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