DBS 70th Anniversary Celebration Dinner, Fri 6th Dec 2019 – calling all alumni and former staff of Biological Sciences, Botany and Zoology

Visit the NUS DBS webpage for details. Posterdbs70

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[Job] Research Fellow / Research Associate / Research Assistant in Urban Landscape Ecology

We (Dr. Chong Kwek Yan, A/P Hugh Tan, and A/P Darren Yeo) have a six-year funded project that seeks to develop an index of the biodiversity in urban areas. We are looking for one research staff, preferably a post-doctoral fellow (but see Requirements below), to join the team. The standard contract duration is one year but is renewable contingent upon good performance until the end of the project (estimated to be 30 June 2022).

Responsibilities

  • Develop an automated workflow to classify urban greenery cover and water bodies from freely available satellite imagery and spatial data sets.
  • Analyze the relationships between the urban landscape and field data collected on bird, butterfly, odonate, and anuran communities.
  • Lead the research team in project management, including working closely with the collaborating government agency, and drafting project progress reports and slides for and minutes of progress meetings.
  • Lead the writing of scientific manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals.
  • Mentor undergraduate research students contributing to the research project.

Requirements

Preferably a PhD with demonstrated experience in landscape/spatial ecology and/or remote sensing projects; or a MSc in Applied Geographic Information Systems, or computer science or computer engineering with demonstrated experience in remote sensing, image classification, and spatial analytics. A BSc (Honours) with an excellent track record in related projects and publications and the relevant skill sets would also be considered.

More importantly, we are looking for following skills and experience:

  • Proficiency in open-source scripting languages for image classification, spatial analysis, and statistical analyses, such as R or Python.
  • Evidence of excellent writing (in English), including the ability to draft manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Good project management skills, including time management and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work in and potentially lead a small team.
  • Good verbal and scientific communication skills, including the ability to work with government agencies.
  • Experience working with both freely available as well as commercially acquired high resolution satellite or drone imagery as well as spatial data sets, in particular related to the urban landscape.
  • Experience using deep-learning techniques to map elements of urban greenery, such as individual trees, would be advantageous.
  • Some experience with field surveys of urban wildlife.

Please apply online at this link. For any queries please contact Dr. Chong.

 

[Job] Job Opening for Insect Diversity Lab RA

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.

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 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 (dbsajs@nus.edu.sg), Mr Tan Ming Kai (dbstmk@nus.edu.sg), and Miss Ong Xin Rui (dbsoxr@nus.edu.sg) 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

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[Job] Flora specialist (Contract) at Camphora Pte Ltd

Camphora Pte Ltd is a collective that provides integrated flora, fauna and arboriculture baseline data to inform design intent and formulate solutions for ecological conservation

We are seeking to hire an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual who has a passion for botany and enjoys working in the outdoors.

You will mainly be assisting the Lead Botanist in (but not limited to):

  • Planning and execution of flora surveys
  • Integrate flora surveys with fauna and arboriculture surveys in baseline studies
  • Report writing
  • Attend and prepare for meetings

Requirements

  1. Degree in Environmental Science, Botany, Zoology, Horticulture or related fields
  2. Passionate about plants, botany and horticulture
  3. Responsible, independent, and possess strong interpersonal skills
  4. Physically fit, and comfortable being outdoors and in the forest
  5. Training will be provided but familiarity with local flora will be an advantage. Fresh graduates are welcomed to apply.

Appointment will be on a 1-year contract basis and salary will commensurate with qualification and experience.

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to Derek Yap at derek@camphora.com.sg.

 

 

[Job – Closed] Intern positions for Camphora Pte Ltd

Camphora Pte Ltd, a flora and fauna consultancy firm is looking for two interns to join them for a 1 – 2 months period.

Job scope

  • Assist with flora and fauna field surveys
    • Data recording
    • Camera trapping
    • Day surveys and night surveys for flora and a range of fauna groups
  • Desktop work
    • Data entry
  • Flexible working hours

Requirements

Applicant should be:

  1. Responsible, self-motivated and able to work independently
  2. Physically fit, and comfortable being outdoors and in the forest
  3. Able to work on weekends or at night for the field component on occasions
  4. Training will be provided but experience with fieldwork will be an advantage
  5. Intern applicants have to be able to commit to a 1 – 2 months period: preferred period of 10th June – 8th August 2019

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to Derek Yap at derek@camphora.com.sg.

[Update: 06 Jun 2019] – Intern Positions are now closed, thanks!

Remembering Dr Ong Bee Lian with the “Dr Ong Bee Lian – Department of Biological Sciences (DBS) Bursary Award” (raising funds by 15th Mar 2019)

OBL memorial photoWhen we shared the passing of Dr Ong Bee Lian, former students from over three decades at NUS shared their memories of her inspiring figure, her days in lectures and practicals, and strikingly, her nurturing mentorship and kindness in her various roles as lecturer, administrator, mentor and friend [link].

Now, I am happy to share that Friends of Dr Ong Bee Lian at the Department of Biological Sciences (DBS) & Food Science and Technology Programme (FST), NUS have announced the initiation of a bursary in her name, and invite contributions very fittingly to help needy students in DBS & FST.

Their deadline is 15 Mar 2019.

“The Department of Biological Sciences together with Food Science and Technology Programme are initiating a bursary award for the late Dr Ong Bee Lian. Dr Ong was an exemplary and dedicated educator who was passionate about teaching. She was well liked by all her students, friends and colleagues at DBS as well as FST. She was always caring and constantly instilled enthusiasm for life in others. Her demise was sorely felt by many, though her strength of character and dynamic personality continues to be an inspiration to us all. In remembrance of her, whom we have missed dearly, we hope to name an award after her.

The bursary award will be named “Dr Ong Bee Lian – Department of Biological Sciences (DBS) Bursary Award”.

Please refer to the Appeal Letter for further details: [link]

If you wish to make a donation, please fill up the Gift Form: [link].

You can send the gift form by mail or email to Ms Lee Chooi Lan, Mrs Ang or Ms Sally Soh (email addresses are listed in the Appeal Letter). We hope to receive the funds by 15 March 2019 to qualify for the matching fund claim.

The sum we are trying to raise is only $25K. All donations are eligible for 2.5 times tax exemption.

Every amount makes a difference and it would be greatly appreciated. We look forward to your kind support and generosity to make this possible.

Please help to disseminate this message to friends who may be interested to know more about this worthy cause.

Feel free to contact Chooi Lan, Mrs Ang or Sally if you need clarification.”

[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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