Jobs: Two RA positions immediately available in “Enhancing the Urban Native Biodiversity of Singapore” (26 Sep 2011)

Two Research Assistant positions are immediately available for the project “Enhancing the Urban Native Biodiversity of Singapore” under the charge of Associate Professor Hugh Tan, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore.

This project seeks to

  • Increase the use of native landscape plants among professionals in the landscape and horticulture industry through publications, creation of the first native plant database, and demonstration landscape plots.
  • Develop appropriate know-how for propagation of native plants and diffuse the knowledge to NParks’ and local nurseries to enable a gradual build-up of native plant stock for landscape use.
  • Develop the know-how to screen and grow native plants in the urban environment for high survivability.
  • Demonstrate the positive ecological benefits of the use of native plants in urban landscapes in Singapore.

Job Scope
The job is a one-year contract research assistant appointment. Candidates are expected to:

  • Write species descriptions of native plants of Singapore that will contribute towards NParks’ Flora and Fauna Web.
  • Conduct propagation and germination experiments for native plants of Singapore.
  • Participate in field work around various locations in Singapore for plant collection.
  • Participate in faunal surveys at various native plants experimental/demonstration plots.
  • Write reports/contribute to publications arising from the project.


  1. Diploma in biotechnology or horticulture, BSc or BSc (Honours) in horticulture, botany, biology, life sciences (majoring in environmental biology or biology) or other related fields.
  2. Experience in horticulture is advantageous or candidates must have interest in cultivating native Singapore plants and botanical field research.
  3. Good writing skills.
  4. IT competent (MS word, Powerpoint, Excel, and Photoshop)
  5. Possession of a Singapore driving license with driving experience of at least a year or more is advantageous.
  6. Candidates who are selected must be willing to work part-time for a trial period of two months to asceratin suitability.

Contact Information
Please contact Mr. Alvin Lok (; 65162708) for any enquiries. Interested candidates to email his or her covering letter and an up-to-date curriculum vitae (including the names of three referees) by 26 Sep 2011.


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