[Job] Avian Fieldwork Research Assistants needed from 05 Feb to 05 Mar 2019 [submit by 21 Jan 2019]

Gelbwangenkakadu 8559

Researchers from The University of Hong Kong are seeking 2 Research Assistants for 4 weeks of fieldwork, from February 5-March 5 2019 in Singapore (including weekends), for the project:

“Population assessment and assessment of ecological niche of the critically endangered Cacatua sulphurea in Singapore”

RA duties will include assistance with:

  • Nest focal watches
  • Observing behaviours of birds around nest hole sites
  • Field identification of local plant / bird species
  • Habitat transects

Basic training for these activities will be provided. Hours will be 7am-12noon and 3pm-6pm daily, weekends included. With the support of Wildlife Reserves Singapore, we are able to provide a per diem rate of SGD 75.

Applicants must be living in Singapore and have the following skills:

  • Good communication skills
  • Proactive attitude
  • Strong knowledge of plant and bird species local to Singapore
  • Good fitness condition

Interested parties please send an email with basic information and experience to alexast@hku.hk by January 21, 2019.

Astrid Andersson, HKU
Dr Caroline Dingle, HKU
Dr Jess Lee, WRS


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[PhD] PhD Opportunity with research focus on bee diversities in Singapore and the region [by 31 Jan 2019]


The Insect Diversity Lab at the Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, is in search of an enthusiastic PhD student with a strong academic background and interest in accomplishing a research project focused on bee diversities in Singapore and the region.

This student should have interests in entomology, taxonomy, and conservation biology, and will design and implement question-based research based on assembled integrative taxonomic resources, which includes DNA barcodes and image databases. This student will generate and analyse DNA barcodes, and apply existing analytical tools to assess faunal overlap, rate of discovery of new species, turnover of faunas across ecological gradients, and other phenomena of importance to conservation and management.

We are looking for a student that is capable of developing and testing original hypotheses to increase the scope and applicability of these taxonomic resources, especially in the areas of conservation and management. Prior experience with molecular taxonomy, especially in DNA barcoding and molecular diagnostics, is essential. Familiarity with NGS barcoding techniques, statistical analyses with R programming, and excellent writing skills would be ideal.


Interested students should submit

  • their CV specifying their research experience,
  • a short write-up about how this positon may contribute to their long term goals,
  • a sample of their academic writing and
  • two referees.

Please submit these documents to Dr John Ascher (dbsajs@nus.edu.sg) and Miss Ong Xin Rui (dbsoxr@nus.edu.sg) by 31 Jan 2019. Short-listed applicants will be notified for an interview by mid-February 2019.

Assistant Professor John Stoskopf Ascher
Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore