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.
Core Responsibilities include:
- Process collected specimens (pinning, labelling, curating, and dissection for DNA).
- Organise and conduct DNA barcoding work for bees of Singapore and Southeast Asia.
- Specimen preparation, database entries, DNA extractions, PCR and data analyses.
- Data entry and management of specimen and bibliographic databases.
- Coordinate with collaborators within the NUS Department of Biological Sciences and overseas.
Additional Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
- Technical and report/scientific paper editing.
- Specimen imaging using an imaging system.
- Procuring equipment and consumables.
- Ensuring proper maintenance and/or replacement of existing equipment.
- Managing laboratory’s grants and budget.
- Acting as a liaison with various external agencies, e.g. NParks to obtain permits.
- Field sampling of bees/wasps using a sweep net.
- Prior experience with molecular taxonomy, especially DNA barcoding and molecular diagnostics.
- Prior experience in the field of entomology will help but can be picked up on the job.
- Written and verbal competency in the English language is a necessity.
- Familiarity with NGS barcoding techniques is desirable.
- Prior technical expertise or familiarity with software used in data management, analysis, and visualization is preferred.
- Additional abilities/experience in statistics is desirable.
- The candidate should be conscientious and adaptive, and enthusiastic about working with insects both alive and dead.
- The job requires attention to detail and the ability to maintain focus when working independently.
- This position is for 1 year, with potential for renewal.
- Applicants should be ready to start work in January 2020.
- Degree in Life Sciences or related field.
- Remuneration: SGD $3,000/month (dependent on qualifications and includes CPF contribution for Singaporeans/PR).
- Interested applicants should submit their CV, a short write-up about how this job may contribute to the applicant’s long term goals, and a sample of their academic writing.
- Please submit these to Dr John Ascher (firstname.lastname@example.org), Mr Tan Ming Kai (email@example.com), and Miss Ong Xin Rui (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 23 September 2019.
- Short-listed applicants will be notified for an interview by end-September 2019.
Assistant Professor John Stoskopf Ascher
Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore
16 Science Drive 4, Singapore 117558