[Postdoc] Full-time Postdoc Opportunity in the Insect Diversity Lab, NUS

The Insect Diversity Lab at the Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, is in search of a full-time Postdoc. 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:

  • Organise and conduct DNA barcoding work for bees of Singapore and Southeast Asia.
  • Specimen preparation, database entries, DNA extractions, PCR and data analyses.
  • Coordinate with collaborators within the NUS Department of Biological Sciences and overseas.

Additional Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Data entry and management of specimen and bibliographic databases.
  • Technical and report/scientific paper editing.
  • Processing of collected specimens (pinning, labelling, curating, and dissection for DNA).
  • Specimen imaging using an imaging system.
  • Acting as a liaison with various external agencies, e.g. NParks to obtain permits.
  • Field sampling of bees/wasps using a sweep net.

Abilities:

  • 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.

Application details

  • This position is for 1 year.
  • Applicants should be ready to start work in April 2019.
  • Ph.D degree in Life Sciences or related field.
  • Remuneration: SGD $4,500/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 (dbsajs@nus.edu.sg) and Miss Ong Xin Rui (dbsoxr@nus.edu.sg) by 10 February 2019.
  • Short-listed applicants will be notified for an interview by late February 2019.

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

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

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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]

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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.

Application

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

[Job]: Full-Time Research Assistant position in Insect Diversity Lab

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:

  • Organise and conduct DNA barcoding work for bees of Singapore and Southeast Asia.
  • Specimen preparation, database entries, DNA extractions, PCR and data analyses.
  • Coordinate with collaborators within the NUS Department of Biological Sciences and overseas.

Additional Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Data entry and management of specimen and bibliographic databases.
  • Technical and report/scientific paper editing.
  • Processing of collected specimens (pinning, labeling, curating, and dissection for DNA).
  • Specimen imaging using an imaging system.
  • Acting as a liaison with various external agencies, e.g. NParks to obtain permits.
  • Field sampling of bees/wasps using a sweep net.

Abilities:

  • 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.

Application details

  • This position is for 1 year, with potential for renewal.
  • Applicants should be ready to start work in January 2019.
  • 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 (dbsajs@nus.edu.sg) and Miss Ong Xin Rui (dbsoxr@nus.edu.sg) by 16 November 2018.
  • Short-listed applicants will be notified for an interview by end-November 2018.

Assistant Professor John Stoskopf Ascher Department of Biological Sciences National University of Singapore 14, Science Drive 4, Singapore 117543 Email: dbsajs@nus.edu.sg

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Call for Student Research Assistant for Songbird Trade Project (Nov 2018 – Feb 2019)

Project Overview

The keeping of songbirds is a popular pastime in Southeast Asia. However, unsustainable trapping pressures is one of the main drivers of species loss in the region. The dearth of consumer demand data impedes the effective implementation of conservation plans. This project aims to understand the underlying drivers of demand for songbirds in Singapore. We hope to implement an evidence-based approach to wildlife trade campaigns, to influence consumer preferences with demand-centric conservation efforts.

  • We are looking for enthusiastic students, with an interest in wildlife conservation, to conduct market-research style surveys with a specific target audience across Singapore.
  • This project is a joint collaboration with Wildlife Conservation Society, Wildlife Reserves Singapore and BirdLife International. This is an exciting opportunity to work with both local and non-governmental organisations on a conservation project in Singapore

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Duration

  • 1st Nov 2019 – 28th Feb 2019 (Part-time position with a non-traditional schedule — time of day, and days of week, will vary depending on research needs).
  • The candidate would need to dedicate a few hours each week for data collection.

Remuneration

  • Non-traditional pay scheme (non-hourly); project-based pay with flexible working days/hours. Exact duration to be confirmed.

Candidate Requirements

  • Keen interest in environment, nature, conservation and its social aspects.
  • Self-motivated and highly independent individual.
  • Highly methodical and meticulous with data collection and management.
  • Strong conversational, communication and interpersonal skills. Fluent in both written and spoken English.
  • Proficiency in Mandarin and/or Bahasa Melayu would be advantageous. Proficiency in dialects (hokkien etc.) would be a plus.
  • Non-honours students are also welcome to apply

Application

  • To apply, send your CV by 29 September, a brief paragraph highlighting why you are a good fit for this position to chiokwenxuan@u.nus.edu.
  • Shortlisted applicants would be notified for an interview in early Oct. There is also a possibility for selected candidates to explore a Honours internship position with Birdlife in AY18/19 Semester 2.

A wonderful afternoon at the Kent Ridge Alumni Family Day (18 Aug 2018)

Did you see us at the Kent Ridge Alumni Family Day (18 Aug 2018)?
It was the first time that the NUS Biodiversity Crew (Dr Amy Choong & Xu Weiting) and Life Sciences Society (LSS) undergraduates participated in this alumni family day.

The guests were a diverse lot – visitors, exchange students, current students and alumni from other faculties and ex-students visited the booth. They were drawn to the booth by the games designed by LSS and intrigued by the specimens we brought along to share stories about – a common palm civet specimen, cocoa and coffee plants. Visitors learnt about pedigree and genetics through the games and discovered more about civets and the tragic link with kopi luwak.

That evening, NUS President Tan Eng Chye graced the event and visited the booths. We warmly welcomed him with civet stories and he was intrigued that NUS also has civets.

We enjoyed ourselves so the four-hours passed by rather quickly as the team made the effort to interact with as many visitors as possible. They in turn enjoyed learning about the new things that are happening at the Department of Biological Sciences in NUS’ Faculty of Science.

Special thanks to all the LSS volunteers (Genevieve Tang, Nicholas Yeo, Leanne Teh, Wong Zhi Wei, Benjamin Tan, Loshini D/O Sunthar, Nicholas Seng & Muhammad Faiq), Fatin Nadzirah Bte Zahari, Tan Xing Zhi for manning the booth. And Mrs Ang-Lim Swee Eng, Mr Kaka Singh and Mr Ismail Bin Arshad for helping to take the plant photos and to collect the plant specimens.

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Wed 02 May 2018: 4.00pm [QE] – Darren Sim on “Phytoplankton-Regulation by Macrophytes in Tropical Lakes”

Department of Biological Sciences, NUS
Qualifying Examination

Phytoplankton-Regulation by Macrophytes in Tropical Lakes

Speaker:             Sim Zong Han Darren (Graduate Student, Dept. of Biological Sciences, NUS)
Date:                   2 May 2018, Wednesday
Time:                   4pm
Venue:                DBS Conference Room (S3 Level 5)
Supervisor:        Asst Prof Darren Yeo Chong Jinn
 

Abstract: – Ecological restoration can be a sustainable strategy to manage nuisance phytoplankton in Singapore reservoirs. Macrophytes are vital for restoring degraded lakes due to their involvement in ecological processes, especially their role in maintaining the clear water stable state in lakes. This is attributed to their ability to regulate phytoplankton communities through a combination of physical and biological mechanisms such as attenuation of wave energy, resource competition, and allelopathy. Allelopathy is suspected to be a major mechanism by which macrophytes inhibit phytoplankton, but current evidence supporting this is inconclusive. Present understanding of lake restoration is largely based on temperate studies, which may have limited transferability to the tropics due to trophic and climatic differences.

This study uses various approaches to investigate the ability of macrophytes to improve the ecological state of turbid tropical lakes. Field mesocosm experiments will be used to evaluate (i) the effects of macrophytes on phytoplankton communities and (ii) the potential restorative capability of macrophytes in a turbid reservoir. Lab experiments will be conducted to evaluate the importance of allelopathy as a mechanism to control phytoplankton and the role of light in influencing its effectiveness. Findings will not only improve our understanding of macrophyte-phytoplankton interactions, but also inform lake management decisions using macrophyte restoration as a sustainable tool to control phytoplankton blooms.

All are welcome