details will be available later.


To qualify, students should be:

  • LSM majors specialising in Environmental Biology (EVB), OR from the Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) programme
  • Continuing into their Honors year in AY2016/2017
  • Possess a CAP of 3.2 or above
  • Willing to cover part of the module cost (amounting to less than S$400)

Other details:

  • The Pulau Tioman field trip is scheduled from Tue 12 Jul 2016 – Mon 18 Jul 2016
  • Accommodation at Paya Beach Resort
  • Local student enrolment is limited to 30 students
  • Priority to students with LSM2251 Ecology and the Environment, or other relevant experience

To register, please complete the form at by Mon 06 Jun 2016: 1800h. Successful students will be notified by email.

Best wishes,
Life Sciences Undergraduate Program Committee

Job: Research Assistant position in conservation science modelling (deadline: 20 May 2016)

Applications are invited for the position of a full time Research Assistant position on projects related to conservation science: bioeconomic modelling, land-use change and sustainability modelling.

An ideal candidate will demonstrate good critical thinking and independence in carrying out project tasks. With support from other team members, they will be exposed to multiple conservation science projects and expected to learn a range of modelling techniques with a strong focus on statistics and GIS.

This position would be ideal for individuals with a medium term plan of pursuing PhD studies in related disciplines.

The RA would have either a degree in ecology, geography, environmental sciences, environmental economics or related disciplines. Applicants with degrees in statistics, mathematics, physics, engineering or computing are also encouraged to apply.

The position is initially for one year with the possibility of extension to another year.

The salary is $3,000 per month (US$2,132) and includes medical benefits. CPF for Singaporean nationals are in addition to the salary.

Please send your CV including a section describing your quantitative skills, software you are familiar with and previous research work conducted using these skills (cover letter is not needed).

The successful applicant will join the BioEcon Lab at the Department of Biological Sciences of the National University of Singapore. The Department of Biological Sciences has over 60 faculty and 300 graduate students. Facilities and research support are world-class and the university and department are highly regarded internationally.

Closing date for applications: 20 May 2016 (please email

L. Roman Carrasco, PhD
Assistant Professor in Conservation Science
Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore
14 Science Drive 4, 117543, Singapore

MSc opportunity: Conservation of Megapodius cumingii [BurungTambun] on the Mantanani Islands, Sabah, Malaysia

MSc opportunity: Project Tambun

Project Tambun, a community project for the conservation of the Philippine megapode Megapodius cumingii [BurungTambun] on the Mantanani Islands, Sabah, Malaysia is proposed by the Sabah Society, Camps Borneo & Lord Cranbrook. See details in this document: Project Tambun MSc proposal.pdf

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This topic is suitable for the “Lady Yuen Peng McNeice Graduate Fellowship” at the National University of SIngpore, which is awarded to outstanding students keen to pursue research in the Southeast Asian Biodiversity. This award is open to Singapore Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents and graduates of an Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) university.

Details of the award are available at NUS’ Faculty of Science webpage.

Please contact Professor Rudolf Meier of the Department of Biological Sciences if you are keen to apply for the Fellowship.

Job: Full-time Research Assistant at Freshwater & Invasion Biology Lab (1-year, renewable; deadline 27 May 2016)

Freshwater & Invasion Biology Lab
Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore

Research Assistant
We are looking for a Full-time Research Assistant to work in the Freshwater and Invasion Biology Laboratory.

Under the direction of the project manager, primary tasks will include conducting: 

  • Field studies in freshwater habitats involving fish, macroinvertebrate and plankton sampling
  • Laboratory based work involving sorting and processing of specimens and data collected during field work
  • Technical and report/scientific paper writing

Requirements include:

  • BSc (Hons) or equivalent, with prior experience in freshwater ecology preferred
  • Good organizational skills and excellent attention to detail is essential
  • Possess leadership qualities, self-motivated, responsible, and a fast learner
  • Independent, but also able to work in a collaborative, team-oriented environment
  • Physically fit for extended periods of field work
  • A valid Singapore Class 3 driving license is highly desirable
  • Some weekend flexibility may be required
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe applications
  • Data analysis (using R, SPSS, Statistica and Primer); training will be provided if necessary

This is a 1 year (renewable) grant-funded position. Interested individuals are invited to send your applications that include a CV and three recommendation letters, with a cover letter to:

Assistant Professor Darren Yeo Chong Jinn
Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore,
14, Science Drive 4, Singapore 117543

For more information about our research, please visit
We regret that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interviews. Closing date for application is 27 May 2016.

Job: Research Field Assistant – Botany/Plant Ecology, May – Jun 2016

Duration: May 2016 – June 2016 (200 hours)

Position: Open for full-time undergraduate students only.

Summary of job duties:
The successful applicant will join a team of researchers to determine an ecological network for Singapore. The field work involves vegetation assessments at different sites in Singapore. The applicant will employ scientific equipment and visual analysis for collecting plant and vegetation data. The applicant will assist in data entry into GIS databases of the observations, as well as perform necessary calculations. Hours will vary depending on the nature of data collection and the site for any particular day. The successful candidate will be trained in the required field and GIS techniques.

We are looking for someone who is familiar with vegetation assessment techniques such as using the spherical densitometer, and who understands what vegetation assessment entails. Past experience with plants and knowledge of plant species a bonus, but the latter is not compulsory. The person must be meticulous with an eye for detail in the field, willing to contribute to a unique island-wide project, and is interested in gaining research experience.

Must enjoy working outdoors, be physically fit, not be afraid of entering a forested area, and have good communication and interpersonal skills. The applicant should be self-motivated yet willing to learn new techniques and software, and able to work independently as well as with other team members. Minimum software requirement is the Microsoft Office suite.

Candidates that are interested should send an email introducing yourself with resume attached to:

Abdul Rahim Bin Abdul Hamid
Research Associate
School of Design & Environment, NUS