Job Description: Laboratory Technician – 1 position available
Duration: March 2012 – February 2013
Position: Full time – daily hours will vary based on job required
Summary of job duties: The successful applicant will join a team of researchers investigating the role of different animals in the transmission of pathogens in Singapore.
There are two parts to this job. One is work in the field and the second is work in the lab.
Field work will involve setting up traps for small mammals, birds, bats, and mosquitoes in different sites in Singapore with team members from Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School. This applicant will handle the animals, collect biological samples from them, and keep records of all activities. They will transport the samples back to Duke and update any records and databases of the collections.
Labwork will include sample processing, including the extraction of genetic material from samples and running diagnostic tests. Hours will vary based on which animal type is being collected and their hours of peak activity. Birds and small mammals require an early start, whereas the trapping of bats takes place at dusk and into the night. Laboratory work will be done during normal business hours.
The successful candidate will undergo a health inspection from OSHE at NUS, be given the appropriate vaccinations, and will take an animal care and handling class at NUS.
This candidate will be trained in all field and laboratory techniques. In addition, there will be opportunities for authorship on scientific publications.
Requirements: Ideally looking for a team player with a background in the biological sciences who is willing to contribute to a unique island-wide project and is interested in gaining research experience.
Must enjoy working outside, be physically fit (field work involves moderate labor), not be afraid of animals, be very flexible with working hours, have good communication and interpersonal skills, and be fluent in English (writing, reading, and speaking).
Past animal or laboratory experience is useful, but not necessary. Possession of a class 3 driver’s license is also beneficial.
We are looking for any motivated individual – status of degree matters less than interest and passion.
Interested applicants please contact: ian.mendenhall duke-nus.edu.sg