Job: 2-year Research Assistant on a freshwater crab conservation project in Singapore

Job description: Research Assistant
Duration: Oct 2012 – Sep 2014.

We are looking for a full-time research assistant for a project on the Singapore freshwater crab, Johora singaporensis.

The duties involve intense field work surveying of freshwater streams in local forests to establish distribution, habitat preference and physiochemical properties and establishment and management of an ex situ breeding programme.

The applicant must be interested in field work in day and night in difficult conditions, be able to recruit, lead and manage assistants, and be able to do careful work in an aquaria.

We are looking for someone who can be independent in setting up field surveys, be communicative about updates, pay close attention to detail, responsible about the care and handling of aquatic fauna, single-minded about research priorities, be willing to work in a team and interested in contributing to conservation.

The applicant must have a background in the biological sciences, must enjoy working outdoors, be physically fit, look forward to wildlife encounters and night work, be very flexible about working hours, have good communication and interpersonal skills, and be fluent in English (writing, reading, and speaking).

Past experience with rearing animals in aquaria is useful, but not necessary. Possession of a class 3 driver’s license would be beneficial but not critical.

Interested applicants please send your CV and COver Letter to Ms Tan Kai-xin at by 30 Sep 2012.


Amrita leaves for Imperial College with support from a President’s Graduate Fellowship

Amrita Srivathsan, a Ph.D. candidate in the Evolutionary Biology Laboratory, will be leaving soon for her one-year stay at Imperial College London. She is part of the NUS-Imperial Joint Degree PhD programme and is co-supervised by Professor Rudolf Meier (NUS) and Professor Alfried Vogler (Imperial College London). Amrita has a keen interest in primate genetics and is using Next Generation Sequencing to investigate the genetics, diet, and intestinal parasites of Banded Leaf Monkeys based on faecal samples.

She was recently awarded a President’s Graduate Fellowship which “is awarded to candidates who show exceptional promise or accomplishment in research.” The fellowship will help with living in expensive London. The Evolutionary Biology Laboratory congratulates her on receiving the scholarship and wishes her all the best for her endeavours in England, as she kicks back with the Royals.

We are going to miss you!